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.

Another absolute favorite of mine, this Apple Raspberry Pie would be fantastic for after-dinner dessert.

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.

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

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!

11 Responses to Thanksgiving 101: The Rest of the Recipes

  1. Melanie says:

    jor – it’s hard to believe you don’t like to cook when you made all of those recipes! Thanks for letting me know you liked them…I appreciate it!

  2. jor says:

    Hi! I found your blog off my cousin Teresa’s food blog and just wanted to tell you THANKS for the Thanksgiving posts and your Bread/Yeast post. I don’t actually like to cook that much, but have tried a bunch of your recipes and loved them…and they aren’t too hard, which is a major plus for me and so yummy! I made your homemade stuffing, apple raspberry pie, crockpot ham, and rolls for thanksgiving. All were wonderful. I also made your spinach chicken pasta salad for a girlfriend’s lunch and the bowl was licked clean 🙂 So thanks!!

  3. Bunny says:

    I’m bookmarking this post, definitely great info!

  4. ARLENE says:

    I have a post scheduled that is similar to this one. I, too, prepare for Thanksgiving (or any other holiday or party really)in much the same way. It definitely helps keep things calm for me and more enjoyable for guests.

  5. Melanie says:

    Oh P.S. everyone – Unfortunately, I AM up at 6:00 a.m. since the kiddies have to get ready for school but I am definitely not blogging then. I usually just schedule my posts in advance, hence the magical posting of 6:00 a.m.

  6. Melanie says:

    Leisel – I was totally smiling at your comment and your explanation of the results of the recipe. I’m so glad you liked it and MAJOR points for your husband whipping it all up while you were at your meeting. Impressive. Thanks for letting me know!

  7. Melanie says:

    Krista – glad you liked the sweet and sour chicken and good luck on your diet (big groan – I am horrible at dieting)!!

  8. Sara says:

    Loved all the Thanksgiving recipes! You’ve gotten me anxious for the holiday to get here already. 🙂

  9. grace says:

    i’m definitely enjoying your thanksgiving suggestions, and you’d better believe that i’m taking them all into consideration. your pudding cake is particularly appealing right now…

  10. Leisel says:

    Wow, I never realized the 6 am post time. You’re an early bird ta boot? Hey I just wanted to let you know that I tried your meatballs with cream sauce. I needed a meal for after church and I knew that I was going to have to stay after for a quick meeting. So I made the meatballs ahead of time and told my husband he could either wait for me to get home and whip up the cream sauce, (I placed the recipe on the fridge!!)or he could just pour canned spaghetti sauce over the noodles and start without me. When I got home he had made the cream sauce on his own! Woo Hoo! That recipe was fabulous! I won’t bore you with all of the details of this ever long post, but I will just say that words like Divine, and Heavenly were thrown out there. This recipe is so good, it’s going to be a long time before I try a red sauce or Alfredo sauce again!!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    So, I don’t know if you change the times on your posts or if you’re just that consistent, but 6am EVERY DAY??? That’s wild. Not 6:01, or even 5:59, but 6am… somehow. It’s magical.

    Additonally, I wanted to say (not that it has to do with THESE recipes specifically) I found your sweet and sour chicken to be better reheated than it was the first night. It is a REALLY good recipe, though.

    I’m dying to make that apple pudding cake. Seriously considering it as my next (and last) dessert recipe before I do my modified minimal carb diet for a little while.

    Anyway, happy thanksgiving (it’ll be here before you know it!) and thanks for the amazing recipes.


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