So what should your timeline look like? Bridget Lancaster, lead instructor for the Online Cooking School and star of America's Test Kitchen TV and Cook's Country TV, has created her timeline for a classic Thanksgiving dinner. She's added other related tasks (shopping, setting the table) for a complete road map. Note the level of detail that she's outlined for the big day. A successful timeline should account for every minute—or at least make the best attempt to.

This ambitious menu relies on two ovens. If you have just one oven, consider grilling the turkey; baking the stuffing, potatoes, and green bean casserole in a 400-degree oven; and adjusting the individual recipe cooking times as necessary. The other option is to roast the turkey but let it rest 15 or 20 minutes longer than usual while you bake all three casseroles.

Bridget's Thanksgiving Dinner

Roast Crisped-Skin Turkey
Make-Ahead Gravy
Simple Cranberry Sauce
Back-to-Basics Bread Stuffing
Mashed Potato Casserole
Green Bean Casserole
Deep-Dish Apple Pie
Pumpkin Pie