“Easy” is not a term typically associated with Thanksgiving. At least not for whoever’s on kitchen duty. Sure, the eating part is a breeze, but the preparation and implementation, not so much. There’s marinating, chopping, roasting, whipping, braising, baking – a whole set of required kitchen skills.pumpkin-pie

But whether you’re a first-timer, an experienced cook who needs some fresh ideas, or just clueless in the kitchen - you’re in luck. Some local Loudoun County eateries are hosting cooking classes designed to help you navigate Turkey Day with ease.

Cookology offers a whole series of seasonal cooking classes, including Techniques: Perfect Holiday Pies on November 10th for $65, Thanksgiving 101 on November 16th for $95, a Turkey Carving Demonstration on November 17th for $15, the Perfect Stuffing on November 19th -- among others. Check out their lineup of classes on their website. 

Salamander Resort is offering a series of Wednesday evening Turkey Day tutorials. On November 13th, 20th and 27th, they’re hosting a Celebration: The Perfect Thanksgiving demo class. For $50, you’ll learn about turkey brining, plus how to make accoutrements including stuffing, cranberry relish, green beans and potatoes. Check out their event calendar for more information.

Patowmack Farm is hosting a Turkey Tutorial class on November 16th. For $65.00, you can learn the ins and outs of cooking the perfect bird – plus tips and tricks for mouthwatering side dishes. Check out their website to find out more.

Lastly, Market Table Bistro is offering a "Thanksgiving Made Easy" class on November 18th for $50. Here, you’ll learn everything you need to know to make sure your dinner goes off without a hitch. You can RSVP to info@markettablebistro.com or call 540-822-3008.

Besides, a little training never hurt anyone, particularly where turkeys are involved.