The Day Is Coming – Part Duex – Thanksgiving Guest Tips and Suggestions

Last year, I wrote about preparing for Thanksgiving at your own home.  This year, Spane and I are going to someone else’s home for the holiday, but I am going to bring something.  This post for those of you who are not going to cook the meal, but might be expected to bring something.

Be a good Thanksgiving guest. Don’t just bring a bottle of wine.  Anyone can bring a bottle of wine.  Bring something that you made – in your kitchen.  Well, that’s just fine, but there are few things you want to consider before you do this.

  • Is the dish going to travel well?
  • Does the dish need refrigeration?
  • Can the dish be made in advance?
  • Do you need special serve ware for the dish?
  • Are there any dietary restrictions?
  • Do you need to worry about allergens?
  • Did you check with the host to make sure you’re not making a duplicate?
Now, some answers to those questions:

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Is the dish going to travel well?
If you are going to be travelling by car, you probably don’t want to bring an elaborate cake. What if the car has to stop suddenly? Everyone has had the experience of buying a frosted cake, getting it home, and most of the frosting is stuck to the box. Unless you have a professional cake carrying case, a frosted cake is not a good idea.
Does the dish need refrigeration?
Certain foods spoil very quickly, fish, meat and eggs are good examples. It is best to refrigerate the food, and then keep it cold while travelling. There are several ways to do this. If you are going on a short trip, you can put ice in to keep the food cold. Longer trips should use a special insulated bag that you can add ice to keep the contents cold. This is the best for foods that are served cold. Dishes that should be served hot can be partially assembled at home, and completed at the destination.
Can the dish be made in advance?
Thanksgiving is the first of the BIG holidays, and everyone’s schedule is busy at best. If you can, try to prepare the dish on Tuesday so you can spend Wednesday doing other things, and not have to worry about last-minute preparations.
Do you need special serve ware for the dish?
If your dish needs special serve ware, then absolutely bring it. There is nothing worse for the host than having to root around finding serve ware for someone else’s dish.
Are there any dietary restrictions
Check with the host to see if there are any dietary restrictions. Your host or the guests may be vegetarian or have religious dietary restrictions.
Do you need to worry about allergens
There are a lot of people who are allergic to nuts. Kids, especially, may not ask if there are nuts, eat the offending food, and go into shock. It is best to avoid these kinds of allergens. Check with the host.
Did you check with the host to make sure you’re not making a duplicate?
How many times have you been to a potluck dinner and there are five pumpkin pies? That’s especially worrisome when you don’t like pumpkin pie, like me. It’s a good idea to check with the host to see what dish is needed before you start preparing it.

Well, I hope this information is useful to you. If you’re going to be cooking for your guests, may we suggest our older posts The Day is Coming Part I or our post about How to Cook a Perfect Turkey in a Nesco Roaster.

Happy Cooking!

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