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. 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

  2. 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? 🙂

  3. Christy says:

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

  4. 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,

  5. Erica says:

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

  6. 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.

  7. Cammee says:

    It’s like Christmas eve anticipation!

  8. 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).

  9. annebabe says:

    You are my dream girl.

  10. 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.

  11. [email protected] says:

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

  12. 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!

  13. Barbara says:

    Can’t wait!!

  14. 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!

  15. Ann says:

    Looking forward to all the recipes and tips!

  16. Veronica Miller says:

    Woo-hoo! I’m excited!

  17. Gina says:

    Can’t wait!

  18. heddomarie says:

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

  19. Danielle says:

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

  20. 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)!

  21. 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

  22. cindy says:

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

  23. 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!

  24. Michele says:

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

  25. Annemarie says:

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

  26. Cathryn says:

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

  27. Libby says:

    Can’t wait for these recipes!!!

  28. The Foys says:

    CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!!!

  29. Queen B. says:

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

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  31. Julie says:

    Looking forward to it!

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