5 Tips to Make Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner Less Stressful

Hosting Thanksgiving is a lot of work! Cooking vet Gail Teigeiro has your back with some advice.

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1.

Shop Ahead

Shop early for non-perishables. And order ahead where you can so you don’t waste precious time tracking down key elements at the last minute.

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2.

Have the Table Set

Set your table early in the week. Give special thought to seating arrangement, color, seasonality. It will make you happy all week and keep you in the mood.

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3.

Accept Help

Let others get involved. Give them a task such as making place holders, decorating the top of a pie before baking or arranging crudités in festive form.

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4.

Create Ambiance

An easy way to do that is with lots of flickering, unscented candles decorating the table and room and upbeat background music.

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5.

Remember Family Roots

Share stories of departed family members around the table and reminisce about the ways they made Thanksgiving special.

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Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.