Thanksgiving Prep Part 1: Williams Sonoma


Williams Sonoma‘s October catalog came in this mail this week. (Copper pots are always on my wish list…) It’s time to invest in more white dishes. When cooking something visually complex, a simple backdrop is the perfect frame, according to Serious Eats. More wine glasses too, although I’ll have to wait until the spring to indulge. 🙂

Last year’s celebration was a home run. So we’re hosting again this year with even more guests. No pressure, right?

After a decade’s worth of epic Thanksgivings at my late in-laws’ house, I learned you can’t start too early! Preparation is the key to success. So getting a head start on the biggest feast of the year is another small meaningful way to celebrate their memory.

One thing I absolutely love about WS is their amazing collection of kitchen gadgets. Just when I think I’ve got every tool a girl could possibly need, they come up with a Kale and Greens Stripper. Designed to take the tough center ribs out of greens and herbs in one swift motion, all that’s left are the tender leaves. Time-saving genius.

And while we’re here, might as well throw in another programmable slow cooker.

Their featured dishes are works of art in themselves (recipes found on their website, not in the catalog). While many Thanksgiving foods are various shades of brown and beige, they suggest adding kale to stuffing for a pop of vibrant green. We eat first with our eyes, of course. Spiced pecan and pumpkin quick bread mix, butternut squash bisque starter and vanilla caramels are must haves.

And have you ever brined your turkey? I’m considering it this year. I’d love to know what you think.

Anything else not to be missed from Williams Sonoma this season?


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