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Take Control of Thanksgiving Dinner

Book Description

If you'd like your Thanksgiving preparations to go smoothly (and who wouldn't?), turn to experienced tech writer and foodie Joe Kissell for help. At least half the battle is a good plan, and Joe provides you with a customizable plan that gets you organized, helps you figure out what you need to buy, and prevents last-minute problems. Once the planning and shopping are done, follow Joe's detailed, tested recipes for Thanksgiving dinner: roast turkey with gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, candied sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie.

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Table of Contents

  1. Read Me First
    1. Updates and More
    2. Following Links
    3. What’s New in Version 1.2
    4. What Was New in Version 1.1
  2. Introduction
  3. Quick Start
  4. Plan Ahead!
  5. Obtain Supplies
    1. Dining Room
    2. Turkey
    3. Gravy
    4. Cranberry Sauce
    5. Pie & Whipped Cream
    6. Potatoes
    7. Miscellaneous Supplies
    8. Miscellaneous Kitchen Equipment
  6. Obtain Ingredients
    1. The Turkey
    2. Everything Else
  7. Follow Your Plan
    1. Earlier in the Week
    2. The Day Before
    3. Thanksgiving Day
  8. Prepare the Dining Room & Kitchen
    1. Prepare the Dining Room
    2. Prepare the Kitchen
  9. Prepare the Turkey
    1. Think about Timing
    2. Select a Brining Container
    3. Make the Brine
    4. Get the Turkey Ready for Brining
    5. Brine the Turkey
    6. Rinse the Turkey
  10. Prepare Stuffing
  11. Make Gravy
  12. Make Cranberry Sauce
  13. Make the Orange Dish
  14. Bake Pumpkin Pie
    1. Prepare the Pie Crust
    2. Prepare the Filling
    3. Bake the Pie
    4. Whip the Cream
  15. Roast and Carve the Turkey
    1. A Word about Temperatures
    2. Carve the Turkey
  16. Make Mashed Potatoes
    1. Keep Mashed Potatoes Warm
  17. Deal with Leftovers
    1. Send Food Home
    2. Refrigerate or Freeze
  18. Appendix A: A Vegetarian Main Dish
    1. Tofurky
    2. The Polenta Dome
  19. Appendix B: Scaling Recipes
    1. Turkey
    2. Gravy, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Candied Sweet Potatoes, and Cranberry Relish
    3. Pumpkin Pie
  20. Appendix C: Last-Minute Thanksgiving
    1. Turkey
    2. Gravy
    3. Stuffing
    4. Mashed Potatoes
    5. Candied Sweet Potatoes
    6. Cranberry Sauce
    7. Pumpkin Pie & Whipped Cream
    8. All-Out Emergency
  21. Appendix D: What If?
    1. Feeding Vegans
    2. Coping with Food Allergies and Preferences
    3. Getting by without a Helper
  22. Appendix E: Schedules
  23. Well before Thanksgiving
  24. Day before Thanksgiving
  25. Thanksgiving Day
  26. About This Book
    1. Ebook Extras
    2. About the Author
    3. Author’s Acknowledgements
    4. Shameless Plug
    5. About the Publisher
  27. Copyright and Fine Print
  28. Featured Titles