Host Thanksgiving Dinner, Sans The Stress (Yes, It's Possible!)



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Thanksgiving is easily the most food-centric holiday in the U.S. (Read: It's our favorite.) But, cooking that traditional, multi-course meal is a demanding endeavor for anyone — especially if you're a first-timer or working in small kitchen. Add to that the pressure of hosting a large group and the feeling of being stuck at the stove while your family and friends socialize, and things can get overwhelming — and even a little overheated — fast.

Take heart, aspiring hostess with the mostest: Faith Durand of The Kitchn has put together an amazing Thanksgiving menu for eight, complete with suggestions for what guests can bring and handy tips on how to get a head start so you're not stressing on Turkey Day. She also offers drink pairings and classic recipes for the appetizer, entrée, and dessert courses, too.

One of her big tips? Since Thanksgiving recipes tend to require specific ingredients that everyone will be buying, do your grocery shopping early. That way, you won’t be traveling to multiple stores to find the last can of pumpkin puree in town. With Durand’s help, your Thanksgiving dinner will be organized, delicious, and relaxing. And, you'll even get to enjoy the meal — now that’s something to be thankful for this year. (The Kitchn)