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No-Cook Cooking: A Don’t Forget List may become a new Thanksgiving tradition | Food & Cooking

By now, you probably have a pretty good idea what you’ll serve — or order — for your Thanksgiving feast. If you’re cooking at home, you’re making that grocery list and checking it twice.

Now it’s time to start a new list — a list of all the things you tend to overlook or forget. This year’s going to be different, so there’s no reason we can’t think positively and make some happy changes in the midst of all the chaos. With a Don’t Forget List on your phone or in your planner, this can be the Thanksgiving without a face plant.

Thanks to the pandemic, guest lists are shorter for Thanksgiving 2020. Does that mean you will have fewer folks to shop and cook for? Or do you look forward to the no-brainer days of decadent Thanksgiving leftovers?

If you’ve decided to cook the same amount of food you usually do, make sure freezer bags and plastic storage containers are on your Don’t Forget List. If you find attractive bags and containers with holiday designs, it’ll make planning ahead to assemble surprise meals for lonely neighbors and friends easier and more cheerful. While you’re packing your own leftovers to enjoy later, prepare a meal or two for someone whose Thanksgiving may be a sad or painful one.

Think of someone who has made your life easier during these endless pandemic months, and bake some cookies or brownies for him or her. It’s a good way to remember that we’re never truly far away from the people we care about.