If you don’t already have your Thanksgiving plans in order…

If you don’t already have your Thanksgiving plans in order – I don’t; I’ve been crisscrossing America with Everyday Dorie and haven’t had a chance to think about next week – here are a few tips and recipes to think about. Yes, they’re what I’ll be thinking about and doing as soon as I get home:
1). Make your pie crusts now – have them in the freezer ready to fill and bake (look at p326 of EvD for the recipe).
2). I’ll be serving gougères when guests arrive (p18 of EvD) – if you’d like to do the same, make the dough now, scoop out the cheese puffs, freeze them and bake them whenever you need them.
3). I’m not sure what I’m going to do with the big bird, but @food52 has some great suggestions. Ditto @nytcooking – @clarkbar did a terrific section on the entire feast.
4). Get your side dishes organized. I don’t know everything I’ll be making, but for sure I’ll be serving Sweet and Smokey Carrots (p214), Maple-Syrup-and-Mustard Brussels Sprouts (p212) and maybe something with potatoes, but I’m not sure what.
5). If you’re looking for a vegetarian main course, try Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good from Around My French Table – you can stuff it with anything you like and it’ll always be good and beautiful.
6). Think about dessert! Maybe I should have mentioned this first. In addition to Sour Cream Pumpkin Pie (from Baking From My Home to Yours – you can make the filling ahead and, of course, the crust can be readymade in the freezer), this year I’ll be baking the Triple-Layer Parsnip and Cranberry Cake (p266 in Everyday Dorie) – all of the pieces can be made ahead and put together the day before.
Have fun getting ready – it’s such a delicious holiday – xoDorie
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Dorie Greenspan