Thanksgiving Planning Calendar
Hosting Thanksgiving dinner and not sure where to start? Relax: Getting ready for the holiday is easy with our daily tips and recipes.
You'll need to know how many guests you're having so you can plan on the right amount of food and drinks. If you're having a crowd, consider setting up a buffet so guests can serve themselves.
Buffets Make It Easier
If you're ordering a fresh turkey, do it now; if you're buying a frozen turkey, you have time, but don't wait until the last minute.
Turkey Buying Guide
Planning an epic meal is easy when you use our all-star menu. Choose the dishes you'll make, but when guests ask what they can bring, be honest and tell them what you need. Non-cooks can bring a bottle of wine.
Dishes From Alton, Ina, Paula and Guy
Spinach-artichoke is a crowd-pleaser that will have guests busy nibbling while you prepare the main meal. Bonus: This no-bake recipe is ready in 15 minutes.
28 Other Thanksgiving Appetizers
Plan on each guest drinking three drinks, and be sure to provide both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverage choices. To spike this family-friendly cocktail, substitute champagne for the sparkling water.
Non-Alcoholic Pomegranate Bellinis
A 9-inch pie or tart (after a large meal) will serve 8 to 10 guests. Consider a mix of family favorites, and a new recipe or two.
Which Will You Serve?
When one of Paula's fans admits to being intimidated by homemade pie crust, Paula walks her through the process – it's easier than it sounds, y'all.
Paula Shows You How
Try roasting a few pumpkins, then freezing the puree – that's what Alton does. You can thaw it to make pie just before Thanksgiving, and the rest will store up to 6 months in the freezer.
Alton Brown's Pumpkin-Roasting Know-How
Quick breads freeze well; just wrap tightly in foil or freezer-wrap and freeze for up to 3 months. To thaw, let stand, wrapped, at room temperature for about 1½ hours. Serve on Thanksgiving, or the next morning for breakfast.
Fill Your Freezer
Paula's pumpkin cheesecake is a fan favorite on Foodnetwork.com. Surely it will be a hit with your family, too.
500+ Great Reviews Can't Be Wrong
If you're using homemade pie crusts, make the dough now and freeze it in freezer bags. Defrost the dough and bake your pies the day before Thanksgiving.
Start Your Thanksgiving Desserts
Should you drink red or white with turkey? Don't fret if you're new to wine, there's no wrong answer, but we've got some picks to get you started.
Stock Up on Wines Today
Whether it's your first Thanksgiving or your 15th, making a meal this big can be stressful. Keep your cool with Ted Allen's top tips for a freak-out-free holiday.
Make This the Smoothest Holiday Ever
Shop for non-perishable goods now. You can buy flour, sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, canned pumpkin, rice and cranberries, all before the crowds descend. Wait until the day before Thanksgiving to buy fresh vegetables, seafood and bread.
Buy Ahead, Save Money
Thanksgiving is all about pumpkin, apple and pecan pies, but make sure there's something for chocolate lovers, too.
Deepest, Darkest Chocolate Cheesecake
Which will come out on top: Bobby Flay's chili-infused turkey or former Butterball employee and cookbook author Renee Ferguson's traditional bird?
Which Turkey Would You Pick?
Try fresh cranberries instead of canned this year, and buy an extra bag when you're in the produce aisle; they keep in your freezer for up to a year.
Try Fresh Cranberries This Year
Thanksgiving is less than a week away; do you know how to carve the bird?
Be a Thanksgiving Hero
Forget about the canned stuff; homemade gravy is easy to make. And don't worry about lumps – they happen, so just strain the gravy before serving.
Learn to Make Gravy Like a Pro
Thawing a frozen turkey requires patience. The safest method is to thaw turkey in the refrigerator, not on the counter.
Top Turkey Tips
If your stuffing recipe calls for stale bread, cut the bread now and set bread cubes on a baking sheet to dry out.
Which Stuffing Are You Making?
How long can you leave Thanksgiving dinner out on the table? Take your time and enjoy the meal but start packing up and refrigerating the leftovers within 2 hours.
The Dos and Don'ts of Thanksgiving Food Safety
You can store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Try to reheat only what you'll be serving at one time rather than reheating the entire portion. It's safe to heat it all and then re-store what you don't use, but the food will continue to lose.
Or, Turn Your Leftovers Into a Sandwich
Soup is the best way to get every penny's worth from your bird — try one of our 5 favorite kinds.
Turkey Soup, 5 Ways
Croquettes are a Southern favorite made with leftover mashed potatoes, so post-Thanksgiving is the perfect time to make these crispy bites.
Paula's Fried Potato Balls
Do you still have leftover turkey? Turn it into a main dish that's so inventive (but simple!) you won't recognize it as the bird you were thankful for earlier in the week.
Bobby Flay's Turkey Milanese
Find the perfect gift for your food-loving friends: the hostess, the baker, the entertainer, the kid or the wine connoisseur.
Holiday Gifts for Food Lovers
Find a dozen favorite Christmas cookies from Food Network stars - classics, and some new ones, too.
Which Will End Up on Your Cookie Tray?
Send invites for a fabulous cookie swap today. Sunny, Anne, Alex and Aida show you how to get started.
Start Swapping Cookies
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