Gather with your family this Thanksgiving for a distinguished dinner that pleases the eye as well as the stomach!

For an attractive entree that guests will be wild about, roast a succulent Mandarin Goose. Then set this golden bird on a bed of beautiful Roasted Autumn Vegetables.

Crimson-colored cranberries—a favorite fall fruit—shine in both Cranberry Tossed Salad and Cran-Apple Pie. (All recipes shown here.)

Complement this lovely autumn dinner with two other splendid sides—Gingered Long Grain and Wild Rice, and Cornmeal Pan Rolls.

Thanksgiving Dinner Agenda

A Few Weeks Before:

  • Order a 12- to 14-pound domestic goose from your butcher.
  • Prepare two grocery lists—one for nonperishable items to purchase now and one for perishable items to purchase a few days before Thanksgiving.
  • Bake Cornmeal Pan Rolls; cool. Freeze in heavy-duty resealable plastic bags.

A Few Days Before:

The Day Before:

  • Set the table.
  • For Cranberry Tossed Salad, make the dressing; cover and chill. Wash and dry salad greens; refrigerate in a resealable plastic bag. Wash and chop broccoli and cauliflower; place in a resealable plastic bag and chill.
  • Bake Cran-Apple Pie. Store loosely covered at room temperature.
  • Later in the day, make the Sugared Fruit Centerpiece.

Thanksgiving Day: