This year I'm hosting Thanksgiving dinner. I've always considered hosting a major holiday dinner the benchmark for which one becomes a "real" adult (though I'm sure my mother will stick around and pretty much clean my kitchen after dinner).
Even though it only a dinner for 4 (my mom, dad, sister & me) I've got a lot of work to do to get ready. My house is a mess and I'm not sure the work that needs to be done will be done in time, but I'm willing to make my family eat in the middle of a construction zone.
I've already started putting together a menu, the star will be the Josh Besh ham recipe featured in last month's Country Living (I couldn't find a copy of the recipe online). Yeah, we're going crazy this year, no turkey. We've done the turkeyless thing before, so it's not a huge departure for my family, but this will be the first time that I am in charge of the main dish. The side dishes are a little more up in the air.
I want this dinner to be perfect, well, at least as perfect as it can be in a house with no flooring. . . yeah, I've kinda forgot to mention a few things here and there. . . I'll be scouring the interweb and my ever growing stack of magazines for inspiration. If anyone has any tips or tricks or articles or posts or whatever, please share! I need all the help I can get.