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My First Adult Thanksgiving

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On Monday, I started to feel really disappointed that I would be missing my family's Thanksgiving dinner for the first time ever. My heart ached as I thought about missing out on seeing my nephew, who seems to be getting bigger with every passing minute, and all the wonderful food my brother-in-law spends all day cooking.

Fortunately, my boyfriend's brother wanted to host Thanksgiving at his Tribeca apartment, where I was able to cook an amazing feast while surrounded by beautiful friends. We ate our weight in roast turkey, which we catered from Kitchenette (along with gravy, cranberry sauce, and 2 pies), plus:

All of which I made by myself (pat on the back for me, thank you).

We couldn't stop eating because everything was so delicious. It got to a point where we were physically unable to move afterwards:

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It was a beautiful night filled with good friends, great food and breathtaking penthouse views.

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I also learned a few things from my first time cooking Thanksgiving dinner like prepping everything you possibly can beforehand. I bought pre-cut vegetables from Fresh Direct, which saved a lot of time and tears (onions are the worst). For everything else, I measured out the proper portion, chopped, diced, minced, and put them in labeled ziploc bags. I also assembled the casseroles in the morning so that I could pop them in the oven closer to dinner. I bought an electric chafer from Amazon, where the finished dishes sat so they would keep warm while the other food was still being made.

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I had also printed out all my recipes, searched through their reviews for recommended modifications (don't add that much milk to the green bean casserole but add a lot more broth to the ciabatta stuffing). I even made a schedule for baking in order to minimize the time between the oven and the table and maximize warmth.

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All my planning allowed me time to sample cheeses at Whole Foods for our cheese plate, pick up forgotten items like napkins and serving ware, and have a nice glass of merlot while waiting for everything to bake :)