My Dear Chowhounders:
I am cooking my first Thanksgiving dinner solo this year. Although in years past my duties have been limited to fetching drinks for the chef and picking the skin off of the turkey, this year I have decided to take up my turkey baster and potato ricer and head fearlessly into the kitchen, hopefully creating something fantastic, or at the very least, edible.
I am cooking for my boyfriend's family, a family of very lovely and wonderful people who also happen to be very picky, very traditional eaters
Obviously, I am filled with various doubts and concerns.
I have never cooked a Turkey before. Despite my shiny new roasting pan, regardless of how much research I put in or how many brining recipes I read, I continue to have nightmares that I will overcook it, or mistime it so we eat dinner at 11.30. I am not exaggerating. I have had both of these nightmares within the past week. As for the sides, I have recipes that I am planning on using, things that I have made before and am very comfortable with, but have no idea how to make it all come together, let alone look calm doing so. Appetizers and desserts elude me. I long to make something a little more avant garde for these but have no idea what.
I know I am not alone in this endeavor and that we could all use a little guidance before the big day. Here is your chance to share all of your Thanksgiving wisdom, both successes and mishaps, with the next generation of home cooks. I am quite sure that you are all much wiser than I am and look forward to any advice that you can offer.
Thank you so much!!!!