Fake or Make? What to Buy and What to Make Yourself for Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, use our tips to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with family. See more pictures of the perfect Thanksgiving turkey.
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There's something sentimental about the holiday season, and for many of us, our Norman Rockwell-esque yearning kicks off with Thanksgiving. With visions of golden roast turkey, pumpkin pies and marshmallow-drenched yams, even the most wayward kitchenista may be tempted to pull perfectly starched apron strings into a bow and start dishing.

Unfortunately, we've discovered that reality is often far different than our painting-like expectations. After all, daily life doesn't come to a standstill just because there's a five-course meal to make, so we're betting the demands you're up against probably don't either. Even so, we're unwilling to give up the dream, so we've devised a few ways to take off the holiday pressure. We'll let you in our secrets, next.