The Only Thanksgiving Guide You Need

November 5th, 2013 · 814 Comments · Birthdays, Holidays, Celebrations, Thanksgiving

Last year, we devoted a lot of blog space to Thanksgiving, by Sam Sifton. And since we’re editors and writers, supposedly on the pulse of what the lastest, greatest, trendiest everything is, we should probably be featuring this year’s of-the-moment holiday cookbook. But here’s the thing: “trendy” and “of-the-moment” are not words that should EVER EVER EVER be in the same sentence as “Thanksgiving,” and we stand by our claim that Sam Sifton’s timeless, authoritative, delicious guide to our country’s greatest holiday is The Only Thanksgiving Recipe Collection You Will Ever Need. (Outside of your grandmother’s recipe box, of course — we don’t want to get anyone in trouble here). As such, we launch our “Countdown to Thanksgiving Series” with a bountiful giveaway: In the next 48 hours, five readers are eligible to win a free copy of Sifton’s Thanksgiving, and five more are eligible to have a free copy sent to whoever is cooking/hosting the feast… as a little pre-holiday pump-up and thank-you-in-advance. That’s TEN COPIES WE ARE GIVING AWAY. All you have to do is leave a comment below (we wouldn’t complain if this comment included a Thanksgiving tip) and tell me which one you are: #Host or #Guest.

Update: All winners have been notified. Congrats Josh, Betsy, Candice, Eva, Molly, Susan, Colleen F, L, Divya, Memegirl and to everyone else thanks for playing!

Related: Sam Sifton’s 1o Laws of Thanksgiving.

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  • 1 Dani C // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:29 am

    I’m the host. My tip is to do as much of the prep work (chopping, cleaning, dessert making) in the days before Thanksgiving!

  • 2 Lynn BB // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I’m the host for our family and one other. Doing as much as possible ahead of time makes things much easier!

  • 3 Judi // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I’m the host. My tips: as you say, don’t reinvent the wheel – if you have one delicious dessert or appetizer that people ask for year after year, keep making it! Also, more is not better – stick with just a few side dishes rather than trying to re-create a Roman feast. Nobody wants to socialize with exhausted, harried host who can’t enjoy his own party because he’s been up all night. It’s not Top Chef; it’s a holiday!

  • 4 Shannon // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I’m the host-for the first time. I need to have this book to teach me how to cook the turkey!

  • 5 Judi // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:36 am

    …with *an* exhausted, harried host….

    Sorry.

  • 6 Elina // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Guest this year. Make sure to wash dishes as you cook, otherwise you’ll have a mountain of dishes after dinner.

  • 7 Sarah // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I love hosting Thanksgiving! I live for this every year…. I always have my menu written out, and I have a list that I use to keep me organized. I also do all my desserts and apps the day before :)

  • 8 June H // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Ask each guest…What is the one dish that makes it Thanksgiving for you?…and be sure to include that dish! We already did an early celebration for my son-in-law who will be in Japan for the holiday…included the white soft rolls for him!

  • 9 Carrie // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:39 am

    I am a guest, but would love to host someday!

  • 10 Jane // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:40 am

    My Thanksgiving tip is to prepare as much as possible ahead of time. Several weeks in advance, I buy turkey legs and wings and use them to prepare the turkey broth (which I freeze) for the stuffing. I also make a menu with a countdown of what to prepare and when. I would love Sam Sifton’s Thanksgiving! Last year after your post, I placed it on my Christmas wish list…but alas, did not receive a copy. Maybe this year?

  • 11 Jane // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:41 am

    P.S. I am the host every year!

  • 12 Becky M // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:42 am

    For the first time in almost ten years I am not hosting. That said, I make homemade rolls a week in advance and freeze them right before I would do the last rise but after they are shaped. Them they can come out of the freezer day of but require no more work than waiting and baking.

  • 13 Heather // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:43 am

    I am the host this year. How I got to be 45 years old without ever hosting Thanksgiving is beyond me. I’m not clueless, and I’m a respectable cook, I just really want to do this right and bless my family :)

  • 14 Marie // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I am going to be a #Host for the first time this year and am a little bit nervous! So I have no tips but appreciate all of the help on your blog!

  • 15 Kelly Connolly // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Not sure yet if I’m the host or guest this year. Either way I’ll be cooking a bunch- the side dishes are the best part of Thanksgiving. I tend to go over board with them, so my tip is to keep it simple. Spend more time with people and less time overwhelmed by cooking a feast!

  • 16 sally // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I’ll be a guest this year. Last year I hosted a small group (just 5 of us, first time celebrating TG together, sentimental but not super-demanding) and we did a little group menu planning. So good to make sure to have everything important for the guests but not make every single dish.

  • 17 potato queen // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I am a guest who hopes to host someday. But I have hosted Oktoberfest parties with over 100 guests, and we made real food, so I’ve got some cred. And of course I have the same advice as everyone else: do as much possible ahead of time. Make a Big List. Do the shopping for nonperishables a week or two in advance. List the day you’ll finish each task (mix stuffing day before, lay out all your serving bowls and platters and label what each is for with a postit, gather all ye serving spoons while ye may).

  • 18 dominique // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:48 am

    always looking for more traditions to add to the td repertoire (which currently includes hickory smoked turkey breast, biscuit and bacon stuffing, sweet potato pecan pie)

  • 19 Wendy // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Hosting for the first time in over ten years. I’m a huge cook of side dishes, but haven’t cooked a turkey in all these years. Plus, 18 people, Wow!!

  • 20 Wendy // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Hosting for the first time in over ten years. I’m a huge cook of side dishes, but haven’t cooked a turkey in all this time! Plus, we are a big group – 18!!

  • 21 Stacy // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:52 am

    I’m the host–for two years in a row now! I would love a copy of this book. :)

  • 22 Tori Ryan // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Perpetual #guest but one with lots of cooking responsibilities so this would be a great help.

  • 23 Kelly J // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Every year my (new!) husband and I #host a thanksgiving the Saturday before the holiday for our friends and neighbors. It’s such a great way to celebrate our bonds and reflect on all of the changes of the past year (weddings, babies, new houses and jobs!) my thanksgiving tip is to give up total control and let your guests bring dishes to share – it’s more fun when everyone brings something unique to the table and you share an electric meal! (Probably much like the first thanksgiving!)

  • 24 Stephanie // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Thanksgiving is my FAVORITE holiday. I’m a guest this year, but since my mom doesn’t like to cook, I do most of the cooking with my dad. Our tip is to wash dishes in stages throughout the day to keep them from piling up.

  • 25 Linnea Beckwith // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Yay Thanksgiving! My favorite tip: morning after Thanksgiving pull out ALL the leftovers, let everyone go crazy filling an individual-sized baking dish, crack an egg on top of each, bake @ 350 ~ 20 mins. This year I’m going to be a #guest at my in-laws – but will be heavily involved in the food prep!

  • 26 janet // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:53 am

    #GUEST I would LOVE to give this to my mom who is hosting!

  • 27 Kristen // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:58 am

    I am an annual guest and #1 dish washer… every host should make sure to have one of those! Would love this book for my mother who has been hosting for as long as I can remember!

  • 28 Jen W. // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:59 am

    I’ll be a guest, at not 1, but 2 Thanksgiving feasts. My tip is to assign side dishes and pies to your guests, and focus on the turkey.

  • 29 Court // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:00 am

    I’m a #host! My tip is to make a schedule for the stove and oven, and make sure you make some sides on the stovetop.

  • 30 Kristen // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I am a host, who unfortunately gave food poisoning to guests 5 years ago. Miraculously, not only are they willing to risk sitting at my table, they shelled out plane tickets to do it!

  • 31 Heather // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I am the guest but I wish I were the host.

  • 32 Ellie // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:04 am

    I am maybe hosting this year, it hasn’t been decided yet. If so, it will be my first time hosting!

  • 33 Audrey Tepe // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Yum! I am a guest at my moms. We are having 14 people and we have never had that before! So I am sure I will be recruited.

  • 34 Suzannah // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:05 am

    We alternate hosting duties. This year I’m the guest. Our best tip is to invest in a turkey fryer! Fried turkey is amazing, and just as importantly, it frees up the oven for all the other things!

  • 35 Lynn // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Technically I’m a #guest, as Thanksgiving Dinner is at my Mom’s house, but I live nearby and I am very involved in the food prep! Biggest Tip: DO AHEAD! Pie Crust can me made ahead and frozen, turkey can brined the day before, mashed potatoes can be made ahead and rewarmed in a chafing dish or slow cooker. Give yourself as much lead time as possible!

  • 36 Christine // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Guest bringing half of the food, so does that make me a “ghost” (half guest, half host)? hee hee

    My tip is to mark your serving dishes and table with post it notes, so you have the proper size dishes to hold your food and you know where everything will go when you set the table.

  • 37 Liz // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:12 am

    First time #host!

  • 38 Kelly V. // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:12 am

    With my husband on call, we’re hosting my family this year (we hope!). However, I think we may cater the turkey – maybe I’ll be inspired :)

  • 39 Elizabeth // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I am a #Guest this year but looking forward to hosting one day!

  • 40 Liz // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:15 am

    #Host this year, number of guests still up in the air, so I’m not setting any tables yet…

  • 41 Ginger M. // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Host. For our sweet little family of four. Tip: I make the easiest cranberry sauce ever first thing in the morning. I feel overly accomplished after that and can do anything for the rest of the day. Provided there is champagne for the cook. After noon of course :)

  • 42 Annieb // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I am down to only 3 people at our Thanksgiving celebration and I must say I like it. After years of Turkey day extravaganzas, this small holiday is a relief and a joy. I keep it very simple and it is always wonderful.

  • 43 Jeremy // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:17 am

    #Guest this year but helping with sides!

  • 44 Clare // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I’m a guest this year, but have hosted for 5 out of the past 7 years.
    Tip: make a side (or 2 or 3) that can be served at room temperature. Roasted Brussels sprouts are delicious at room temp, with a little balsamic vinegar drizzled over them. My mother makes a great green bean salad with a dill dressing that tastes better cold or at room temp. It lessens the stress with all that last-minute prep.
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway! With everything else that’s been going on this year, I almost forgot to get excited about my very favorite holiday coming up!

  • 45 Melissa // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Happy to be a guest this year! But when I do host, I make as much as possible the day before so I only have to concentrate on the turkey and stuffing on Thanksgiving day.

  • 46 Kate // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:19 am

    So thankful to be a #GUEST this year, and here’s a universal law to ALL guests out there: Offer to bring something!!! And if the host declines your offer, bring a nice bottle of wine to share. My specialty is the dessert category, so my sister-in-law often hosts, and I do an array of 4 or 5 desserts for us all. :-)

  • 47 Margaret // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I’m a #Guest of a wonderful friend who is so dedicated to making sure Thanksgiving happens way out in the countryside in France that she has been known to stash a frozen turkey in her hand luggage when flying back from the States (she’s a flight attendant)! She has an address in the US, so should be eligible and I know she’d love to receive this book.

    My tip is to always remember that having friends and family around you is way more important than anything else, so relax, get everyone to bring a dish and enjoy the day.

  • 48 Amber Wilkie // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:20 am

    I’m a #guest, but it will be just my parents and us, so I expect to do a fair amount of cooking too. Yay!

  • 49 Holly // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Host for only the 2nd time. Very stressed about the turkey!

  • 50 Britt // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Finally a #guest this year after several hostings. I love to cook, but I hate to get the house clean. Make sure you give yourself ample time to do chores before the big day, and remember delegating to your fiancé or whoever is a-ok!

  • 51 Karin // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Guest. My mother-in-law cooks an awesome meal each year.

  • 52 Amanda // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I’m a #guest. We’re traveling 6hrs to NC, so we’re bringing some make-aheads: Orangette’s Cranberry Sauce and Butternut Squash Puree, The Kitchn’s Sage Stuffing (which can be transported in the cooler pre-baking), and Wine.

    Love Thanksgiving!

  • 53 Basak // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:27 am

    #host who buys a fully cooked turkey every year.

  • 54 Kathryn // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:27 am

    #guest and my only tip is PREP IN ADVANCE. You don’t get extra points for doing it all the day of and making yourself miserable.

  • 55 Jess // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:28 am

    #Host! For the fifth year in a row I’ve got friendsgiving. Also the best thing I ever did was put brown butter in my mashed potatoes. NO REGRETS!

  • 56 Claire // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Host. We are smoking a turkey on our Weber Grill this year and I am attempting 2 new recipes. Good thing there is only 6 of us. Viva Thanksgiving!

  • 57 Anne // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:29 am

    #HOST here. Would love that book!

  • 58 Jan // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Go with the flow… and make what you love!

  • 59 Cynthia // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I am hosting, have for the past 4 years. Last year it was 2 weeks after my baby was born. This year thanksgiving falls on my BIRTHDAY! My tip would be to let people help…have them bring their signature dish, wash dishes, etc.

  • 60 Miya // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I’m hosting this year, but it’s a group effort. My mom is making the turkey, dressing and gravy. Whew. I am in charge of all the sides. My #1 tip is to set out a few starters for your guests to nosh on while you finish any last minute work. Cheese board? Veggies & Dip? Bourbon…

  • 61 Awads // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:33 am

    #guest here….the first time in eons i’m not doing every bit of the cooking myself, and i’m a little bit sad. but happy i’ll be with family. …i made those perfect chicken thighs last night from Bon Apetite, by the way, and they were delicious (if a little bit messy, what with all that sizzling going on at the stovetop!). Big hit with my small child, too!!!

  • 62 Ashton // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:34 am

    First time host! Cooking for my grandmother this year instead of her doing all the work.

  • 63 Sarah F. // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:37 am

    We are going to be guests but will be doing most of the cooking (not sure how that really happened….)

  • 64 Vicki // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:37 am

    #guest, but have hosted before. Involve the guests in bringing sides – they have something they like and one less dish for you to prepare!

  • 65 Lauryl // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Guest! So none of the cleaning–but still a lot of cooking!

  • 66 Laura H // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I’m cooking Thanksgiving for the first time this year! #host

  • 67 Angie // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I am the host and the guest! My husband’s family gathers every year at a cabin in the woods for the long weekend. We take turns preparing meals throughout the weekend and ignore the Black Friday madness that happens after the Thursday turkey.

  • 68 Jen Durso // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:39 am

    #Guest this year, but I love to host this holiday. Don’t go too heavy on the appetizers.

  • 69 Ashley // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:40 am

    #Guest, who intends to insert at least one–if not two–truly southern dishes into the frosty, sadly butter-less landscape of my in-laws’ thoroughly northern Thanksgiving dinner. Can anyone say greens and pecan pie?

  • 70 Leslie // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:40 am

    #Guest! But hopefully when I move to a bigger house I’ll earn the right to host!

  • 71 harris mcgehee // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Make your own cranberry sauce. It could NOT be easier. #guest

  • 72 Katie // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:40 am

    #guest, I think it is great to bring a desert and help out!

  • 73 dianne // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I’m hosting but at a cabin, not my house. I’m worried about not having everything I need so the lists got started last week!

  • 74 Suzi // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Hosting this year! My tip is to invite non-family members – to make it feel more like a party and to minimize family drama. Everybody seems to be on their best behavior when non-family members are around.

  • 75 Luz // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:43 am

    #Host I’m hosting my immediate family for a small but yummy get together. We’re skipping the turkey and going straight for the pernil with traditional and Spanish fixings! Can’t wait =)

  • 76 Alli // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:43 am

    This year will be different, but usually I’m #Host. My tip is to clean the fridge–really clean it. Everything out, scrub, throw away condiments, etc–before you start shopping.

  • 77 Jessica // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I’m the host…for the first time! I don’t have any tips, I need them!!

  • 78 Sarah // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I’m a #guest this year.

  • 79 Debi // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Make all the usuals and one newfangled item.

  • 80 Beth Berlin // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:44 am

    My husband and I are giving thanks this year by actually withdrawing a little bit and spending the holiday alone, together. We’ve had a long few months of packing and moving and unpacking and fixing and we are so looking forward to a long weekend of binge-watching television. We’ll be hosting next year in our new home, but this year we’re hoping to be #Guests of our friends

  • 81 Jessica // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Whoops, I meant #Host!

  • 82 Shari // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:45 am

    #Host! Thanksgivukah this year. Adding latkes to side dishes and making cranberry applesauce. Make mashed potatoes in the morning and keep them warm in the slow cooker.

  • 83 Lisa // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I’m sort of the #host in that I am the primary cook but it’s at my in-law’s house.

    My biggest tip is to do a lot of the peeling, chopping, and baking as you can beforehand AND to make a rough schedule of what will be going in the oven when along with cooking times.

  • 84 Barbara // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:47 am

    #Guest, but I’ll be making a cranberry pie and maybe The Smitten Kitchen’s chocolate caramel crack

  • 85 Emily // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:48 am

    This year I’m the host for 11 college students in my American Literature class. I’m thinking traditional fare for their un-adventurous palates–we won’t be recreating the early American feast.

  • 86 Leslie // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:48 am

    #Guest this year (my sister & I take turns). don’t be afraid to ask people to bring specific courses/dishes to ease the load. People are always flattered when you ask for their workarounds version of something!

  • 87 Leslie // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:49 am

    #Guest this year (my sister & I take turns). don’t be afraid to ask people to bring specific courses/dishes to ease the load. People are always flattered when you ask for their wondrous version of something!

  • 88 ivey@durangomom.com // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:49 am

    i am hosting…our family is far, far away and we have ‘traditionally’ shared thanksgiving with our neighbors down the road. they do the turkey and we do the rest!

    i am from the deep south and mired in my grandmother’s ways. we have dressing (not stuffing!), giblet gravy, rolls, greens, sweet potatoes with a pecan crust, and drum roll please….

    tomato aspic.

    no one even likes it. but it is certainly a conversation starter.

    would love to win.

  • 89 Heidi // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:49 am

    #host. Be organized

  • 90 Sharon // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I’ve tried being the host but I am an excellent #guest – I bring the perfect wine and a delicious dessert, always help out with the cooking or setting up as needed, and will happily scour some pots at the end of the meal.

  • 91 dispack // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Hmmm both host and guest. Not sure of our menu yet! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 92 Shannon // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:51 am

    My tip is to plan out the tasks that people can easily help you with ahead of time (stirring the gravy, setting the table, etc.). That way, you can gracefully take advantage of offeres to lend a hand, and you might not be as sweaty when it’s time to serve and eat!

  • 93 Liz Stark // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I am a #Host to 30 people this year for Thanksgiving. A mix of family and friends. I truly am looking forward to it! Thankfully everyone gets along.

  • 94 Maria // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I am the #Host for the first time ever!! For both sides of the family. It’s going to be awesome, but I could use all the help I can get :)

  • 95 Elizabeth // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I am both guest and host this year…I will be traveling to my mother in laws in Vermont. She just had her knee replaced so I will be staying in her house but in charge of the turkey!

  • 96 sigourney start // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I am the guest! Although i have been given the task of producing a yummy pudding, well of course a few as we all love a bit of choice when it comes to desert. I have always wanted to celebrate a traditional thanksgiving holiday in America and since my friend got a job in Chicago i snapped at the chance and booked my flights! i am so excited to see her in a new adventure! so in just over 2 weeks time i would have landed and would love to present my friend with such a fab looking book!

  • 97 Amy // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Guest this year, and my best trick (as host) is to prepare as much as food as possible a day or two ahead. I’ve learned that even make-ahead mashed potatoes are possible — they involve a lot of cream cheese, and butter, and sour cream — and they are glorious.

  • 98 Sarah // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I’m a guest. I’ve only been the host once and after I read this book I can make that happen. Ha!

  • 99 Jenn // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Canadian Thanksgiving has already passed and I was a #guest x2 this year. But Christmas is fast approaching and there’s a good chance I’ll be #host this year.

  • 100 Caitlin // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:58 am

    #host! For the first time! I’m focusing on keeping the house in order, as well as some make-ahead dishes. My dad can’t wait to take over turkey duty!

  • 101 Mary // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:00 am

    I’m the host this year, and it has been a while. My tip: Ask someone else to bring desserts. Spend the day before doing everything possible that can be done ahead of time – cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, even chop/trim the veggies. Also triple-check that grocery list so you don’t have to run to the store on Thanksgiving morning (like I always seem to have to!)!

  • 102 Jen Byers // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I will be a helping guest at a rental house in the outer banks. The advice I always have to remember is to not overdo it. One or two amazing dishes is better than four mediocre.

  • 103 Sally // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I’m the host for the first time this year, of a very small party. My husband and I love to cook together, so I’m looking forward to it!

  • 104 Julie // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I am the guest at my sister’s house, but I am providing about half of the food. Everything except the turkey/gravy/potatoes.

