That growing anxiety I feel is because Thanksgiving is right around the corner, like a really long race I have to run and if I down, I’ll never catch up again. Luckily, there are some food-tastic sites and bloggers who are a great help to you in your final hours of prep (and borderline panic).
For quick tips, last minute recipe ideas and even an impressive no-hassle dessert to bring to the inlaws, we’ve rounded up just a few of our faves around the web this week.
Sometimes we need some serious Food 101 help. For how-tos, or tips like what to do if you are missing twine for the trussing, check out Chow’s Tips videos.
Related: Thanksgiving Recipes on Cool Mom Picks – plenty of our favorites!
Need a veggie side dish? The much beloved Ree Drummond of Pioneer Woman (up at top, obviously) serves up a Green Bean Casserole that looks like a lot of ingredients, but really, it’s just fresh beans, bacon and a cheesy white sauce.
Once you’ve peeled the little pearl onions onions, the sweet and sour onions recipe from Hank Shaw on Simply Recipes looks..well, simple. And really impressive.
Jaden at Steamy Kitchen shares four of her favorite Thanksgiving recipes, but the one that makes a smart use of the fall bounty might be her chanterelle, bacon and plum salad with blue cheese. All it takes is a trip to the gourmet store. (Part of why we love her: “Oh honey, there’s no substitute for the bacon. Do ten push-ups tomorrow.”)
Related: 9 Amazing Fall Salad Recipes
Four ingredients (five if you include the salt), almost no prep time, and a way to have those sweet potatoes with nary a marshmallow in sight: Melissa Clark’s Roasted Balsamic Sweet Potatoes at Epicurious.
If you’ve got folks going gluten-free at your holiday shindig, fear not. This super easy Gluten-free Butternut Squash Pie recipe looks delicious, courtesy of The Culinary Life.
More Quick Last-Minute Thanksgiving Recipe Tips:
1. For easy appetizers, remember that simple can look as thought-out as something with lots of frills. Put out some good crackers, a wedge of brie and a good goat cheese, and some grapes or little bowls of marinated olives and smoked almonds. No one will ever think, “Huh, she could have made fluted asiago cheese straws, if only she had the time and energy.”
2. To make a last-minute dessert, or if you need to compensate for a dropped pumpkin pie–hey, it happens–here’s some thoughts: Grab a pound cake from the grocery store bakery (no one goes for pound cake on Thanksgiving – they’ll be sitting there, forelorn), a bag of frozen whole strawberries or mixed berries, and a can of whipped cream. Thaw the berries in a wide, shallow pan, sprinkled with sugar, or defrost in the microwave. Let them get all syrupy. Serve on thick slices of cake, which you may have drizzled with some leftover Drambuie (from last year’s attempt at making truffles), top with whipped, and serve by candlelight.
3. Remember, the holiday season is a marathon, not a sprint. Stretch, hydrate, pace yourself, and try to slow down enough to enjoy the scenery.