Game Day: Thanksgiving

With At Home I see myself as your “home entertaining coach” — not just a provider of recipes.  The central task of great coaches – and I aspire to be a great coach – is to have a good game plan and get the players mentally and physically prepared to play the game. But, it’s the players who actually take to the field. The coach stands on the sidelines. So, as you prepare to take the field, some last minute advice and a final thought.

For hosts
• The less you have to think about, the better. Tape your menu to your refrigerator or kitchen cabinet, plan and post your reheating schedule, and label all your bowls and platters with what goes in and on each.
• Clear counter tops of everything that is not related to serving your Thanksgiving meal.
• Start with an empty sink and dishwasher and set-up your bus area according to this plan.

• Review Monday’s post for ways your guests can help and assign tasks.
• Plan one relaxed hour prior to guest arrival.
Remember, you are already a Good Enough Entertainer. Relax. Your Thanksgiving will be great.

For guests
• Do not arrive early.
• Stay out of the kitchen unless you have a clear kitchen task.
• Don’t bring anything that creates more work for your host.
• Review Monday’s post for ways you can help.

A final thought
Here’s something important you need to bring to Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving is not about the food and gluttony. Way too much energy goes into what’s on the menu and not enough about what’s in your heart. Thanksgiving is a time to pause and acknowledge what we have to be thankful for…most of all the family and friends gathered at tables…at home around America. Take it as your responsibility to bring this perspective to your Thanksgiving table. You will be happy that you did.

Radio Times
I am a guest on Marty Moss-Coane’s Radio Times today (Wednesday) from 11 to noon. A long time listener to Radio Times, I am honored to be a guest.

The Reading Terminal Market This Weekend – Saturday and Sunday
I will be at The Reading Terminal Market this weekend to sign books. Look for me at a table in Center Court beginning around 10:30.

As for my Thanksgiving, I will begin the day at Ronald McDonald House, head home for a small family diner (with a little help from my Frog Commissary kitchen), and if Gracie and I have enough energy, join my son Noah in his newly established Italian Market home for his first at home Thanksgiving dinner that he is preparing for his friends!

I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving.


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