  • 105 Sarah // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I’m a guest, but like several others, will be bringing a lot of food with me – pies, rolls, gluten-free alternatives for my toddler.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • 106 Anne // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:07 am

    I’m the guest this year for the first time in about 5 years, which is great. My tip is don’t be afraid to ask for help!

  • 107 Elyse G. // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Have a “leftovers” party the day after Thanksgiving where everyone brings them to share. *fingers crossed*

  • 108 Kay // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I’m a guest at my mother’s house and I have to eat gluten free so I help cook!

  • 109 Kelly // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I will be a guest, but am in charge of making dessert! It’s a lot of pressure, especially since I’m not in love with traditional pies!!

  • 110 Ann // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:12 am

    I’m a guest this year! My tip is to make sure any food you’re transporting is SECURELY situated in an upright position, out of direct sunlight, and that the lids are on tightly. Even if your containers have lids (like glass Pyrex containers) it doesn’t hurt to put a layer of plastic wrap underneath. (This tip courtesy of a melted chocolate pudding pie and a leaky bowl of pasta salad.)

  • 111 Julianne // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I host Thanksgiving for my family and my tip is just to relax and enjoy the day as much as possible!! And a little yoga the night before is good, too!!

  • 112 Taryn // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:16 am

    This year I’llbe a bit of both. I am expecting a new baby, so we’ll be hosting visiting family but I’ll be trying to relinquish Thanksgiving duties to my husband. Thankfully, he’s wonderful in the kitchen!

  • 113 Ari // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:16 am

    #Host for both Friendsgiving (with friends) and Thanksgiving (with Family)! Pro tip- don’t be scared of making too much! Thanksgiving leftovers are the best.

  • 114 Nisa // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I am the host for Thanksgiving! I just try to get as many things prepared ahead of time as possible and have my mom make the gravy!!

  • 115 Sara // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:19 am

    #guest and #host (for later in the weekend)

    Tip: Always make extra gravy. Always.

  • 116 Jennifer I // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Since my mom passed away last summer, I host Thanksgiving. I just can’t do Christmas anymore. My mom always made the candied sweet potatoes my dad likes, and even though I watched her make them every year, I can’t seem to replicate them.

  • 117 Allie // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Help… I’m #Host for the first time this year!

  • 118 Laura // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Hosting this year after many years as a guest! Tip: take a walk between dinner and dessert. It’s invigorating and allows the food (and drink) to settle.

  • 119 Meaghan // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I’m a guest at my Dad and step-moms house as I have been for years. Now that I have kids and the space to accommodate my family I’ve considered taking over and hosting. I’m to scared – the pressure to be perfect is too much. That and I think my step-Mom would be really mad. Maybe I’ll get the courage next year!

  • 120 Amanda // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:23 am

    #host this year. tip is invite people who might not have anywhere to go for thanksgiving. share the love.

  • 121 Aimee // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:26 am

    I like to bring a great veggie side because there is always plenty of dessert. #guest

  • 122 Amy B. // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:27 am

    I love this! When you printed the 10 Laws of Thanksgiving last year, I printed them off and taped them to the front of my Fridge for all to see, LOL. And while most are there for the Turkey, I’m all about the dressing…that’s MY favorite dish. Not sure yet if I’m hosting or going to be a guest…my family doesn’t decide who’s turn it is until about the week before the holiday :) I’ll be cooking regardless.

  • 123 Rebecca // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:28 am

    I’m the guest this year, although I prefer hosting. My tip: roast lots and lots of root vegetables, preferably with a riot of colors (beets help a lot with this). Roast them with a little bit of olive oil and generous amounts of salt, then serve them room temperature. You can make them in the morning or the day before, they make the table and your plate colorful, and they help you fill up on something other than too much stuffing.

  • 124 Kristan C. // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I am usually a #guest, but last year I finally played the #host! And it was so much fun! Thanks a lot in part to your posts last year regarding Sam’s book. I would love to have the entire book to guide us in future Thanksgiving hosting events!

  • 125 Maggie // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:30 am

    First time #host this year! My tip is to run a turkey trot 5k in the morning– it gets everybody’s “wiggles” out and doesn’t actually take away from too much prep time- plus you’ll feel better about eating too much pie later!

  • 126 Becca // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:30 am

    For the first time in many years, my husband and I, along with my brother and sister-in-law, are going to my parents for Thanksgiving. To give us more time to give thanks and spend time with one another, my husband and I will do most of the cooking and clean up. But there’s no doubt that we’ll gather in the kitchen during the prep and share our trade secrets for the perfect turkey. I think that makes us guests with gifts.

  • 127 Nancy // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:31 am

    #host. Set table the night before, and organize serving dishes and serving utensils. Enlist the kids in making place cards.

  • 128 Rachel // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:32 am

    #Host We are hosting two Thanksgiving dinners this year. A small one on the actual day for family (just 5 people) and a huge one a week before for friends (likely around 30 people). The key to the best turkeys we’ve ever made: 24-hour brine!

  • 129 anna // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I don’t have a tip, but my dad told me the sweetest story about thanksgiving this year. My little brother has been away at Infantry and Ranger and now Airborne school for the last 10 months and when he called my dad he listed all of the thanksgiving traditions he wanted to celebrate when he comes home this month. he specifically asked to do dishes. because every year he does dishes after dinner. the sweetest. #guest

  • 130 Kandyce // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I’m always a #Guest b/c it’s always at my mother-in-law’s house, but I always bring the breads and pies and hope to one day be the host for the family’s Thanksgiving

  • 131 Maggie // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I will be a guest at my boyfriend’s family thanksgiving again this year. His chef uncle cooks the bulk of the meal, but we always try and bring something- I hate to come empty handed to anything!

  • 132 Sarah // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I’m a #guest but aspiring #host.

    My #guest tip is, don’t fast all day before the feast! You need to expand your stomach a little or you won’t be able to stuff yourself silly. :-)

  • 133 Bob // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I’m a guest, but responsible for the pie! I’d love to have a copy of this for dessert ideas.

  • 134 Jennifer P // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I am hosting this year and so excited because this is a meal I love cooking. This year I am on call so I truly am doing almost everything in advance. Made the stock last weekend and will make the soup this week and put it in the freezer. Also I will make the cranberry sauce this weekend. I would love a new book with need ideas and recipes!!

  • 135 Sam Sifton // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Happy Thanksgiving, one and all. To all you hosts, thanks for these great tips, and to all you guests, look lively with the thanks and praise. It means a lot to those cooking. I’m roasting a fat bird this year and plan on consuming many oysters beforehand. If you get jammed up, you can always reach out to me on Twitter: @samsifton. Enjoy and — here’s hoping! — happy reading.

  • 136 wanda // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:37 am

    My tip would be to make the busy food items the night before.
    Mashed pot’s, green bean casserole, dressing…make it all and cover with foil. The next day just stick it in the oven to warm up! Gives you more time with loved ones.

  • 137 Louisa S. // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:40 am

    My husband and I are hosting my parents for the first time! AAAH!

  • 138 Dara // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:41 am

    #Host — the 2nd annual and I need all the help I can get.

  • 139 Katharine L // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I will be a #guest this year, but I’m already looking forward to making these BA Cranberry Margaritas next year when I host and I’m no longer pregnant ;)

    http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/cranberry-margarita

  • 140 Kiersten // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I’ll be out of the country for Thanksgiving this year! BUT since it’s my absolute favorite holiday (and meal!) I’m hosting a Thanksgiving part 2 the following weekend to celebrate and be thankful with friends (and turkey!).

  • 141 Emma // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I’m the host, and my tip isn’t very revolutionary, except for maybe it is. Don’t sweat it. Presumably the people sharing your table like or even love you already, so no need to impress them or try to be something you’re not. Keep it simple, and make sure there’s plenty of booze.

  • 142 jen // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:48 am

    #guest this year. I love Sam Sifton’s writing. Prep in advance, sure, but also go for a walk in the morning and open wine for the cook at least when the turkey goes in the oven…

  • 143 Katherine // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I’m the host – for both my and my husband’s family. My tip is to make and freeze in advance the Dinner A Love Story Tuscan Minnestrone soup to serve for dinner, along with warm sourdough bread, to those members of the family who will arrive Wednesday night!

  • 144 Laura // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:49 am

    It’s mine and my husband’s first thanksgiving together so I’m looking for tips for a first-time #host. But I agree with Emma, can’t go wrong with plenty of booze.

  • 145 Barbara // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Thanksgiving is my son-in-law’s favorite holiday; he is cooking this year and I know it will be great. I would love to send this to him.

  • 146 Keely // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Co-hosting with my sister!

  • 147 Carrie S // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I am a guest who wishes I could host. That said – our Thanksgiving is a wonderful mix of those of us who want traditional all the way (me, my sister, my dad) and those who want to eat beef (everyone else). We are also in a gluten free / gluten full split…so we could use all the help we can get! My tip is to try to keep people focused on the point of the day – being Thankful – and the history of the day. Last year we created a “Are you smarter than a 1st grader” quiz on Thanksgiving history. The first grader won – but only because she had watched the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving movie about 100 times before the big day. Thanks for your blog – it is how I start my day…Carrie

  • 148 jackie // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:52 am

    It’s definitely worth sitting down a week or two before Thanksgiving and making a meal plan, shopping list, and cooking schedule. It helps to think about what can be done in advance and what last-minute things should be done when. #host

  • 149 Vince Steinman12 // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I’m definitely the host. My tip in 3 words: mise en place. Make sure you have everything at hand before you begin cooking–and I mean everything: ingredients, equipment and serving bowls. There’s nothing worst than running around at the last minute on Thanksgiving Day trying to pick up an ingredient you forgot.

  • 150 Jina // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I will be hosting this year, with a 3 month old in tow :) And I will have gone back to work that week, too! Whew.

    For me, cocktails and wine play as big a part of the meal as the food. Plus, it will keep people happy while you’re doing last minute preparation.

    Also, it doesn’t have to be turkey, people! I like turkey, but I’ve had Thanksgiving in the past with roast chicken, duck and ham. It’s all been delicious.

  • 151 laura // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:54 am

    I a guest, with a responsibility to bring at least 4 dishes

  • 152 wyndi // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Not sure if I am hosting or guesting yet.

  • 153 Meg Brack // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I love Thanksgiving and am hosting for a huge family get together. My side, my husband’s side, new house, and now our one year old twins in the mix. I can use all the help I can get! Would love a copy of this beautiful book and so appreciate all these tips! #host

  • 154 Jen W // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:57 am

    #Host this year. My tip is to take people up on their offers to help/bring things. And put the kids to work–doing dishes, creating decor, setting the table, etc.

  • 155 Erin A // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I will be a guest this year, but probably still doing the majority of the cooking, just not in my house. My favorite side dish is a corn casserole with broccoli and cheese covered with bread crumbs! Would love a copy of the book for all those side dishes and for future when I start hosting again.

  • 156 Virginia // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I’m a #guest. My tip is to thank and compliment the host even more than you think necessary, like salting pasta water, especially if she is your 75 year-old aunt who can’t cook! Oh, and bring wine and pie – along with your love. It’s funny how I leave my food expectations at home this food holiday, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. If I win a Sifton book, I can imagine a delicious meal. :)

  • 157 Madeline // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I’m a #host along with my mom and 3 sisters– it’s a major team effort at our house! Everybody has to be in charge of a few dishes, and we all make it happen together. It’s just the best!

  • 158 Emily C. // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I’m a #guest…and my tip is to help the host stay on top of the dishes! Every now and then, I ‘sweep’ the rooms and collect discarded dishes and cups, washing by hand what is easy and putting the rest in the dishwasher. Little bits at a time keep things from piling up!

  • 159 Lauren Gourley // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I’ll be #host-ing this year as I’m far too pregnant to travel to see my family. Sort of looking forward to a really intimate dinner – but not sure how to cook all of our favorites for so few people!

  • 160 Janet // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Co-host with my 92-year old mother! Thanksgiving is just the best food holiday there is, hands down. It’s generally all about tradition at our house, but I like to throw in one or two new twists. I would LOVE LOVE Sam Sifton’s Thanksgiving book to find some of those new twists to add to our Thanksgiving table.

  • 161 Lisa // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I’m a guest! Our family has a tradition that everyone brings certain specialty dishes: roasted brussel sprouts, root vegetables, soup, homemade bread, dessert. The host is just responsible for the turkey. That way everyone has a sane amount of cooking to do and it’s easier to make sure vegetarians and people with allergies have things they can eat.

  • 162 Catherine // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I’m a guest & a host!!

  • 163 Bea // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I am a guest this year. I love to host but also happy to share the duty. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I am lucky to have my husband’s awesomely fun family wh0 make the holiday so great. My tip: relax and enjoy. No matter what – it’s all good and that’s the essence of the holiday.

  • 164 Lauren // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Guest this year!

  • 165 Katy // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:16 am

    #host
    My tip is to plan ahead and be organized by determining the menu, making the grocery list and figuring out what can be prepped ahead, I make a schedule of what needs to be done and when in the days ahead. Planning like this allows me to enjoy the day, rather than being frantic in the kitchen!!!

  • 166 Diane // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:18 am

    I’m a #guest, as I am every year since Thanksgiving is held at the old family home which is a plane ride away.

  • 167 elizabeth e // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:20 am

    quasi host/quasi guest! it’s at my parents’ house, and i’m helping to cook. i think that’d qualify myself as a #guest since i’m not paying for the ingredients?

  • 168 Amanda // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I’m the sous-chef but looking forward to hosting in my new home!

  • 169 Jenny // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I’m a guest this year, but will be helping my Mom with all of the cooking. I love Thanksgiving, it’s my favorite holiday!

  • 170 Susan // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Guest, but Mom will be working later than usual the week of, so will be pitching in a decent amount on the host front. My best tip? Champagne. Lots of it. And starting early.

  • 171 Ame // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:21 am

    I am making Thanksgiving happen this year for our little family with two picky eaters, my husband, and me (#host). But because we are getting back from Disney two days prior, and because I will be 8 months pregnant and am already flat-out tired, I’ve already ordered a pre-made turkey breast. I’ll be making two side dishes and the recipe on the back of the Libby Pumpkin can for dessert using a pre-made crust. I’ve done better in previous years, but this year I am just tired. So my tip would be to do what you can with what you have. Be elaborate if you have time, money, and energy, or play it down if you are short on resources. Nobody will remember the effort you put into making the food but they will remember the family time that you had together.

  • 172 Kirsten // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Thank you for the giveaway! My tip, if you have small children, is “don’t get your feelings hurt”. They really don’t see this as anything other than dinner in the 2-5 range. If they eat a green bean, some sweet potato and declare gravy “goopy” and turkey “too stringy” and hop down after 10 minutes, don’t let that color your experience of the the holiday or them. I am so fortunate to have such healthy, bossy, particular little people in my life. ;)

  • 173 Kathryn H // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Host. My tip is a classic. I try to have as much done in advance as possible. Its such a wonderful day and I do not wish to spoil that by running around like a turkey with its head cut off. Also, wine helps everything!

  • 174 Deonne // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I’m the guest, but am doing most of the desserts!

  • 175 jmbh // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Running the Turkey Trot in my hometown (finishes with a beer) and making the same kindergarten recipe for cranberry relish that I’ve been making for 32 years. I’m a guest this year, but when I host I try to remind myself that this truly is just another dinner where good food is lovely, but the presence of those we love makes the day special.

  • 176 Nancy // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Hosting a friendsgiving this year with my fiancee. Our best Thanksgiving tip is: lots and lots of wine!

  • 177 Kirsten // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Oh and a happy #guest this year.

  • 178 Nina // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Guest this year, but likely in charge of dessert and traditional sides and general toddler management. Consequently, I am appreciating the kid related tips!

  • 179 Zaree // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I’m the guest…but according to my mother, who is a first time host, I’ll be cooking everything, while she wears a hat and drinks wine and is the “project manager.”

  • 180 Sharon // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I’ll be hosting this year as usual. My main tip is to plan ahead and and work ahead so the day of is less stressful.

  • 181 Meghan // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I’m the host…9 years running and I love it. Every year I pick one recipe to try something new on, but everything else that we adore stays the same. Desserts are the one thing I can’t find that I love (and I’m good at…) so sometimes I just let my mom buy the pies and bring them!

  • 182 Karen // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:30 am

    #host for our family . Keeping my fingers crossed that this year my kids eat more than cranberry sauce.

  • 183 May // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Co-hosting with some friends! I’m with an earlier poster- clean as you go. Makes for a much more enjoyable night :) .

  • 184 Stephanie // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Host! For cornbread dressing (which is the only one that graces our table), make the cornbread at least a day or two ahead so it’s a bit stale, then use more chicken stock than you think you’ll need to ensure that the dressing is super moist and flavorful!

  • 185 JessicaD // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I’m the guest. My tip: love the tradition of going around the table to say what we’re thankful/grateful for.

  • 186 Lindsay // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Usually, I am a guest, but this year, I will be a host! Kind of nervous about the whole thing, but I’m already recipe planning!

  • 187 Heather // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I am a guest (at my parents house). Always, always say “Thank You.”

  • 188 Casey // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I’m not the host, but I am the chef. That’s right, I bring all of the ingredients to cook in my parents home in my tiny hometown, praying I don’t forget anything because the closest grocery store is 30 miles away!

  • 189 Sasha Pickett // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I am the host. My tip is to baste the bird in champagne and baste the chef, as well!

  • 190 Carolyn // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I’m the host – for the first time! My husband and I just got married in July, and are hosting my parents this year. I’ll be frequently referencing these comments for tips!

  • 191 annie // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I’ll be a guest with my new in-laws at a cousin’s house. I’d love to bring something wonderful to make a good impression. At my own family thanksgiving we rotate between serving everything Kosher and things like oyster stuffing. Its always a mixed bag!

  • 192 Kara // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Host-Bring warmth and love to the table and everyone will enjoy the day!

  • 193 Anne Miller // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:50 am

    #guest who always help do the dishes.

  • 194 MaryG // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Host. Tip: don’t ask for help, give assignments. :)

  • 195 Natalie // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I am the host to a growing set of guests in a university town. I really recommend you invite someone from another country to see Thanksgiving through new eyes again. I also suggest you make lots of veggies — make one of everyone’s favorites or have each guest bring one — such that you up the greens in your meal and have them available to complement the leftovers.

  • 196 Heather R // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:55 am

    We recently moved to NY from Chicago and I’m missing our Friendsgiving tradition. In our final year we were up to 50 guests and I feel like this book should be passed on to the couple that took over hosting duties!

  • 197 Judith Fitzpatrick // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I love thanksgiving! #Host for the first time ever – cooking for my roommates!

  • 198 Megan L. // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Host – make sure you know every guest’s dietary restrictions/allergies BEFORE you make a menu (based on unfortunate past experience)

  • 199 Sara // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I am a host! And it will be my first time…

  • 200 Ally P // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    #guest this year. Attending my first Thanksgiving with my new boyfriend’s family. Eek! Need something fantastic to bring!

  • 201 RK // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I’m a first-time host – eeks! My MiL, who has uppity tastes and who, by the way, is from your neck of the woods (Larchmont), will be the primary intimidating guest. I’ll need all the help I can get.

  • 202 Michelle // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Guest — I would love to send a copy to the host, my mother-in-law. Thanks!

  • 203 Amy // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    My first Thanksgiving with the in-laws, I took my favorite recipe from my mom’s Thanksgiving – her sweet potato casserole. It helped me feel more at home to have one of my favorites at the table and helped endear me to the host. Thanksgiving will be with my family this year, but I think the in-laws are making the casserole anyway. :-)

  • 204 Don // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I am a guest. My wife is the chef. My tip is to make sure you are available to help in any way so the cook is happy and can enjoy the day.

  • 205 Holly J // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I am a guest. My step-mother, the master, prepares the scrumptious meal.

  • 206 Pat // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    I’m a GUEST who bakes great pies. Thank you for sticking with tradition….and allowing traditions to develop, too.

  • 207 HeidiH // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    #guest. My husband’s parents are hosting the last Thanksgiving in the house he and his 5 siblings grew up in (he is 40 and the youngest)! I think it will be very special. We all pitch in with sides. My tip for Thanksgiving is use a site like Evite to organize the menu. The email storm is too annoying!

  • 208 Brittany // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    This year, I am a #guest….at three different Thanksgivings. My parents are recently divorced, so I’m splitting time between my dad (who can’t cook – this book would be great for him!), my mom (who already has all her classics ready to go) and my boyfriend’s family (where I’ll be bringing some delicious smitten kitchen apple pie – the best!).

    My tip – lots of wine!

