Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and the time is nigh for resurfacing that gravy boat and thinking about how many extra leaves you need for the dining table. This particular holiday is a favorite for many people, including me and mine, but also a stressful one, because getting a big meal with lots of components on the table is not instinctual for even the most perfectly capable cooks. There is a lot to say about being more prepared and relaxed for this gathering, but if I had to say just three things, they’d be:
- Plan ahead.
- Make lists.
- Shop in advance.
Let’s dig into that shopping thing. While shopping at a price club with a friend and splitting up supersized packages to get those amazing savings is always a good idea, it’s particularly brilliant at this moment in time. Here’s why: It’s likely you will be buying pretty similar ingredients and it’s also likely you will not need 15 pounds of baking potatoes, or 4 pounds of craisins. So, make a joint shopping list and decide which items you can split (say, a package of 165 paper plates!) and which items you want all to yourself (2 pounds of Brussels sprouts, yum)—and proceed accordingly.