Are You Prepared?: Bon Appetit’s Thanksgiving Checklist

It’s Thanksgiving time! Are you ready to baste some turkey, give thanks for your loud but lovable family, make a wish on a wishbone and scarf down some pumpkin pie?

Probably not as ready as this Bon Appetit Thanksgiving prep list will make you!

Click NEXT to read the Thanksgiving checklist!

TWO WEEKS AHEAD

Thursday, November 10, 2011

  • Plan on serving a fresh, not frozen, turkey. Order it and schedule pickup or delivery for sometime after November 22.
  • Confirm your Thanksgiving guest list by checking in with the regulars and inviting anyone new.

Friday, November 11, 2011

  • Work out a menu. obviously, do the family favorites but experiment with new recipes.
  • Pick up some turkey wings on the way home from work, in preparation for making and freezing a big batch of turkey stock.
  • Start planning your table decorations.
  • Create one big master shopping list, dividing it into three sections: buy-now nonperishables (wine, canned pumpkin, and even a frozen turkey, if you opt for one); items for the one-week-ahead grocery run; and perishables to buy on November 23 or 24.


TWO WEEKENDS AHEAD

Saturday, November 12, 2011

  • Check that you have all the kitchen equipment necessary to make the turkey and other dishes on the menu.
  • Get a head start on biscuits or muffins for the feast by making your own baking mix. Measure the dry ingredients and butter from whatever recipe you’ve chosen and blend until the mixture resembles coarse meal; refrigerate in a sealed plastic bag. When it’s time to bake, there’s no need to bring the mixture to room temperature before adding the eggs and other ingredients.

ONE WEEK AHEAD

Thursday, November 17, 2011

  • Check your shopping list and buy nonperishable items.
  • If you’re serving pie for dessert, make the crusts now. Prepare the dough, roll it out, and place it in the pie dish (don’t forget to crimp the edges). Put the dish in the freezer. When the dough is completely frozen, wrap the dish tightly with plastic.

ONE WEEKEND AHEAD

Saturday, November 19, 2011

  • Go through your assorted flatware, glassware, serving pieces, and table linens to see what you need to dry-clean, press, or shine, and what you will need to buy.
  • Bake any breads or rolls now—they will keep for a week in the freezer.

Sunday, November 20, 2010

  • It’s time to clean out the fridge. You’ll need storage space in the freezer and fridge for the turkey and the do-ahead dishes.

THREE DAYS AHEAD

Monday, November 21, 2011

  • Make cranberry sauce or relishes and store in the refrigerator.
  • If you’ve gone the frozen turkey route, calculate the defrosting time—you might have to start today.
  • If you didn’t already make and freeze turkey stock, do so today.
  • Prepare flavored butters (if desired) to serve on rolls (or to dab on mashed potatoes). Store covered in the refrigerator.
  • If you’ll be serving ice cream with dessert, scoop it now, arrange on a baking sheet and place in freezer until frozen hard. Transfer ice cream balls to a resealable plastic bag and freeze until needed.

TWO DAYS AHEAD

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

  • Thaw frozen pie crusts in the fridge.
  • Make soups and store in a covered container in the refrigerator.
  • Prepare salad dressings and store in the refrigerator.
  • Polish your silver and set and decorate your dinner table, if possible. Set out all serving pieces and place a Post-It® note in each that indicates which dish it will hold.

ONE DAY AHEAD

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

  • Hit the supermarket early in the day to shop for perishables.
  • Parboil vegetables such as celery root, rutabagas, carrots and onions in generously salted water. When cool, drain and pat with paper towels. Wrap in dry paper towels and store in a covered container in the fridge.
  • Wash and spin-dry salad greens, wrap in paper towels and store in resealable plastic bags in the refrigerator.
  • Make pies or other desserts and store according to recipe directions.
  • Most important of all: don’t cook dinner tonight. Order in.

