I was looking for recipes to use with our guests and I ran across my Thanksgiving list and organization chart from 2010.
The list includes meals for the week for houseguests, as well as Thanksgiving. It was the back and front of a sheet and if I am reading my notes right, it looks like I went to three different stores to get everything I wanted.
The second list is a timing list counting back for when I needed to start cooking to serve at 5. It also planned out which serving platter or bowl I would use for each dish.
(This is why I don’t like to cook for Thanksgiving. It’s just too much trying to make all things that each person expects each year. Michael has certain things he likes, the kids have certain things and so do my parents. Christmas cooking isn’t this complicated.)
I tend to keep my grocery lists and prep lists from big holidays. (I have lists from our first years of marriage in the mid-1990s where I had notes from my mom on how to cook things.) I like seeing how what I make has changed over the years, and I also like to steal ideas from past years for meals for houseguests. (What I serve my brother-in-law is different than what I make for my parents. I can try new stuff with my bil – he’s an adventurous eater.)
Does your grocery list for Thanksgiving and guests look like mine? Is it that complicated? How many stores are you going to? Do you do the timing sheet as well or plan your serving platters?