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• “I have four brothers and sisters, and Thanksgiving is always a huge affair. We rotate homes for hosting, but we each take responsibility for food. A few weeks before the holiday, we hold a ‘food lottery,’ which decides impartially who gets to bring what: side dishes, desserts, etc. This way, we don’t get stuck in ruts, like always having a certain person do desserts. It’s very nice, and the surprise factor makes it exciting. The host family is always responsible for the bird.” – K.M in Massachusetts

• Give yourself a break if you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner at your place this year: Prep the table days beforehand. Put out plates, silverware and even fill and place special salt and pepper shakers or other seasonal items. Throw a lightweight tablecloth over the whole thing, and you’ll be ready on the big day!

• “Great gravy is only a plastic bag away! This is my great tip for separating the fat from pan drippings to make gravy. I take a quartsize plastic bag and set it in a glass measuring cup. Pour the pan drippings through a strainer, right into the bag. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes, and the fat will separate to the top. Seal the bag, and snip a small hole in a bottom corner and drain the liquid into a saucepan to make gravy. It’s that easy.” – T.C. in Idaho

• “My neighbors and I have a great plan for catching early-bird deals at after-Thanksgiving sales. We scout out several shopping centers and split up the stores. Each person takes a store and the group’s wish list for the specials. We get there early and have a representative at each store right off the bat. You might be surprised by how quickly these doorbuster deals disappear. After we get those deals taken care of, we plan the rest of the shopping together.” – C.D. in Louisiana

• Quick substitutions: For 1 teaspoon of allspice, substitute 1/ 2 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves.

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