Turkey Day Crash Course

Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 5:18 pm

For some families, Thanksgiving is a well rehearsed ballet.  The oven is packed with stoneware like a winning game of Tetris, no garnish has been over looked, and all of the plates actually match.

But for others, the idea of hosting Thanksgiving is a nightmare.  It’s true- hosting this holiday take a major effort and some of us aren’t prepared.

We’ve gathered up a list of Thanksgiving essentials we think will make the holiday go a lot smoother for the latter group and -bonus- it’s all on sale in Old Pasadena.

1.  Anodized Roasting Pan with Nonstick Rack and Bonus Lifters: If you’ve never hosted a Thanksgiving, the first thing to pick up is a roasting pan.  This one comes with a rack (so fat and grease can drip off the bird) and “lifters.”  We’re pretty sure those do exactly what they say they do.  We like the Sur La Table brand, although there are other brands and models available.
Currently on sale for $79.96

2.  Oval Turkey Serving Platter: So you’ve cooked the turkey- congratulations!  Ever thought about what to do with it?  Carving a massive bird on the table with delicate stemware strewn about isn’t as easy as it looks on TV, so you might want to do the carving behind the scenes.  This platter is going to get you and your main course from the kitchen to the table- and it’s going to look good doing it!
Currently on sale for $29.99

3.  Embroidered Pumpkin Oven Mitt: Hopefully your kitchen gets some use during the rest of the year.  For some though, this is indeed their first rodeo.  In that case, you seriously need an oven mitt.  No, really.  You’re going to thank us.
Currently on sale for $7.96

4.  Staub Burnt Orange Pumpkin Cocotte: This heavy weight dish can bake and serve a huge list of Thanksgiving favorites, right down to the mashed potatoes.  It doesn’t hurt that it’s pretty cute, too.
Currently on sale for $149.96

5.  Pearl Two-Section Dish: Everyone has their favorite condiments for the big day.  Some turn their nose at canned cranberry sauce and others will accept no substitute.  This divided dish ensures there will be no squabbling.
Currently on sale for $15.96

6.  Mango Wood Round Serving Boards: These functional and rustic cutting boards can travel from the kitchen right to your table.  Use them to display appetizers like cheeses and fruit.  Plus, these don’t have to get packed away with all the other decorations!
Currently on sale for $23.96-$47.96

All items available at Sur la Table.  Sale is for a limited time only.

Sur la Table is located at 161 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena.  For more information, please call (626) 744-9987 or visit http://www.surlatable.com

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