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4 Menu solutions to solve last minute holiday panic

Apple-Brined Turkey Breasts from Thanksgiving by Lou Seibert Pappas, published by Weldon Owen

Apple-Brined Turkey Breasts from Thanksgiving by Lou Seibert Pappas, published by Weldon Owen

Winning Thanksgiving recipes for last minute menu planning success

Waited 'til the last minute to plan your holiday fête? ckbk has you covered. We’ll handle the meal planning while you set the table. We've applied the winning Thanksgiving formula of festive fowl + seasonal trimmings + show-stopping dessert to develop enticing menus to suit your particular mood and needs. Thanksgiving dinner dilemma, solved!

A Thanksgiving feast for four

A menu full of big flavors for your small guest list. Scale down the main, add some easy sides then end with an elegant personal-sized dessert.

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Pictured: Roasted Squash & Pearl Barley Salad with Pumpkin Seeds & Dried Cranberries from The Ginger & White Cookbook by Tonia George

A healthy Thanksgiving menu

Skip the indulgence of an all-you-can eat carb fest and plan a menu to showcase the beautifully colored fruits and vegetables of the season’s harvest. A whole foods menu with a lot of heart.

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Pictured: Pureed Sweet Potato Soup with Coconut, Apple, and Ginger from The Simple Art of Vegetarian Cooking by Martha Rose Shulman, published by Rodale Books.

A purist’s Thanksgiving menu

If going off-script would ruffle a few feathers, keep with the classics and sneak in a few smart twists.

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Pictured: Pumpkin Pie from Scratch by Maria Rodale, published by Rodale Books.

Thanksgiving with a difference

For the adventure-seeking flavor hounds, who feel like traditions were means to be made anew. This menu puts a twist on the typical fowl, plus trimmings inspired by the four corners of the world.

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Pictured: Lebanese Lemon and Vanilla Cake from Mighty Spice Cookbook by John Gregory-Smith, published by Watkins Publishing.

A few extra dishes for the buffet table

Festive sides

Gourmet side dishes for your celebratory table.

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Pictured: Cornbread Stuffing with Bacon from Thanksgiving by Lou Seibert Pappas, published by Weldon Owen.

Give thanks for pie

Desserts to please any crowd.

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Pictured: Pear and Walnut Pie with Apple Butter Crème Fraîche from Tyler Florence Family Meal by Tyler Florence, published by Rodale Books.

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