The Last Minute Thanksgiving: Traditional Menu

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In case you are still looking for Thanksgiving inspiration, we have two last-minute Thanksgiving meal menus. Today's draws on traditional Thanksgiving flavors and dishes; tomorrow's will be less traditional.

If you are cooking for four people or less, we suggest roasting a chicken instead of a turkey. Organic, free-range birds (which taste noticeably better) are economical and easily available.

We have a full shopping list for this menu after the jump.

Traditional Menu Shopping List

• Organic chicken roaster (about 4 pounds)

• Herbs: Sage, thyme, rosemary
• 3 large sweet potatoes
• 2 sweet onions
• 1 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries
• Jar of crushed ginger, or a 4-inch stick of fresh ginger

• 1 package organic or whole grain graham crackers
• 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree

• 1 quart half and half
• Eggs

Traditional Menu Pantry Items
Things you probably have on hand already

• Coarse or kosher salt
• Black pepper
• Ground paprika and/or cayenee
• Ground ginger
• Ground cinnamon

• Olive oil

• Garlic
• Butter

• Sugar
• Brown sugar

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.