Thanksgiving to-do lists

Week Planning


  • Ladies and gentlemen... sharpen your knives!
  • Bake cornbread and biscuits and begin drying process
  • Prep vegetables for brine
  • Prepare and cool brine solution
  • Pick up Turkey
  • (Make cranberry sauce)


  • Rinse turkey, take out neck and giblets, and remove all the goop inside
  • Begin brining the turkey
  • (Prep Kale salad, quinoa/butternut squash ingredients)


  • Check on brining, making sure turkey is cold and covered, but not freezing
  • Defrost turkey stock


  • Chop veg, spices for turkey and dressing
  • Chill wine
  • (Make a pie or two)
  • (Defrost par-baked rolls)


  • Put Turkey in oven; a 17.6 lb turkey took 5 hours to come to temperature.
  • (Bring sides up to room temperature if needed)
  • T-2h: Prepare dressing (boil stock for dressing, final crumble of breads, sautee veg, boil, peel and chop eggs
  • T-2h: Set table, do other side activities: prep desserts, etc.
  • T-1.5h: Add veg, stock, season, and then add chopped eggs to dressing
  • T-1h: Take turkey out, drain drippings/veg, add dressing into roasting pan, place turkey carefully on top and return to oven
  • T-45: More time for sides/desserts work
  • T-30: Strain, make gravy
  • T-10: Put out cranberry sauce, other cold/room temp sides
  • T+0: Take turkey out, target temp is 155F° internal. Cover lightly with foil and towels to allow to come up top 165F°
  • T+0: Warm sides
  • T+10: Warm/bake rolls
  • T+20: Steam veg sides, toss salad
  • T+30: Carve turkey and serve!

Complete Ingredients List

  • Turkey
  • 1.5 cups kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns, plus more for seasoning
  • Few sprigs of rosemary
  • 2 large sprigs of thyme
  • Dried or fresh sage
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 4 quarts (boxes) of turkey or chicken broth.
  • 5 onions (yellow)
  • 1 bunch celery
  • 2 carrots, optional
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 9 eggs (6 for dressing + 3 for cornbread)
  • 1 small package whomp biscuits
  • 3 c. yellow cornmeal (Not stone ground)
  • 3 c. flour + more for gravy
  • 3 c. milk
  • 3 T sugar (optional if you are not feeding Yankees)
  • 4 Tbsp baking powder
  • 3/4 c. shortening
  • 4 T butter, melted
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