  • 209 Natalie Britz // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    When you only have one tiny oven, consider bbq’ing your turkey! It will save you and takes a huge level of stress out of the already bustling kitchen! #Guest

  • 210 Ellen @ CheapCooking // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    #host this year. We have a few dishes that MUST be on the table and then I always play with a few new ones, depending on how many people are coming. My main tip though is to not overdo the appetizers! Make sure there’s plenty of appetite left for dinner.

  • 211 Christine // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    It’s a group effort! Someone takes the bird, and everyone else has their favorite sides, so no one person is overwhelmed :)

  • 212 bentley // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I’m neither! We are only cooking for ourselves this year (just me, husband and the kids) and I can’t WAIT. First year in many where I haven’t hosted. In lieu of guests we are going to see the floats being blown up in NYC on turkey day eve, and then having friends over for the weekend.
    My tip: before digging in, don’t forget to go around the table and say what you’re most thankful for this year.

  • 213 Brittney // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    I’m a #guest this year. But next year I’m going to be the host for the first time ever, so for the whole month of November, I’m practicing Thanksgiving classics (did pumpkin pie last night, doing mashed potatoes next).

  • 214 Nia // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    #guest this year…and spending Thanksgiving with my boyfriends family for the first time! I have promised to bring a veg side and a dessert and am stumped on trying to pick the perfect recipes! I dont want to bring a sad, soggy casserole and be remembered forever for it….

  • 215 Reynaul // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I am the host, and my tip is don’t mess with the traditional dishes, even if they don’t taste all that great and the only reason they show up each year is because they are “tradition”. You will get boycotts from the family members. That said, I always try and add one or two new items to the menu, and the Holiday entertaining book from Gourmet and Bon Appetit that you recommeded last Friday has lots of post it notes already sticking out of it!

  • 216 Carrie B // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Usually the guest, but wouldn’t mind being the host, if I’m honest. I second all people who said “clean as you go!” In fact, that’s my all-time favorite tip for cooking any meal. Just wish my husband agreed.

  • 217 Christina // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    #guest but will definitely need to bring something.

  • 218 Ariana // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Im the host/guest. we are having thanksgiving at my mom’s house, but I help so much and would love a great book to perk up our menu!!!

  • 219 Laura Z. // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    #Host. I would LOVE this book.

    My tip is to not tell anyone what creative new dishes you want to add into the mix. It will only create pre-holiday anxiety. It is much better to plan the menu as usual . Then, on the day of, surprise everyone with that one new dish or a new spin on an old reliable that you just “happened to whip up”. This could be mashed turnips or mashed cauliflower instead or in addition to the standard mashed potatoes. I often make vegan desserts (I am vegetarian but no one else in my family is) without telling anyone that they are vegan. If they don’t know, they are more likely to dig in!

    Happy Thanksgiving! I cannot wait!

  • 220 Katie // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I am the host this year and my tip is to bake rolls ahead of time and freeze!!

  • 221 Jules // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I have hosted many Thanksgiving dinners and to me the best tips are to do ahead as much as you can, don’t be afraid to ask for help and relax. OH! And football should always be on the TV! :)

  • 222 Shannon // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Hosting for the first time…and I’m 7 months pregnant! We’ll see how this goes:)

  • 223 Kristin // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Just be with the people you love and it will be the best day ever even if you burn the turkey

  • 224 Anje // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    #guest, at my parent’s house, but I will be doing most of the cooking…

  • 225 Rose // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    We’re hosting my parents for the first time ever. The menu includes a cider-brined turkey that was awesome last year and my mom’s delicious dressing. Everything else is still to be determined. In addition to all the wonderful tips above, I’ll add: have a drink!

  • 226 Elizabeth // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    My tip: have lots of wine!
    And I am #host

  • 227 Peter // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Host Thanksgiving dinner for 15-20, going on 9 years and counting. I love every second of it. My tip is to start drinking early: mimosas are in full flow by 10AM T-Day morning.

  • 228 Trish // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I am the host. Advice – Be yourself and keep it simple. The food will be great because it was made with love.
    Enjoy the company around you and have meaningful conversations.

  • 229 Molly // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    My wise mother’s advice: Don’t have too many appetizers; they will spoil your appetite for the main event. I am a guest this year.

  • 230 Terry // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I have hosted for 38 years and this year we are going out! Would love the book for next year though.

  • 231 Jen P // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Don’t feel like you have to have every dish in the rota every year. They can take turns. #host

  • 232 Amy // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Host – we are doing a building wide (2 family) thanksgiving this year. My tip: don’t forget the other meals that day and the day before. Have plenty of easy meals/food ready for breakfast, snacks, dinner the night before. Otherwise you may have lots of cranky little ones on hand (I learned this the hard way).

  • 233 Jess. // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    My elderly parents are being hosted by my sisters, I wish I were going to be a #guest, but I’d still love to send this to my sisters as a gift (which I may just do anyway).
    Here’s my tip:
    Just break down and get a fat separator. You may not use it often, but it will make your Thanksgiving so much less stressful at gravy time. This turkey is the only one I ever find worth eating, and the resulting gravy will change your life:
    http://www.marthastewart.com/353184/perfect-roast-turkey
    XOX

  • 234 JanetS // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I’m a guest. Homemade cranberry sauce is the best!

  • 235 Elizabeth K // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    We make the gravy ahead of time (recipe from America’s Test Kitchen Make Ahead Cook Book). It saves us from the last minute panic of is the gravy going to thicken!

  • 236 Emily G. // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    #Guest because I’m traveling across the country, but I plan to help with at least half the cooking and a lot of dishes. Tip: When doing ahead, don’t forget to take your contributions out of the fridge/freezer when packing up the car…

  • 237 angela // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    #host. You can’t go wrong brining a turkey. I know some food writers don’t like it, but it takes the stress out of cooking the turkey for me.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • 238 Sara // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Host – i could not agree more with the tip for cranberry sauce and gravy “making” the whole meal. My aunt insisted on making this burnt flour gravy last year and let’s just say, that won’t be happening again :)

  • 239 Dana // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Spatchcocked turkey. Enough said.

  • 240 Tori // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I’m going to be the #host of one thanksgiving and the #guest of another! If you’re looking to get away from marshmallow laden sweet potatoes I love this recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/chipotle-smashed-sweet-potatoes-recipe/index.html

    PS – finally got your book this past week and read it in one sitting. So, so fantastic.

  • 241 Emily // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    #guest, though i love being #host
    use meaningful china :)

  • 242 Bianca // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I’m a #host. Can’t wait to have my toddler “help” make pies for the first time. With no family nearby, we always host an assortment of friends, and ask them to bring a dish that they loved from their own family celebrations, regardless of national origin. It makes for a great ecclectic feast. (and I provide the turkey/cranberry/stuffing/gravy/pie, so we have all the essentials)

  • 243 Christine Treece // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I’m the #Host this year and my tip is to invest in an electric turkey roaster, especially if you have a small oven like me :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • 244 April // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    #Host My husband and I host Thanksgiving every year. The best tip I follow … prep and cook ahead as much as you can! Makes the day of much more enjoyable :-)

  • 245 Judy // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    I’ve learned a lot over the many years I’ve hosted Thanksgiving. But, my favorite tip is this: I order my fresh turkey completely brined, seasoned and buttered. All I have to do is pull off the plastic wrap covering the baking pan and put in it the oven. No nasty necks to pull out, no raw turkey juice dripping on every kitchen surface to contend with – nothing! For this, I am thankful. Happy Thankgiving.

  • 246 genelle // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    #Guest
    Always offer to bring anything the host needs, and always take over clean up so the host can rest after cooking all day!

  • 247 Carmen // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    #host. every.damn.year.
    I’ve learned that when guests ask “Can I bring something?” the correct answer and is “Sure! What would you like to bring?”.
    There isn’t a medal for doing everything yourself.

  • 248 Jaclyn // Nov 5, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    #host. My tip is to buy the pies from the Grand Traverse Pie Company. They can’t be beat, and I don’t have time to do everything :-)

  • 249 Sarah // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I have always been the guest. But someday, I hope to host!

  • 250 Laura B // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I’m a #guest and after marrying my vegetarian husband, have converted to a no-turkey thanksgiving. This means I need as much help as I can get finding tons of awesome traditional t-giving recipes and making them veg. It’s creative fun.

  • 251 Jacqueline // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Last year I hosted and this year I am going to my brothers – we trade off each year. Last year, I loved the rule from Sam: “Start serving drinks the moment your guests arrive, no matter the hour.” Always a good tip! I will add that The Algonquin might be an ideal cocktail to serve when those guests arrive: 1.5 oz Whisky, .75 oz dry Vermouth, .75 oz unsweetened Pineapple juice, stirred vigorously over ice then strained into an up glass, gotten from Food52. Happy Thanksgiving

  • 252 Stefanie // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    #host. Grill your turkey!

  • 253 Diane // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I am a guest who will be contributing to the meal. My husband and I alternate between our families each year and this year we will be at my mom’s and dad’s. I will probably be taking the pies–apple, pumpkin, and mincemeat:)

  • 254 leela // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Let others lend a hand in the kitchen. It has the added benefit of having company while you cook. #host

  • 255 Mona // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    #host
    I make everything ahead that I can. Cornbread and stale bread for stuffing can be made and frozen any time now. On the big day, roast the turkey and heat the sides you mixed up the day before. Light the candles and you are ready to go!

  • 256 Diane // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    #Hosting and my tip is to delegate. There’s no need to be the hero on Thanksgiving. Give your family and friends assignments. This allows you to spend some time on one WOW dish.

  • 257 sarah // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    a #guest and a #host. i usually throw a pot-luck with friends beforehand, and then let my family cook for me the day of!

  • 258 Rebecca // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Mmm, yum. Thanks for the chance to win! Tip: cornflakes and pecans with brown sugar to top the sweet potato casserole. Yes.
    #Guest

  • 259 Coralie // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I’m a guest, but mom is the host. Seeing as I usually make all three desserts, I think I deserve partial host status.

    I usually make two batches of pie crust the week before and freeze ‘em, then the day before thanksgiving I’ll make a full pie and two without a top crust!

  • 260 Angela // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I’m the guest this year, but will be bringing something. When I’ve hosted in the past, I’ve made whatever can be refrigerated ahead of time to save time andoven space on the day of.

  • 261 Diane // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I think this would be fun to help organize my day (although my husband is the one who makes the turkey, thankfully). My tip? Check out the thanksgiving smoothie on the Hillbilly Housewife blog. It is the best thing to have the morning of or the day after–not too filling or fattening, but just right.

  • 262 Colleen // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I’m the host and as the oldest sibling, I like to make sure everyone eats yummy food, gets to relax, and tries new things. I like to show my parents that I’m thankful for all of the meals they’ve cooked for us in the past.

  • 263 Ani // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I am devouring Thanksgiving articles and books prepping for our second year as turkey-day hosts. Last year I worked night shift at the hospital the night before, and my husband and I cooked everything in a very sleep deprived state – which resulted in me crashing out in the bedroom right after pumpkin pie. This year I am determined to make up for that! My advice is have everyone help out a bit by bringing something (a big help if you have limited space), but make it something that doesn’t have to be heated in the oven so your turkey isn’t competing for a spot in the oven!

  • 264 Kathryn // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    In the past I’ve been the host, but this year I’m a #guest at the in-laws’. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and I can’t wait to check out this book!

  • 265 Mary H. // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    This year Thanksgiving happens to fall on my 40th birthday so we’re hosting my entire family…but not at home, at a beachfront rental house in SC! We’ll need all the tips we can get :)
    #host

  • 266 Melissa // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    I’m the host! My first tip is to make sure you schedule whats going in the oven (when, what temperature) and also on the range. And make sure you have enough pots, pans, and lids.

    My second tip is good BUTTER. Lots of it. ;-)

  • 267 Libby // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I anxiously await the day when I get to be the host. But for now I’m just the guest.
    At our family gatherings, people take their dishes pretty seriously and everyone is looking for what they’re used to! There’s no room for corn pudding when Aunt So-and-So already takes care of the crock-pot creamed corn. All of the basics are always already covered and so I make a point to bring a dessert that is easy, travels well, and the kids will love.
    This year I’m bringing rice crispy treats covered with a caramel layer. It’s not exactly traditional but it’s also not snooty and fancy and will step on exactly no one’s toes. :D

  • 268 Libby // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I anxiously await the day when I get to be the host. But for now I’m just the #guest.
    At our family gatherings, people take their dishes pretty seriously and everyone is looking for what they’re used to! There’s no room for corn pudding when Aunt So-and-So already takes care of the crock-pot creamed corn. All of the basics are always already covered and so I make a point to bring a dessert that is easy, travels well, and the kids will love.
    This year I’m bringing rice crispy treats covered with a caramel layer. It’s not exactly traditional but it’s also not snooty and fancy and will step on exactly no one’s toes. :D

  • 269 Elsa // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Our home is too tiny to host, so I’m always a guest, even when I’m cooking the dinner (often at Mom’s house).

    If I bring a dish to someone else’s Thanksgiving dinner, I make sure it’s something that’s either fully prepared or easy to fit into a busy, bustling kitchen – a side dish that is happy in in a wide range of oven temperatures, for example, or that can reheat quickly while the turkey is resting.

    My real tip: always bring a little something beyond what the host requests, something special: a box of chocolates, or a bottle of sparkling wine, or muffins for the hosts’ breakfast the next day. Just a little something to say thanks for their hospitality and hard work.

  • 270 Michelle // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    #Guest, although I’d love to host! That’s crazy, though, right? I mean, is that crazy? ;)

  • 271 Nicole // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I love food. I really enjoy your website. I am a perpetual #guest for Thanksgiving and always bring a side dish or two, this year I’ve been assigned potatoes. We have a family favorite cheesy hash brown casserole or traditional mashed potatoes with buttermilk. Haven’t decided yet.

  • 272 Elisabeth // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I believe we are hosting… any help is greatly appreciated! I’ll be scanning your site daily!

  • 273 laura // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I’m the host this year — my parents live in town and my brother is too far away to come — so we switch off who is “in charge” each year so my mom and I each get to have it our way every other year.

  • 274 Jennifer // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Host! I think basting with oil or butter is key to a browned crisp beautiful turkey skin.

  • 275 Lisa // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    #host, I take the day off from work the day before.

  • 276 Lisa // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    #host, I take the day off from work the day before Thanksgiving – extra prep time!

  • 277 christine // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    hosting for the first time ever this year- with my in-laws as guests! eek!

  • 278 Kelly // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I will be the guest! However, I’ll be helping prepare appetizers and side dishes to help my sister out :) Last year my husband and I spend our Thanksgiving in Rome for our honeymoon!!

  • 279 Carol // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I am #host this Thanksgiving for my second year ever. Last year was year one- did ok, but always looking for further DALS-approved insight. The best thing I did last year was write out a time schedule for the day: timing the steps of each dish (when to start which dish, what to start prepping while others were in the oven, noting compatible oven temps, etc). It took about 1/2 an hour to write that up the week beforehand, but I felt anchored in sanity by having it- I’m pretty sure that’s what saved me. Love, love, love the sensibility and yumminess of this blog.

  • 280 Marguerite // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Heat that turkey serving platter in the oven to keep all if you hard work warm as long as possible. #host

  • 281 Lindsay H // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I’m a #host this year, so I can use all the help I can get!

  • 282 Elizabeth K. // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Our family is always the #guest, and I’d love to win a copy of this to thank my awesome sister-in-law who always hosts and does an AMAZING job! She even sends out an email every year asking what dish is everyone’s favorite to make sure that she includes it in the menu. Then, on top of that, she’ll usually make a brand-new dish just to add a little variation. Needless to say, it is a FEAST!

  • 283 Shani // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    #guest This year we’re eating at my cousin’s house and our current tip is to try to organize what everyone’s bringing in advance. This is doomed for failure, but at least we can make a good shopping list out of it. <3 Sam Sifton.

  • 284 Christina // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    This year I think I’m the #host, but I’m either a #host or #guest depending on the year. my family takes turns hosting Thanksgiving, and it’s always a potluck so even when I’m a guest, I’m always bringing a dish. Making Thanksgiving a potluck event is actually my tip since it takes some pressure off the host and makes it more of a communal event where everyone is taking part and helping out. Plus it gives everyone a chance to show off their signature dishes, but the host always makes the turkey.

  • 285 Hilary // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Hello! This will be my 2nd hosting of Thanksgiving. This year I will again be taking the day before off to prep. My most helpful prep tip is to make a DETAILED list of each dish, its place in the meal and ingredients. I have a grocery list with ALL ingredients required in the far left column, then the dishes listed in the 1st row with what is needed for each below. Then I can total gthe ingredients across to see how much butter, etc. I need to have. The amounts can be surprising and I hate to buy to much as it does get pricey if errors are made!!

  • 286 Vanessa // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I’m a guest! But we don’t really have a host! Ha. We’re doing this ‘Thanksgiving vacation’ thing for the second year in a row at a hotel (that loves dogs!) 2 1/2 hours away by the beach. There are pros and cons (no cleaning, no major dish washing) v (that means no homemade turkey leftovers, eek!) but I’m determined to make the most of it from the food side of things! Last year I brought down cinnamon buns and I have an apple crisp thing in the works for this year… Even thinking about slicing up a turkey to take for cold cut slices throughout the weekend in a small cooler!

  • 287 Sherrine // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    This will be our 2nd year to camp on Thanksgiving and we love to prepare a campfire feast!

  • 288 Michelle // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I am a #guest this year but hope to host next year! My tip for fellow guests: bring some booze & be thankful. And offer to help, but not too many times. Some hosts want you to be relaxed/watch football :)

  • 289 Lauren // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I’m the #host, alongside my mom. We’ve hosted both sides of the family at once for the last ten years, so I’m hoping to be a grateful #guest sometime soon with some friends or family that will appreciate a homemade cranberry sauce!

  • 290 Heather // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    I’ll be a #guest since all of our family lives out of town, but I’d love for them to visit me so I can #host it up!

  • 291 phoebe // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Im a guest, and I suggest pre-eating. I know, it’s thanksgiving, but when I take into account the hour+ car ride, the before meal hanging out, and the drinks pre-eating leaves me in a much more flexible mood. Plus it helps the kiddos coast past nap and actually make it to the big meal.

  • 292 Matt // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I am a #guest, but it will be my time soon. Tip…help mom as much as possible

  • 293 Jen // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I’m a #host this year, for the first time ever. I’m following my tip of inviting my mom to stay overnight the night before so she can help me make the turkey. I’ve never cooked a whole animal before so this will be key. She’s even bringing the turkey since she can get a free one with her supermarket points. I think I can handle sides and dessert!

  • 294 Mark J // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    With different for family and friends, I am the host at one party and the guest at another on that Saturday. My tip: even if you have a disaster or two (or all) people are very forgiving. So just relax and enjoy. An try something new, you’ll never know when you want to add a new family favorite to the food traditions.

  • 295 Laura // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I’m always fundamentally opposed to changing the tried and true Thanksgiving menu, except for one thing, last year we subbed out the usual sweet potatoes for mashed sweet potatoes with chipotles in adobo. So so good. #guest this year.

  • 296 Kerri // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I am a guest this year. My tip is to as much wine on hand as possible!

  • 297 Meghan // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    i heart thanksgiving and am hosting this year!

  • 298 Heidi Smith // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Loved the coverage of this book last year on your blog, I would love a copy as I prepare for my first ever thanksgiving as #Host Ah!

  • 299 Briana // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    I am co-hosting with my Dad. He’s a traditionalist when it comes to the holidays, and I like to spice it up. Together, we’ll have dinner planned by a 24 year old and a 54 year old. Should be a treat for everyone eating!

  • 300 Beth // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    We moved to Northern Alaska (I know – not in the 48 contiguous states but you should take pity on us) and I’ll probably make a small meal for my daughter and me since my husband and son don’t like turkey.

  • 301 Megan // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    A little of both… that’s what happens when you’re a grown adult guest back at your parents’ place for thanksgiving. I’m guessing I’ll be on the mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce.

  • 302 Brooke // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I’m hosting my first Thanksgiving….help!

  • 303 Liz R. // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I am #host and #guest (I think?)! My extended family always celebrates Thanksgiving together and we all partake in the cooking and eating. It’s the best time of the year, in my humble opinion. We are always in need of Thanksgiving inspiration. And while we’ve got quite a few talented chefs in the family, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without canned cranberry sauce.

  • 304 Barbara // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I’m the host. We outsource the bird (heresy, I know), and concentrate on the sides.

  • 305 Delight // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Always prepare best-loved items. I made the mistake one year of making a pumpkin chocolate chip cake (NY Times) instead of my mother’s pumpkin pie. Big mistake. While the cake was delicious, I thought my family was going to throw me to the wolves for not having the pumpkin pie.
    #guest.

