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Some people are planners. Some people are procrastinators. You probably know which you are. If you are the latter — no judging — you might not be quite as on top of things as the folks who were the target audience for our post on make-ahead dishes yesterday. But fear not! Even if you haven’t shopped for or cooked a thing yet, you can still put together a successful Thanksgiving dinner.
We are here to help. Check out the following recommendations for basic, fuss-free — though still delicious — dishes, as well as alternatives if you’re not feeling the tradition or, um, can’t track down the ingredients this late in the game.
CRANBERRY SAUCE Doesn’t get much easier than Cranberries Cooked in Honey from Tarver King at Patowmack Farm.
Not feeling or finding cranberries? How about apples instead?
STUFFING Nana’s Irish Sausage Stuffing is pretty straightforward. Or try another easy side to complement meat.
POTATOES Joe Yonan’s mashed potatoes are as basic — and delicious and fluffy — as they come. Not a masher? Try a warm salad.
DESSERT At this point, you might not want to bother with a crust-and-filling dessert. But keep the pumpkin tradition going with this Pumpkin Pecan Pudding Cake, which is made in a Bundt pan.
An apple-centric dessert is seasonal as well.
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