First year Thanksgiving - hey Congrats! Go to dollar tree and buy pans now. Make your sides ahead. Place in freezer wrapped well and thaw. Yes you can freeze green bean cassarole, thaw and add onion topping, sweet potato cassarole, thaw add marshmellos if using, or a pecan sugar topping. Make turkey broth now, for gravey and freeze. Thaw, add drippings and thicken. Do not buy cranberry sauce in a can. Get fresh cranberries, and fresh oranges, make it the day before. I do believe recipe on back of bag of fresh cranberries. Use it as a guide, taste it, and improvise. There are recipes where you make mashed potatos ahead, with cream cheese and freeze. I like fresh. I make with butter, and heavy cream. I heat before I add to potatos or potatos will not have the best texture. do not boil cream and butter just get it hot. Trick with gravey, buy kikkomens teriaki sauce. Add some to the gravey, little at a time and taste. Wonderful.
at 12:40 AM on Nov. 4, 2009