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  • The Thanksgiving meal is one of the biggest, most meticulously planned meals of the year. That's a lot of pressure for one meal, don't you think?! Granted, a good one will stuff you for the day and hold you over until next year. One that is lacking will be remembered as well, for all the wrong reasons. If you're feeling the crazy pressure of this hallowed meal, I've compiled a list of delectable options. So make your extra-long grocery list, grab your apron, and let's get down to business. 
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  • Turkey

    Turkey is the time-honored centerpiece of the Thanksgiving table; it is the day to honor the giant bird.

    Perfect Roast Turkey Recipe
    The classic turkey. All golden brown and perfect for carving.
    Herb Crusted Turkey Breast Recipe
    For those who want turkey without the all-night thaw session, this dish will do the trick.

    Tips for a Super Juicy Turkey
    Maybe you have your own favorite recipe but wonder how to make superb. This list will ensure your turkey is the juiciest in the land.
    But, one cannot live on turkey alone—and that's why there are side dishes!
  • Sides

    Pomegranate Apple Cranberry Relish Recipe
    So many items in this meal are cooked and creamy. This dish (above left), however, is fresh and flavorful and will add the necessary pop of color the table needs.
    Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
    Creamy potatoes, floating in butter, cream, and cheese. Heaven on earth!

    Green Bean Casserole Recipe
    Tradition dictates this be included. It's so good, it would be a travesty to forget.
    Creamy Corn Casserole
    Same goes for corn casserole: the meal wouldn't be the same without it. At least in my (and everyone else's) opinion.
    Icebox Butterhorns Recipe
    Another classic Thanksgiving staple. With the other options, bread can take up valuable space in the tummy, but these are well worth it.
    Butternut Squash Biscuits Recipe
    These biscuits have been on my Thanksgiving table since I was very little. Their yellow color can be off-putting to ones who have never had them but the flavor is all biscuit. Give it a try! I'm sure you will love them.

    Traditional Turkey Stuffing Recipe
    For the traditionalists, this recipe is so yummy.

    Parmesan Cheese and Italian Sausage Stuffing Recipe
    This stuffing has a little twist with the parmesan cheese. It's different, but delicious just the same.

    Butternut Squash Casserole Recipe
    Whoever said vegetables were to be suffered through never had this dish. Part vegetable, part dessert, this casserole will cause no suffering.

    Here's a visual guide to squash if you're interested in incorporating a different squash recipe or want more squash items on the table.
    Let's be honest with ourselves, no one really has room for dessert on Thanksgiving—the sides alone will overwhelm an average stomach. But turkey day is about pushing the limits, so on with the desserts! 
  • Desserts

    Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie Recipe
    Pumpkin pie is a classic dessert for Thanksgiving. This pie will fulfill the quota with a little twist.

    Pecan Pie Bars Recipe
    Maybe your pie crust skills are lacking. No worries! Enjoy the goodness of pie in bar form.
    Creamy Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Recipe
    Not everyone is a pie lover and this treat packs the taste of pumpkin into creamy ice cream.

    Apple Rose Tart with Maple Custard and Walnut Crust Recipe
    This pie is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen, and the meal of all meals should include the most beautiful dessert ever.

    Pies must have a delicious, flaky crust. This post is filled with tips to ensure your pies are perfection.
  • Drinks

    Apple Cider and Champagne Sangria Recipe
    Not only is this drink beautiful, but it could help take the edge off your great aunt Sheila's questions about your personal life.
    Pumpkin Spice Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Recipe
    It's a perfect combination of fall and ever-approaching winter.
    Whoa! That's a hefty list. This is a wear-your-stretchy-pants-for-the-meal list. But, in the end, it's all about being together and enjoying each other over food. Fantastic, filling, and amazing food, but food just the same. So plan the meal, get it made, then get out of the kitchen and enjoy people. While eating. 

    Happy Thanksgiving!
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