Thanksgiving – Remember the 3 D’s of Dinner!

Thanksgiving 3 Ds
With Turkey Day fast approaching, I realize how much anxiety this can bring to Thanksgiving hosts. Here’s what I recommend as you approach this delicious (and FESTIVE) holiday: #ThanksgivingTips #Holidayideas #stressfreeholidays

The 3 D’s of Thanksgiving Dinner

Holiday Side Dishes | Chef Alli's Farm Fresh Ktichen1. DON’T compare.

Never compare your dinner to Grandma’s or Mom’s Thanksgiving dinner. They are most likely seasoned cooks and veteran hostesses who have hosted many holiday dinners. Remember that they have had years to refine their Thanksgiving preparations and presentations; when they first started out, they probably felt a little apprehensive and nervous, too. Have faith – you can do it!

Turkey Breast | Chef Alli's Farm Fresh Kitchen

For starters, you can skip the Giant Turkey and confidently bake this beautiful Turkey breast in your oven with just a few helpful secrets. Click here to tackle this simpler turkey task!



If you have volunteered to cook the turkey, feel free to assign ALL the Thanksgiving side dishes to your guests, including desserts. They are anxious to bring something to your dinner and are honored that you ask them to do so. If you have opened your home to host Thanksgiving and you are willing to be in charge of cooking the turkey, that’s enough….truly.

Thanksgiving Dinner Tips

Need a holiday beverage? This is a refreshing Holiday Sangria that you can throw together as your guests arrive!

3. DO be a gracious host/hostess.

As much as we might like to believe it is, the FOOD is not the most important element of Thanksgiving dinner – it’s your GUESTS. As a gracious hostess, your job is to ensure that they have a good time while in your home. Even if you serve your guests frozen dinners on TV trays because you burned up the turkey, all is ok as long as they had enjoyable time as your guest. You have just created a very special holiday memory for them that they will never forget!
Pecan Pie with Cinnamon Whipped Cream
When the meal is over and the stress is gone, treat your guests to a hot drink, a delicious slice of Pie, and your full attention! It will make them feel loved and it will be the perfect end to a memorable holiday. Click here for some of my favorite stress-free shortcuts to perfect pies!


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Let’s Get You Cookin’,
Chef Alli




Chef Alli

Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

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