A Sandra-Style Thanksgiving

By: Secretary Confidential

This year the SC is hosting Thanksgiving. One word, people: STRESS. So what could be better than running into the bright-eyed host of Sandra's Money Saving Meals, Ms. Lee herself, in the elevator here at work? I took the opportunity to ask her for some quick holiday tips. Here's what she offered:

1. Think smaller. For the turkey, that is – about 10 to 12 pounds. Sandra says, "It'll eliminate the stress and time it takes to cook a 24 pounder. If you have a larger family, buy two smaller turkeys. Trust me."

2. Create an edible tablescape. "If you have two smaller turkeys have them book ending your dessert. You could take three premade cheesecakes and put them on top of each other. Spread on a gorgeous cranberry chutney. I like using food as the focal point of my table. Nothing is going to waste."

3. Try cornbread stuffing. "Cornbread stuffing is a staple in my house every Thanksgiving. I make it the day before. My recipe is so easy! I stuff my bird. I don't cook the stuffing on the side."

The cornbread stuffing will be tested in the SC's personal kitchen tonight. I'll let you know how it goes. For tips to make your holiday meal delicious, affordable and effortless check out the upcoming Sandra's Money Saving Meals, Sundays at 12pm/11c and Mondays at 2pm/1c

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