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Thanksgiving … you’re the newlyweds and newly elected by your new family to do the next holiday dinner. You can still sail into preparing a family feast with ease if you organize your menu and ingredients beforehand.

With both members of your family working, you need to keep this meal as effortless as possible but still come up with a traditional family fare in a polished and simple manner. Not as hard as it looks! With a little effort and organization, you’ll pull this off and impress both your new and your existing family.

Let’s Talk Turkey Tips
• Make sure your turkey is fresh, or if it is frozen, completely defrosted
• Remove neck and organs from inside the turkey
• Wash the turkey in cold water
• Put olive oil in bottom of turkey pan
• Put turkey in pan (check before to make sure your turkey fits in your pan)
• Stuff the turkey
• Baste the turkey with melted butter. (Baste hourly)
• Put salt, pepper, and a small amount of granulated garlic on the turkey
• Cook your turkey 15 minutes per pound at 350 F
• A roaster with a lid is your best bet to cook turkey in

Fast fixing tip: For convenience, cook the bacon, onion and celery mixture for the stuffing, perogies and brussel sprouts in one frying pan to save on time and clean-up.

• 4 slices diced bacon
• 2 cups diced onion
• 1 cup diced celery
• 10-12 slices bread (cubed)
• 3 eggs
• 1/2 cup melted butter
• 2 tbsp. olive oil
• 1 tbsp. poultry seasoning
• 1 1/2 tsp. salt
• 1 1/2 tsp. Pepper

– Fry bacon, onions, and celery until golden in olive oil-Add bread, eggs,
butter, and poultry seasoning
– Mix well
– Add salt and pepper to taste

Brussels Sprouts
• For convenience, use frozen brussel sprouts as they are cut
• Boil the brussel sprouts
• Add 1 cup (bacon, celery, and onion mixture)

Perogies in Golden Cheddar Mushroom Sauce
• 2 cans cheddar cheese soup
• 2 cans golden mushroom soup
• 2 cans chicken broth
• 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
• 1 cup (bacon, celery, onion mixture)
• 2 pkg. Perogies
• salt, pepper to taste

– Put into a Dutch Oven or large covered casserole dish, add all
ingredients but perogies and mix well
– Make sure perogies are covered by liquid-Bake at 325 F for 3 hours

Gravy Mushroom Gravy
• Use the drippings left in the roasting pan after removing the turkey
• Add 2 cups sliced button mushrooms (fresh or frozen)
• Cook until mushrooms are cooked
• In a bowl, mix 1 cup cold water and 2 tbsp flour. Make sure there are no
• Add to mixture, cook 5 minutes on medium heat
• Add salt and pepper to taste

2 weeks before:
• Order a fresh turkey
• Make a shopping list
• Order flowers

1 week before:
• Make and freeze your dessert (or ask one of your relatives to bring

1 day before:
• Shop for your groceries
• Set the table and decide what serving platters you will use
• Dice the onions and celery and put into Ziplock bags

5 hours before:
• Fry onions, celery and bacon
• Preheat the oven
• Make the dressing for turkey
• Stuff the turkey

4 hours before:
• Put the turkey in the oven
• Put together appetizers

3 hours before:
• Peel the potatoes, put into a pot with cold water and some salt
• Baste the turkey
• Put the perogies on to cook

2 hours before:
• Make the salad and dressing
• Turn on the potatoes
• Baste the turkey

1 hour before:
• Put out the appetizer tray
• Baste the turkey – if it is not brown enough, take the lid off and if it too
brown, cover it with foil

45 minutes before:
• Cook the brussel sprouts
• Cook the corn

30 minutes before:
• Take the turkey out and put it on a platter
• Make the gravy

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