I hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving 101 posts last week.

I have a few more items of business.

First, I have had several requests on how I do my planning for Thanksgiving. It isn’t rocket science, that is for sure, but this is basically how it works. A few weeks before Thanksgiving, I plan The Menu. I write down all of the recipes I am going to make and below them I list the groceries I will need. Then I put together a table that lists the days leading up to Thanksgiving and each day I write in the things I can do to prepare for the Big Meal, including an hour-by-hour schedule for the Day Of. If you want to see a sample I threw together of how this works, click here.

Also, I wanted to highlight a few other Thanksgiving dishes that would be perfect for the meal but weren’t part of Thanksgiving 101.

If ham is your thing, you must try this variation.

a chunk of ham on a white plate

Another absolute favorite of mine, this Apple Raspberry Pie would be fantastic for after-dinner dessert.
a slice of apple raspberry pie

Although pie is a traditional ending to the holiday meal, I can’t say enough about this perfectly fall Apple Cider Pudding Cake. If you want diversification in your desserts, this is a winner.
apple pudding cake and a scoop of vanilla ice cream on a white plate

And finally, if you are looking for an alternative to mashed potatoes, I can’t say enough good things about these Scalloped Potatoes.
potatoes and cheese in a dark skillet

Thanks for tuning in and be sure to check back for a change of gears: a unique and creative salad that has my mouth watering just thinking about it!