Planning for a big Thanksgiving

In an attempt to avoid doing all my Thanksgiving work on Thursday, I've created a schedule for getting prep done in advance. Crescent roll dough is now rising in my kitchen. In a little while, I'll go make my cranberry chutney and blanch my green beans. Tomorrow is the bigger day: brine the turkey, prepare pies (apple and pumpkin), and roast butternut squash. By Thursday, I'll hardly have anything to do at all, so I'll be able to hang around with all my wonderful friends and enjoy the day.

Speaking of prep work: the word on the street is that brining is the way to go.

And speaking of Thanksgiving, Sauté Wednesday has some great links related to the holiday, including information on how to brine and how to carve your bird.