A ranch Thanksgiving

On the Wente homestead, a winemaking family gives thanks with a relaxed feast

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Ranch Thanksgiving dinner countdown 

These steps are based on the time it takes one person with one oven to prepare this meal.

UP TO A WEEK AHEAD

  • Bake cranberry sauce.

AT LEAST 3 DAYS AHEAD

  • Bake spicy herb nuts.
  • Put frozen turkey in the refrigerator to thaw.

UP TO 2 DAYS AHEAD

  • Shop for all other ingredients and turkey, if fresh.
  • Bake cornbread for dressing.
  • Prepare yeast dough for rolls.

UP TO 1 DAY AHEAD

  • Assemble dressing and chill if the turkey will be stuffed. Or put dressing in casserole and chill.
  • Make salad dressing, toast nuts for salad, and crisp salad greens.
  • Cook and peel onions; string and shell peas.
  • Make and thicken broth for gravy.
  • Bake rolls.
  • Bake apple pie, purchased frozen or made from a favorite recipe. Or make a grand holiday dessert.

 

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