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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