  • 306 Caitlin H. // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    to quote Adam Sandler, “Gobble gobble goo and a gobble gobble giggle” #guest

  • 307 emma // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Guest at my aunt + uncle’s house // I am planning on offering to make dinner one night while we stay to give them a cooking break! Best holiday gift, I think!!

  • 308 Tara // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    We are guests at multiple family dinners and we will likely bring a side vegetable dish or a pumpkin pie to each. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 309 ELLEN F // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    #Guest. I’m hardly one to give advice since I’ve never hosted–but my mom will appreciate the book! She has been hosting for decades–she does a lot in advance and has the day timed perfectly.

  • 310 Jen P. // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I have been the host and the guest …. my tip … always bring a hostess gift. It can be the smallest of tokens or the grandest of gestures, the thought and consideration given is always appreciated.

  • 311 Allison // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I am #host this year. I always try to make as many things ahead of time as possible!

  • 312 Beth S // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I host, but work on cleaning before and after while my Mum does most of the cooking. I am in my mid 40′s and have never cooked a turkey. Someday I will have to, but it scares me just a little.

  • 313 Heather // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    #host
    1. I write my grocery list by store; 2. I purposefully plan a menu that requires me to start cooking Tuesday night. A little on Tuesday, a little more on Wednesday and Thursday is pretty manageable overall.

  • 314 Holly // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    #host – countdown is on!

  • 315 Tori E // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    My husband, daughter, son & I are the host for my husband’s side of the family. It will be the first time in our 23 year marriage that we are hosting Thanksgiving meal. We’d love your book to guide us thru a successful event. With much gratitude,

  • 316 Sally // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    #host. Indian In-laws coming! + friends. My mother in law will spice up the stuffing and probably make a curry too. So my tip is be open to non-traditional dishes!!

  • 317 Emily // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    #Guest! Enjoying my dad’s turkey on the grill after a few years abroad and turkey-less on Thanksgiving. Yay America!

  • 318 JackieD // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    #guest this year at my brand new sister-in-law’s house (brand new as in 2 months at that point). It’s also her birthday (that week) so a b-day/hostess gift like this would be awesome.

    Tip: well, my tip is to actually make less food; when I’ve hosted it’s only 1 pre-dinner nibble like nuts or cheese, turkey, mash, green beans with almonds, stuffing (if with family, otherwise I nix it) and dessert. I don’t mess with rolls, extra sides, elaborate pre-dinner snacks, etc. I’ve learned I only really want those main things anyway.

  • 319 Tracey // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I am a #host. My best tip is take a mini break after getting the turkey and stuffing in the oven and before starting the sides. By break I mean pouring a glass of wine or making a mimosa (for those large birds that go in before 10am) and taking 10 minutes to enjoy the day and what’s to come. Then I can get started on round 2 of cooking!

  • 320 Mavi // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    We’ve no family in the area so my husband and I go out for Thanksgiving…. BUT over the weekend I cook a Thanksgiving menu with some of our family recipes and invite the neighbors over. So I’m a host. :) My tip: set the table a day or two ahead of the big day!

  • 321 Sasha // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    My parents always host Thanksgiving for our family of Russian immigrants – which is no small feat considering some years, like last year, there are over 40 people sitting down to the meal. It’s my favorite holiday, and although there are some Russian standbys on the table, my mother always has some delicious traditional food, with fun twists (wild rice, cranberry and hazelnut stuffing, cheesy mashed potatoes, roasted butternut squash with leaks, hazelnuts and goat cheese). I love sitting down as a #guest at her Thanksgiving table.

  • 322 Anna Y // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    I am very unhappily hosting this year after my turkey was an utter failure two years ago. Cooking a turkey gives me anxiety and makes me dread Thanksgiving. Please, I need all the help I can get!

  • 323 Sarah S // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    #guest this year at a huge family gathering. I’d love to cook my own Thanksgiving dinner over the following weekend though, even if just for the leftovers :)

  • 324 Blair D // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    I’m hosting a Pre-Thanksgiving with 20-ish friends (in my small apartment!) in a week and a half. Then off to visit the parents for the real deal. I’d love to add this book to my (or my mom’s) collection! :)

  • 325 kathryn // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    We grill our turkey after brining & spatchcocking it. Tastes delicious, the carcass makes a delicious soup, and it frees up the oven.

  • 326 Renee // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    We’re guests, as we live in Illinois and the rest of my family is in Michigan, thus, we travel to them. Still, I love to cook and am always eager to help my mom in the kitchen!

  • 327 Kristen // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I’m the host. We host just about every year, and I always make 2-3 gallons of turkey stock for gravy and whatnot the weekend before the big day. Thanksgiving always reminds me what a good team my husband and I are!

  • 328 kathryn // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    We grill our turkey after brining & spatchcocking it. Tastes delicious, the carcass makes a delicious soup, and it frees up the oven. #host

  • 329 Jenna // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I am a guest this year and my tip is to always have a killer dessert.. whether you’ve prepared it or have asked a guest to bring it!

  • 330 Sherri // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I’m the guest but as my parents age my sisters and I take on a larger role in food preparation. My Mom starts setting the table on the Sunday before Thanksgiving and then preps food day by day until we all arrive for the big feast! We all bring wine because my Dad buys Two Buck Chuck (not that there’s anything wrong with that!) which gives us all a headache! My Mom (a retired art teacher) typically has a craft table for the kids. To round out the day, the garage has a large “Mom” table filled with items she hopes my sisters and I will take with us as she’s perpetually “downsizing”. These are all traditions that carry from year to year-Two Buck Chuck included! Sherri

  • 331 Liz // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Really enjoyed hosting a couple years ago. Would love to do so again, but have insecurities about inviting people…

    The thing I’m trying to teach myself is to find a pause in the preparation to really greet my guests, even if it can’t be the very moment they walk in the door. Funny how we can get so caught up in preparing for a gathering that we forget to enjoy the people who are gathering.

  • 332 Michelle // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    #host for second time! My tip is to make sides ahead of time and have hubby fry the turkey, which frees up oven space and cooks in way less time, so you have less stress and more time to hang with friends & fam :)

  • 333 M // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    # host. My tip is to fry the turkey! Frees up oven space, cooks in 45 minutes, always moist and delicious. (Yes, we live in the South.)

    And subtip: if you are frying the turkey, first put your turkey in the fryer. Pour water over the turkey until the turkey is just, but fully, submerged. Remove turkey. Mark where your water line is after the turkey has been removed. Now you know exactly how much oil you need. Pour out water, dry everything thoroughly (including turkey), and you’re ready to go.

  • 334 Audrey // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    #guest Although my mom officially hosts, I get to help cook/bake/clean! Not so much a tip as a tradition: in our family, everyone has a favorite (be it a drink, dessert, side, etc) that we try to include for Thanksgiving. It’s a little way to let everyone know how much we love them. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! I love spending time with my family and giving thanks for all of our blessings. Plus, there’s the food ;)

  • 335 Heather H. // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I’m the host and have been for almost every one of my 24 years of married life. Some years I’ve hosted 20, but this year, we’ll just have 4 gathered around the table. But the menu is always basically the same…it’s just the amounts that change and sometimes a veggie or two.

  • 336 Allison // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I am always a guest at my mom’s but hope to host some day. I ask my mom what she needs me to do or bring and try not to get in her way….

  • 337 Brooksley W. // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I am the host, and this year will mark our first Thanksgiving without Mom. I am now the matriarch of the family and will try my best to create the loving, delicious and celebratory meal that Mom and I used to make together.

  • 338 Catherine // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Hosting! I like the control I have but I wish we had a larger space. My tip is do as much as you can ahead of time! And if a guest can’t cook, assign them something foolproof, like wine!

  • 339 Randi // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I’m a guest this year, and all I have to bring is a blueberry pie. Not traditional, but it’s the favorite dessert of one of the guests, whose birthday happens to fall on Thanksgiving this year.

  • 340 Robin // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Guest this year. I would sincerely love to have someone cleaning up behind me as I cook. So I am taking it in hand to be the kind of guest I would like to have at my feast.

  • 341 Rena // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    guest at my in laws. bringing the pumpkin pie!

  • 342 Ellen // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I am a guest as is tradition for our families Thanksgiving. I would love some ideas for a future attempt :)

  • 343 Natasha // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I’m a Friendsgiving hostess and a Thanksgiving guest.

    Most important rule: You can never have too much food or drink. Overprepare!

  • 344 Caitlin G // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I am the #host for the second time this year.
    Cooking for a bunch of work friends (more like family) that also can’t make it home for the holidays like myself.
    We’re all relatively new to the kitchen, so fingers crossed we can pull this off!

  • 345 Elizabeth // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Guest. My tip is try to be the guest you would like to host. Offer ahead of time to make something specific, following the host’s recipe if she/he wants, and be flexible about everything from dishes to the time of the meal.

  • 346 Ashleigh // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Hosting this year, in our new home, and planning to cook it all from scratch. Gosh, I’ve wanted to read this book sine I heard Sam on NPR last year! I have no tips to offer, but hoping to learn plenty from this book!

  • 347 rachel // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Host this year, but we always do a Thanksgiving feast as a family as we love this meal.

  • 348 Julie // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I’m a host AND a guest. I try to clean as I go and also spend the week before getting things ready. My checklist keeps me from feeling too overwhelmed on the day of (wine helps too!)

  • 349 Allysa // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Guest this year! Braving the trip from NC to Pittsburgh!
    This book looks like a classic! A must for everyone one!

  • 350 Lisa // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Guest at my Mom’s house, I bring the pie!

  • 351 Liz // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    #Host. Tip: Make sure there is lots of wine, and everything else will fall in place.

  • 352 alinna // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    host and guest. the best tip i have is the bbq the turkey and free up oven time. or … buy a new stove with a double oven PLUS a broiler drawer.

  • 353 A Life From Scratch // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Always a #guest which I am OK with. I am obsessed with cooking and entertaining but something about putting together Thanksgiving is totally overwhelming!

    I am always happy to bring a pie or two though – baked in a brown bag….perfection.

  • 354 charlotte // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I am the host and I like to write a tiny card to each guest telling them why I am grateful for their friendship/relationship..I often try to think of a something from this year-just a little something that sticks out in my mind and makes me feel really grateful that we are all together-children love this tradition!

  • 355 patti // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Guest-make whatever you can ahead of time and help with the dishes:)

  • 356 Lori // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I am both the host AND the guest :) . We usually do a traditional meal at our house, and then a shrimp boil at my husband’s family’s house. I love cooking a traditional Thanksgiving meal. I have mastered my grandmother’s stuffing and still prepare our “secret recipe” sweet potatoes every year (when I was little and cooked w/ her, that’s what we called it). We also have BOTH pumkin pie and sweet potato pie, and the sweet potato casserole is topped w/ marshmallows on one side of the dish, and brown sugar/nut crunch on the other, to satisfy everyone’s preferences. Would absolultely love to see Sam’s tips and secrets. Fun!

  • 357 Rebecca D. // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    #Host — just to our little family of 4. My tip is to take the day before to make the sides and pie. Then the day is all about the turkey and reheating the sides. I LOVE Thanksgiving!

  • 358 Jamie // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Hosting for the first time. Thanksnukah for 25+. Tip: read this blog. D’oh — you already know that.

  • 359 Mary // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Host. Make a couple of these amazing cakes now

    http://www.vanillagarlic.com/2009/10/expletive-cranberries-expletive.html

    and stick them in the freezer. Have someone else bring pie!

  • 360 Milena // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Cook the turkey on the weber! It frees up the oven and makes life so much easier. I also think it makes it harder to dry out the turkey… just sayin’.

  • 361 Angie // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I get to play host this year!!! So excited. My tip: Make sure there is plenty to drink :) Everyone will remember a great time even if the food didn’t come off as well.

  • 362 Allison // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I am hosting this year and looking forward to combining Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. Turkey and Latkes anyone??

  • 363 Leigh Anna // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    #guest / #host – my mom makes Thanksgiving every year for 35-40 family members and I always help… but I’m sure I get to drink more wine and socialize than does my mom who is a WONDERFUL hostess and mother!

  • 364 claire // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I’m a guest (aspiring host, one day!). I always bring a bottle of wine and help with the dishes.

  • 365 Hannah // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Cooking this year but not at my own home. Prepping ahead of time is huge. I even make a plan for the week before. Monday-shop, Tuesday-set table and be sure all utensils are ready and you have the right amount of serving platters for your dishes,etc. also if you put the mashed potatoes in a metal bowl covered over some warm water, they’ll stay warm and not dry out so they can be done a little in advance rather than when everything else is coming together at the end.

  • 366 Sarah // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Last year, I hosted my first Thanksgiving. I cooked for 11 friends, and it was also my first time cooking for that large a crowd! I’m a student, so I don’t have the most fully stocked serving dish collection. While making my list of dishes, I wrote beside it the dish I intended to serve in, just to make sure I was covered for the day. It wouldn’t have even occurred to me to do this had my mom not suggested it, and good thing too because I had to go out and get a couple disposable pans! #host

  • 367 Lisa // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    #host, for the very first time!

  • 368 Kristi // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    I’m a guest this year after years of hosting. My tip is to make larger batches of the best dishes instead of many small dishes. It looks better on the table and plate when people don’t have to choose between 10-15 different dishes. You also avoid having people completely over-stuff themselves out of obligation and can do it out of choice ;)

  • 369 Jenny // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I’m hosting for the first time this year. My plan is to serve a cocktail beforehand and have at least five pies afterwards. I figure if nothing else goes well, we’ll be just fine!

  • 370 Jenny // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    #Guest but wish I had a big enough place to #Host. It’s not a tip, per se, but a strong suggestion to include roasted brussel sprouts in the menu. #ThanksgivingHero

  • 371 --anu // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I have cooked quite a few times for my extended family (odd in a way since I am the only one in the family who is not American) and my main tip is to have some snacks but not too many. It is no good if people come to table half-full.

  • 372 Emily // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I’m a host and guest (co-hosting with my mom and staying at her house while visiting from out of town!)…we finally convinced grandma to give up the Stouffer’s stuffing and I’ll be manning the sausage/sage homemade stuffing this year :)

  • 373 Lauren // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    It’s a family potluck this year so I could use some pointers! Great giveaway!

  • 374 becca // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    25 year old first time HOST!!! I need ALL the help I can get!!!

  • 375 Paige Ewell // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Im hosting this year! My tip is to remember the colors of the food youll be serving! Aim for that rainbow!

  • 376 Danielle // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    We will be guests at my in-laws this year. I will miss early morning kitchen prep with my own mom!

  • 377 Mary // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Happily a guest this year, but bringing traditional stuffing and pie. Stuffing with butter/onion/apples/walnuts/sausage and cider replacing water for the liquid. Except for the sausage & cider, just the way my grandmother & mother made it.

  • 378 Natalie // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Technically, my mom is the #host, but I’ll be right next to her in the kitchen. We’re doing Thanksgiving in Manhattan for the first time and we can’t even all fit in the apartment, so my husband and I are staying in a hotel up the street. Can’t wait!

    biggest tip is prep, prep, pre ahead of time! And lay down a rule that the cook does NOT have to clean up.

  • 379 Sarah // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    HOSTing a modest 15 people this year!! We get bogged down by preferences for multiple dressings and desserts. Been planning for a month

  • 380 Lindsay // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I’m the host this year. In our annual Friendsgiving, the host provides the turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy and something extra of their choice and the guests bring the rest. Just placed the order for our first heritage bird. SO. Excited.

  • 381 Kim // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    #host … Simplify, simplify, simplify. Pare the list from seven sides to five. Think of something fun for kiddos that grow ups will like too (last year I turned a pie crust disaster into fun mini hand pies and the two-year-old present ate four of them and his dad ate three). Work ahead when toucan, clean as you go, accept help, have a cocktail.

  • 382 Page // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Best T’giving tip from my aunt who often hosts extended family for extended days: let everyone bring something that’s NOT for Thursday dinner: a pot of soup for Friday lunch or a strata for Thursday morning. Smart. #guest

  • 383 Gina Bradley // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I’m hosting this year, and the best advice I can give is get as much done ahead of time as possible!! I’d rather spend time with the family than rushing around at the last minute trying to pull it all together :)

  • 384 Rachel // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    First time, very clueless but willing to learn #host! Let’s hope we don’t end up with Chinese take-out.

  • 385 Rae Lovvorn // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I’m the host this year this year, and my tip is to enjoy the day, and don’t stress about the details that don’t matter. It’s just me, my mom and my husband this year, and we decided it was okay to make reservations and eat out, rather than cook a big bird for our little group. Enjoy the people; that’s the priority.

  • 386 josie // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Hosting for the first time! Just ordered my turkey…so any help I can get would be great!!

  • 387 Amy // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I will be 9 months pregnant, so will gladly be a guest this year!

  • 388 Carolee // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I am the #guest but I do help my Mom out in the kitch. I am also tasked with brining a side dish so pointers of how to do a dish better would be great. I also bring wine, lots of wine:)

  • 389 Rachelle // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    I’m the #Host, but it’s just going to be my husband and I. Plus the dog, who will likely get sick from all the turkey bits we throw his way! I’d love to add a few new recipes to my repertoire as we create new traditions for our new marriage!

  • 390 Rita // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I have been coveting this book for a year and as the host of Thanksgiving on the Saturday after Thanksgiving I could really use it this year!
    Thanks!

  • 391 Carol // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    #guest @ my daughters house – but we enjoy putting dinner together – together!

  • 392 Elizabeth Degenhard // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I am the #host. After years of always wanting to try new recipes for special occasions, I’ve learned to go with the old standbys everyone loves (e.g., crockpot corn spoon bread); it makes me happy to think my kids will remember them as “Mom’s.” I usually try one new dish that tempts me from the pages of Saveur, Bon Appetit, or Food and Wine, something that isn’t too complicated. And I never make the pies–my mother-in-law always brings them. Every time I approach a turkey I feel like I’m doing it for the first time, so this book would be helpful.

  • 393 BethG // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Only tip I have is have lots of wine and a good sense of humor!

  • 394 Mallory // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    First time #Host! Going to be making latkes since it’s Hanukkah as well!

  • 395 Caitlin Amaral // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    I am still an eater, not a cooker yet, but my mother’s Italian sausage stuffing will go inside any bird I ever make. It’s so good that she’s going to smuggle me some back from her celebration in NJ this year.

  • 396 Crystal // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    This year, I’m a #guest. I’ve hosted the past two years in our tiny apartment though. I’m looking forward to the stuffing, always made with sausage, and apple pie for dessert.xo

  • 397 Deb // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Host again this year we are having 16 people and I couldn’t be happier! This one is MY holiday, I love love, love! My tips were already mentioned, but I would write out your plan but realize you need to stay flexible.

  • 398 Aubrey M // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Guest. My mom hosts Thanksgiving every year and I always bring baked goods.

  • 399 Laura // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    First time #host for 19 people! Would be great to have this book, especially this year!

  • 400 Gretchen Alice // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    #Host for the first time!

  • 401 Wendy // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I’m a guest. My mother always hosts in my parents’ log home in the woods, so perfect especially with the wood burning stove fired up. She focuses on the turkey, stuffing and pies (with homemade crust!) and we all bring the sides & drinks. It’s one of my favorite days of the year.

  • 402 Sara M // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I’m a #guest. This is my first year as a Thanksgiving orphan (my Mom just moved away) and I’m going to miss doing all the cooking with her!

  • 403 Lauren // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I guess I am both the #guest and the #host this year! Thanksgiving will be at my in-laws house but they do not like to cook so I will be doing all the cooking! My tip, like many others, prep and plan as best as you can before Thanksgiving day.

  • 404 Kristina // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I love getting multiple generations involved. Getting my kids to do things like make place cards or stir or assemble. #Guest

  • 405 chandra // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    I am hosting this year for the first time and could definitely use this as a guide. Thank you for the opportunity:)

  • 406 Kelly S. // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Our family just moved; we are knee-deep in boxes of kitchenware at the moment, so we will thankfully be guests again this year! My advice for Thanksgiving- you can never have too many bottles of wine on hand!

  • 407 Jennifer // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    #guest/host? My mom hosts, but my little sister and I are her sidekicks who do ALL the grunt work

  • 408 Katie Popke // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I am the hostess with the mostess! My Grandmother pasted last year and I have taken over rounding up the troops and cooking for 30 of us and I love every minute of it. Something about getting everything ready and seating down as one big family just makes my day. I live in Florida but my family is in Ohio and I am counting down the days until I can see all o them around the table sharing a special meal.

  • 409 Christine Paupore // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I’m the hostess and my tip is to buy your turkey at a turkey farm; super fresh & order in advance! Also, if you are stressed about the sides and cooking, usually those turkey farms have the most amazing sides too! Focus on the decor & your guests and making it special!

  • 410 Mindy // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    #Guest who so so badly wants to be the Host. Must defer to older generations, but I am anxious for my turn! We will bring dessert. And try not to groan at the overcooked vegetables and syrupy sweet potatoes.

  • 411 Liz // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    I’m the #host this year for my biggest feast yet–more than 30 guests! Ack! My favorite tip is to lay out all your serving platters a day or two in advance, and put post-its in each with whatever will go into that platter written on them. That way, no more scrambling for the right platter last minute, and no more forgetting the rolls in the oven.

  • 412 Sarah // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Hosting! My tip (which I nearly always fail at) is to not apologize for your food. If there’s a major, cannot be passed off, cannot even be eaten, fail then it should be laughed about. Do your best and cook with love, everyone who is worth it will appreciate it.

  • 413 Jeanne // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    BRINE your turkey! Make gravy ahead of time. DO make homemade pies. I’m host this time and would love to win this…

  • 414 Kym // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I’m hosting in our new house! Can’t wait for our first holiday here. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Oh! And my favorite dish is my family’s stuffing recipe. It’s simple and delicious.

  • 415 Erinn // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I have several recipes that are tradition and must haves. I also like to experiment with a few each year.

  • 416 Chelsea // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    We are always guests but enjoy bringing classic sides.

  • 417 Rachael // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    #Host! I am hosting Thanksgiving for the first time at my in-laws! I need all the help I can get, haha!

  • 418 Mary in NY // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Nice! Thanks for the contest. I’m hosting, cooking, cleaning up the mess then taking a long nap!

  • 419 Mary // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Guest, with benefits (i.e. I always bring pie, homemade of course)

  • 420 Nancy L S // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Hosted since 2005! Tip- Set the special dining table at least three days in advance (up to a week in advance if it’s your first time). Also, at this time pull out all the small appliances that you seem to only use at holiday time such as electric knives, your largest roasting pan, baster, and digital thermometer.

  • 421 Suzette // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    How are you going to pick from all these Thanksgiving foodies?! I am the host – always the host — and this year the table will be filled with friends of my kids who can’t be with their families for the holiday. I can’t wait to hear what their family food traditions entail. My tip is to use the freshest and best ingredients you can afford.

  • 422 Cay // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    This is my first Thanksgiving with my family since my mother died last year, so I’m feeling much more like a host than ever before, although my siblings and I will all be in it together. There’s so much I feel like I didn’t ask my mom about Thanksgiving and how she did certain things (that gravy!). I definitely feel like I need some help in the Host department. One thing I DO know: for leftover turkey sandwiches, ONLY Pepperidge Farm thin sliced white bread is acceptable.

  • 423 Alanna // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I’ll be a #guest twice this Thanksgiving. I’ll give you my foodie mom’s tip to a happy thanksgiving dinner: host one the Sunday before the actual day. That way you won’t be disappointed by a less from-scratch, decidedly NON-foodie experience at your MIL’s house. ;)

  • 424 Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    As a guest my tip is to offer to bring a dish, as a host my tip is to decide on the entire menu an entire week in advance– otherwise I’ve been plagued with indecision/changing my mind/ending up with too many trips to the grocery store, too many dishes to prepare, and too many leftovers (…as if such a thing were possible!).

  • 425 Rachel // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I am a Guest. My favorite Thanksgiving side is from my preschool cookbook! Cranberry Orange Relish. Add one whole naval orange (washed with skin on!), one package raw cranberries, one cup sugar to bowl of Cuisenart, chop with blade. The perfect tart accompaniment to turkey and gravy!

  • 426 Beth // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    #guest — Gather some guests to do the dishes for the host(s)!

  • 427 Katherine // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Have each guest make their favorite vegetable- then you know they’ll eat them! #host

  • 428 Karen // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Host. My best tip is prepare ahead. I prepare and freeze apple pie ahead. I think the frozen pie bakes up even more flaky than freshly made.

  • 429 Nefret Stringham // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    I am going to be a #guest, but I want to be a super good one and make brussels sprouts with bacon as an appetizer. Nothing makes brussels sprouts better than bacon!

  • 430 Nicole // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Last year I was the host for the first time and the key was being organized and prepared. This year I’ll be a guest. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • 431 Vanessa // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    #Host
    For the past two year’s I’ve hosted my parents in my tiny apartment, and I’d love to have this book to improve my hostessing skills! My tip? Stay calm, give yourself plenty of time. And don’t bite off more than you can chew. Oh, start prepping as far in advance as possible.

  • 432 Cindy W // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I am the #host. We love to play some kind of “thankfulness” game at the table.

  • 433 Susan Chan // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I’m a guest this year, but I’ve hosted many times.

    I have a shortcut for stuffing. If you use bread, don’t cut it the same day because the pieces will have to be toasted dry in the oven. Instead, cut the day before and leave out to dry overnight. Don’t forget to add lots of home-cooked broth when making the stuffing. Good luck!

  • 434 Natasha // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    #host Although I declared I was taking a one-year break from cooking any holiday meals, I somehow will be cooking for double the number of people we usually have.

  • 435 Erin // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    #Guest/#host? We have a family reunion (50+ people) every Thanksgiving in the American Legion Hall — and each family member brings a dish (or two or three). Always fun!

  • 436 BeccaV // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Host this year and for the past 9 of 10 years! The last few years we have had a small gathering and this year will be the same thing. The thing that helps me the most on thanksgiving is to prepare a head of time and make a timeline of when dishes need to go in the oven so everything is done at the same time. We always have a traditional Thanksgiving, my problem is there are certain side dishes we always want but always have so many leftovers with 5 sides, a turkey and dessert!

  • 437 Rosita // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    #Guest I was the host for many, many years. Now I’m the (gracious) guest.

  • 438 Kim // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    My favorite holiday. Love to host. With so many modern family factions, lifestyles and locations it is the one time in the year we really get to sit and enjoy being with everyone, even if it is in phases over the course of the day. Standbys and new recipes, everything tastes wonderful heaped together on a plate.

  • 439 Eileen // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Ten copies?? What a great giveaway–thank you! I’m going to pick #host although I actually still don’t know whether we are hosting or guesting it this year–we’ve hosted vegan T-days 3 years in a row, but there may be a trip to see family and eat actual turkey happening this time. We’ll see!

  • 440 Zane // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Tip: make a massaged kale salad! It goes with everything and everyone especially loves it on Thanksgiving!

    I will be a guest at my Mother’s delicious feast.

    Thanks for the give-a-way opportunity!

  • 441 Sandra // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I’m a host, for the first time, enjoying all the tips from everyone else! Maybe I will have one next year.

  • 442 Emily // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Frying turkey and frying latkes! First Thanksgiving in our new home #host

  • 443 Danielle // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I will be hosting 21 people this year. thanks for the giveaway!

  • 444 Lollie // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Guest—headed to the inlaws…my advice…a bottle of wine (or two) makes a great hostess gift when headed to my inlaws…..

  • 445 Lori // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Well, I am both guest and host. I will be making a couple dishes to take to my sisters for Thanksgiving day. My 3 children who will be traveling Thanksgiving day to come home (1 son in the Army, 1 son in the AirForce, and my daughter who lives 3 hours a way and is in retail and must work Thanksgiving) and we will have our Thanksgiving feast on Saturday.
    The tip is… (for me) I don’t want to ever be that parent that causes trouble for kids and their spouses about what time they “must” be at my house for dinner. Let the other mother- in-law do that ;)

  • 446 L // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    #Guest – would love to win this for my mother-in-law who is hosting a whole bunch of us this year.

  • 447 Wendy Dykan // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I am planning to #HOST for the very first time! I can’t offer many tips since I’ve never hosted before, but as a guest, I can say to never understimate the number of appetizers and snacks you should have available throughout the day. People come early, and though there’s a big feast, I like to munch while watching football and am not thrilled when there aren’t lots of snacks going around. And my husband will be the first to admit that when he gets over-hungry, he doesn’t enjoy the meal anymore! Happy feasting, I hope to have some help with this incredible book!!

  • 448 Lori // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Well, I am both guest and host. I will be making a couple dishes to take to my sisters for Thanksgiving day. My 3 children who will be traveling Thanksgiving day to come home (1 son in the Army, 1 son in the AirForce, and my daughter who lives 3 hours a way and is in retail must work Thanksgiving) we will have our Thanksgiving feast on Saturday.
    The tip is… (for me) I don’t want to ever be that parent that causes trouble for my kids and their spouses about what time they “must” be at my house for dinner. Let the other mother- in-law do that ;)

  • 449 Megan H. // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I’m a guest at my parents, so I’ll be right in the mix cooking. It will be just family. Thanks so much for the giveaway, and I can’t wait to check out this book!

  • 450 Kathy // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    My husband and I are the hosts, and the best thing we do is butterfly the turkey and cook it on the grill. Hubs pops it on the grill and it doesn’t take much time to cook. This also gives me the oven to bake other things. We’ve done this for at least five Thanksgivings and all guests agree that a brined, grilled turkey it tops!

  • 451 Andrea // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I’m finally a guest! Most years I host, so I’m excited to be a guest this year. This is the best holiday of the year: friends, family, and food.

  • 452 Crystal // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I am the host and the best tip I can give use is prepare the gravy uses a make ahead recipe about week before the big day. Everyone in my family stresses about the gravy, not me!

  • 453 Erika // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    #guest And very happy to have my SIL to host this year!
    My tip is a strong agreement to ask each guest what makes Thanksgiving for them, and even ask them to bring it if possible so that it really is the right recipe, etc.
    Love to read this compilation of tips!

  • 454 Kathy // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    My husband and I are the hosts, and the best thing we do is butterfly the turkey and throw it on the grill. Hubs does it and it doesn’t take much time to cook. This also gives me the oven to bake other things. We’ve done this for at least five Thanksgivings and all guests agree that a brined, grilled turkey it tops! Thank you!

  • 455 Lisa de. // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    #guest. My mom is 75 and still the best cook around. Sooner or later I need to make my first turkey.

  • 456 Rosie // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    We’re a combo of guest and host. Guest in that we will all be gathering at my mom’s house down the street but host in that we will be supplying three main dishes: the turkey (hubby smokes it), dressing/stuffing and cranberry relish. Hope I win!

  • 457 Allison // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I will be a guest this year. My tip, boil down that carcass and make some stock! The best part of that turkey is the turkey soup 24 hrs later.

    Here’s to hoping…Winner, winner, turkey dinner!

  • 458 Erin I // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I am a #guest at my grandparent’s house!

    My tip is to make a tree out of a tree branch and have guests hang leaves (made of paper) on the tree where the write what they are thankful for!

  • 459 Jessica // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway – I’m traveling for Thanksgiving this year and have offered to be the cook in my brother’s kitchen! I could certainly use a hand. :)

  • 460 LC // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    #Guest. Gratiously but it’s my dream to host!! Someday…

  • 461 Beth // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I love turkey! Happy Thanksgiving! #guest

  • 462 Jamie R. // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I sure do love a new cookbook! I’m somewhere in between #host and #guest this year. Won’t be taking place at my house, but I make a lot of the dishes!

  • 463 Maddie // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I’m hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time and feeling a bit overwhelmed! Would love to have this book as a reference. #host

  • 464 Jenny // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Always a #guest but still like to #cook.

  • 465 Barb // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    I am a guest…but I am bringing several dishes.

  • 466 Mary Beth Hunt // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    guest. Bring something!

  • 467 Emmy // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Hosting this year. My tip is to keep a nice glass of wine by the stove to calm your cooking jitters!

  • 468 Kelsey // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Guest this year. Looking forward to mashed potatoes (gotta have them a little bit lumpy!)

  • 469 Christine N // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    #Host

    This is my third year hosting for a group of friends and I’m looking forward to it… albeit a little nervously. You see, last year, there was a little mishap with the oven (actually, it got turned off for some unknown amount of time) which resulted in a two hour late turkey! I have some redeeming to do this year :)

    I’m working hard to prep more in advance this year and am reading my notes from last year – very important!

    A great tip I was given last year at my local farmer’s market. I was picking out a sugar pumpkin to make pumpkin puree. The gentleman at the market asked if I was making a pie and suggested using a “Long Island Cheese” pumpkin – lovely, sweet, and not at all stringy making for a great puree. This fine tip made for a great pumpkin pie!

  • 470 nadya // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    We’re hosting as always–lots of family intrigue and really good food. ;-) #host

  • 471 nadya // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    We’re hosting as always–lots of family and really good food. ;-) #host

  • 472 Kat Geitner // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I’m the host and my best tip is to plan! A good plan makes the day stress free. I do as much ahead and that way I can enjoy !!! I LOVE THANKSGIVING!!!

  • 473 Jen W // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Hosting this year! :)

  • 474 andrea // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    I usually host, but last year my daughter was born thanksgiving day! My advice would be not to have a baby on thanksgiving, the hospital dinner is much as you would expect, and no one brought me any pie!

  • 475 Michie // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Very excited to be the #host for 18 people on the big day! Tip: don’t try to do it alone. Know your guests’ strengths and delegate. And drink plenty of water (good tip any day of the year).

  • 476 Emily B // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    We’re hosting this year for both families. 13 adults and 2 children. The control freak in me doesn’t want to let anyone bring anything and my husband says let them bring what they want.
    Would love this book for inspiration!

  • 477 Molly // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Guest. This will be my first Thanksgiving not with my parents (I am 36….), and with my in laws. My MIL goes crazy trying to please everyone at these types of events, so I am getting stressed out already. So my tip, as a guest, is to try and be helpful and remain calm. Also, my MIL makes the Swanson Mashed potatoes recipe with chicken broth (vomit), so I think I will offer to make real mashed potatoes (ie, no broth), and “help her out.”

  • 478 Kathy // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    #host for 34…..my tip is to have fun:)

  • 479 Carol // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I am the host, much to the shock of my entire family, who for many years only new me as someone who put salt instead of sugar into her own birthday cake as a child. I’m sure I’d love this book!

  • 480 Meghan // Nov 5, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    My husband and I (along with our chubby 4 month old) are hosting this year! Woooo! My tip, have mashed potatoes. Last year, my mom thought that no one (me) would notice if there were no mashed potatoes – uh please. Guess who ended up going to Wegmans on Thanksgiving Day. That’s right. MOM.

  • 481 Shauna // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I will be hosting this year as usual. My key to a great Thanksgiving is to put more butter than humanly possible in the mashed potatoes! (Diet LATER, it’s Thanksgiving!)

  • 482 Brianna Lopez // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Well this is my first year hosting so I would be very honored to win this contest in particular!!! I’m 25 years old, in graduate school and have a 2 year old and a 3 month old…. someone please help me!!! haha!!! #Host

  • 483 Eva // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I’m in between host and guest…my parents are hosting so I’ll be back home helping out. My tip is go easy on the appetizers–people are there to spend time together and eat dinner, so a cheese plate and some nuts and olives are fine!

  • 484 Jeannie hannon // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Host. I freeze pumpkin pies in unbaked crust then bake after turkey and sides come.out.

  • 485 Tali // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I’m hosting Thanksgivukkah this year and couldn’t be more excited!

  • 486 Hallie // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I am cooking and someone else’s house, I a not sure if this makes me the guest or the host! This year I created a Googledoc so that my mom and I can collaborate on the menu despite living on opposite ends of the country! It also means we can each work on it at times that our convenient for each of us.

  • 487 Ashley // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I’m a guest. Would love to send this great book as a hostess gift!

  • 488 Jenny Jaffe // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    I so wish I was hosting. my mother in law is and I wish I could plan the entire meal. Maybe next year:)

  • 489 Jen // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    #guest this year, but we all contribute to the meal. We will pick up the fresh turkey from the farm on Sunday. I prepped the squash when I picked it by baking, then mashing, then freezing in a large bag labeled Butternut Thanksgiving. My favorite holiday!

  • 490 Kim // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    guest (potluck style)- DALS is my goto for a tasty side dish each thanksgiving!

  • 491 Kathy McDonald // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Host. Keep it simple, do what you do best, and let your guests help! It’s great to experiment on a couple of side dishes, but if all of your guests live for your _______ (fill in the blank), Thanksgiving is NOT the time to replace it with something new and different!

  • 492 karen w. // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    #host. we just moved and this will be our first time hosting the big family thanksgiving dinner!!

  • 493 Jenny Greene // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    First time reluctant host for 4…reluctant not for the cooking, but for the stress that goes along with making a dinner for the holiday!

  • 494 Mavi // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Ooops! Mistakenly checked the box below…. I have 100s of emails now….

  • 495 Ellie // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    #Guest who dreams of hosting. 24, married for a year, gobbling up every post of DALS and have practically memorized the book. Grew up with lots of family dinner, but very little real food. Counting this blog when I count my blessings, for all it’s teaching me about life around the family table!

  • 496 Brittany B. // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    First time spending a big holiday with my boyfriend’s family. I’m very excited but very nervous too. What should I bring? #guest

  • 497 Elizabeth // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    If hosting, especially a new family member, find out what dish means Thanksgiving to them and include it on your own table. Happy to be a guest this year, but at my mom and dad’s house, so I’ll be cooking while they child wrangle. A nice holiday switch!

  • 498 Kathryn P // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Try to include everyone’s traditions. My husbands family is originally from South America, and so we have an adapted Thanksgiving dinner. That being said even as a guest, I provide the traditional mashed potatoes, can of crannberry sauce, and tons of apps because who can hold out until dinner?

  • 499 Ginna // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Love it! #guest this year, but will be making about three sides and a dessert, so any help I can get will be appreciated!

  • 500 Joselyn Verschelden // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I’ll be a guest but will be contributing to the meal and would love some new ideas!

  • 501 Melissa H. // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I’m a guest at my parent’s house! :)

  • 502 Julia // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    #Guest! We are driving from DC down to my brother’s place in SC so by the time we finish battling the traffic on Wednesday, I’ll be more than ready for a relaxing Thanksgiving dinner :) I think this book might make a great hostess gift for my brother and SIL!

  • 503 NicoleD // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    #host for my family of 12, the first time ever… eek!

  • 504 Bette // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I’m a host! An annual Thanksgiving tradition here: Bake 6 to 8 loaves of pumpkin bread and give them to people you are thankful for this year ( not family).

  • 505 Hannah // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I love being a Thanksgiving guest – though, since it’s a family gathering, I don’t feel too “guesty.” Best guest tips – ask “what can I bring?” and stay slightly out of the cook’s way – far enough to not be underfoot, but close enough to jump in and help if needed. Love Thanksgiving!

  • 506 Julie Hermann // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Thanksgiving tip….. don’t forget to be thankful.
    I started a Thanksgiving tree (construction paper on poster board)… I have written each year we write on it (2006, 2008, 2009, 2011.. and this year).. everyone adds something. Love looking back. My 7 year old niece (in 2006) wrote WHIPED CREAM. I plan on having it framed after this year.

  • 507 Mandy // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    First time host–can’t wait! I make lacto-fermented cranberry sauce, and OMG so good. I have to make another batch (or two) before the big day b/c this one will be gone by the end of the week.

  • 508 Charlotte Cromwell // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    I am the host the past few years! Prep as much as you can before and it makes the dinner go so much smoother.

  • 509 Neile // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I’m new to Thanksgiving hosting, but think/ hope the company is as important as the food! #host

  • 510 Bridget // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    We should know this week whether we are hosting or guests but either way we will be doing lots of cooking. I tend to find a million things I want to make, so my advice? Start planning early so you can narrow down the options and curate a menu. Best to have a handful of great dishes that are memorable than a ton of items that are all good but everyone gets two bites of each and doesn’t remember anything.

  • 511 Andrea // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    I’m a guest! My tip is that anything I bring never needs more than a microwave. The oven is being used for other things! I bring the platter and serveware, too.

  • 512 Deb R // Nov 5, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    My Mom always hosts and the daughters always help cook. Love this holiday! This year I can’t wait to make my new favorite…BRUSSELS SPROUTS!!! Roasted, with shallots and bacon. I am pysched!!

  • 513 megan // Nov 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    i’m a guest

  • 514 Jenny // Nov 5, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    This book sounds awesome!

  • 515 Jenny // Nov 5, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I’m hosting again, this time for 25 people!!

  • 516 Jen // Nov 5, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Still undertermined whether I will be guest or host this year! Either way, I’ll be making pumpkin, pecan and apple pies.

  • 517 Jennifer // Nov 5, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    #guest at my aunt’s house an hour and a half away. Best advice is to enjoy the process of preparing and welcoming others. Asking for help is good and we always bring pie!

  • 518 Kimberly A. // Nov 5, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    #guest at my parents house- I always try to bring a game to play with the younger family members while we wait for dinner to be ready.

