Baking and cooking at Thanksgiving can conjure up old memories and traditions, and it can help start new traditions, too. Cooking lots of tasty treats for everyone to indulge in (and enjoy) will create a warm feeling throughout your kitchen and your home. So, when it comes to baking and cooking ideas, what should you be thinking about?
Sumptuous Side Dishes
When you have lots of people visiting your home over this period you want to ensure that there is plenty of food to go around. With side dishes and finger foods, you can always have some ready and prepared for even those unexpected guests! You will often find that side dishes and finger foods will be ideal for laying out for visitors of all ages. When you are thinking about what to prepare, make sure you have a good mix of cold foods, and foods you can warm up. Sliced vegetables and fruits together with dips are ideal for those who are after a lighter option. For those wanting more substantial dishes, you could have soups and warm bread.
Preparing home-baked cookies to share with visitors, friends, and loved ones is always good—especially at this time of the year. You can make extra-special cookies by using Thanksgiving cookie stencils and by decorating them by yourself (or with the littlest family members). Cookies that are homemade and that are made with love and care often taste so much better than store-bought cookies. For example, making cookies that are shaped or even decorated like turkeys is a fun activity for all ages.
Pies are both hearty and filling, and they can be great to eat as a main or as a dessert. You can make your own pies (including pastry and filling), or you can buy ready-made products and put them together however you want. Sweet or savory pies can be enjoyed with freshly brewed coffee, or with a glass of wine. When you are thinking about homemade pies, remember that you do not need to make large ones, and sometimes smaller pies that you can fit in your hand can be just as beautiful.
Create a Menu Your Family Will Love
Creating a menu that features everything your family and friends will love is important; after all, you want to make sure everyone has a good time and comes together at this beautiful time of year. Getting other people’s ideas and opinions about what should be included, and why, can be beneficial. It can help you think of foods and dishes that you might have overlooked previously. When you can create a menu that will be appreciated and loved, you can then start focusing your attention on entertaining your guests.
Don’t Be Afraid to Adapt a Recipe
At this time of year, you must not be afraid to make changes or adapt to what you want to do. Trialing recipes can help you see where you need to make improvements, and while substituting products can often effectively adapt a recipe, it can change it completely if you are not careful. So, be sure that you experiment with adapting and changing recipes sooner rather than later. Don’t leave it until the last minute or else this will cause you unnecessary stress.