There are years when you delight in the planning and creation of a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner.... and then there are the years where you absolutely panic: "HOW WILL I GET IT ALL DONE?"
I figured out that planning, shopping, prepping and cooking Thanksgiving dinner takes me about nine hours. This year, I don't have nine hours. I am stretched to the gills, but I'm also not willing to forego the tradition and the yummy meal. So my question: can you get Thanksgiving ordered up off the Internet? How much time would it save and how much would it cost?
Here are the best options I found for getting complete meals, side dishes such as casseroles and pies, and even small portion Thanksgiving dinners for just one or two people.
Greenberg Smoked Turkey, 14 pounds.
Cost: $60.20, plus shipping and handling
Cajun Grocer, 15 pounds.
Turducken with Creole Pork and Cornbread
Cost: $66.95, plus shipping and handling
Complete Meal for Two
From Omaha Steaks, a meal with turkey and trimmings:
One 2-pound oven-roasted turkey breast
Two 12-ounce trays of green bean casserole
Two 12-ounce trays of roasted garlic mashed potates
Two 14-ounce trays of whipped sweet potatoes
Cost: $39.99, plus shipping and handling
Complete Meal for Four
Roasted and browned whole turkey (About 10 to 12 pounds)
HoneyBaked stuffing and turkey gravy
New York Plain Cheesecake.
Cost: $112.95, plus shipping and handling
Oyster dressing from Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co.
Their new traditional New England-style herbed oyster dressing is made with fresh oysters, onions, celery, herbed bread and spices. A one-pound casserole, serves 6 to 8 people. It's shipped frozen.
Cost: $29.75, plus shipping and handling
Allen Brothers' green bean casserole
Two 1.5-pound trays of fresh green beans baked with home-made cream of mushroom soup and topped with crispy French-fried onions.
Cost: $44.95, plus shipping and handling
Their Northport Pumpkin pie was voted number 1 pumpkin pie by The Detroit News. Country Living Magazine describes it as ". . . a dense, mousse-like texture and a crust detail that won our hearts."
Their Autumn Harvest pecan pie is a northern version of a Southern classic. It's made from scratch and topped with big toasted pecan halves.
Cost: Each pie is $26.99, plus shipping and handling