Don't you love Thanksgiving? It's a nationally sanctioned food marathon, and we're all encouraged to be athletes. No silly talk of calories, carbs or the evils of sugar on this one guilt-free day. Of course, for the person(s) preparing this misty watercolor rendition of a Norman Rockwell painting, the day (which actually began the night before, and maybe the day before that) is often long and stressful.
What's a lazy cook to do? Get invited to somebody else's house. But what are the options for people who'd simply like to enjoy Thanksgiving at home without being chained to the stove? Take out, my stuffing-stuffing friends. That's the answer. Here are a handful of places to lighten your T-Day load. Give thanks.
Love smoked turkey but hate doing the smoking? Bobby Q sells 12 to 15-pound, spice-rubbed, hickory-smoked turkeys a la carte for $40. Add on a quart of mashed potatoes, a quart of fire-roasted corn, a pint of gravy and eight cornbreads for $60.
Available by special order only, to be picked up on Wednesday, November 21: smoked walnut stuffing and smoked turkey gravy, each priced at $6 per quart.
Orders require 72 hours advanced notice; turkeys available for pick-up November 18-21. Call 602-995-5982.
St. Francis makes beautiful seasonal soups, and right now, the go-to potage is silky pumpkin (made with local butternut squash and sugar pumpkins), garnished with croutons, pomegranate seeds and creme fraiche. A $12 quart feeds four, and you can pick up a loaf of crusty, wood-burning oven-baked bread while you're at it for $3.
Call 602-200-8111 for orders and info. Sweet Republic
During the holidays, empresses of ice cream Helen Yung and Jan Wichayanuparp turn out dreamy ice cream pies, each boasting a made-from-scratch waffle crust and fresh whipped cream. Nine-inch pies, which feed six to eight people, cost $22. Individual slices go for $4.50. Flavors include:
Pumpkin Spice (pumpkin ice cream cooked with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom and allspice, drizzled with salted butter caramel sauce)
Maple Pecan (maple ice cream studded with crunchy, maple syrup-roasted local pecans)
Huckleberry Swirl (Madagascar vanilla ice cream with swirls of Oregon wild huckleberries)
Cinnamon Apple (Madagascar vanilla ice cream filled with Granny Smith apples roasted in brown sugar, butter and cinnamon, topped with salted butter caramel sauce)
Grasshopper (mint chip ice cream made with organic mint leaves, topped with a drizzle of house-made dark fudge)
Order by Sunday, November 11 and receive 20% off your order. Other flavors are available upon request but are not eligible for discount.
Call 480-248-6979 for orders or more info.'
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Or you can simply let LGO handle the whole thing, roasted turkey or prime rib with all the fixings + dessert. You must reserve by November 19. Call 602-840-7777 for more info.