  • 519 PamB // Nov 5, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    #host
    My tip – really a request – is for guest to deal with any heat/cooling their dish needs – or clear it with the host first. Refrigerator space can be at a premium, and I had the most grateful moment of last year’s Thansgiving when my lovely friend and guest brought a cooler that accommodated her dessert (and a couple of others as well) happily in the garage when there was nary an inch to spare in the refrigerator

  • 520 Cindy // Nov 5, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    #host on Thanksgiving day and #guest for family dinner that weekend. Best advice is to use bourbon with the turkey and the gravy. And avoid corn starch at all costs, no matter how many times your mother in law tries to add it to the gravy to thicken it.

  • 521 Gara // Nov 5, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    I’m a guest with a 3 month old baby. I’m just hoping someone will hold the baby for a bit and let me help with the cooking for an hour or so!

  • 522 Heide // Nov 5, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    I’m #host this year. We did a massive kitchen renovation this year and it’s finally finished, so the family is coming to my house. I’m looking forward to it, but daunted, too.

  • 523 brooke // Nov 5, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    #host remember reading about this book last year on your blog. Would love a copy!

  • 524 Karen // Nov 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Host.

  • 525 Jo // Nov 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I am a #Guest this year. My tip is to help with the dishes so you’ll be invited back next year!!

  • 526 Stephanie V // Nov 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I’m hosting for the third year in a row, but the first year for hosting my husband’s family. My tip is to wake up at the crack of dawn to keep the cook (my dad) company and learn his secrets (which were originally his father’s).

  • 527 Lillian // Nov 5, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    SO FUN!! We’ll be guests at my parents, but I’ll still be helping with cooking. My mom is such a traditionalist for Thanksgiving and has DRILLED into our heads that Thanksgiving is not the time to try anything wild, so it’s stuck with me and sound like this book would be right up my (and her!) alley!

  • 528 Elise // Nov 5, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I’m a host with cherished relatives from out of town coming and staying with me starting several days before Thanksgiving (8 people crashing chez moi!) so I can’t do much delegating and I’ll be needing to supply food for several days! Panicking (I think I need to buy more bath towels) but excited too. Last year was my first time hosting and I forgot to remove the little plastic gizmo holding the turkey legs together. The smell of melted plastic still makes me cringe…
    I need your book!

  • 529 Charlie // Nov 5, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Helping my parents to host!

  • 530 Julie // Nov 5, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    #Guest. I’ve never hosted it myself and I’m longing to do so, but my aunt has all 50+ of us at her house (with three turkeys to feed everyone). Maybe next year when we’re craving something less crazy.

  • 531 Stephanie // Nov 5, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    I’m a guest – always a huge crowd of 50 at my uncle’s house – my favorite day of the year!

    Also need my own copy of this book b/c I have checked the library’s copy out one too many times – and I can’t write in it!

  • 532 Jenn W // Nov 5, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    We are hosting. Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday!

  • 533 Jennifer Atkins // Nov 5, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    I’m a guest at my Aunt’s house, but we all bring a dish to share. I usually bring my green bean casserole, but I would love to do something a little more this year!

  • 534 Sarah // Nov 5, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I’m a #guest to best friends of my husband’s mother-in-law, who recently passed away. We’re really grateful and excited that they included us in their celebration. They’re also super into food. Because they’re in Cleveland, I’m thinking I might contribute with a Michael Ruhlman-themed schmaltz-based dish!

    I would love a copy of the book to share with my hosts!

  • 535 Jen // Nov 5, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    #Host. Relatives live far away, so the group is small. We get so excited about the food and make way too much! I have no tips that have not already been covered, and I could stand to learn from others.

  • 536 Joanna // Nov 5, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I could sure use a copy of this! Not only is it Thanksgiving but a family reunion at my house:)

  • 537 Caitlin // Nov 5, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I am a #host. This is a zero brainier, but at our Thanksgiving we ask only that our guests bring a bottle of their favorite wine to share.

  • 538 amy // Nov 5, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    One of my favorite thanksgiving memories is standing at the stove in the morning, stirring the onions, celery, and mushrooms for the stuffing. That was my ‘job’.

  • 539 melissa // Nov 5, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    i’m hosting this year! my only tip is…make more pie than you think you’ll need. ;)

  • 540 Jin // Nov 5, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Host to my turkey-hating bf and so excited to try roast duck! Also sad I wasn’t able to make it home for the holiday this year.

  • 541 Sarah // Nov 5, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    I am a guest this year, but will be helping with the cooking. The first Thanksgiving I hosted I used my friends as test subjects and did a run through of the whole feast several weeks ahead!

  • 542 Heather // Nov 5, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    New York shoebox apartments have rendered me a #guest for life! At the least, it could help to learn how to make something tasty to bring :)

  • 543 Patty // Nov 5, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Happily, host! Buy a Heritage bird; worth every single penny; and dry brine per Judy Rodgers/Russ Parson. You won’t believe how incredible a turkey can taste.

  • 544 tonpia // Nov 5, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    I think my best tip is to get yourself invited somewhere like my mom’s! #guest

  • 545 Carrie // Nov 5, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    I am a guest this year.

  • 546 Elizabeth F // Nov 5, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Thanksgiving is my all time favorite holiday!! I am going to be a #Guest, as it will be at my in-laws, but I will probably also end up being head cook, so I don’t know if that makes me half a host? At any rate, I truly appreciate your blog and your book! They always add happy to my day. One Thanksgiving tip I’m working on this year – make favorite recipes throughout the month of November. On The Day, you really only have room for a tablespoon of everything. If you make your absolute favorites throughout the month you can properly gorge on that favorite stuffing recipe and get a full slice of pecan pie. Thanks!!

  • 547 Jessica P // Nov 5, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    I am usually the official cooker if the thanksgiving meal, but we (thankfully!) host the event at my parents or in-laws homes.

    My tip is to take it slow and serve one course at a time. In my opinion eating such a big ans delicious meal as thanksgiving should take all day.

  • 548 Melissa S. // Nov 5, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    I am the host … a lot of people in a small house but we love it!

  • 549 Denae // Nov 5, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    I’m a guest who is in charge of the pies.

  • 550 Theresa // Nov 5, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I’m the host. I always buy a fresh, not frozen turkey. No concerns about thawing, etc. – much easier.

  • 551 Liz L. // Nov 5, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    I’m a host because it’s the only way to to guarantee good food.

  • 552 Kate // Nov 5, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    We’ve had a really rough few weeks – my mom tripped and fell and broke her left kneecap and her right ankle. She’s been in a nursing home for two weeks because she can’t walk on either leg. She is due to come home soon and, honestly, I have almost given up on the idea of doing a traditional Thanksgiving this year. If I win this book, I’ll be a good #host and do my best to incorporate some of Sam’s suggestions and recipes. Maybe I’ll be motivated for Thanksgiving again, instead of wanting to curl up in the fetal position and just suck my thumb. ;)

  • 553 Emily // Nov 5, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I’m a guest-my sister hosts and we all help by bringing dishes. I say let tradition be tradition–I am all about gourmet and from scratch cooking, but man oh man, I just love me some cranberry sauce from a can! So my tip is don’t sweat the small stuff, and take help from store bought ingredients when you can (pun intended!).

  • 554 Sara Healy // Nov 5, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Hosting for the second time this year! The only tips I’ve learned in my one year of hosting (ha) are to prepare whatever possible in advance and to happily accept helping hands! Oh, and to enjoy the whole thing! If the host is having a nice time, it seems others will follow suit:). #host

  • 555 m'liss // Nov 5, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    #guest would love a copy to give my daughter who will be our host this year!

  • 556 MFree // Nov 5, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    I’m the #Guest this year but i’ll still inevitably be the #cook. My only tip is to use pumpkin for pie.. not the kind from the can but the sugary one that grows on a vine.

  • 557 Renee // Nov 5, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Host. Thanksgiving is my favoite holiday to host. Always looking for new ideas, recipes and tips. Would love a copy of this book!

  • 558 kim // Nov 5, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    i am a guest this year & thanksgiving is my most fav of the holidays :-) would love this book!

  • 559 Caroline // Nov 5, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    I am a #guest twice! At my in laws on Thanksgiving then at my parents the Saturday following. I can’t wait to live somewhere big enough to be a host!

  • 560 Christie // Nov 5, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    I finally get to host!

  • 561 Kimberly // Nov 5, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    I am a first time #host! I am pretty excited and a little nervous. :)

  • 562 Candice // Nov 5, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Always complement the cook! #guest

  • 563 Curly mama // Nov 5, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    #guest at a potluck Thanksgiving and I’m responsible for two sides and a dessert. All while staying in a hotel with a mini kitchen – should be an adventure!

  • 564 meg // Nov 5, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    #host-to-be–need all the help I can get preparing for future combined family thanksgivings! Best thing I can think of is to end well with a great pie.

  • 565 Amy // Nov 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    I’m hosting, but it’s a small get together. I try to stay organized, make as much as possible ahead of time and always wash up as I go.

  • 566 Susan // Nov 5, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Co-host, so I have to rein myself in a bit! I’m from the UK, where we think we know a thing or two about roasting a turkey (our Christmas staple). But last Thanksgiving I followed Melissa Clarkes ‘How to Roast a Turkey’ videos to the letter (frame?) and will never look back!
    http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/23/how-do-you-roast-a-turkey/?_r=0

  • 567 Melissa@Julia's Bookbag // Nov 5, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I’m a guest!!! This book looks amazing, thank you for this! A tip……put roasted chestnuts in your stuffing and you won’t be sorry!!!

  • 568 Danielle // Nov 5, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I am a guest this year.

  • 569 Jessica B. // Nov 5, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    At my parents house in Portland, we are all hosts because everyone is in charge of their own dish and pie. My tips is to drink lots of wine!!!

  • 570 Margery // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    I’m hosting for the first time this year! Tip: try grilling turkey.

  • 571 Katje // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    I’m the host. Dry-brine your frozen bird!

  • 572 Sharyn // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    All the family “hosts” but the home has passed to the cousin’s generation. Each year I introduce something a little greener, without forsaking the years long favorites. Last year it was pickled brussel sprouts; this year a quinoa, mustard greens, pear and pecan salad.

  • 573 Kate // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    #host baby, all the way!

  • 574 Amy // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    I am a first time #host. Would love to win the book!

  • 575 Nan // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Host one day, guest the next. I need help!

  • 576 Nan // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    #Host one day, #guest the next. I need as much help as I can get!

  • 577 Maggie // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    My 9 year old tonight at our dinner table is already planning his Thanksgiving plate – and a piece of pumpkin pie as “big as his head.” The adults will begin with oysters (thank you Mr. Sifton!) and negronis. And we’ll follow it up with our annual “leftover party” the next day.

  • 578 Karen // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    I’m a guest…our family divides up responsibilities, and they are the same for each person each year. Sounds boring, but keeps the train running, and every year we find more ways to perfect the “thing” we are responsible for. Delish!

  • 579 Hannh // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    #guest this year!

  • 580 marcella // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    I am unexpectedly hosting this year. My sister needed to swap – she usually does Thanksgiving and I do Christmas. Need to brush up my turkey and stuffing skills!

  • 581 Susan // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Both #guest and #host, a #ghost if you will. Traveling to Mom’s where brother, SIL, Mom, and I will prepare it all from scratch except pickles/olives/cheese tray and cranberry jelly from a can. Mom is in charge of course! But we contribute equally on cooking and baking. My husband and Dad are in charge of the kiddos.

  • 582 Kirsten E // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Guest!!!! But also doing a lot of cooking..and my tip as I tell my husband every year is not to take the cooking so SERIOUSLY!!!

  • 583 Stephanie // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    #Guest- Bring lots of wine!

  • 584 Dana // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    #host for the second year. Saving grace last year was a good game plan with timed activities that I got from the chew. I cooked a turkey breast though and it turned out too tough. Any tips for turkey for small gatherings?

  • 585 Lissa // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Host but not for long. I always like to bring the just released Beaujolais Nouveau wine, it is a crowd pleaser.

  • 586 Kate // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    This year I am the host! My first year as that too! My only tip is that every Thanksgiving dinner needs a little spunk – We have the untraditional Key Lime Pie as our dessert :)

  • 587 Allison // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Guest but will bring several dishes. We always have an embarrassment of riches from many gifted cooks.Tip: homemade cranberry sauce. It is simple to make and to vary and it is glorious compared to canned.

  • 588 Shana // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    I’m sure no one reading this would ever have anything but an organic, pastured, bought-from-the-farmer bird, but just in case you do happen to end up with one of those turkeys with the thermometer popper thingy, don’t baste it so that it sticks and can’t pop.

  • 589 Chelsey N // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    #Guest !

  • 590 Maura // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    I’m the host, for the second year in a row and I’m very glad. I like being in control. I think this year my goal will be to make fewer dishes. I usually go overboard and end up with too much that all needs to be on the stove or in the oven at exactly the same moment and that stresses me out too much. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • 591 Lisa // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    #hosting for the first time– my family, maybe the in laws, and we’ve been married a month. Other the mashed potatoes and green bean casserole, anything goes in my family so I am looking forward to coming up with a new side dish or two and making our own traditions.

  • 592 Melissa F // Nov 5, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    This year (and every year) I am both #Guest and #Host. I love the tradition. The weekend before “real” Thanksgiving, my friends throw a HUGE bash where we all bring dishes and compete for “the best” in multiple categories. Then on turkey day, I host an intimate party of close friends and family.

    While I love the traditional menu items, I love changing it up. This year, instead of my award winning apple pie, I’m going with apple upside down cake. It’s easy to make and a total show stopper!

  • 593 Rachel Gordon // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    This is the most inclusive holiday we have…everyone celebrates, every religion, those of every ethnic group, immigrants from all countries. We do not give presents or recite a specific text. We are “just” thankful for our lives, or parts of our lives. We focus on what we have, not what we want.

  • 594 Jessica // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I’m the host!

    This year we’re going to change up the seating and ask our guests to change tables or sit next to someone different during dessert.

  • 595 Kimbed // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Guest! But I’m all about frying up that turkey. And then throwing Brussels sprouts in the fryer afterwards and tossing with honey/lime/sriracha

  • 596 Denise // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    I’m the host – have been for the last 10 years. I complain and kick myself somewhere along the line every year but in reality I wouldn’t have it any other way. My only other tip is to change up one recipe every year – just to give the day a fresh look.

  • 597 Mireille // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    #guest! Looking forward to helping out, though!

  • 598 Michelle Turner // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    This year, I am a guest! Looking forward to bringing some tasty dishes! Best tip is to use your slow cooker on warm to keep the potatoes warm- you don’t have to worry about them getting cold or being prepared too early!!

  • 599 Marta // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    I’m a guest – but I get asked to bring the pies. I do two – one traditional and one twist (a pumpkin and a parsnip custard, for example). Keeps everyone happy and delighted.

  • 600 Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    #guest!

  • 601 Katie Hansen // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    I’m a heavily involved guest – my big tips are do the Kitchn make ahead gravy and Pioneer woman’s mashed potatoes, and do a fun dessert or appetizer to stay creative. It’s also a fun time to bust out a classic veggie side that screams special occasion – once I did Julia Child’s creamed spinach. It was a hit and I had extra laborers to help me stem it.

  • 602 Memegrl // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Not hosting but my host would love this!
    No tips, alas, but I have really enjoyed everyone else’s!

  • 603 Ariane // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Great giveaway! My tip: have Thanksgiving on the day after. Way less stressful and allows plenty of travel time for visiting family.

  • 604 Margit Van Schaickmargit // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    I’ll be a guest. But, on the week-end my daughter and her husband and one-year-old son will come and I will then be hosting them for a turkey pot pie, which they can take plenty of left-overs home, to freeze lunch-size portions for the work week. Also some apple and pumpkin pie.

  • 605 Tracy // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    I love to have my kids make up family trivia to play while they are waiting for dinner to start. The prize is to get to eat the first piece of pie.

  • 606 Andi // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Two tips: set up a bar/drink and snack station away from the kitchen, and add cream cheese to mashed potatoes.

  • 607 Andi // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    #HOST Two tips: set up a bar/drink and snack station away from the kitchen, and add cream cheese to mashed potatoes.

  • 608 Claire H. // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Host! Well, my mom’s house is the roof since we’re up to 16 this year (ulp) but I am List Maker, Decider and Maker of almost everything but the turkey. Oh, this lists this year are glorious, glorious, I tell ya! But we’ve never settled on a repeat stuffing recipe so the quest continues…

  • 609 Kath the Cook // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    I’m the cook. Lots of work but I enjoy it. You guys rock! Can’t do without the leftovers! That’s why you can’t go to anybody else’s house. I want (earlier commenter) ‘Marta’ to bring the pies!

  • 610 Laura Christine // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    We always have a big meal with several families combined plus anyone we know who needs a home for Thanksgiving. After many years of this, my Thanksgiving tip would be to remember to share the joy with those who are missing their loved ones. #Guest

  • 611 Wendy // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I’m a guest this year; I’ll probably be in charge of bringing a side dish to each of the two celebrations we’ll attend. Last year, on sort of a whim, I tried making Brussels sprouts for the first time–they’re destined to become a tradition, I think!

  • 612 Morgan // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    #guest at my dear mama’s house. I will be making pie!

  • 613 Holly Estes // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I am guest hosting!

  • 614 Sam // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I’m a guest at my parents for a much hoped-for holiday weekend. Something my mom always does is offer a non-pie/non-pumpkin dessert for people looking to try something different (or to leave me with a sweet breakfast for the next morning… Shhhh – don’t tell I had dessert for breakfast :)

  • 615 Jessy // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    I’m a #guest flying in from far away. The people at the table definitely make the meal, and the more the merrier (just as long as we all pitch in to help the host!).

  • 616 Emily // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    #host. My mother asked to come to my house instead this year….she’s tired of cooking for a crowd. As someone who cooks for groups of 15+ at least twice a week, she sure deserves a break! My advice: have a few sofas reserved for napping areas after the feast. :)

  • 617 sarapete // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    My tip is to assign people a specific dish to bring. No surprises and you can plan the meal accordiingly.

  • 618 Jenn // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    I’m guest and host. We host a friend Thanksgiving potluck the week before so we can have/share our quintessential dishes, and then my parents host on the day and I feel no need to controls anything. I have it out of our system. I would love to have Sam’s book.

  • 619 Jenn // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    I’m guest and host. We host a friend Thanksgiving potluck the week before so we can have/share our quintessential dishes, and then my parents host on the day and I feel no need to control anything. I have it out of our system. I would love to have Sam’s book.

  • 620 Erica Rawson // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    My mom is hosting (as usual)!!! I am #guest

  • 621 Rachel // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    If spending the day with your mother in law who drives you crazy (and tries feeding your 5 month old a grape), know when to step away and lock yourself in your room, or a bathroom, for 5 minutes so you don’t rip her head off in front of everyone else (after taking away the grape).

  • 622 Rachel // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    #guest

  • 623 E.R.C. // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Hope my local library has this book.

  • 624 Divya // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    I’m hosting this Thanksgiving! For the first time, and I am nervous….so this book (and the tips from everyone) are really helping.

    My tip: (or at least what I plan to do) is to prep a few days in advance. Have a list of to do items for 3 days before, 2 days before, 1 day before, and day of Thanksgiving.

    I would love this book Jenny.
    Also, I LOVE your blog!

    Divya
    #host

  • 625 rebecca // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    #guest.
    Prepping as much in advance as possible, and don’t be afraid to make guests wash dishes!

  • 626 Zareena // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Guest for the first time in ages. Not going home for thanksgiving and was feeling a little down about it. Neighbors parents invited us over. Tip? Bring something lovely for just the host. Soap, chocolates not to be shared, a lovely book. Love your site!

  • 627 Patrick Farrington // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    I’ll be a guest again at my friend Bev’s. Every year there are between 50 and 70 people, with everyone bringing a dish so nobody goes hungry. She also picks a theme for the day, this year it’s Duck Dynasty,

  • 628 Kiki // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Host, and 9 months pregnant… early prep is my friend.

  • 629 Nikki // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    #guest

    I’ve heard that Lambrusco goes well with turkey so I will be bringing for the hostess!

  • 630 Liz // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Guest but also a host since our friends throw a potluck the Friday after Thanksgiving every year. Yes that’s two days in a row of gluttonous celebrations! I’m always the one who makes a big slab of pork.

  • 631 Kiersten Lowe // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    I am a guest but always contribute a side dish and wine.

  • 632 Kljdog // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    I am a guest but always contribute a side dish and wine,

  • 633 Megan // Nov 5, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    I’ll be a guest this year at my parents home. One of my favorite tips is to use turkey breasts instead of a whole bird. It may be less traditional but it is still tasty, saves SO MUCH clean up, and leaves the wow factor for all the yummy sides!

