Sage Thanksgiving Advice for First-Time Cooks

iVillage members share their best tips to get you through your first Thanksgiving (14 Photos)

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Sage Thanksgiving Advice for First-Time Cooks

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List Love

“Lists! Grocery lists, timing lists, guest lists, things-to-do lists… I use an Excel spreadsheet where I have everything on a time line. I work backwards from the time I need everything ready, and figure out when each item should go in the oven. Then I make the new dishes to test them, and time how long it takes to prep them. I keep notes from year to year on things that didn’t work out quite how I expected.”



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