In one of our favorite episodes of "Will and Grace," Jack's mom shows up unexpected at Will and Grace's apartment several days before Thanksgiving, panting from speed walking and holding a casserole dish. When Jack finds out she's met his friends without his knowing, he says, angrily, "Damn her and her dry runs!"
Do you have any dry runs planned?
We're not talking about preparing the whole meal twice, obviously, but maybe you're trying out a new dish and want to test it before serving it to a huge crowd. Or, you might make something ahead of time to find out exactly how long it takes, which will help you with your timing next Thursday.
As for us, we've made cranberry relish (in the freezer) and are tackling homemade turkey gravy this weekend, since we've never made it before and we'd like to know it's good. Just in case we need a do-over before the big day.
What about you? Are you testing out any Thanksgiving recipes this weekend?