Thanksgiving Pep Talk

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

It’s one week away, in case you had forgotten. I want to step back a bit and give you a chance to take a deep breath.

I assume that many of you are cooking some part of the Thanksgiving meal: you’re cooks and you love food, that’s why you subscribe to our emails. If you’re like me, you can get a little wound up with all the preparations, and then the day hits and oops, maybe you forget just a little bit what this day, in theory, is all about.

What I love about Thanksgiving is that it is a day when the most people, at the very same time, stop working and set aside the better part of at least one day to cook. So it gets a big thumbs up from me.

Take your time with the cooking. Don’t cut corners, just ask for help. Here’s an idea if you’re feeling overwhelmed: have fewer dishes instead of buying things out of a package. Thanksgiving is an opportunity to eat real food. Don’t feel pressured to get fancy or innovative. There is nothing better than a well-seasoned roasted vegetable.

Put your spirit into the food. Take deep breaths. Listen to great music while you cook. And don’t forget the table: set one that is rich and bountiful.

The table pictured above was the one Maxwell set last weekend when we did our mock-Thanksgiving (I was testing a mail-order turkey). He did it in about ten minutes, five of which were spent foraging around the yard with our daughter for branches and dried hydrangea. To make a beautiful table, we didn’t buy a thing.

Now, to help you cook a deeply satisfying Thanksgiving meal, we have some support to offer.

And here are some highlights from this year’s posts:

Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy it.

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