I just returned last night from a week in Orlando with my family, and I need to switch right from vacation mode to holiday planning mode. It’s the ten-day countdown to Thanksgiving.

Slow Food USA has created a guide to help with some of the Thanksgiving planning and preparation. If having good, clean, fair food on your holiday table is important to you, the “Have a Slow Food Thanksgiving” guide will help you get it on the table.

  • Recipes – Slow Food chose recipes from food blogs and online magazines that “uphold the value of Slow Food cooking.” There are dozens of recipes for everything from starters to using up the leftovers. Maybe I’ll add a little kick to my plain green beans this year with the Green Beans with Balsamic Roasted Shallots recipe they suggest.
  • Heritage Turkeys – I ordered my turkey from the farmers market before left on vacation. If you’re still trying to decide on a turkey, this guide has information on heritage birds as well as information on other types of less expensive, humanely raised birds.
  • Tips & Tricks – We can all use some tips on time savers, money savers, using local foods and boosting the nutrition of our dishes. My favorite tip that they recommend is to have a share the burden. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving, assign your guests one or two items to bring so everyone can share in providing for the feast.
  • Origins – Slow Food takes a moment to acknowledge that the origins of Thanksgiving aren’t quite what we learned in our second grade history books and offers links to resources that help explain the real origins of the holiday. Some of this information can make interesting conversation starters at your holiday table.

Even though my holiday menu is set, I was able to take some helpful tips away from the “Have a Slow Food Thanksgiving Guide.” Hope you’ll find it useful, too.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Slow Food USA's Thanksgiving guide
Slow Food has recipes, heritage turkey information, tips and even dinner conversation ideas to help with your Thanksgiving meal planning.