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Oh, Canada! A Menu for Thanksgiving North of the Border

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I’m not Canadian. I live in a city known for brusk directness (you know, that Apple). Hockey frightens me. I have yet to enjoy the pleasure of Tim Horton's. In fact, I’ve only visited Canada twice. But despite the cultural gulf that separates us, there’s at least one thing I have in common with our northern neighbor: Thanksgiving.

Just like us, Canadians celebrate the harvest and other blessings of the past year every autumn. One of the only differences is that their day of gratitude is a little earlier. This year, Canadian families will gather together on Monday, October 9th. While I’m sure many of our Canadian readers already set their Thanksgiving menus, we have some last-minute inspiration. And for our U.S. readers, there's nothing wrong with giving thanks twice.

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Centerpiece-worthy Mains

Bacon Bird with Turkey Neck Gravy
Bacon Bird with Turkey Neck Gravy
Three-Tier Thanksgiving Dinner Pie

Three-Tier Thanksgiving Dinner Pie by Erin McDowell

Thanksgiving Root Vegetable Pie

Thanksgiving Root Vegetable Pie by Marian Bull

The Food Lab's Crown Roast of Pork with Caramelized Applesauce
The Food Lab's Crown Roast of Pork with Caramelized Applesauce
Herbed Goat Cheese and Root Vegetable Galette

Herbed Goat Cheese and Root Vegetable Galette by Kendra Vaculin

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

Supportive Sides

Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions
Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions
Harvest Stuffing Bread

Harvest Stuffing Bread by Posie Harwood

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pears and Pistachios

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pears and Pistachios by Bevi

Todd Coleman's Potato Gratin

Todd Coleman's Potato Gratin by Genius Recipes

Roasted Delicata Squash with Spicy Yogurt Dressing and Pomegranate

Roasted Delicata Squash with Spicy Yogurt Dressing and Po... by Josh Cohen

How to Make Cranberry Sauce Without a Recipe
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How to Make Cranberry Sauce Without a Recipe

Sweet Bites

Grandma Joan's Butter Tarts
Grandma Joan's Butter Tarts
Sugar Pie (Tarte au Sucre)

Sugar Pie (Tarte au Sucre) by Miranda Keyes

Truly Scrumptious Apple Pie

Truly Scrumptious Apple Pie by mrslarkin

Meta Given's Pumpkin Pie
Meta Given's Pumpkin Pie
Slow-Roasted Sweet Potatoes (for Dessert!)

Slow-Roasted Sweet Potatoes (for Dessert!) by Josh Cohen

Chocolate Cake with Cranberry Buttercream

Chocolate Cake with Cranberry Buttercream by Merrill Stubbs

Okay, Canadians: How are you celebrating Thanksgiving this year?

Automagic Thanksgiving Menu Maker!
Automagic Thanksgiving Menu Maker!

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