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Here at the Food52 offices, we spend the weeks (who are we kidding—we spend the months) leading up to the last Thursday in November thinking about pumpkin pie, table settings, and the evasion of awkward conversations with relatives.

Then, after all that fretting planning, the actual holiday comes around and we part ways, trudging skipping to our respective homes to turn on the oven and embark on the journey.

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But it seems unfair, after the build-up, to not know precisely what everyone else is making (is this invasive? or are we just curious cooks?). Luckily, the Thanksgiving Menu Genie not only helps you plan your menu with consideration, it also makes it easy to share your menu (via email, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest) with...

  • Friends who have decided to go elsewhere ("Look what you're missing!")
  • Guest who are asking what they can bring ("Well, if you're asking...")
  • Relatives with dietary restrictions ("Just making sure there's something on here you'll enjoy!")
  • Colleagues with whom you've been talkin' turkey with for 2 months straight ("I'm going with the Barbara Kafka turkey; you trying Russ Parsons'?")

Thanks to the Genie, even though I didn't receive an invite to Amanda's, Merrill's, or Kristen's Thanksgivings (oh, you too?), I can still see what's on their menus.


Here's a look for you, too!

Amanda Hesser is not serving turkey (mic drop)

Find out what's taking turkey's place in the center of Amanda's table here, and see a few of the other meal rounder-outers below:

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Brussels Sprouts Caesar

Brussels Sprouts Caesar by Josh Cohen

Mr. L's Mashed Potatoes

Mr. L's Mashed Potatoes by La452

Caramelized Butternut Squash Wedges with a Sage Hazelnut Pesto

Caramelized Butternut Squash Wedges with a Sage Hazelnut ... by melissav

Meta Given's Pumpkin Pie

Meta Given's Pumpkin Pie by Genius Recipes

Merrill Stubbs can't decide on dessert

And who can blame her?! She's got four end-of-meal sweets (three or which are apple-based) on her menu. Mosey on through her whole feast here (she's got some of her personal favorites, including Irish Brown Soda Bread and Tuscan Onion Confit).

Truly Scrumptious Apple Pie

Truly Scrumptious Apple Pie by mrslarkin

Brown Butter and Cheddar Apple Pie

Brown Butter and Cheddar Apple Pie by Midge

Bea's No-Peel Apple Crisp

Bea's No-Peel Apple Crisp by Alice Medrich

Pumpkin Pudding (a.k.a. No-Pie Pumpkin Pie)

Pumpkin Pudding (a.k.a. No-Pie Pumpkin Pie) by Alice Medrich

Kristen Miglore's menu screams (sings?) "bright & whirly"

See a sneak peek of Kristen menu below, or browse the full banquet here. It's not all Genius (though that is an option—and a very good one, at that).

Winter Spritz

Winter Spritz by sandy peccerillo

Crudités with Feta Pistachio Dip

Crudités with Feta Pistachio Dip by Sara Jenkins

Russ Parsons' Dry-Brined Turkey (a.k.a. The Judy Bird)

Russ Parsons' Dry-Brined Turkey (a.k.a. The Judy Bird) by Genius Recipes

Radicchio Salad

Radicchio Salad by Sara Jenkins

Lauren Locke will not skip her family's corn pudding

But she's got a few other dishes on the agenda, too.

Corn Pudding

Corn Pudding by laurenlocally

Pomelder Prosecco Punch

Pomelder Prosecco Punch by hardlikearmour

Whole-Wheat Pull-Apart Biscuits

Whole-Wheat Pull-Apart Biscuits by LukasVolger

Diane Morgan's Classic Mashed Potatoes

Diane Morgan's Classic Mashed Potatoes by Genius Recipes

Ryan Merrill will make two types of sweet potato casseroles

And also some non-orange side—if he must.

 Sweet Potato Casserole with Brown Sugar Fluff

Sweet Potato Casserole with Brown Sugar Fluff by Ashley Rodriguez

Edna Lewis & Scott Peacock's Sweet Potato Casserole

Edna Lewis & Scott Peacock's Sweet Potato Casserole by Food52

Mushroom and Roasted Garlic Gravy

Mushroom and Roasted Garlic Gravy by melissav

Deviled Eggs; Purgatory Edition

Deviled Eggs; Purgatory Edition by MeghanVK

Victoria Maynard is making a Thanksgiving meal for four...

...but her menu looks like it might serve 20. She's got some deciding to do.

Ricotta Toast

Ricotta Toast by Josh Cohen

Delicately Fragrant Mulled Cider

Delicately Fragrant Mulled Cider by ody

Nigella Lawson's One-Step, No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream

Nigella Lawson's One-Step, No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream by Genius Recipes

Crispy Delicata Rings with Currant, Fennel, and Apple Relish

Crispy Delicata Rings with Currant, Fennel, and Apple Relish by TheWimpyVegetarian

Catherine O'Donnell checks off all the classics

While leaving plenty of room for a few wildcards, like queso fundido.

Queso Fundido con Hongos

Queso Fundido con Hongos by aargersi

Apple Peel Tea

Apple Peel Tea by Micki Balder

Steam-Roasted Carrots with Cumin

Steam-Roasted Carrots with Cumin by Kenzi Wilbur

Grandy's Sausage Stuffing

Grandy's Sausage Stuffing by Cara Nicoletti

Rebecca Salisbury is planning for two of everything

Two types of pie, two types of potatoes, two orange sides, two green sides... but only one (spatchcocked!) turkey. See her whole menu here.

Spinach Gratin

Spinach Gratin by Lizthechef

Toasty Roasted Chickpeas, Cajun Style

Toasty Roasted Chickpeas, Cajun Style by anotherfoodieblogger

Pomegranate Roasted Carrots

Pomegranate Roasted Carrots by Melissa Clark

Astor House Rolls

Astor House Rolls by Food52

What are YOU serving for Thanksgiving? The Food52 Thanksgiving Menu Genie can help you decide!


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