There’s only one thing you really need to know when Thanksgiving begins, and it’s whether you’re cooking or taking a seat, whether you’re a guest or host, and whether you’re working a shift or stuck in an airport. It is this: everything will be fine.
Everything will be fine because you will repeat this phrase like a mantra until it becomes a fact, until it kicks off to protect you from any bad weather that comes your way. Kitchen disasters, rude relatives, late guests, failed cakes, burnt mashed potatoes, not enough wine – all fine. These things happen.
Allow them to happen. Practice radical empathy today, for others and for yourself. And don’t worry about anything.
Fact, from those of us at New York Times Cooking: Your turkey is done when its internal temperature, measured at the lowest part of the thigh, is 165 degrees. I take mine out of the oven at 160 or 162 knowing the temperature will continue to rise as the bird rests on my counter under its nimble foil cap. But I’ve also seen numbers closer to 180 over the years and (see the advice above) tempered my stress about it. Carved and moistened with broth and then served with plenty of gravy, an overcooked bird can still make a wonderful meal.
(Don’t panic if you don’t have a thermometer. Use a fork or paring knife to pierce the skin of the thigh. If the juices run clear, you’re fine. If the legs are loose in their joints, you’re you Well.)
Tip: Rest your bird before carving so it can calm down. Plan on at least 20 minutes although I’ve walked up to an hour with no ill effects.
If you’re looking for cooking help today, take advantage of resources on New York Times Cooking, including our Thanksgiving FAQ, our best holiday dinner recipes, and our best last minute recipes. We also have instructions to help you roast and carve the turkey, and to prepare the gravy, cranberry sauce, Brussels sprouts, pie crust, potatoes and stuffing.
I am grateful for that. I also thank you for being a part of The Times. Have a nice holiday.
SPORT NEWS FROM THE ATHLETIC
Injury: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said yesterday he’s been playing with a broken thumb since Week 5, which could explain some of those so-so performances. Rodgers says he’s not considering surgery.
Battle: Seven Michigan State football players are being charged in a brawl with Michigan players following the Wolverines’ win last month. Authorities charged six of the players with misdemeanor charges and Khary Crump with assault.
Today’s games: Portugal takes on Ghana. Brazil, one of the favorites of the tournament, will play their first match against Serbia. Follow all games.
ART AND IDEAS
A multifaceted sequel
A sequel to the twisted, funny crime thriller Knives Out, Glass Onion is in theaters now. Daniel Craig plays Benoit Blanc, the master detective with the Nebelhorn Leghorn accent who is once again summoned by wealthy eccentrics to solve a mystery. This time the host is a tech billionaire (Edward Norton) who has invited friends to play a crime game on his private island.
“The plot twists and turns, stretching the logic to the breaking point while showing how to follow the rules,” writes AO Scott in The Times. “I can’t say much about what happens in ‘Glass Onion’ without spoiling a few surprises, but I can say that part of the fun comes from deluding yourself about what’s going to happen next.”
PLAY, WATCH, EAT
what to cook
The pangram from yesterday’s Spelling Bee was name check. Here is today’s puzzle.
Here’s today’s mini crossword and a clue: Thanksgiving sauce (five letters).
And here is today’s Wordle. After that, use our bot to get better.
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PS The Athletic, The Times sports website, is expanding its coverage of women’s sports, starting with the WNBA
Here is today’s front page.
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