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My System: A Buy-it-in-Brooklyn Thanksgiving

By which I mean I bought just about everything for our Turkey Day fete. With 12 family members popping over tomorrow, I’m all about keeping it easy. To wit:

A deep-fried Jive Turkey. Despite buying this sucker ahead of time, we had to wait in a two-hour line for our very own. Seemed like a rite of passage. So be it. I’ve never tried a deep fried turkey, last year we purchased our pre-cooked turkey from Whole Foods. Hopefully this one will be worth the wait!

[photo: Courtesy of Jive Turkey]

Sides from Bklyn Larder: Yes they’re pricey, but the homemade goodness is worth it. Cheese plate, mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon, cranberry sauce, herb bread stuffing, foccacia. Picking those up tomorrow morning.

Flowers & apple cider from Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket: The Greenmarket is always open the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, so I hit that this morning, buying some lovely orange fleurs and fresh apple cider.

Delicata squash from Whole Foods: The one thing I’m making (and not from Brooklyn), inspired by my food writer pal Kim O’Donnel and her love for the Delicata. I’ll be sharing her Thanksgiving tips in the next post.

Pumpkin ice-cream cake from Ample Hills. My husband and I passed by the sign they had outside, and couldn’t resist. My family has a thing for ice cream cakes, so this is a bit of a surprise. (They’re too busy traveling to read this post.)

Since the whole point is to give thanks, and not slave over a hot, tiny, 1970s oven that doesn’t really work, this is my system.

But I’d love to know: How are you making Thanksgiving easier on yourself this year? Or are you summoning your inner Martha and going all out…

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