If you care about food, this time of year is key for scheming, planning, and concocting the ultimate holiday meal, or at least a meal better than last year’s…or maybe if you are not all that ambitious, something just as good. However important it feels to you, Thanksgiving is in the air and men and women, young and old, are deep into prepping for next week’s gluttony throwdown.
I have cooked countless Thanksgiving feasts, both on my own and with some family assistance, and had varying results. Most years things are pretty great, but fall short of perfection. Some years, well some years are a learning experience. No matter how serious and dedicated you may be about the meal at hand, there are some essential guidelines to cooking a worthwhile Thanksgiving meal, and here are a few of them: