Make your list and check it twice

Yes, I have already made out my Thanksgiving dinner shopping list. I am definitely not a "type A" person. I’m simply trying to get as much as I can done ahead of time. I have done Thanksgiving dinner so many times I could make the shopping list in my head, but this is the perfect time for you who may not be so familiar with cooking for a crowd in your home kitchen. Here are a few simple tips for getting ahead of the game:

1.Start your shopping list. I know we still have a couple of weeks, but just do it. Make a list of the menu items you plan to serve (I know you have a stack of recipes recently ripped out of the hundreds of Thanksgiving-themed food magazines that you are longing to try!), and separate them out on a word document. Then you simply have to go down the list and add ingredients. Here’s how I like to do it – I do this for all of my TulsaPeople Magazine photo shoots and it works like a charm!

Thanksgiving 2010

Roast Turkey with Gravy

Cornbread Stuffing

Mashed Potatoes

Etc.

Roast Turkey with Gravy

turkey

onion

garlic

celery

carrot

lemon

herbs

Cornbread Stuffing

cornmeal

buttermilk

butter

celery

onion

parsley

chicken stock

You get the idea. I PROMISE this will make a difference in your shopping trip!

2. Go through the pantry and pull out shelf-stable items. Set them aside in a box out of the way and mark them off the list. This way, you won’t be buying any duplicates of anything. Kitchen space is at a premium this time of year, and any excess only causes clutter!

3. When you head to the store, be sure to have a pen with you. I know it sounds obvious, but this is no ordinary grocery list, and it will be a nightmare to scroll through the entire list every time you pick up an ingredient. This way you can mark off ingredients as you go through the different departments – produce, dairy, and meat – without having to circle back.

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