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Thanksgiving Meal Planner
Use this doc to keep track of all the dishes, chefs and kitchen resources that go into a Thanksgiving meal. Then, consolidate ingredients into a single grocery list. Also works well for Christmas, Diwali, Eid, Passover and other feast occasions.
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This template emerged two years ago when my cousins and I decided that it was time for us to take on the cooking responsibilities from the older generation. Many of us were flying in late Wednesday night or even Thursday so we needed to make sure that all our groceries were bought ahead of time. We also realized that many grocery stores are closed on Thanksgiving day.

To manage all the moving parts, we ask our family to sign up to help and mark down the dishes they are planning on cooking. Then, the ingredients for reach recipe are consolidated into a single grocery list.

Here are some other best practices for collaborative cooking that I’ve picked up over the years:

Best practices for collaborative cooking

  • Simple, tried and true dishes are awesome. Not every dish has to be complicated or a cutting edge trend.
  • Let everyone who wants to own a dish, own at least one.
  • Each dish has a primary chef. The primary chef is responsible for planning the dish and is the final decision maker for the dish.
  • Welcome sous chefs and dishwashers! They are the best!

Meet Preeyanka Shah

I’m a product manager at Coda. Outside of work you’ll find me eating, cooking, hiking & sewing.

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