Season your way to a perfect bird
Cook it slow and take it easy
You don't have to do it all
You don’t have to make the whole meal from scratch, says Chef and Restaurateur Aaron May. “Cheat where you can. If there is a great bakery down the street, buy your dessert there instead. That will give you more time to make everything else better. Why spend hours making a pie from scratch when some nice lady in your neighborhood has been selling the best pecan pie ever for 30 years?”
Make a game plan
Ricky Eisen, founder of Manhattan catering company Between the Bread, recommends cooking the starches first when making a large meal, because those dishes will take more time to cook. Then tackle the quicker sides like green vegetables that cook quickly and are best served soon after they are prepare.