Photography by Stephen Sullivan; food and prop styling by Roscoe BetsillHosting your first holiday feast? It can be daunting: A menu of familiar dishes for which everyone will have expectations, plus the pressure of executing a complicated meal in a timely manner, can make even the most experienced cook wish someone else would take over.
But there's really no need for this trepidation. Armed with good planning and some delicious, dependable recipes, you can calmly serve a wonderful holiday meal to friends and family. I've put together this menu of solid classics, plus I've shared tips drawn from my years of cooking, teaching, and writing about Thanksgiving. Finally, I've added a shopping list and a timeline to help you pull everything off with ease. Who knows -- even seasoned cooks might pick up a few pointers here.
Easy Thanksgiving Menu for Eight
Assorted Cheese and Crackers
For soup: 2006 Beringer Pinot Noir ( Napa Valley ) or dry sherry such as Hildalgo NapoleonRead More »from An Indispensable Thanksgiving Guide for The Novice