You want to impress your relatives coming over this Thanksgiving to your house. You want them to feel that this year’s Thanksgiving is the most memorable. You clean up your place and improve the house. You also list the dishes you want to cook and practice cooking them during your free time.
However, despite the preparations you make, you might still end up not serving home-cooked meals during Thanksgiving. These signs will tell you that you need to eat out instead of forcing yourself to cook at home.
You don’t have time to prepare
In between your work and raising your kids, you barely have enough time to rest. Imagine if you need to prepare the dishes to serve for Thanksgiving. You will only feel stressed out if you force yourself to cook. Worse, you won’t have quality dishes to serve.
You have a lot of people to feed
You might be good at cooking and you even enjoy the process, but it requires a different skill to prepare dishes for a lot of people. You will spend a lot for every dish that you will serve. It also takes time to finish all the dishes.
You don’t have anyone to help you
The best way to prepare the dishes on time is to ask some of your relatives to come over before everyone else. Otherwise, you will cook all the meals alone unless you have adult kids whom you can ask for help.
You never cooked a turkey before
Thanksgiving won’t be complete without turkey. The problem is that it is not the type of meat you usually cook. It might even be your first time cooking a turkey. You can’t experiment on turkey during Thanksgiving since it could end up in a disaster. You also can’t ditch turkey since you will face complaints from your visitors.
Consider dining in a restaurant
These signs will tell you that it is time for you to give up on the idea of preparing a home-cooked meal. It does not mean that you are not a good host, but that you can be creative. Consider dining in Upper West Side restaurants for Thanksgiving. Some restaurants are open despite the holidays. They also serve meals meant for Thanksgiving. Of course, you can find a restaurant that serves turkey.
You can bring your entire family to your chosen restaurant and still feel like you are at home. The most important thing is for you to share a wonderful dinner together. It does not matter where you are or who prepared the food. As long as you can have time to gather and be grateful for the wonderful year, it will be good enough.
You might try a home-cooked meal again the following year if you think you are better equipped. You need to decide soon what you will cook so that you can have ample time to practice the recipes. You can even cook turkey regularly throughout the year so that you will have a perfect turkey dish in time for next Thanksgiving.
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