Building a Cooking Timeline

Introduction

Once you have designed a menu, you should build a custom timeline. Figure out what you’re going to do when. What can be prepared in advance and refrigerated or frozen? What must be done the day of the holiday meal? Pay close attention to oven times and temperatures when making the timeline for the day of the meal. Specific recipes in Holiday Roasts, Holidays Starters and Sides, and Holiday Pies include make-ahead information. Several of our holiday recipes can be prepared up to a month in advance. We suggest starting your preparations as early as possible and breaking the work up into manageable chunks so you’re not overwhelmed when the house is filled with guests.
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1 Month in Advance

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1 Week in Advance

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3-5 Days in Advance

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3 Days in Advance

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2 Days in Advance

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1 Day in Advance