THANKSGIVING DAY
Thursday, November 24, 2011

  • If you’ve followed our advice, today should be a breeze. For the typical menu, here’s what’s left to do.
  • Make mashed potatoes. Refrigerate the mixture; reheat using a double boiler to prevent scorching, adding pats of unsalted butter to correct the consistency as needed.
  • Finish preparing any vegetables, making note of how they should be reheated.
  • Complete stuffing.
  • Put the turkey in to roast.
  • Thaw and rewarm (or finish preparing and bake) breads according to recipe directions.
  • Rewarm soup.
  • Finish salads.
  • Whip cream for dessert.

THE DAY AFTER
Friday, November 25, 2011

  • Enjoy your leftovers!

—Do you have any Thanksgiving advice? Let us know in the comments!

[Source: Yahoo! Shine]

Thanks to our friend Nadia Noir at The Wave for writing this piece.

Gearing up for the GRAMMY Nominations Concert tonight on CBS, we tested Youngblood Hawke's memory on some of the biggest songs in rock history. Each track on this edition of "What's That Song" won a GRAMMY Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, but could this indie group recall every artist and song title? Let's find out!

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The Eagles "Heartache Tonight"

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This track won the GRAMMY Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1980. This was also the very first time this category was entered into the awards show. Would Youngblood Hawke recognize it? You bet.

The band sang along on the chorus at the song's end and while they knew it was sung by The Eagles, they didn't quite know the name of the song.

"Is it going to be called 'The Heartache' maybe?" Simon Katz asked.

Close enough.

"The Eagles were definitely one of those bands that you learn as a guitar player growing up," Tasso Smith said. "You learn all of their songs."

Simon agreed.

"Everything. I definitely think that they have an influence in a lot of music these days because they're very popular songs to learn," Simon said.

"What did they say? 'We didn't break up. We just took a 20-year hiatus,'" Tasso remarked. "That was cool."

Kings of Leon "Sex On Fire"

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Next up was the ever popular Kings of Leon track "Sex on Fire." The track won the GRAMMY Award Winner for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 2009 and Youngblood Hawke instantly knew this one.

"It reminds me of traveling," Tasso said before Nik Hughes and Simon added "England."

"I remember when that song came out we were in the UK traveling with another band," Simon said. "It would be late at night and we'd just be walking out of the venue and walking down the streets and kids would be coming out of the clubs just screaming the chorus."

Sam had similar recollections.

"That song was huge," Sam said. "My favorite memory is we were outside getting into our van and this kid stumbled out into the street shirtless just hammered and he was just like, [starts singing the chorus], and we were like, 'Wow!'

The Black Keys "Tighten Up"

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Sam couldn't forget the first time he was introduced to Black Keys' "Tighten Up," also the GRAMMY Award Winner of 2011's Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

"My brother showed me this band and I was like, 'Damn!'" he said. He then introduced bandmate Simon to the duo.

"Then you told me about it too," Simon said. "Even before this was out. I remember hearing this for the first time on the radio and I was like, 'Wow. This is bluesy and progressive.'"

"Is this the video where the little kids fight?" Sam asked. "The video is genius. It's probably one of my favorite videos."

"On the playground?" Alice asked. "I love that video."

Such a popular track Nik even taught one of his drum students the track.

"I was like, 'What song is this? Yes we can learn it!'"

The Police "Don't Stand So Close To Me"

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The Police's "Don't Stand So Close to Me" had each member dancing along. Awarded the GRAMMY for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal back in 1982 it has survived the test of time.

Instantly, drummer Nik knew this one.

"Growing up I always wanted to be like, if John Bonham from Led Zeppelin and Stewart Copeland from The Police had a kid, I wanted to be that kid," the drummer admitted. "All of them are amazing."

Dire Straits "Money For Nothing"

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At first the band seemed a bit stumped by this one. Dire Straits' "Money For Nothing" was the GRAMMY Award Winner for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1986. While they sang along, they weren't sure who was singing. Eventually, Tasso figured it out.

"That is an awesome guitar riff. Talk about epic, classic guitar riff. It sounds simple, not the easiest thing to play though," Tasso said. "Those guys are awesome."

Youngblood Hawke will play KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas December 8.

The GRAMMY nominations concert airs live tonight on CBS.

-Annie Reuter, CBS Local

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