RULES FOR A GREAT AND UNFORGETTABLE CELEBRATION OF THANKSGIVING DAY!
Thanksgiving day is around the corner – make a sustainable Thanksgiving! There is nothing better than to celebrate and express gratitude along with our loved ones. We must raise awareness and turn this tradition into a sustainable thanksgiving celebration. How? Leaving behind all the practices that the planet does not need.
Here at Culinary Classroom, our chef Eric shows you 10 rules to keep in mind before, during, and after the celebration. Make this day special and unforgettable for your guests!
1. Celebrate at Home:
In these times of pandemic, it is recommended that we celebrate at home with our closest loved ones. Avoid having parties with a large number of guests. During the holidays, air and road traffic becomes very heavy and emissions increase considerably. So stay home, make the invitation 10 days in advance and maintain the necessary biosecurity protocols. Let’s protect the planet and our guests while having a sustainable thanksgiving celebration!
Plan Ahead! Make a list of foods and ingredients that you need to buy to make dinner. You must go early to prevent setbacks. Remember that the turkey should be the center of attention so it should be number 1 on your list. Don’t forget to include appetizers and snacks to share while dinner is cooking. Avoid buying canned turkeys that contain artificial products and preservatives, their packaging generates contamination!
The decoration in your home can include the spaces that you will use to hold the celebration. The living room, the porch, and the dining room. Elle Decor made a great collection of 40+ ideas to decorate during Thanksgiving Holidays! We recommend using colors according to the occasion such as earth tones. You can use cushions, plants, flowers, a tablecloth, a central ornament, and holiday plates. All these elements in the colors that we mentioned above. Don’t forget to avoid plastic decorations or other items that cannot be recycled. Let’s have a memorable and sustainable thanksgiving celebration!
Christmas music is totally acceptable to accompany the celebration. Thanksgiving is the beginning of the holiday season! It is also important to take into account the musical taste of each of the guests. Make a playlist in advance!
You can summon the guests 30 to 45 minutes before the start of the celebration. This tip will ensure that everyone is at the planned time according to your objective. Remember that punctuality is not only on the part of the guests but also on your part. Make sure to have the food on time (take into account the exact time that the turkey takes to cook). This will make the celebration stress free and pleasant for everyone!
6. Order to serve food:
It is recommended to serve the dishes from the oldest person to the youngest. Nobody should start eating until everyone is served! Once all the dishes are served everyone can start. We recommend you add several salt shakers and containers with different sauces. Also, two or more containers with mashed potatoes and vegetables to achieve comfort for all your guests. Do not use single-use items, our planet will thank you!
7. Proper table conversations:
Avoid talking about accidents, politics, illnesses, the pandemic, and problems that can lead to controversy. It is recommended that you remember previous Thanksgiving dinners! Talk about the positive things that have happened during the year and your plans for the holidays.
8. Give THANKS:
This is the most fundamental part of the celebration! Share something of the year for which you are grateful, or get inspired from these memorable ways to say thanks around the table. Be thankful for the food and the people you get to share with. One way to express your gratitude is by joining social practices, such as volunteering to feed a person or joining environmental programs that help the environment.
Prevent your guests from getting up from the table immediately after the end of dinner. You should stay at the table for a while and conversate. Offer your guests coffee or tea. The idea is that they continue talking and sharing! Go to the porch or garden, but always together!
10. Send THANKS:
The day after the celebration you can make a virtual card and send it to the guests. A thank you message for having attended the celebration. This will accomplish a great closing to your celebration! Your guests will also be very grateful! Do not use physical cards that can contaminate, virtual cards are so much more convenient. Remember that a sustainable thanksgiving celebration = a better planet!
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Here is a recipe for Mini Butterscotch Butter Tarts that will complement your traditional dishes and get you ready for the holidays!
Ingredients: (24 servings)
✓ 24 whole caramel chips
✓ 1 whole bag of cake crust flour
To make the cream:
✓ 24 whole caramel chips, for garnish
✓ ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
✓ ½ tablespoons granulated sugar
✓ ½ teaspoons cornstarch (optional)
✓ ½ cups heavy whipping cream
To make the filling:
✓ ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
✓ 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
✓ 3 ounces softened cream cheese
✓ ⅓ cups Butterscotch chips
1. Preheat oven to 375 ° F
2. Roll out the dough and with a cookie cutter and make the cuts
3. Press the circles of the doughs in the molds for small buns and put them in the oven for approximately 8 minutes, when you see that the edges are golden, you can remove them from the oven
4. Let the cookie cool
5. Put the caramel chips in a glass container and heat them until they melt
6. Mix the melted caramel, cream cheese, vanilla and sugar with a blender.
7. With a spoon put the filling in the biscuit
Your Thanksgiving dinner will surely be unforgettable with these tips and this recipe. Remember that small sustainable actions will contribute to making big changes on the planet.
Happy Thanksgiving wishes from Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom!