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Thanksgiving Planning Tips

I have never hosted a Thanksgiving, but I hope to do so someday. In preparation for that big day, I'm starting to take notes. When I looked back at the Thanksgivings of my youth to draw the comic strip for Saveur's website that included the Spinach Madeleine recipe, the research yielded something that might help me going forward.

My mother not only found her original spinach recipe, but she also found a set of instructions about how to pull off such a big party. I always wondered how she did it, and now I have an inkling. Some of the advice is a bit dated, but much of it is very practical, just like my mother.

How do you plan for the holiday, and how did you learn to do so?

Here are the instructions:

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