Real-Life Testers: First-Timer Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Share Print Never cooked a Thanksgiving dinner before? No problem! Our real-life tester, Melissa Collins, is a Turkey Day novice as well, and so she followed our First-Timer menu -- no crazy techniques or ingredients necessary, we promise! Prev Next 2/20 No Wacky Ingredients! These recipes call for easy-to-find ingredients that won't trip up Thanksgiving first-timers. Get the first-timer menu. Get our best 30-minute dinner ideas now!