Best Thanksgiving Tips For Cooks Guests And More [VIDEO]
10:10AM Friday November 16, 2012
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Want to be the perfect holiday host or guest? Follow these tips on etiquette and entertaining from Reader's Digest's Andrew Boorstyn, and your dinner companions are sure to be thankful.
If you are the host…
1. Plan to provide a traditional Thanksgiving feast, then be creative with side dishes.
2. Whenever anyone offers to help or bring a dish, say, “Yes, thank you!”
3. Use hollowed bread loaves for charming serving containers for cheeses, dips, olives, chips and small sandwiches.
4. Once the table settings and centerpiece are in place, sit in each chair to make sure each guest will feel comfortable.
5. Include favorite kids’ foods, especially those they can eat neatly with their fingers.
6. Provide at least one low-calorie dish and a vegetarian option. Then serve a sinful dessert.
7. Completely clear the table of all dishes from previous courses before serving dessert.
8. Fill the sink with soapy water so cutlery and small dishes can soak clean as the guests are finishing.
9. Make it easy for guests who help you clean up to help you recycle. Place bins in the kitchen labeled “glass,” “cans” and “trash.”
10. Keep club soda nearby to clean spots or stains on the tablecloth or clothing.
If you are a guest…
1. Arrive no earlier than the time the host has announced and no later than half an hour after the time.
2. Plan to stay about an hour after dinner unless travel plans or sleepy children necessitate leaving earlier.
3. Bring a gift and write a note of thanks afterward.
4. Offer to help set up for dinner and to clean afterward.
5. Notify the host of any special dietary needs — if you are a vegetarian, diabetic or allergic to common foods. You can tell the host how to prepare a dish you can eat, or even better, offer to bring that dish yourself.
6. If you’re going to a potluck Thanksgiving, bring a serving dish with your contribution. Remember, the best potluck dishes are those that need minimal preparation in the host’s kitchen, can be served at room temperature and require only a fork to eat.
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These are my favorites from "The all-time best Thanksgiving tips from Reader's Digest."
What’s the all-time best Thanksgiving tip?
Roast the turkey upside down. It’ll protect the breast from overcooking, and juices will seep down and keep it moist.
What’s the best way to reheat cold turkey?
Tastiest is in the gravy. Slice turkey and simmer in a skillet with gravy and some broth or water.
What size turkey should I buy?
Calculate one pound per adult. If you have a small oven or lots of guests, roast two smaller turkeys.
What happens if I start to carve the turkey and it’s still raw?
Discreetly take it to the kitchen, cut into pieces, and spread it on a baking sheet to finish roasting.
How do I keep pumpkin pie from cracking?
Bake just until the filling is barely set in the center but firm on the edges.
What’s an easy, basic gravy?
Sauté 1/4 cup of turkey fat or butter and 1/4 cup flour. Pour in 4 cups hot broth. Whisk until gravy-fied. Season.
Dinner’s ready, but the guests are late. How do I keep the food hot?
Cover and keep in a 200°F oven for up to 30 minutes; baste with chicken broth if it gets dry.
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