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Thanksgiving Recipes: How to Create a Local Thanksgiving Menu

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How to Create a Local Thanksgiving Menu
Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Dinner

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Creating a local Thanksgiving is easier than you might think. The traditional Thanksgiving menu is a seasonal one in most parts of the country. Winter squash, brussels sprouts, potatoes mashed or sweet – these are all things in season in November. Wild rice and cranberries, too, are recently harvested and ready for cooking in late fall. Whether you can score a local turkey or not, you can always make the sides dishes, salads, or soup using local, in-season produce. See What's In Season In Fall or these State Guides to Seasonal Produce for specific fruits and vegetables you may be able to find from local growers.

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