Thanksgiving Tip #1 : Planning is Key

Planning is key, Chef Lorelei

In my book, Thanksgiving is all about coming together and sharing; your guests want to participate, so make it easy... this way, the adventurous cooks have something to do, and the ones who are just too busy this year can sign up to bring a beverage!

I love to make herbed simple syrup for parties. It can be made into cocktails, added to sparkling water to create a homemade soda or use it to sweeten your tea... it's easy and a great way to use up herbs.

Zoe: Share the Load -

Don't be afraid to ask for help! When guests ask if they can bring anything, take them up on that offer! Think of things you want to make, and have everyone else bring the rest.

Also, don't be afraid to outsource - so many local eateries offer amazing take-and-bake Thanksgiving options like the bakery. Don't feel like you need to make everything yourself, especially if you're not a confident cook or if you're running low on time. 

Herb Simple Syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • pinch salt
  1. A handful of fresh herbs a combination or single type can be used (sage, thyme, rosemary, lemon verbena, oregano, parsley....)
  2. Bring water and sugar to a boil, when the sugar has dissolved, turn the heat off and add the herbs. Let the herbs steep for at least 20 minutes. Strain and cool before storing in the fridge.