What are you making for Thanksgiving – dinner or reservations?

Which are you – the person who loves to make turkey with all the fixin’s – and leftovers! – or the one who appreciates a good restaurant… and coming home to a clean kitchen?

Either way, we’ve got you covered.

For the cooks:

Turkey: Gotta start with the bird. Martha Stewart shows us how. Want to experiment? Epicurious has a whole list of options.

FYI… if you need some turkey 911, you can contact Butterball by phone — 1-800-BUTTERBALL (800-288-8732) — email, online chat, text (844-877-3456, available through Thanksgiving Day) or tweet.

Dressing: Cooking the dressing separately is safer that stuffing it inside the bird. Bonus: you can make more of it!

You can go basic and traditional, choose cornbread over bread as the base or do something different, such as brown and wild rice or even matzo. For a healthier alternative, think gluten-free walnut, kale and quinoa. And, of course, you can’t go wrong with Southern oyster dressing — version one or two. Yum!


Side dishes: Potatoes? Sweet potatoes? Green beans? Country Living has recipes and yummy photos of just about everything.

Food and Wine has suggestions for a great meal, starting with soup, then continuing on to turkey (or ditching the bird for lobster) and vegetarian sides.

Southern flair: Nothing like home cookin’. See ideas here, also from Country Living.

Finally, Country Living has a few suggestions in the pie department as well.

Don’t want to do all of the work? Publix, Whole Foods, Petty’s Meats and other stores will cook anything from the turkey to the whole meal for you. None of the work, all of the leftovers – win-win!

Or skip the bird and put a ham in the middle of the table. Or do both and make everybody happy.

Reservations please!

No cooking? No problem. Here’s a list of places serving Thanksgiving dinner. You might want to go ahead and see if they have room for you.

Whatever you choose to do, we at Pebble Creek at Lake Mary wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings!

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