Two resources: SoNo Baking Cookbook – $23.10| M. Stewart’s Baking Handbook – $26.40
Why baking? Because it’s inexpensive. And if you posses the ability to wear more than a couple patterns at once, then figuring out how to win your mother-in-law over with a sweet thank you* for hosting Thanksgiving shouldn’t be all that difficult.
If you can build a bird house you can bake. Hell, if you can slam together a snow fort or sand castle you can bake. Here’s how 90% of baking works: Get all the stuff. Put the stuff in bowls in order. Combine the bowls. Put that in some pan and bake it at a certain temp for a certain time. Done.
Stick to breads, muffins (here’s how to make those at the top of the page), and scones, then graduate to yeast. Or jump right into the chemistry and time game and bake a basic sourdough . Women seem to really like men who can bake. Shows we’re not totally incompetent. Plus it makes the place smell good. Especially in the morning.
*Careful here. If your Mom-in-law takes Thanksgiving too seriously, she might not want any “inferior” dishes making their way onto her turf. If she’s that type, maybe hold off until a not as big day on the calender.