Seriously, Thanksgiving is a meal. Okay, several meals, counting leftovers.
Your family will still love you if you mess up the stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie. They somehow will still value you if the turkey is less than ideal.
Even if 1-2 items are off on the menu, you still have 8-10 items on the table worth eating on Thursday and Friday and Saturday and Sunday. And you can always eat out on Black Friday, if the whole meal is a catastrophe.
So much pressure for one meal. In a regular year, you eat approximately 1,100 meals. That last-minute dinner you had on July 12 with two hull pieces of bread, one last piece of lunch meat, some sliced mushrooms, lots of mayonnaise, potato chip crumbs, and the last pickle in the jar. That meal counts as a meal just as much as Thanksgiving dinner.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. The only pressure you should have in cooking is using a pressure cooker. Trying to recreate being your grandmother from 55 years ago — sounds more like hassle than fun.
A reminder as we do every Thanksgiving holiday season, Temptation of the Week takes Friday off. Eat more food.