  • 634 Anya // Nov 6, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Usually we’re the host. Thanksgiving tip: the green bean casserole from-scratch recipe on Martha Stewart is both very time-consuming and completely worth it. And for the kids (and pregnant ladies, as I was last year), Martinelli’s cider is fun. :)

  • 635 Sarah // Nov 6, 2013 at 12:22 am

    #host, and my plan is to stick with classics, and one new twist. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • 636 gayle s // Nov 6, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Please please don’t go shopping Thanksgiving. You’re only encouraging the retailers. Stay home and enjoy your family, take a walk in the woods, visit your neighbors, take leftovers to an elderly person, play a game with your family….just please don’t go shopping.

  • 637 Mallory // Nov 6, 2013 at 12:33 am

    I’ll be a contributing guest this year who some day looks forward to hosting!
    #guest

  • 638 Elaine // Nov 6, 2013 at 12:35 am

    I’m the guest/co-host at my parents’ Thanksgiving this year. To echo others here, the best tip I have is to plan ahead. My mom and I do prep and some of the cooking on Wednesday or even Tuesday so that Thursday morning is smooth and unhurried!

  • 639 Kristin W // Nov 6, 2013 at 12:47 am

    I will be hosting – My Thanksgiving tip: Have fabulous sisters-in-law who love to cook and do it very well!

  • 640 Colleen F // Nov 6, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Host! Always serve great turkey, concentrate on gravy/mashed tats and make homemade stuffing….delegate the side dishes to your guests.

    I would love this book because it matches my philospohy

  • 641 Susan Fine // Nov 6, 2013 at 1:32 am

    i just received this book today from amazon! hosting for the first time and was required to return the library’s copy of the book this week. however, i would love to win this for my sister, who is hosting in Los Angeles. thank you! can’t wait to follow the blog and receive all of your thanksgiving wisdom.

  • 642 Stephanie // Nov 6, 2013 at 1:55 am

    I’m like a halfway host (I play the sous chef role for my mom) :D

  • 643 Constance // Nov 6, 2013 at 1:59 am

    I’m hosting the weekend before Thanksgiving for one son and his girlfriend (probably capon instead of turkey), then will be a guest on the actual day (Thanksgivukah, as I’ve been informed it will be) with my other son. I will bring apple and huckleberry pies as well as vegetarian gravy. I will endeavor to be thankful that I have been included in two celebrations and not be (too) bossy.

  • 644 Erin // Nov 6, 2013 at 2:08 am

    host!

  • 645 gorgeousminute // Nov 6, 2013 at 4:52 am

    I heart Thanksgiving at my house. We have the traditional American foods with a side of kimchee, some kind of jjigae, and kalbi/bulgogi! x

  • 646 Wendy // Nov 6, 2013 at 5:24 am

    I’m the host. I love Thanksgiving! My tip is to make a timeline. I start at the end-when I want to eat-then figure out when things need to go into the oven. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  • 647 Jorena // Nov 6, 2013 at 6:12 am

    I feel that I’ve grown as a cook so much since I started reading DALS. I would love to expand my Thanksgiving repertoire as well.

  • 648 Barbara // Nov 6, 2013 at 6:43 am

    I’m hosting this year. Tip: Accept help when offered!
    (and have ready of list of non-culinary tasks for the fourth helper trying to crowd your kitchen space — i.e. “can you check to see how everyone is doing with drinks.”)

  • 649 Nicky // Nov 6, 2013 at 6:54 am

    I always host, and I always begin my cooking with the cranberry sauce. It’s easy to prepare and it keeps well, and when it’s done I feel as though I can now cross one thing off my list!

  • 650 Amber // Nov 6, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Since my husband went vegan, Thanksgiving has become a challenge. I’ve tweaked some of the family favorites to meet his dietary needs. I’ll get the smallest turkey possible, (I must have the carcass to make stock!) and concentrate on a variety of vegan-ed up sides. It is still mostly a traditional meal, and definitely comfort food with a vegan twist.

  • 651 judy // Nov 6, 2013 at 7:15 am

    I’m always the host at Thanksgiving!! What a great holiday. All about food. I do as much ahead of time as I can. I think Thanksgiving is all about the sides. Traditional sides and new ones every year.

  • 652 Barbara // Nov 6, 2013 at 7:20 am

    This year I’m a guest, but I long to host Thanksgiving….

  • 653 Dawn // Nov 6, 2013 at 7:23 am

    I’m a guest this year. First time with family in a number of years! I’ve always been successful brining my turkey, that’s my tip!

  • 654 Heidi // Nov 6, 2013 at 7:27 am

    #guest.
    With two mothers-in-law, one overbearing sister-in-law, and my own glorious mother, I think it is pretty unlikely that I will ever host. While I know I would do a bang up job, its pretty nice to let someone else do all the work while I steal the glory with a killer pie!!! :)

  • 655 Katherine // Nov 6, 2013 at 7:28 am

    I am a #Gost this year. That’s what happens when the entire extended family goes for a destination Thanksgiving. We do it every year to the same mountain house and it’s great fun. Everyone gets a moment to be the host and everyone gets time to relax as a guest.

  • 656 SandraH // Nov 6, 2013 at 7:35 am

    I have 3 girls 7 and under. I would love to have them begin to learn to cook. What dishes do you reccomend starting them with?

  • 657 Jett // Nov 6, 2013 at 8:17 am

    I am the host and I would love to win!

  • 658 Adam // Nov 6, 2013 at 8:31 am

    #Guest. Learning to love time in the kitchen with my wife. Would love to win this book for us!

  • 659 Melissa // Nov 6, 2013 at 8:33 am

    we are always the host. we enjoy the day as the first day of a 4-day weekend! can’t do much prep ahead of time so we spend the day in the kitchen as a family. love this holiday!

  • 660 Kathy // Nov 6, 2013 at 8:38 am

    #Guest As a guest for Thanksgiving, it is your duty to bring a wonderful hostess gift, a delish nibble/side/dessert, and your most charming, complimentary self.

  • 661 Rachael // Nov 6, 2013 at 8:40 am

    guest at my grandmother’s farm. We just began the facebook posts where everyone declares what they are bringing this year. So optimistic.

  • 662 Jules // Nov 6, 2013 at 8:52 am

    I’m hosting, but long to be a guest one day (perhaps when my kids are grown). I married into a family of non-cooks so I write out a schedule of what/when to cook dishes and keep them out of the kitchen with a combo of football, booze and appetizers (thank you Trader Joe’s). I brine the turkey the day before and everything (usually) turns out great. Then, I sit back, relax and watch all the non-cooks wash dishes…I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • 663 Janet // Nov 6, 2013 at 8:59 am

    #host. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! My husband and I host a crew of 27 family members from both sides of our family every year. I do most of the prep work ahead of time (we have only 1 oven), set the tables on Tuesday, and put my 3 kids (ages 5, 7, 9) to work helping get things ready–last year they pulled Brussels sprouts off the stalks while on the couch in their jammies watching tv.

  • 664 Virginia // Nov 6, 2013 at 8:59 am

    I’m the #guest, but I’ll be bringing the apple pie!!

  • 665 Mari // Nov 6, 2013 at 9:24 am

    This year, I’m on call so I’ll be a guest at an expat Thanksgiving potluck here in Amsterdam; but good ol’ Martha is right, setting your table the night before is one of the best ideas ever! All your serving dishes and utensils too, which ensures that you’ll have space for everything on your table, or helps you to plan if you don’t. It used to be the last thing I’d do, when I needed to be doing the finishing touches in the kitchen, but now it kicks off the run-up to the feast and keeps me sane(r).

  • 666 JB // Nov 6, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I am a guest who likes to be a host(ess)! I think this gift could bring me and my delightful host right onto the same page. My Thanksgiving tip is to add a few drops of almond extract to the cranberry sauce – delicious!

  • 667 serena // Nov 6, 2013 at 9:34 am

    #host – for 20 years now! have been wanting to get my hands on this book for awhile :)

  • 668 jessica d // Nov 6, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I am both #host & #guest!! I have to work the day of Thanksgiving so we are hosting a (small) family dinner a few days before and are the guests at a larger family affair the evening of Thanksgiving. Cooking for both!! Help! ;)

  • 669 Jen // Nov 6, 2013 at 9:36 am

    #host, in part to avoid my mother-in-law’s cooking and in part to inaugurate our newly renovated kitchen!

  • 670 Kara // Nov 6, 2013 at 9:42 am

    #host – this will be my first time, but my plan is to prep ahead, involve my awesome friends and family, and have plenty of wine! I’d love the book for everything in between :)

  • 671 Kelly // Nov 6, 2013 at 9:49 am

    #host almost continually since 1999. I change my veggies every year but otherwise have made the same turkey, gravy, stuffing, potatoes, and pies forever! I would love some cookbook inspiration. Most important for me is to start a few days in advance, drying cornbread for stuffing, making the cranberry sauce, finding all the platters. One day is not enough!

  • 672 Maggie B // Nov 6, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Hosting for our 7th year (took over the reigns when my daughter was born)! Expect 17-20ppl this year. I love this book – gave a copy to my sister in law when she moved overseas last year to join the foreign service. Yes, I don’t have a copy:(

  • 673 Joni // Nov 6, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Mostly guest, but a little bit host. We are doing Thanksgiving at my brother’s, but as always I am responsible for dessert (pumpkin pie and something chocolatey for the non-pumpkin pie eaters among us), and I usually do a vegetable side as well. Then, I had up to my brother’s and help out with whatever they are making. One year, I ended up pretty much making the main dish as well while I was there. So like I said, guest and host.

  • 674 Casey // Nov 6, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I’m a host & a guest!

  • 675 Emily Rapp // Nov 6, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Another host here! This year is my first hosting with a toddler- I need all the help I can get!

  • 676 Amanda // Nov 6, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I’m the #host for the first time ever… my roommates and I all work at Disney and will be working on Thanksgiving, so our meal is going to be very low key! I’ll definitely be making things like cranberry sauce ahead of time so that we have throw actual dinner together quickly to accommodate our crazy schedules.

  • 677 Amber // Nov 6, 2013 at 10:13 am

    #guest this year. But my tip is for hosting….make sure to do all the prep work you can in advance, so you can enjoy the big day. Also, if you’re OCD like me, a time chart with when things need to go in the oven/come out, etc…is invaluable!

  • 678 Kristen // Nov 6, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Would love to get some tips on hosting Thanksgiving! My husband and I cook together. I’m lost without a recipe, while he lets his intuition guide him. I have some intuition as well, but I suppose it is my perfectionism that feels safer with a recipe. Perhaps after I learn the basics, I’ll be able to experiment, right?

    Thank you for your blog and your honest story. It is an inspiration for all parents trying to slow down today’s hectic lifestyle and connect with their kids.

  • 679 Esha // Nov 6, 2013 at 10:15 am

    First time host. With a two year old in the mix. Very excited but can’t think of any tips other than the usual (and already mentioned in previous comments) “make ahead” and “clean as you go.”

  • 680 Mary M. // Nov 6, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Co-host with my mom :)

  • 681 Hattie R // Nov 6, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Guest!

  • 682 Kristin // Nov 6, 2013 at 10:34 am

    #guest, but will help with it all. my tip would be keep it traditional, like you said. i have tried new items, but everyone prefers the traditional dishes.

  • 683 Ileen // Nov 6, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Hosting my family. Some near and some are far this holiday season ( girls away at college) so I will be cooking for fewer. It has taken me about 30 years to realize, but having all the recipes I love all in one spot, so I am not hunting them down, makes me so happy and less stressed. Two important components to the holidays! I have made copies of all the recipes that we love and paper clipped them together. Fewer cookbooks on the counter too. But as with all things I am curious to try new recipes and new techniques. Thanks for the giveaway

  • 684 Kate // Nov 6, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I am hosting my family for the FIRST time! We have three young kids and somehow have managed to crash our older sibling’s established holiday feasts up to this point. I am so excited to have the baton passed to me and have our home full and bustling! I clearly NEED the book :)

  • 685 Kelly // Nov 6, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Host, baby! My tip is to just keep drinking and smiling. Everything’s fine.

  • 686 Becca // Nov 6, 2013 at 10:46 am

    #guest at a big extended family gathering this year. 12 toddlers! Tip — make sure someone’s bringing great bread for turkey sandwiches later in the evening.

    Love your site and book!

  • 687 Meredith // Nov 6, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I will be a #guest on actual Thanksgiving, and I will #host my first EVER Thanksgiving the day after. Nervous about the turkey, but I can’t wait to have my husband’s and my family over to cook for them!

  • 688 Lauren M // Nov 6, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I’m the host, and I’m a huge fan of brining a FRESH turkey. And doing as much as possible ahead of time!

  • 689 miriam // Nov 6, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Need this book!

  • 690 Sarah // Nov 6, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I am a host this year! My husband’s mom and aunt take turns hosting thanksgiving, but this year we are finally in our own home and I am finally ready to take my turn as host. Last year I brought a double recipe of the cauliflower with secret anchovies you posted from this book, and it was a big hit. If I don’t get my hands on a copy before Thanksgiving, I might have to request it for Christmas and flip through it longingly all year. #host

  • 691 Betsy // Nov 6, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I’m a guest. If you only have one fridge (like most people), definitely clean it out/organize it so you will have more room to store things. And, set the table at least the day before if having a big group.

  • 692 Jesse // Nov 6, 2013 at 11:23 am

    i will be a guest at a table of about 40 people. thank goodness!

    http://semiweeklyeats.blogspot.com/2013/11/mornings.html

  • 693 cjr // Nov 6, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Guest, but hoping to takeover tofurkey prep this year, along with the PIE.

  • 694 Jen // Nov 6, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I still don’t know! But I promise to give the book to my host if I don’t end up doing the cooking – scout’s honor!

  • 695 ellen van hamburg // Nov 6, 2013 at 11:29 am

    host 31 for dinner,
    prepare ahead,
    get sister to decorate the tables

  • 696 Pressley // Nov 6, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I’m a #Guest at my parents’ Tgiving celebration … but as the oldest daughter in my family, I feel like I’ve been a #HostInTraining for years.
    and the best tip I’ve gleaned from my mom is to start thinking about your recipe prep as soon as the calendar flips to Nov. 1!

  • 697 Liz Williams // Nov 6, 2013 at 11:42 am

    This will be my second year trying to host. Everything last year was planned from your blog , the Confetti Brussels sprouts stole the show. Well actually, our little Alexander upstaged the whole event by showing up 10 weeks before his due date, but those Brussels sprouts were excellent comfort food a few days later. This year we are so thankful for many miracles.

  • 698 JoAnne Winter // Nov 6, 2013 at 11:43 am

    I’m guest this year, but have hosted lots in past years.
    As a host – ask guests to provide apps, salads, desserts; do as much ahead of the day as possible, and clean as you go! As a guest – pitch in! Bring something, help clean, tell good stories!

  • 699 Kendra K // Nov 6, 2013 at 11:48 am

    #guest
    My tip is do not go pre-Black Friday shopping. Enjoy the day- laugh, eat and be grateful for you have

  • 700 sarajane // Nov 6, 2013 at 11:52 am

    #guest Last year, after you posted the book, I found it at the library and LOVED it. When I saw the book cover on your post, I said to myself, I need to send a copy of that to Mom. Fingers are crossed, but will send one whether or not I win.

    Pull out all your serving pieces and mark what goes in them with post-its, so kitchen helpers can help themselves, instead of asking 40 questions, right when you are in the throes of getting everything on the table.

  • 701 kara // Nov 6, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    We are guests (who usually cook up our own Thanksgiving before or after the group meal). My best tip for a guest is to do the dishes… and if you are feeling really peppy pop the carcass in a pot during clean up.

  • 702 Tristen // Nov 6, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    #guest, but I’m cooking! I just can’t fit everyone in my teeny apartment. Our tip is more of a moral stance, and it involves bacon on the turkey.

  • 703 Alyson // Nov 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    #host !!
    This will be my first year hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for myself, my husband and his family. 9 guests in total coming to CA from all parts of the country. I am thrilled and a bit anxious at this daunting undertaking (as I am also 5 1/2 months pregnant with our first child)!
    I like to think I am a decent cook, and have been scouring your wonderful website for delicious recipes to test out ahead of time so that I can be sure to impress. While it has been fun, I am concerned at how it will all come together in the end. This book would be a godsend!!

  • 704 Al // Nov 6, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I’ll be a solo diner this Thanksgiving but will happily eat leftovers when I visit family over the weekend. Tip: don’t make turkey if you don’t like the taste of turkey. be creative!

  • 705 Blake // Nov 6, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    My mom and I host every year and it is our favorite time of the year to spend together. We have made our own little cookbook with family recipes, and my moms handwritten menus, dating all the way back to the 80′s! It is something that I will keep forever. I love the Holidays!

  • 706 Sarah // Nov 6, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    #guest– although it may not totally be in the spirit of Thanksgiving, you know what happens when the whole family’s together. I need this book to help show up my #foodsnob Napa Valley family #reallyIjustthrewthistogether

    Our tradition: family walk while the turkey’s cooking. Helps ward off the impending food coma.

  • 707 Silvia // Nov 6, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    I am the #host and the only tip I can give is to drink early and often. This year being Thanksukkah… well, suffice to say it isn’t a time to deviate from the plan!

  • 708 vanessa // Nov 6, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    I’m a guest. I’m usually responsible for the pickle plate but last year i did the stuffing and it turned out really good. I would love to try my hand at another dish this year but I will wait to hear what I am allotted. My advice would be for the host to delegate because you should also enjoy the day and not be stuck in the kitchen the whole time.

  • 709 Genevieve // Nov 6, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Thanksgiving is far and away our family’s holiday! I don’t know that anyone in our family has missed a single one…
    This year I’m a #guest!

  • 710 Julia Hicken // Nov 6, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I am a guest this year, but I am usually the host. I have been cooking Thanksgiving since I was 8 and my Mom went back to work. I love Thanksgiving and I think I have passed that on to my daughter too:) My tip would be to not try a new recipe for Thanksgiving until you try it first!

  • 711 Paige C // Nov 6, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Since we live far away from home these days, we usually only travel home for Christmas, so we stay put for Thanksgiving. We’re usually the hosts. We smoke a turkey, make a few of our favorite sides, and invite a few friends to join us and bring some of their own Thanksgiving favorites!

  • 712 Rachel A // Nov 6, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I am *guest* and *host* as my family attends at least two Thanksgivings each year. Thanksgiving is my favority holiday as it requires only two things: eat and be thankful. My tips for Thanksgiving are make lots of sides and make lots of leftovers.

  • 713 Emily // Nov 6, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    #Guest this year! And after several attempts at making and ruining the pumpkin pie I finally got smart and realized I should leave the dessert to the professionals. I can whip the cream :)

  • 714 Lindsey // Nov 6, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is to take the preschool artwork our kids make and hang it up in the dining room. It’s a very visible reminder of what we’re thankful for! We’ve put all the Thanksgiving and Christmas art projects they’ve done – they make some particularly cute stuff that time of the year! – and store it away and the kids have fun hanging it up before the Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.

  • 715 Jennifer // Nov 6, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I’ve done my own Thanksgiving in the City for friends (in addtion to the family one) the Sunday before Thanksgiving (so I am a host and a guest). Dinner is always different every year, but my favorite story was having 19 people over to my 1 bdrm apartment in Astoria and relalizing that I (by accident) cooked the turkey upside down and it came out of the oven tasting great, but looking like an autopsy! I didn’t have any “carving” knives, so I took it apart with my hands and onto a very pretty serving tray….VOILA!

  • 716 Kelly // Nov 6, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    This year, as always, I’ll be the guest but be bringing the lion’s share of pies and sides.

  • 717 Julia // Nov 6, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I’m hosting this year! I try to do as much as possible in advance so I’m able to enjoy the day too!

  • 718 Thinley // Nov 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I’m a guest, like every year! Hopefully, I’ll host one day…

  • 719 Peggy // Nov 6, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I’m the guest and I usually bring veggie side dishes. My tip: I make mashed potatoes with 1/2 yukon and 1/2 russet, for a combo of creamy and fluffy, and then I use my trusty ricer to avoid any gumminess!

  • 720 Audrey // Nov 6, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    I’m the guest this year…along with my husband and four little ones. We’re a big crowd and we’d like to help as much as we can….this book could really help us figure out how to do that!!

  • 721 Jessica // Nov 6, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    The first year I made Thanksgiving dinner I accidentally cooked the turkey upside down. We all had a good laugh, but the breast meat was so delicious I’ve done it that way on purpose ever since! #host

  • 722 Chris B. // Nov 6, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I am a guest who is bringing a dish – my fresh cranberry relish – which also happens to be my Thanksgiving tip: Make your own cranberry relish. Please. Your guests will thank you, and it’s super terrific on turkey sandwiches with smoked mozzarella and horseradish mayo – yum!

