Thanksgiving Last Minute Checklist


Thanksgiving is almost here and if you are hosting at your house this year, you’re probably scrambling to make sure everything is in order. Here is a quick checklist to run down to make sure you are right on track for the big day:


  • Confirm your guest list. You may have had last-minute cancellations or last-minute invites.
  • Confirm you have enough place settings, tableware, and chairs.
  • If you didn’t already clean up the house this weekend, start your cleaning now.
  • Make sure all of the china and glassware has been washed and your napkins and table cloths are clean and ironed.
  • Make room in your fridge for fresh groceries you may still need to purchase.
  • If you haven’t stated defrosting your turkey yet, you better start now… it takes 24 hours to defrost a 4-5 pound turkey. You can thaw it in the sink faster with cold water if you are pressed for time.
  • Purchase any fresh items on your list tonight, as well as drink items you might need, seltzer, cider, etc., and fresh flowers if you plan on making an arrangement for a centerpiece.
  • Set your cooking schedule for Thursday


  • Prepare and refrigerate your deserts and side dishes.
  • Set the table and arrange seating. Place any additional fall decorations throughout the house.
  • Chill beverages and make extra ice cubes if you aren’t buying a bulk bag.

Thanksgiving Morning

  • Turn on the Thanksgiving Day parade and get into the spirit!
  • Follow the cooking schedule you set
  • Put the turkey in to roast
  • Defrost dinner rolls and any other frozen items.
  • Complete all other dishes needed such as salad, fruit trays, cheese platters, etc.

Serve, socialize, enjoy, and relax! From the P.C. Richard & Son family to yours, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!


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Prepare Your Oven for Thanksgiving with These Cleaning and Maintenance Tips


Thanksgiving is right around the corner and many of us are preparing for opening our home to friends and family. We are going are over our grocery lists, pulling out the table settings, and cleaning and decorating our home in preparation for this holiday. However, there’s one important thing we all may overlook… our oven. We put a lot of faith in our ovens that day, so it’s smart to get it prepared as well.

Here are a few Tips:

Clean your oven now.  If you have a self cleaning oven do not use this feature the day before or day of a big holiday, as your oven could overheat and damage a key component such as a fuse or control board. Sometimes ovens can get stuck in self-clean mode. If this happens turn off the circuit breaker or unplug your oven for one minute to reset the power.

Check all burners to make sure everything is working properly. Use your oven a couple of days before hand to rule out any irregularities in temperature or uneven cooking.  If you find your oven is not heating properly, below are the most common things to check. Remember, to avoid personal injury (or death!), always unplug the appliance or disconnect the power before attempting any repairs yourself. Always turn off the gas at the source before repairing any gas appliance.

·         Bake Element.  The bake element is a black tube near the bottom of the oven about as thick as a pencil.  You can tell there’s a problem if the element glows only a little, only in certain areas along the element or not at all. If this is the case it will need to be replaced.


·         Broil Element.  The broil element is a black tube near the top of the oven, also about as thick as a pencil. When it is operating normally, the broil element will glow red hot. In most ovens the broil element comes on during pre-heat. If the oven doesn’t bake evenly, the broil element may have burned out. It is often obvious to see where the broil element has burned out because there will be a hole in the element or blisters on the outside of the element. If this is the case, it can’t be repaired and will need to be replaced.


·         Oven Igniter. If the oven won’t heat and the oven igniter glows for more than 90 seconds without igniting the gas flame, the oven igniter should be replaced.


·         Oven Thermostat. Some ovens have a thermostat bulb that can come loose, in which case you would find it lying on the bottom of the oven or resting against the heating element. If the thermostat sensing bulb is still in place, it could still be defective and may need to be replaced.

With some oven models, you can calibrate the temperature on a keypad. On other models there’s a thermostat knob that can be adjusted. Check your owner’s manual for complete instructions. If the thermostat isn’t calibrated correctly it may be that you have to replace a gasket. If this is the case, then you should contact a professional repairman.


·         Oven Control Board. An electronic oven control panel controls the oven when its buttons are used to set the oven’s temperature. Diagnostic codes, also known as fault codes, are shown on its display when there is a problem with the oven. If the display on your oven shows a code beginning with an “F,” there is a problem with a component in the control board or oven. Troubleshoot the control board to determine if it requires replacement.


·         Convection Element. If the oven doesn’t bake evenly during convection bake, the convection element might be burned out. The convection element is located near the convection fan and helps to heat the air circulating inside the oven. The convection element can be tested for continuity by using an Ohm meter. If the convection element is burned out it will need to be replaced.


·         Convection Motor. If the oven doesn’t bake evenly during convection bake and you’ve checked the convection element, the convection motor might be defective instead. The convection motor drives the convection fan and circulates the air inside the oven. The convection motor can also be tested for continuity by using an Ohm meter. If the motor shaft doesn’t turn freely, the motor bearings are probably bad and will have to be replaced.


·         Oven Sensor. The oven sensor works in conjunction with the oven control board – or clock – to regulate the temperature. The oven sensor is a simple electronic device which varies its resistance to electrical current as the temperature varies. If the oven doesn’t bake evenly, this oven sensor resistance might be incorrect. For small variations, often there is a calibration feature at the control board. On many models there is a certain pattern of pushing buttons in order to calibrate the control board to the oven sensor resistance. Check the owners’ manual for more information.

