Being prepared means less stress and more fun.
Step 1 - invite the guests and see who will bring their favorite Thanksgiving dish
Step 2 - pull out the recipes we want to make
Step 3 - clean the house
Step 4 - borrow extra chairs
Step 5 - pull the extra table out of the garage
Step 6 - shop
Step 7 - cook
Step 8 - eat
Step 9 - clean up
Step 10 - lie down
Tomorrow we'll start on Step 2 by pulling out our favorite recipes, the ones that "it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without."
Which would include: kosher dill pickles, corn bread stuffing with Italian sausage and shiitake mushrooms, cranberry sauce with orange juice, shiitake mushroom-turkey liver pate and chocolate banana walnut cake.
The recipe for those pickles and the kosher dills are at Zester Daily where I have also included a recipe for a delicious flourless chocolate cake with chocolate ganache given me by chef Jean Yves.
Patisserie Lenox (30A Church Street, Lenox, MA 01240, 413/551-9050), a cozy French bakery and cafe.
He served me a slice of the cake when I visited the Berkshires in the summer and I was hooked.
Last year I published my first e-cookbook 10 Delicious Holiday Recipes.