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10 Thanksgiving Tips from Holly Clegg

Holly Clegg


Nov 21st, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

#1   If you don’t have an ingredient, leave it out!  No one will know that the dressing was supposed to have mushrooms, or a cake needed nuts.  I always say if a chocolate soufflé falls, serve it as chocolate pudding with a smile.


#2   Don’t forget about stovetop cooking as a simple solution to not enough oven space. By adding festive ingredients – dried cranberries, walnuts, pecans, green onions – to wild or brown rice, you have an easy stove-top meal that doesn’t take up precious oven space!


#3    To minimize cooking, plan your menu with make-ahead freezer-friendly recipes. Most casseroles, dressing and desserts may be frozen.


#4   Prepare recipes you are comfortable with and pick up or order out other items from the turkey to pies.


#5   Turn your store bought items into homemade.  Order a cooked turkey and garnish with fresh parsley and crab apples to give it a personal touch.  Also, you can pair store bought cakes and pies with whipped topping, frozen yogurt or fresh berries.


#6   Make the table festive with easy, inexpensive centerpieces such as candles, bowls of seasonal items or fresh fruit—no need for expensive flowers. I love to fill glass vases with cranberries for no-fuss festive seasonal décor – and I can turn into an ingredient later!


#7   For dessert, use holiday –themed paper goods or plastic plates for easy clean up.


#8:   Get organized with your grocery list.  Buy pantry staples, and all ingredients you can the week before to avoid the holiday mad grocery rush.


#9 Take advantage of convenience items as a time saver like buying premade cornbread for your dresing, bagged lettuce for your salad, pre-chopped onion and chopped pecans to simplify cooking.


#10  Trim down your Thanksgiving classics by selecting low fat dairy ingredients such as reduced-fat cream cheese, Greek yogurt, nonfat milk and low-sodium broths for your casseroles.

2 Responses to 10 Thanksgiving Tips from Holly Clegg

  1. Kathleen Boston McCune 26/11/2013 at 12:25 pm

    Very helpful Holly….and appreciated…sometimes we get so caught up in the moment that we forget how much easier the entire meal can become so we too will be able to relax and actually enjoy the holiday…thanks!!

  2. Stephanie H. 26/11/2013 at 3:22 pm

    This is great! I wish I’d had this years ago when I was cooking for 14! But now, I can still use these tips for what I get to take to dinner at the kids. 🙂

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