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7 ways to prepare the best Thanksgiving feast

7 ways to prepare the best Thanksgiving feast

When you gather together with friends and family for Thanksgiving dinner, you'll probably have most of the basics: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, yams, cranberry sauce, rolls, and so on.

But where will you get all the recipes? Sure, you can stick to the tried and true, or you can try out some new recipes or add new twists to some old favorites.

Do you want to deep fry your turkey this year? Or maybe you're all about the baste with more butter. Or perhaps this year you want to try vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free options.

No matter what your recipe calls for this year, here at Komando.com, we've found seven sites that can give you everything you need to make your Thanksgiving a success. There are five sites jam-packed with great recipes specifically curated for Thanksgiving, as well as two sites to help you make sure your holiday decorations are good to go as well.

1. National Turkey Federation

Want the latest information about all things turkey? Stop by the National Turkey Federation, where you can find news about everything turkey-related as well as lots of recipes and how-tos to transform your bird into a delicious feast. You can also check out the side dish, dessert and leftover recipes to make the most out of your Thanksgiving.

2. Butterball

Butterball, the name synonymous with turkey, wants to help you prepare the perfect meal. There are plenty of recipes, how-to instructional videos and coupons to help you tackle the big day. There are also tools to help you calculate the cooking time and conversion charts for recipes and different ovens.

3. Food Network

Traditional Thanksgiving dishes are a must, but why not try adding a new flavor this year? You can find a new spin on an old favorite or try something completely new. No matter what you're putting on the table, either appetizers or sides, you're sure to find a new family favorite with this extensive recipe collection from the Food Network. And it doesn't matter if you're a beginner in the kitchen or an experienced chef, there are recipes for everyone.

4. Epicurious

Finding great ingredients and recipes is easier said than done. Let Epicurious help you. The site hosts hundreds of thousands of recipes and has an entire special section just for Thanksgiving. On top of that, there are FAQs, expert advice, tips for menu planning and more.

5. Allrecipes

Allrecipes has great Thanksgiving menu ideas this year. There are menus for both beginners and seasoned veterans. It also has shopping tips and instructions for what to do in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. Once Thanksgiving is over, you should visit Allrecipes' leftover database. You'll find terrific recipes for goodies that leave nothing to waste by using what you already have in your kitchen.

6. Martha Stewart Thanksgiving decorations

You've got the perfect meal planned, but what about decorations? If you want to go all out, you'll need a stunning centerpiece to go with the perfect table setting. Martha Stewart has some tips on making custom fall decorations that will add a unique touch to your setup. Many of these stylish ideas are simple and don't take long to make. The best part is that you can customize every piece you make to fit perfectly with your style.

7. Better Homes and Gardens

Another great place to find holiday decoration ideas is Better Homes and Gardens. There are beautiful, fun and creative decorating ideas for every crafty skill level. Many of these ideas will help to save you a bundle on decorations and maximize your space. What's not to love? Find more great Thanksgiving decorating ideas at Better Homes and Gardens.

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