I love Thanksgiving for several reasons.
The food. Family. It marks the beginning of the holiday season for me.
Several years ago, I finally got smart about planning Thanksgiving Dinner.
I adore spreadsheets and use them for about every area of my life.
So, I designed a Thanksgiving Dinner spreadsheet to assist with the menu, the shopping list and a time schedule for getting the meal on the table at a certain time.
Since we like certain things to be served at our Thanksgiving Dinner, it isn’t changed. So I can use this menu every year.
First, decide what you are planning to serve and make of list of the dishes.
We have turkey, cornbread dressing, giblet gravy, green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato souffle, cranberry cloud, green jello salad and jellied cranberry. Pumpkin pie with whipped cream is for dessert.
So…in the first column of my spreadsheet I have the dish listed. Let’s do one that’s been in my family for decades.
Green Jello Salad. With a cut and paste it looks like this below. The numbers in the second column represent where in the store that item is stocked. Handy when making the shopping list.
The third column is the ingredient. Fourth column is the order in which it is made. Fifth column is what I am supposed to do.
|Green Jello Salad||2.46||Jello – Green – Double box or 2 reg.||1||Dissolve in two cups boiling water|
|Green Jello Salad||2.56||Crushed Pineapple – Can 20 oz.||2||Drain|
|Green Jello Salad||2.21||Cottage Cheese – Small curd – one medium carton||3||Mix with jello and pineapple – refrigerate – add topping when firm.|
|Green Jello Salad||2.66||Mayonnaise – 1/2 cup||4||Mix with cream cheese until smooth|
|Green Jello Salad||2.21||Cream Cheese – 8 oz.||5||Spread over jello.|
And I do that for every dish.
For my shopping list, I sort the list by Column 2.
When it’s time to cook or assemble the dish, I go by Column 4.
This is an easy dish and can be made on Wednesday.
Try it and see if you like my method.