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Thankgiving Dinner To-Go: Catering Options & Cheats

Thankgiving Dinner To-Go: Catering Options & Cheats

I am cheating this Thanksgiving, and I’m proud of it.  One of my sisters-in-law has hosted both Thanksgiving and Christmas for far too many years now. She deserves a break, and I am happy to share in the hosting responsibilities. Plus, I am happy to be on my own turf this year and to finally use our china, which we haven’t even opened since my husband and I got married more than six years ago. But with our son’s surgery scheduled for the week after Thanksgiving, I am no fool, and I am not trying to start cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the first time…

I am cheating. I am ordering in. We’ll be in Southern Maine and will be ordering most of the fixings from this great little inn. We’ll be ordering desserts from an awesome diner in New Hampshire and picking them up on the way. But I’ve heard lots of great tips from my fellow working moms, and here are a few you might be able to take advantage of.

Thanksgiving Catering Options & Cheats

turkeyWhole Foods: Order Thanksgiving from soup to nuts online and pick it up in the store. Their pumpkin pie, which they were sampling on my last visit, is particularly good.

Trader Joe’s: The Pilgrimager is in, whatever that means. But they’ve got lots of great Thanksgiving stuff, including kosher turkeys, a really good cranberry sauce and awesome pumpkin ice cream.

Gobble Gobble: Don’t tell her in-laws, but Modern Mom is ordering a whole smoked turkey from Texas.

Food Network Fast and Easy: If you insist on cooking, make recipes exclusively from the Food Network’s fast and easy menu.

Make it Real Simple: Try one, two or more of Real Simple’s 24 Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes.

Go Potluck: Epicurious.com has great tips for hosting a potluck Thanksgiving. Give up control, delegate and enjoy.

Don’t Pretend to be a Gourmet: Ocean Spray makes great cranberry sauce in a can, Bird’s Eye frozen green beans are just fine, Stovetop Stuffing is fast and easy, and I’m sure Sara Lee makes a kick-a** pumpkin pie.

Do Pretend You’re Canadian: You would have celebrated Thanksgiving in October.

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