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Unless you’re Thanksgiving Superman, somewhere in between “Welcome!” and “Food’s Ready!” there’s going to be a little downtime.  Maybe you’ll serve a tasty pumpkin cocktail, or a warm apple cider – that’s always nice.  But why not take the “gotta throw it on the table fast” pressure off and have a few simple savouries ready when you’re guests hit the door?  They can nibble and sip, while you graciously slice, sauce, warm and prepare the main event.  Here are my two favorite, easy to prepare, Old Family Recipe pre-Thanksgiving-dinner tidbits for you to consider:

CREAM CHEESE AND CRAB SPREAD

Make this one up to two days in advance, keep refrigerated, but add the crab and chili sauce the day of

  • 12 oz. cream cheese (softened – which you can do in the microwave in a few secs if you’re not patient, like me)
    2 tbsp. mayonnaise (I like Miracle Whip in this)
    1 tbsp. grated white onion
    2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
    1 tsp. lemon juice (fresh, please – cut lemon in two, put in bowl cut side down, microwave for 30 secs – juice comes out quick but careful, it may be hot)
    1/2 bottle chili sauce
    Crab flaked (can use fresh, frozen or canned – up to you and what’s available)

In a nifty bowl, add cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce, mayonnaise, grated onion and lemon juice. Mix well. Spread in a shallow bowl serving-type dish. Chill one hour or until solid.

Spread on top of above mixture: chili sauce first, then flaked crab. Sprinkle with parsley flakes for color. Serve with Ritz crackers or Water Crackers.  Yum!

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STUFFED CELERY

Oh this is so easy – crunchy, creamy, and good!  Make stuffing up to three days before, wash-peel-cut celery and store in plastique in fridge, then stuff celery day before, cover in plastique and refrigerate.

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened (microwave for me)
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 25 green olives with pimento, chopped
  • 1 bunch celery, wash, remove strings and cut into bite-size pieces

In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese and sour cream. Stir in the walnuts and chopped olives. At this point you can just refrigerate spread to flavor up.  Night before, spread filling onto the celery pieces, seal with plastique wrap and refrigerate.  Voila!

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And don’t forget to dress your table with Thanksgiving favors for your guests.  My particular favorites? (yes, click the pic for where to buy)

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Insert an old family picture into these delightful fall glass coasters for a practical and memorable Thanksgiving favor.

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Not using place cards?  Then use the same picture concept I mentioned above, or simply present as a gift at each place setting.  Easy!  They’re presentation-ready in the cutest little box!

Celebrating all you sharp hosts and hostesses out there today who are already planning their Thanksgiving feasts!

Please remember to Celebrate Something Everyday!

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