I do not claim to be an expert on anything. Well, except for changing diapers. I’m pretty much a self-proclaimed expert on that. But over the years I have come across some terribly fantastic Thanksgiving recipes and since Thanksgiving (for those of us who celebrate it here in the United States) is fast approaching, I want to share them with you.

So welcome to Thanksgiving Dinner 101.

Every day for the rest of this week, I’ll be posting one of my go-to recipes for what I consider to be the Thanksgiving basics. In my world, I keep Thanksgiving simple and classic. I know that each Thanksgiving table can range from sparse to loaded, traditional to no-turkey-in-sight, but this week, I’ll be giving you my tried-and-true recipes for classics and I’ll leave the “extracurriculars” up to you.

Here is a glimpse of things to come:

-A turkey recipe guaranteed to be faster and juicier than all others from no other than the great Aunt Marilyn.
Homemade stuffing that I’ve been making for years and plan to convert you to as well (a stuffing so delicious my husband has sworn me to an oath never to try another recipe).
-A new roll recipe (seriously, really??) that trumps all others. No kidding.
-The only pie crust and subsequent pie (flavor to remain secret) you’ll ever need.
-A BONUS recipe that will seriously knock your socks off.
-Plus, make-ahead tips for every recipe that will make the day-of a lot easier.

Stay Tuned (and Come Hungry)!!

31 Responses to Thanksgiving Dinner 101

  1. Julie says:

    Looking forward to it!

  2. Queen B. says:


  3. Queen B. says:

    Your kids need a cocomotion machine!!!
    I recommend this for anyone with children !!

  4. The Foys says:

    CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!!!

  5. Libby says:

    Can’t wait for these recipes!!!

  6. Cathryn says:

    Why am I now craving Thanksgiving dinner at 7:15 in the morning?! YUM!

  7. Annemarie says:

    I did this last year and it was a hit! It was a big help to myself, too!

  8. Michele says:

    Great idea! Can’t wait to see the stuffing recipe!

  9. Emily Marie says:

    I’m really looking forward to this, especially the make-ahead tips. Those will be SO useful at our house this year!

  10. cindy says:

    Looking forward to your posts this week. I so love a peek into a great cooks kitchen!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Instead of the recipes, can you just host a contest so that a few of us can come eat YOUR Thanksgiving dinner? For now, I will cross my fingers that the bonus recipe involves ham.

    Lowe Family

  12. Laura Matthews says:

    You need a DRESSING recipe for us Southern gals…my Grandmother has a tried and true of course but it is painstakingly complicated! I would love to see an easier rendition…cornbread based obviously and nothing fancy! Wow – you’re making me hungry (I am 39 weeks pregnant though)!

  13. Danielle says:

    Thanks so much! I’m on hostess duty for the in-laws (yes…pressure). Can’t wait for the recipes and tips.

  14. heddomarie says:

    Ok, That plate looks so good. I love thanksgiving!

  15. Gina says:

    Can’t wait!

  16. Veronica Miller says:

    Woo-hoo! I’m excited!

  17. Ann says:

    Looking forward to all the recipes and tips!

  18. Leisel says:

    My mother-in-law makes the best pie crust, but I just cannot replicate her recipe. My husband says I might not have the complete/correct recipe-who knows, but I’m totally looking forward to yours. Hopefully it’s something simple enough for even me!

  19. Barbara says:

    Can’t wait!!

  20. Splendid Things says:

    I am hungry…and I can’t wait for the recipes! The mashed potatoes and gravy pictured above have my mouth watering!

  21. [email protected] says:

    Hooray! I was hoping you would have some good recipes to share!

  22. Laura says:

    Oh Melanie, you’ve got me excited. I will be anticipating each post now. A new roll recipe! I’m dying for that one.

  23. annebabe says:

    You are my dream girl.

  24. Janssen says:

    Ooh, can’t wait! Also, I’m anxious to try some rolls, as the last ones I tried were a pretty giant failure (not your recipe).

  25. Cammee says:

    It’s like Christmas eve anticipation!

  26. Johanna says:

    I will have to wear a bib every day this week so I don’t drool all over myself as I look at your Thanksgiving recipes.

  27. Erica says:

    Oooh I’m really looking forward to this! Thanks!

  28. RMCarter says:

    Thank you, THANK you, THANK YOU!!! I am having Thanksgiving at my house this year for the 2nd time (last year was my first). I am in desperate need of a new stuffing recipe, as well as an overall plan.

    Anxiously awaiting the next post,

  29. Christy says:

    Ooooo-can’t wait to see and read your helpful hints!!! Thanks!

  30. camille says:

    I seriously hope you are still planning on coming to my house for Thanksgiving and now that I know you are the expert, I seriously hope you plan on doing the cooking! 🙂 We need to chat and make of list of “must-have” items! I don’t even have a nice roasting pan. Will you still come? 🙂

  31. Samantha S says:

    Hi Mel, I remember a post you did years ago about the cute containers you made for the leftovers, but now I can’t find it. Can you please post the link so I can find it and use your awesome idea? Thank you

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