Thanksgiving plans for today….grocery shopping and some baking, hopefully.
Today is the day I gather my coupons and make sure my list for any Thanksgiving ingredients is complete. I have an Alexa sitting in my kitchen, which I love. I began creating my shopping list last week on Alexa. This way when I go to the grocery store I pull up my Alexa app and I am able to checkout my shopping list. I am hoping to get everything today, inevitably, I will forget something, which is why I go today, because that leaves tomorrow open for me to go back!
Today I will also bake a few items. I am planning on making the apple pie and probably the gluten-free stuffing. The stuffing is easy to make ahead of time and put in the refrigerator. The day of Thanksgiving, I simply warm it in the oven. The same goes for any pies that you are going to bake. Don’t wait until Thursday morning to make everything. Pies can be made a day or two ahead of time and re-warmed in the oven on Thanksgiving day. The only thing that I plan on actually making Thanksgiving day is the ham along with the mashed potatoes and gravy. This will help for me to not be so stressed and be able to enjoy the day more.
I am also going to make a cheesecake this year. I am still not sure what type of cheesecake. Last year I did a pumpkin cheesecake, but I’m not sure if I will make that one again or a plain cheesecake. This won’t be made until Wednesday evening. Cheesecakes are best if they bake and then are able to sit for a length of time before serving. So making them the night before is really ideal. They have time to come together and sit in the refrigerator to become even more delicious. Also, if this gets made too soon it really won’t be around by the time Thanksgiving gets here.
If you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner at your house start your planning now. Also, remember you don’t have to do it all. This one is hard for me. I really do enjoy baking and experimenting with cooking and baking. So it’s hard for me to ask other people to do things or bring things. I like to do it all, unfortunately. I am learning though. This year I am getting help. Which is a nice feeling. I just keep telling myself that this will allow me more time to make my stuff even more delicious. Plus, I always get in the kitchen and become overly ambitious and make even more than what I said I was going to make.
Oh one last thing to buy today…..wine. Don’t forget your wine for Thanksgiving Day. Recommended wines for a Thanksgiving turkey dinner are sparkling wines such as; Riesling, Moscato, Rose Sparklers and Zinfandels. I am not a big sparkling wine fan, I love Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and I love a good Cabernet Sauvignon. My suggestion, buy what you will drink! You don’t want to be left with wine that you won’t enjoy and drink later on. Buy a bottle or two of suggested wines that pair well with your meal and have those available for any guests who might enjoy them.
Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!