Countdown to Turkey Day: November 13

Heather says:
With the menu planned, it is time to check the pantry and fridge and make your shopping list. If you use a frozen turkey it can be purchased any time, but fresh turkeys will need to purchased no earlier than the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Fresh turkeys are highly perishable and should be stored in a home fridge for no longer than 2 days before cooking.

While making your shopping list take careful note of how much fresh produce will need to be purchased and how it will be stored in the days before Thanksgiving. Consider a thorough refrigerator clean out to ensure there is adequate storage both before and after the big meal. A cooler loaded with ice can be a lifesaver if space is tight.

While we are talking about Thanksgiving and shopping lists, I’d like to know: What dishes make or break Thanksgiving? I am all over the turkey and dressing, but my mom would be crushed if there wasn’t any Waldorf salad. So Home Eccers, tell me, what must be included in your Thanksgiving dinner? Are there any traditional dishes that your family absolutely cannot stand?


  1. deneicer1 on October 10, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    I make our cranberry sauce…and now my husband loves it! Its really easy and very tasty. I make a double batch and can some up for Christmas, too!

  2. Karen on November 15, 2008 at 8:55 am

    I am surprised that my family is not the only one that DEMANDS dumplings for Thanksgiving. Just canned biscuit dough broken up into boiling turkey broth. You can’t get any simpler, can you!

  3. Kara on November 14, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    I love cheesy potatoes! My Aunt Becky brings them each year and they’re delicious! 🙂 As far as things we don’t like.. I am not sure. I don’t think many people in my extended family like cranberry sauce, but I could be wrong.

  4. Angie B on November 14, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Defintly dumplings…..put these with the dressing and that’s all I need. I have never eaten cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes or pumpkin pie….why, I couldn’t really say since they’re always there for dinner.

  5. Brianah on November 14, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    For my family…Thanksgiving dinner isn’t complete without cinnamon apples (peel and core apples and boil in a mixture of water, sugar, and red hots)…AMAZING! I also really love good old canned cranberry jelly/sauce 🙂

    For my husband it just isn’t Thanksgiving without green bean casserole.

  6. Kendra on November 14, 2008 at 9:32 am

    Turkey of course. I have yet to find the perfect dressing recipe but we have to have it. But other than that a must is giblet gravy. I love to cover my turkey and dressing with it. YUM…my husband would argue and say its green bean casserole. LOL

  7. GoJenGo on November 14, 2008 at 3:04 am

    First I love this series of post! They have been so helpful! Our family loves most traditional Thanksgiving dishes. But the one that we don’t like is Sweet Potatoes or Yams. Icky.

  8. Stacy on November 14, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Turkey day just wouldn’t be right with out celery sticks covered in velveta cheese. my grandma would make them just for me. yummy!!!

    Also to dress up the usual dry turkey we have started deep frying it and man is that yummy!!!!!! all of it is so delish!!!!

  9. HM on November 13, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    Hmm, for me Thanks Giving isn’t the same without the following:

    My Nana’s pork stuffing (I won’t even TOUCH bread stuffing of any kind)
    and Pumpkin pie

    Other than that as long as there’s a turkey and some stuff to go with it I am happy. 😀

    A tradition in our family? Nana ALWAYS forgets to put out the cranberry sauce. ALWAYS. Also, pork stuffing is absolutely sinful on toast for breakfast the next morning. IF there’s any left over…

    I’ll have to get the recipe and share it. It’s sooooo good.

  10. Nicole on November 13, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    We have to have ham…and usually with my family… deer meat too! I am from a VERY rural area and the the guys go deer hunting often so if they’ve managed to shoot anything we end up with venison 🙂 Many times the ham is wild boar that they caught also! I’m always afraid that we will end up with squirrel or other such roadkill but so far so good!

    My family is very large and we always do all the extended family as well on Thanksgiving so everyone brings a few things.

  11. Melissa on November 13, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    For me, cranberry sauce. Not homemade, not fancy- just the jelly that slides right out of a can. Classy, huh? But delicious.

    And really… none of my family likes the turkey that much. I guess we do it just because it’s Thanksgiving and we have to. But I usually smother mine with other stuff because I think the taste is boring.

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