  • 723 Heather R. // Nov 6, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    #host and #guest – Technically, I am hosting, but my husband does pretty much all of the cooking, so it feels like being a guest. Honestly, my tip has to be – marry well and eat well.

  • 724 Rachel L. // Nov 6, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    #guest. My mom hosts and it feels like it will be forever until I have an apartment that fits a table large enough to take over the responsibility. I try to contribute my hands and taste buds on the day of or the weekend before for prep.

  • 725 Alexia S. // Nov 6, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I am hosting Thanksgiving for the first time, and the first item on my to-do list is an email to all the guests (all family) with their menu assignments. Everyone’s been making the same dishes for years, so it’s a no-brainer. I’ll spice things up with from-scratch cranberry sauce and a Greek pumpkin pita instead of pie :)

  • 726 Andrea // Nov 6, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I’m a host to my boyfriends of 4 year’s family, who I am meeting for the first time. This should be interesting since I didn’t grow up having Thanksgiving since we’re Colombian. We’ll probably cook non-traditional food but I love to sit in bed reading cookbooks so I would love this one!

  • 727 Emma Waller // Nov 6, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    I’ll be hosting for our little family this year! We live far from family but enjoy our time together. Thanks for the fab giveaway! PS made porcupine meatballs for the first time tonight and had my eldest totally convinced that they were made from porcupines! He saw the recipe in your book and everything. Hilarious, and delicious! Thanks!

  • 728 Erin // Nov 6, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I’m a #guest with a tradition to share: my family always has prosecco or cava with appetizers. Bubbly shouldn’t have to wait until holiday parties or New Years’ Eve!

  • 729 Amy // Nov 6, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    #host and designated pumpkin pie baker since the age of three.

  • 730 Josh // Nov 6, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Since we have 2 newborn twin boys we get to be the #guest this year!

  • 731 Jocelyn // Nov 6, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    I am a guest this year and I am really hoping I get to bring a dish to pass. I found a great pomegrane and wild rice salad that I think fits the bill!

  • 732 Ashley // Nov 6, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Not only am I hosting, but I’m hosting my in-laws! yikes.

  • 733 Rachael // Nov 6, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    I’m a #guest this year and so sad about it! Between the travelling of all the guests (only 5 are local), and then range of dietary restrictions (gluten free, vegan, vegan + no oil, etc), we are throwing in the towel and ordering from Whole Foods.

    However! I make Thanksgiving-inspired meals throughout the year since I love it so much and would very much enjoy book dedicated to the topic!

  • 734 Amy Humes // Nov 6, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    #guest this year! my favorite thanksgiving tip is making sure to bake an extra pumpkin pie for breakfast the next day~

  • 735 Ellie // Nov 6, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Host last Thanksgiving, guest this year. Make the mashed potatoes the day before, use extra milk and butter, and reheat just before in the microwave!

  • 736 Jessica // Nov 6, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Guest this year. I plan to host (for the first time) next year. Oh, and I really want that book. :)

  • 737 Anne // Nov 6, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Hoping to be a guest – but won’t mind hosting . (Really i should know by now but hubbie needs to confirm with his folks.) I love cooking the sides. And even if i am a guest, i’ll be cooking.

  • 738 Kerry // Nov 6, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    I am the #host this year. I try to make my plan ahead to keep me on track. And label your dishes and serving utensils beforehand!

  • 739 Adrienne // Nov 6, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Guest! Fortunately!

  • 740 Kate // Nov 6, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Guests! We are bringing the gravy because my husband is from Alabama and convinced that no one in the state of Utah knows how to make gravy. This will entail buying 20 pounds of turkey wings earlier in the week to make the turkey stock.

    Also donating to the local food bank in our hosts’ names.

  • 741 Liss // Nov 6, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Host! I love to cook it all :) Can’t wait til we get our Willie Bird!

  • 742 Jeanie // Nov 6, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    #guest. Sending some decent knives to family for event as hostess gift, praying they won’t go in the dishwasher…

  • 743 Sharon // Nov 6, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    I’m a guest!. My sister always treats the family to Thanksgiving and then we go up to my husband’s brothers house for Thanksgiving supper!

  • 744 Anne // Nov 6, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Guest. Last year there were no mashed potatoes or gravy. I know what I’m bringing this year!

  • 745 liz // Nov 6, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    we’re guests this year, but cooked last year – we like to do both! our tip is brine the turkeys and wine the guests!

  • 746 Melody // Nov 6, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    I ♥ hosting Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving tip: Do a pre-holiday oven clean!

  • 747 ann // Nov 6, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    we’re hosting this year. first time in new house and with the whole family!

  • 748 Sara // Nov 6, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I am the host. I bake my pies the day before and prep anything else I can that day too!

  • 749 Kevin // Nov 6, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    First time #host, with my wife’s and my families both coming over. Should be quite a day!

  • 750 mrs r // Nov 6, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Guests this year – some years we stay home and I do the cooking. Tips – keep it simple. No gnocchi or crazy stuffings, just simple foods that are simply wonderful!

  • 751 Lori // Nov 6, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I will be a host for a small group. It’s still stressful for me, including house guests, but the kids love it! Thanks for give away.

  • 752 Mei // Nov 6, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    I will be half host/ half guest–my husband and I can’t be with our families and neither can our friends, and we always do Thanksgiving together in New York. It’s not our immediate family, but it’s the closest thing we have to family here.

  • 753 Lori // Nov 6, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    guest. Smoke the turkey on the Green Egg!! Delicious. Better than fried…

  • 754 Vale // Nov 6, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    It varies – this year I’m a guest! My tip is to have the kids get creative when making and decorating the place cards – it’s a fun and personal thing to do that fills up some of their pre-meal time.

  • 755 Julie // Nov 6, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    I’m a guest this year, and grateful for that (as I have a 10 month old). My tip would be to do as much prep ahead of time as possible! Also, try to stick with recipes that you are comfortable with, or have made before. That will reduce some of the stress of the day and whether or not something will turn out okay. :)

  • 756 Pam-ella // Nov 6, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I’m always a guest although with this book, maybe that would change! I always buy at least one pie from Pie in the Sky here to support food for shut ins. This year, in addition to volunteering at our local food pantry as a pinch (pitch?) hitter sub throughout the year, we’re donating money to them, too, because they’re struggling even more than usual.

  • 757 Donna // Nov 6, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I’m most often a guest, though I have hosted many times as well. My hint is to make the mashed potatoes ahead of time, with lots of sour cream and cream cheese and then reheat them in a crock pot. Save space in your oven, save time on the big day, and sooo delish!

  • 758 Meredith // Nov 6, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    #host always turn my turkey into a great turkey noodle soup

  • 759 Angela // Nov 6, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    #host

    Love the tip to make cranberry ahead so at least it feels like you have something accomplished

  • 760 Laura // Nov 6, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    #guest. My host sister from Germany is visiting the US this year, and we’re bringing her along to my aunt’s house. In a way, I’m her host…especially since I’ll be cooking her separate, vegan Thanksgiving dinner!

  • 761 Diana // Nov 6, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    I’m a 23 year old #host who has cooked for Thanksgiving since age 16. My tip is to make skin-on herb stuffed turkey cutlets if you’re in a pinch — not very traditional, but everyone gets their own individual, crisped up portion.

    I want to make a beautiful turkey the right way this year, and this book would help a great deal!

  • 762 Meredith // Nov 6, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    #host Pimp out the pumpkin pie. Have someone bring it. There is no discernible difference in taste of store vs. homemade pumpkin pie IMHO.

  • 763 Claudy // Nov 6, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I still have this bookmarked on Amazon from your last year’s recommendation. For financial reasons, this will be the first year my family and I do not fly home to my parents house for Thanksgiving (perhaps THE BEST time to be home all year). Doubly disappointing as Thanksgiving actually coincides with Chanukah this year. What this means is that I will be attempting to make a Thanksgiving meal for my little family (a week and a half after we move in to our new home, no less). Perhaps it is time to start traditions of our own. And this book might be the way to do it (hint, hint)!

  • 764 Kirsten // Nov 6, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I am a guest for the first time in quite a while. Not sure yet how I feel about it.

    My tip is to have twice as much wine on hand as you think will need.

  • 765 Cecilia // Nov 6, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Cannot believe I’m just seeing this!
    I’m a guest this year, for the first time in years. My tip is to always know which supermarkets are open on the big day, JUST in case you need to pick up an extra bag of cranberries or, if like me, your rolls forget to rise and you need backup!

  • 766 Susan // Nov 6, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    I’m not sure who is cooking this year!! Lots of family and friends gathering for the weekend at a cabin in TN. So I would love this book to get the conversation about cooking started!! :)

  • 767 Susan // Nov 6, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    I’m not sure who is cooking this year!! Lots of family and friends gathering for the weekend at a cabin in TN. So I would love this book to get the conversation about who is cooking what started!! :)

  • 768 Jennifer // Nov 6, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    We are guests this year, as for the past several, and will contribute some yet to be decided side dish. Our tight-knit urban block of families began rotating holiday potluck meals a few years ago at Easter. None of us has family in town, so we’ve become each other’s families and are thankful indeed.

  • 769 Jenn Warren // Nov 6, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    #Guest

    Unfortunately? Is that terrible to say? I wish I was hosting. My m-in-law just doesn’t love to cook. I do get to make the stuffing and might make the cranberry margs from Bon Ap.

  • 770 Catherine // Nov 6, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Guest, making pies upon arrival.

  • 771 Catherine // Nov 6, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Guest, making pies upon arrival!

  • 772 Beth // Nov 6, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    We’re doing a Thanksgiving potluck, so we’re both #Host and #Guest I guess!

  • 773 Sharon // Nov 6, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Guest. Buy the pie, make everything else. Butterfly the bird.

  • 774 kathy // Nov 6, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I made a turkey on tuesday. My husband bought it after canadian thanksgiving…on sale. I was really pissed. Since we were guests at a dinner this year and since last year when we were hosts and I decided back then to NEVEREVEREVERDOTHATAGAIN that turkey was going to be the last one I cooked. There were way tooooo many cooks in that kitchen last year. I was so dooooone with the whole cooking all day thing. So it’s a good thing the turkey was frozen solid cause it went into the freezer. I figured I’d unload it on someone or bone it and then can the meat. But I got tired of moving it around in the freezer…it was always in the way. So on Sunday I toke the damn thing out and put it on top of the freezer in a pan (the freezer is in the garage….and it’s friggin cold here right now) and figured I’d cook the sucker what ever day it defrosted. And it was a Tuesday. And you know what…..When it’s not t’giving or xmas or easter or whatever special day…it’s just a Tuesday. The meal comes together like a charm. I even made three different potatoes for heavens sake. and I did it all by myself. It was amazing how stress free my turkey day was. Course now we’re eating turkey for the rest of the week. But I no longer have to deal with that dead weight in the freezer. Yay…
    Sorry for the lenghth of the post. And don’t send me the book cause I’m not making t’giving dinner anytime soon. It’s the next generations turn already.

  • 775 kathy // Nov 6, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    AAAAAND….it was even all Gluten Free. Everything. First time I didn’t feel like a beached whale after a huge dinner like that. The best part was the stuffing. I used a half a pkg of gluten free ceasar salad croutons. Six slices of some weird flax seed bread thing I found in the freezer, cubed it and threw it in the toaster oven to crouton up. And about a cup of leftover cooked quinoa that I found in the fridge while hunting for the eggs. Added the usual stuff and threw in some toasted filberts I fished out of the freezer. Best stuffing ever. When I added some lea and perrins gluten free knock-off. The lid kinda popped off as I was adding a couple splashed and I ended up pouring waaaaay to much in. I thought for sure the stuffing was a goner. But did I mention that it was the best ever…..

  • 776 kathy // Nov 6, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    AAAAAND….it was even all Gluten Free. Everything. First time I didn’t feel like a beached whale after a huge dinner like that. The best part was the stuffing. I used a half a pkg of gluten free ceasar salad croutons. Six slices of some weird flax seed bread thing I found in the freezer, cubed it and threw it in the toaster oven to crouton up. And about a cup of leftover cooked quinoa that I found in the fridge while hunting for the eggs. Added the usual stuff and threw in some toasted filberts I fished out of the freezer. Best stuffing ever. When I added some lea and perrins gluten free knock-off. The lid kinda popped off as I was adding a couple splashes and I ended up pouring waaaaay to much in. I thought for sure the stuffing was a goner. But did I mention that it was the best ever…..

  • 777 Tiffany // Nov 6, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    I am a guest this year. Always clean up as you go along. Saves so much time and then you can enjoy the meal without worrying about all the clean up

  • 778 Meagan B. // Nov 6, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    We are usually #guests but bring a lot of dishes. When it comes to Thanksgiving, I am all about sticking to classic recipes and eating as much of them as possible.

  • 779 Frances // Nov 6, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    This year will be my first year spending Thanksgiving away from my family. Instead, I will be flying to San Diego to spend it with my fiancé (!) and will be cooking my third Thanksgiving turkey in a grad dorm. Wish me luck!

  • 780 TaraO // Nov 7, 2013 at 12:03 am

    My only tip is to plan ahead. . . Thanksgiving is not the kind of meal that you can just “wing it” and hope for the best! cteeobrien(at)cox{dot}net

  • 781 Vanessa // Nov 7, 2013 at 12:45 am

    I’m the #host! It’s my first time and I’m having my whole family over. Eek! Did I mention I really just started cooking this year? Wish me luck

  • 782 sf11 // Nov 7, 2013 at 12:55 am

    I’m a guest.

  • 783 Rita // Nov 7, 2013 at 1:00 am

    I am a guest at my mom’s, I think this year we will bring a pumpkin stuffed with everything good: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130704456

  • 784 tenely // Nov 7, 2013 at 6:42 am

    I am host, serving 11 this year. We brine then grill our turkey. So delicious and it frees the oven for rolls and stuffing.

  • 785 Caroline // Nov 7, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Guest this year, host last year. Made some amazing sweet potato biscuits last year that I will bring this year. Oh, and can’t go wrong with a chocolate pecan pie.

  • 786 Dawn // Nov 7, 2013 at 8:15 am

    We are hosting a big gathering this year. I suggest preparing as much as you can before thanksgiving day. We even get the turkey ready the night before (no stuffing in the cavity). Can’t wait!!

  • 787 Samantha H // Nov 7, 2013 at 8:38 am

    I’m a guest at my parents’ thanksgiving, but always go the night before to help with prep. This is pretty obvious, but preparing everything that’s possible to prepare the night before, and having all hands on deck to do so so you’re not up until 1am, is my tip. Also, setting out the serving dishes the night before that you’ll use speeds the process of getting food on the table the next day!

  • 788 Annette // Nov 7, 2013 at 9:09 am

    #Host….and a first-timer to boot.
    It seemed like such a good idea when I offered…..

  • 789 Katy // Nov 7, 2013 at 9:13 am

    My mom and I are hosting for Thanksgiving this year! She stuffs our turkey with apples and pomegranates and bastes it with orange juice. It is seriously delicious every year. I am in charge of sides and have a weakness for gratins.

  • 790 Angie Thomas // Nov 7, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I am host…just as important as the food ( which will be wild turkey brined and roasted) is the atmosphere- I love to create one that feels welcoming, warm, simple, and beckoning. … to have real conversation and BE thankful!

  • 791 Catherine // Nov 7, 2013 at 9:51 am

    #guest, I guess…my dad’s cooking, but I’ll probably help out with some! All I can think about are brussels sprouts and mashed sweet potatoes!

  • 792 Ting // Nov 7, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I’m the host! I became vegan this year and am hosting my first vegan Thanksgiving for a party of 12 in my 600 sq ft NYC apartment. I need all the help (and wine) I can get, so a copy of Same Sifton’s book would be ah-mazing :)

  • 793 Shanti // Nov 7, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    #guest, we have a newborn so I don’t think too much cooking is happening at our house this year…but we gotta have a pumpkin pie!

  • 794 Abbie // Nov 7, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Host. Delegate! We always ask friends to bring their specialty dishes – and because we live far from family Thanksgiving is the one holiday we refuse to travel. Anyone is welcome to come to us, but we stay put!

  • 795 Erika // Nov 7, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Hosting thanksgiving for the first time this year, so I don’t have any tips yet. Wish me luck!

  • 796 Aimee S. // Nov 7, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I’m the #host this year, as at six months pregnant I don’t feel up to travelling! Make a detailed timeline working backwards from when you want to eat – and think realistically about how much time those small last-minute tasks will take! In worst-case scenarios, remember disasters make for great stories.

  • 797 Susan // Nov 7, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Host. My main tip is to plan ahead… I’m nothing without a written time table and a really good plan. Good music and wine doesn’t hurt either!

  • 798 Shannon // Nov 7, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Host. My tip is to ask your company to bring a dish and the serving utensil to go with it.

  • 799 Blair // Nov 7, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    I the co-host with my sister. My tip would be to make it fun! Each year my sister and I get our families together the night before for a sleepover/prep thankgiving party. We usually order pizza and drink wine while doing anything we can to make the next day easier. The kiddos (ranging in age from 21-2) are in charge of setting the table, peeling potatoes etc.

  • 800 Starlene // Nov 7, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Make lists, delegate and prep in advance.

  • 801 Sandra // Nov 7, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    #host. Many t0 do lists made in advance and keep an excellent sound track playing.

  • 802 Emily // Nov 7, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    First-time #host, but I’ll be eating, too, so I suppose I’m also a #guest! So excited–it’s also my twin 9-month-old boys’ first major holiday and they will be able to eat everything on the table.

  • 803 Karen // Nov 7, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    #guest but hope to be #host someday. I love everything about cooking and entertaining, but my little bro (he’s actually 40 now) claimed this holiday years ago so I have never actually made a Thanksgiving turkey. When I finally get the chance I’d love to know how to do it right.

  • 804 Kelly // Nov 7, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    #host this year. Hubby brines the bird and roasts it to perfection. I make pumpkin cheesecake and cranberry sauce the day before and let guests bring dishes to share.

  • 805 Liz // Nov 8, 2013 at 5:32 am

    This year I’ll be traveling from France to be with family for my favorite holiday, so I’ll be a guest. I love hosting Thanksgiving, though – when I’m not the host for the official day, I like to have friends over for a locals T-day. You can never have too many good meals with friends and family.

    As for tips, I’ve learned that though I’m always seduced by creative cranberry sauce recipes (star anise, orange zest, apples, alcohol, etc), I never enjoy more than a few bites. Now I only make standard sauce – cranberries, water, sugar – I love every bite, and it takes about 10 minutes start to finish!

  • 806 Jane B. // Nov 8, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I always want to be the guest, but I’m just programmed to be the host. I just can’t help making sure everyone has a good time and enjoys themselves. Now, if I could only learn how to time my cooking better — and stress free!

  • 807 Caroline // Nov 8, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Co-hosting this year. When I plan my Thanksgiving menu, it always includes the staples, but I like to include dishes that reflect the diversity and tastes of my guests as well. Last year, For instance, my flatmate was Colombian, so we used some of his favorite spicy flavors to up the ante in the mashed potatoes.

  • 808 Bridgit // Nov 9, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Nigella Lawson’s popcorn from her Express book… A little sweet, a little spicy, and it’s popcorn so it takes up almost no precious stomach real estate. Plus, hello, the American Indians taught the pilgrims grow corn… #guest, but we make several dishes, and my MIL doesn’t come out of the kitchen to talk until after everyone is seated, so a little bit #host, too.

  • 809 AmyG // Nov 10, 2013 at 6:30 am

    I am the guest at my sister’s home for Thanksgiving, however we divide the cooking duties between my sister, my mother and myself. We always collaborate on the menu. I guess my tip would be the sharing of the planning & the cooking. Its less of a burden and more fun! I love to be in the kitchen with my mom & my sis!

  • 810 Ruth Ann Moss // Nov 10, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I’m a #host of my first married thanksgiving with both my family and my husband’s family… in our tiny 800 ft sq house. With no dishwasher. So unfortunately, my tip is: buy paper products. :)

  • 811 Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are} // Nov 10, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I am the #guest. *sigh*. . . I would love to host, but it is an honored position, and I do so respect my Mother-In-Law and her love of hosting. I have become the permanent potato bearer – both sweet and mashed. Thankfully – they can be made ahead and travel well!

  • 812 Chrissy M. // Nov 10, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    I’m a #guest. I like to wash dishes as you go so they do not add up in the sink.

  • 813 Lauren // Nov 11, 2013 at 11:09 am

    I’m the host this year – my first one!! Ah! I need all the help I can get :)

  • 814 Kat // Nov 11, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    I am a cook at my mother-in-law’s home. My sister and I do almost all the cooking :) any of the three of us would love a copy!!!

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