If your oven is not working at all, check to see if the oven’s wall plug is plugged in all the way first. A partially removed plug may be the reason your oven won’t turn on. If that’s not the case check your fuse box first to see if the oven blew a fuse. Older ovens have their own fuses. To check if one is blown unplug your oven first, then pull it out from behind the wall. The fuse is located under the range top on the back of the oven.  If you have checked the plug, fuse box, and all the above parts and still can’t locate the problem, it may be time to call a repairman.

If you wish to keep your range, stove, or oven operating safely and efficiently, you will need to make sure they are kept clean. Both the control panel and cook-top can be cleaned with non- abrasive cleaners. Always apply the cleaner to the rag other than the surface you wish to clean. The burner drip holes are usually not cleanable once they have been stained, so it’s often a better idea to replace them altogether. If the oven is not a self-cleaning model, you can use oven cleaner to maintain the interior. If your oven is self cleaning, simply follow the manufacturer’s instruction for the self cleaning setting. You may also need to replace your ovens light bulb from time to time if it burns out. Most ovens use a universal 40 watt bulb. Simply unscrew the old bulb and install the new one. Follow these simple steps and your appliance should continue to run great for many Thanksgivings to come!


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Small Appliances Make the Perfect Holiday Gift



It’s that time of year again… the holidays are right around the corner and you may or may not have started your holiday shopping. If you are looking for some gift ideas, here are 5 of our favorite small appliances that we love giving!

The KitchenAid Stand Mixer

The KitchenAid Stand Mixer makes a wonderful holiday gift for anybody who enjoys baking. They come in an array of fun colors to match any personality and offer much more versatility than basic hand mixers. These mixers have the ability to knead dough for delicious homemade bread, yet they are simple enough to thoroughly mix cake batter with ease. The hands-free design allows the user to add ingredients while the mixer is churning, as well as allowing them an opportunity to do other tasks such as preparing the pan for baking or even taking a short phone call. This mixer also comes with a large enough bowl to mix a couple of batches of cookie dough in one shot, saving time when baking for a large party! Can you think of someone who would love this gift?

Crock-Pot Cook & Carry Slow Cooker with Little Dipper Warmer

This is a great gift for the cook who likes to share good times as well as good food! This portable slow cooker eliminates the hassle and the mess when transporting cooked foods from home. Cook it up, lock it up, and go with the secure-fitting lid and locking system. The Crock Pot Cook & Carry is perfect for traveling to parties, tailgates, picnics, potlucks, and more. This portable crock pot also comes with the 16-ounce Little Dipper Food Warmer, ideal for warm dips and sauces.  Makes a wonderful gift for the cook on the go!

Avanti 12 Bottle Free Standing Wine Cooler

Do you have a wine enthusiast in the family? The Avanti 12 Bottle Free standing Wine Cooler makes a great gift; large enough to keep a few bottles of wine cold for special occasions and is small enough for easy storing. The innovative design of this wine cooler allows them to store 8 bottles horizontally and 4 bottles vertically, which is perfect for opened bottles. There is an exterior display for temperature setting, which can be set from 47 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. They can also choose to use pre-set buttons for red and white wine if they are not sure about the right temperature. This wine cooler also comes with an interior light to make it easier for them to find the bottle they are looking for when entertaining guests! Check out all of our wine coolers here.

Keurig Mini Plus Brewing System

Keurig Mini Brewing System is perfect for small spaces, college dorms, or for the only coffee drinker in a household.  These compact, personal brewers don’t take up a lot of space and will make a perfect cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa in less than two minutes with a simple press of the button. To add a little something extra to this gift, check out our selection of K-cups; various flavors of coffee, teas, cocoas, and iced beverages.


Perfect gift for the soda lover! The SodaStream turns tap water into sparkling water or a favorite soft drink, in less than 30 seconds. The SodaStream also allows the user to get as fizzy as they want and never have to worry about their soda going flat. With the SodaStream Soda Maker kit, the user can even make their own flavors and soda concoctions! All of this in just one press of a button; that’s really how simple it is. If you are looking for a unique gift that won’t go to waste, this is it!

Looking for some more holiday gift ideas? Check back here for we will be posting more blogs on holiday shopping and gift ideas or check out our Holiday Gift Ideas board on Pinterest! Happy shopping!


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Sony Event This Week at P.C. Richard and Son


It’s the perfect week to start your holiday shopping with the Sony event going on now at P.C. Richard and Son! We’re celebrating all that Sony has to offer this week with amazing deals on Sony TVs, laptops, cameras, speakers, and much more.  Work, play, or create – Sony offers an array of products that are great for the office, home, or hobby. 

This week, save up to $1500 on select Sony 4K Ultra HDTVs and experience a picture as real as life itself! Plus, purchase any 55”/65” Sony 4K Ultra HDTV and save $200 on a Sony 4K Ultra HD Media Player, which allows you to watch select movies in 4K.  Don’t forget to also check out their first curved LED TV that features a similar curve to that of a movie theater screen, allowing you to experience home theater like never before.

 Also during this week-long event save on 3D Ready LED HDTVs, and instantly save $300 on a Sony 7.1 Channel Surround Sound Bar  when purchased with any Sony TV 55” or larger.

Not looking for a TV right now? Be sure to check out their state-of-the-art cameras, tablets, and computers; many of which feature Sony PlayMemories… a whole new way of having fun with photos and videos. The PlayMemories series lets you easily organize your photos and videos and instantly share them anywhere on all your favorite digital devices. See your local P.C. Richard & Son sales associate for details! Hurry in and save big on select Sony notebooks, tablets, home audio, cameras and more! For more details check out our weekly circular or stop into one of your local P.C. Richard and Son stores to see all the savings on Sony products. See you there!


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