Thanksgiving Cooking Tips to Tackle the Holidays like a Pro

Thanksgiving Cooking Tips
This year, take these Thanksgiving cooking tips from Chip Wynn Motors and get ready for the best holiday celebration ever!

Whether you’re a seasoned cook or tackling a turkey for the first time, preparing the Thanksgiving meal can be a stressful ordeal. This year, though, take these Thanksgiving cooking tips from Chip Wynn Motors and get ready for the best holiday celebration ever!

Plan ahead

Before you even turn on the oven, it’s extremely important to approach your Thanksgiving cooking with a plan. Have your recipes in order and make sure you’ll have a good variety of textures, colors, and flavors on the table. Count your guests before you get started and make sure you’ll have plenty to go around and special dishes for anyone with specific dietary needs—nothing ruins a Thanksgiving meal like running out of food!

Get started early

Don’t wait until the last minute to get started on the meal! Make sure your shopping is done well ahead of time and your ingredients are ready to go. It’s a good idea to make sure you have plenty of basic ingredients such as butter, brother, and various seasonings in case you need to add anything to a dish.

Know your limits

If you’re an inexperienced cook, it’s best to stick to the thanksgiving basics—no one will be disappointed with a great turkey dinner with all the classic sides. If you have some experience in the kitchen, though, Thanksgiving can be a great time to pull out a new recipe to really wow all of your dinner guests.

Thanksgiving is about being with friends and family, not about stressing out in the kitchen. Follow these cooking tips this year and get ready for the best Thanksgiving yet!

Take the Stress Out of Travel This Year with These Holiday Travel Tips

Holiday Driving Tips
Millions of Americans take to the highway for holiday travel, so to avoid a stressful trip, use these simple holiday driving tips from Chip Wynn Motors.

If your family will be traveling in the car this holiday season, you’re not alone. In fact, millions of Americans take to the highway for holiday travel, so to avoid a stressful trip, use these simple holiday driving tips from Chip Wynn Motors.

Plan ahead

The last thing you want to do if you’re driving for the holidays is leave things to chance. Instead, plan out every detail of your route in advance. Make sure you’re not heading toward any road closures or construction zones to avoid being held up in traffic.

Don’t drive too long each day

Whether you’re heading across the state or driving coast-to-coast, it’s important to take plenty of breaks. If your trip is going to take you multiple days, make plenty of stops during the day and don’t push it when you start to get tired. Of course you want to arrive as soon as possible, but safety should always come first!

Have the right gear

A good navigation system is crucial when traveling for the holidays. With packed highways and unpredictable traffic, you may have to change your route along the way, and a navigation system lets you do just so with ease.

With a little bit of preparation, there’s no need to sweat holiday travel. Take these driving tips and finish out your year stress-free.

The Meanings Behind St. Patrick’s Day Traditions

St. Patrick's Day traditions
You probably celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. But are you familiar with these St. Patrick’s Day traditions?
  • Why green? The color originally associated with St. Patrick was actually blue, but green came to be associated with the holiday through being the color of Ireland’s lush, green wilderness and also of the shamrock, which according to legend St. Patrick used to explain the trinity.
  • What’s so special about shamrocks? As mentioned above, there is a legend surrounding St. Patrick that one of the ways in which he converted the Irish to Christianity was by explaining the trinity to them using the three petals of the shamrock.
  • What foods are traditional? Foods like Irish stew are nice to have on St. Patrick’s Day, but corned beef and cabbage is a major dish in the US. In older times, St. Patrick’s Day was a Catholic festival that allowed the Irish to take a break from Lent by partaking of bacon and other meats from which they were fasting.
  • What’s the significance of Irish dancing? There are a number of different kinds of Irish dancing. Oftentimes Irish dancers will have to master certain types of dance in order to move onto the next one. St. Paddy’s Day has a special dance that doesn’t allow for variations in steps which all dancers must master.

Learning about St. Patrick’s Day traditions can help you enjoy the holiday more fully, so we at Chip Wynn Motors hope you enjoyed these facts and trivia!

How to Host a Successful Thanksgiving Dinner

Successful Thanksgiving Dinner
If you are hosting Thanksgiving at your house this year, then here are some tips on how to host a successful Thanksgiving dinner.

November is here, which means it’s time to start planning for Thanksgiving. If you are hosting the holiday at your house this year, whether for the first time, or the twentieth, it’s time to get ready. Here are some tips on how to host a successful Thanksgiving dinner.

According to Epicurious.com, since we’re less than four week away from Thanksgiving, you already need to invite your guests, finalize your menu, create a shopping list, get any cooking gear you’ll need, finalize your décor, order your turkey, and make your cooking plan (plan out what you’ll cook when).

Later this week (when we’re three weeks out), you should clean out your cupboards to make room for new ingredients, buy all nonperishable supplies, and take care of any in-home projects you wanted to accomplish (paint the dining room, get new guest towels, etc.).

Two week ahead of the big day, you can start cooking! First, however, you’ll need to clean out your freezer to make some room. Good items you can make this far ahead include pie dough, bread, and turkey stock.

Over the next week and half, you will need to prepare your house, especially if you’ll be having house guests. This means you should have clean sheets and towels for your guests, polish the silver (if you have any you’ll be using), clean out the fridge, and start thawing your turkey if it’s frozen (it takes about 5 hours per pound to thaw).

The day or two before Thanksgiving you can start doing some hardcore baking. This includes the pies, or simple side dishes that can be reheated in the microwave, like mashed potatoes. If you’re brining your turkey, leave it in the brine overnight.

Once Thanksgiving Day has arrived, plan on baking and cooking until mealtime. Be sure to put your turkey in the oven nice and early so it has plenty of time to cook. Also, don’t forget to take out any items you placed in the freezer, like bread, so they can thaw on the counter.

Will you be hosting Thanksgiving at your house this year?