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6 Thanksgiving Menus for Every Whim and Need

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Thanksgiving is far from a one-size-fits-all affair. Even within your own family, every year can be different. There are the years when you don't have time to cook anything, there was the dinner when your son announced he was vegan and gluten-free, and the season when no one felt like celebrating Thanksgiving at all. Whether this year is all about putting a new twist on old classics or serving thirty people, we have a menu for every situation:

If You Want a Norman Rockwell-Approved Dinner with All the Classics
Classic recipes that honor the forefathers and mothers of American cooking from Julia Child to James Beard.



If You're Serving 30 People
Everybody (and we mean everybody) eats when they come to our house. Here's how to feed a small village.



If You Only Have Wednesday to Prep
The big day approaching a little too fast? Prepare this entire meal Wednesday after work, then reap the benefits on Thursday.


If You Have Vegan, Gluten-Free, or Turkey-Allergic Guests
Don't hang your vegan feast on a tofurkey—make a meal that will make all your guests thankful.



If You're All-for Updating Old Classics
Don't let traditions turn to turkey fatigue. Mix up this year's table with a brined turkey breast, gingery beets, and new classics.


If You're Sick (and Tired) of Thanksgiving Food
Can't look a turkey in the eye? Make a big, saucy Italian feast instead.


What menu will you be serving this Thanksgiving? Tell us in the comments below!

Photos by James Ransom

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