Dallas Does Thanksgiving: Easy Options for a Happier Holiday

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and you know what that means: hours (or days) in the kitchen cooking, then more hours cleaning up while the rest of the family watches football. Or not. This year, why not start some new traditions?

  • Family Affair. If Grandmother wants to rule the kitchen, let the kids break up bread for the stuffing, stir the gravy, or set the table. Dad can show everyone his cool carving moves—and then the son-in-law can take over the knife for a slice or two. Share some recipes, divvy up clean up, use cooking and cleaning time for storytelling where everyone is involved and Mom isn’t alone in the kitchen.
  • Potluck and proud of it. You provide the turkey. Everybody else provides the sides and desserts, showing off their skill with a pie crust or making the best green bean casserole on the block. Have people sign up beforehand just to be sure all categories are covered, but welcome “signature dishes” and the stories they’ll bring with them.
  • Order in instead. Everybody loves traditional recipes and mom-made food, but if time is tight or you just don’t feel up to facing the kitchen, take advantage of our great resources in the metroplex. Central Market, Whole Foods, and Tom Thumb will all prepare a delicious feast that’s ready to heat and serve. Central Market’s holiday guide shows you lots of options, and you can even order online, as you can at Whole Foods. Both cater to a variety of tastes, including vegan. Or try Bolsa Mercado’s Turkey Feast with sausage, fennel, and apple dressing and bourbon chocolate pecan pie. Don’t have time to place your order and/or don’t think you’ll be able to make it to the market to pick it up? My Personal Valet can help. Call us for the complete Bolsa Mercado menu and price list, give us your choices for any of the other options, or just tell us to handle it (wouldn’t that be an easy solution?!).
  • Eat out. Skip both the cooking and the clean up and take your show on the road. Bucca di Beppo, Cadot, Charlie Palmer at The Joule, Cool River, III Forks, and The Old Warsaw are just a few of the Dallas restaurants offering special Thanksgiving menus. Call My Personal Valet for menus and suggestions, then let us make the reservations.
  • Extra servings. Want to skip the feast altogether but still want to get together with family and friends? Have your crowd help feed the crowds at an area soup kitchen.

Many of these options – and others – are available for your Christmas celebrations, too. And, of course, My Personal Valet is always on hand to help you have the happiest of holidays (and every days!). Call us and let us show you how.

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