Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thanksgiving Cooking Timeline from Debbie Kavanagh

Thanksgiving is just a week away!  

This special holiday post is from Debbie Kavanagh, Life Skills teacher at High School North


Happy Thanksgiving to you all,
                Here are some tricks up my sleeve:

  • Shop late Saturday so not to meet the crowds
  • Start defrosting turkey on Sunday in a roasting pan, covered, in the garage, temperature under 40’F
  • Make pies on Sunday: apple can be left out without refrigeration for 2-3 days.  When cut, cover and refrigerate(2-3 more days).  (my pies don’t last that long)
  • Pumpkin needs to be completely cooled on counter 2 hours, then refrigerate, If you cover, moisture grows on top.  Pie lasts 3-5 days in refrigerator.   It’s a custard pie so take care because of milk and eggs
  • Start your sides on Monday and Tuesday, cooked and covered in microwaveable casseroles.  
  • Refrigerate until Thursday
  • Check on turkey on Wednesday and start completing defrosting in cold water in your sink still wrapped, change every 2 hours and turn.  Prepare turkey and refrigerate.  DON’T STUFF ANYMORE.
  • Make stuffing on top or bake in oven.   
  • Take out sides ½-1 hour before turkey is done.
  • After roasting turkey, take out and cover with foil on counter.  Let it sit for 20 minutes while you are baking your buns and reheating all your sides.  This seals in the juices when you are slicing Reheat in oven 10-20 minutes or microwave anywhere from 3-5 minutes
  • Or order from Wegman’s  HAHA!

Click here for the Turkey Table -- Cooking times for different size turkeys!


Easy homemade biscuits recipe:


2 C. flour
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1T. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
1 t. sugar
½ t. cream of tartar
¼ t. salt     

½ c. butter, margarine (1 stick)

1 c. milk

Opt.  1 c. cheddar cheese, shredded
          4 T. fresh chives or 2 T. dried chives

Preheat oven to 450”
Grease a baking sheet lightly with shortening (Crisco)
Mix all dry ingredients in a flat medium bowl
Cut in fat with a pastry blender
Make a well, add all the liquids
Stir with a fork until moistened

Use the 2 spoon method to drop heaping mounds of dough on the cookie sheet

Place on sheet & Bake 10-12 minutes                           
Serves 10-12

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, 



Here are a few app ideas for some more (techy) Thanksgiving Day fun:

Apps for iOS:

This Trivia Game contains 50 free questions around Thanksgiving. This quiz is packed with surprising, historical and turkey related facts from the very beginnings of Thanksgiving celebrations until nowadays.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: Supplement your viewing experience of the parade with this app. Follow live tweets about the parade, keep track of parade information, and more! (Note, this app does not offer live streaming.)
and for Chrome:

Recipes: The place to watch cooking videos, recipes and cooking tips. Learn how to cook mouth watering food like a top chef.


Do you have any holiday tips or tricks you'd like to share with our WWP community? Please leave a comment below!

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