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A Few Days Before Thanksgiving
Prepare the turkey brine but do not add the turkey; cover and refrigerate.
Prepare any food that can be done ahead of time, such as pie, pastry and cranberry sauce.
The Day Before Thanksgiving
Complete your food shopping.
If you ordered a fresh turkey, pick it up or have it delivered.
If you are going to brine the turkey, place it in the brine and refrigerate.
Prepare any dishes that can be made in advance, such as soup and pies.
Peel and cut the potatoes; place in cold water and refrigerate.
Chop vegetables for the side dishes; refrigerate in covered bowls or ziplock plastic bags.
Set the table.
Refrigerate wines that need chilling.
Prepare the stuffing and other side dishes.
Prepare the turkey for roasting and put in the oven at the determined time. If you plan to stuff the bird, do not stuff it until just before you put it in the oven.
While the turkey is roasting, prepare the side dishes.
While the turkey is resting, make the gravy and cook the remaining side dishes.
Carve the turkey and serve your guests.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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