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Thanksgiving Panic—“Where Should I Order a Pre-Cooked Dinner?”
Posted by: Tommy Turkey ()
Date: November 20, 2011 08:40PM

Thanksgiving Panic—“Where Should I Order a Pre-Cooked Dinner?”
We're surveying our readers to find out where is the best place to order a pre-made turkey dinner.
http://herndon.patch.com/articles/thanksgiving-panic-where-should-i-order-a-pre-cooked-dinner

Many people in this area will be working on Wednesday, Nov. 23, or even late into the evening on Wednesday, just before Thanksgiving. They simply do not have the time, or the energy, to shop for and cook a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Their only other option is to eat out, or order one of the pre-made turkey dinners available from area grocery stores/restaurants.

The deadline is fast approaching. My hairdresser said, “Nancy, I am just tired. Where should I order a turkey dinner from? Giant? Wegman’s? I just don’t know.”

We are asking you, as Patch readers, to give us feedback on your experiences with these pre-cooked dinners. Were they good? How did the turkey taste? What about the sides and pie?

For $39 from Safeway, or $49 from Giant, you certainly could not find a cheaper option for feeding a crowd. Then there is the “large” turkey dinner with sides (feeds 10 to 12) for $195 from Wegman’s, or the “medium” for $109 that feeds 5 or 6 people. (The Wegman’s dinners do not include desserts/pies.) Harris-Teeter’s turkey dinner is $49.99, and does not include a dessert.

Please take a few minutes and give us your feedback, both good and bad, on what you thought if you've ordered dinner in past years. Would you order a dinner again this year? From the same place? (In the spirit of the season, please keep your comments as constructive and helpful as possible.)

About this column: The Main Course features restaurant reviews and recipe columns by Nancy Loughin, Herndon Patch food editor.
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Re: Thanksgiving Panic—“Where Should I Order a Pre-Cooked Dinner?”
Posted by: notcooking ()
Date: November 20, 2011 08:42PM

Seems like it isn't worth working in the kitchen all day making stuff.

I'm all for the stores selling these packages.......or even eating something else. Do we HAVE to have turkey?

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Re: Thanksgiving Panic—“Where Should I Order a Pre-Cooked Dinner?”
Posted by: Yummy ()
Date: November 20, 2011 08:47PM

Boston Market is also good.

Boston Market Thanksgiving Dinners To-Go 2011
http://www.thinknsave.com/2011/11/boston-market-thanksgiving-dinners-to.html

Boston Market is offering complete Thanksgiving Dinners to feed 4 to 12 people. You order online, by phone (866-977-9090), or at your closest Boston Market location; pick it up later at a time that you schedule. Even though everything is already cooked, Boston Market says to plan about 2 hours to heat up everything on Thanksgiving day.

Boston Market offers two options for each of the Thanksgiving pick-up dinners (whole turkey, ham, turkey breast). The “Complete” option includes appetizers and pies, the “Essential” option does not. Here are details on Boston Market’s Thanksgiving to-go dinners for 2011:

Complete Thanksgiving Turkey, serves 12, $89.99. Includes:

Whole Turkey (11 lbs avg.)
one 32oz Spinach Artichoke Dip and Crackers
two 32oz Mashed Potatoes
two 32oz Vegetable Stuffing
one 32oz Cranberry Relish
two 32oz Gravy
12 Dinner Rolls
two Pies (1 Apple and 1 Pumpkin)
Essential Thanksgiving Turkey, serves 12, $69.99. Includes:

Whole Turkey (11 lbs avg.)
two 32oz Mashed Potatoes
two 32oz Vegetable Stuffing
two 32oz Gravy
12 Dinner Rolls
Complete Thanksgiving Spiral Sliced Ham, serves 12, $99.99. Includes:

Spiral Sliced Ham (8 lbs avg.)
one 32oz Spinach Artichoke Dip and Crackers
two 32oz Mashed Potatoes
two 32oz Sweet Potato Casserole
one 32oz Cinnamon Apples
two 32oz Gravy
12 Dinner Rolls
two Pies (1 Apple and 1 Pumpkin)
Essential Thanksgiving Spiral Sliced Ham, serves 12, $79.99. Includes:

Spiral Sliced Ham (8 lbs avg.)
two 32oz Mashed Potatoes
two 32oz Sweet Potato Casserole
two 32oz Gravy
12 Dinner Rolls
Complete Thanksgiving Boneless Turkey Breast, serves 4-6, $69.99. Includes:

Roasted Turkey Breast (3 lbs avg.)
one 32oz Spinach Artichoke Dip and Crackers
one 32 oz Mashed Potatoes
one 32oz Vegetable Stuffing
one 32oz Cranberry Relish
two 32oz Gravy
6 Dinner Rolls
one Pie (Apple or Pumpkin)
Essential Thanksgiving Boneless Turkey Breast, serves 4-6, $54.99. Includes:

Roasted Turkey Breast (3 lbs avg.)
one 32oz Mashed Potatoes
one 32oz Vegetable Stuffing
one 32oz Gravy
6 Dinner Rolls

You can print this Boston Market Thanksgiving menu here; the menu also lists a la carte options. Boston Market will also serve Thanksgiving meals in their restaurants on Thanksgiving Day.

We also have a list of other stores where you can order Thanksgiving dinners.

Have a great Thanksgiving 2011 everyone! (Thanks to Boston Market for doing the cooking.)

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Re: Thanksgiving Panic—“Where Should I Order a Pre-Cooked Dinner?”
Posted by: Munchma Qutchi ()
Date: November 20, 2011 09:55PM

OK, let me help out here. Too lazy to cook a turkey traditionally? Do this: Get two turkey breasts, chuck them both in a crock pot, throw in some sage and rosemary, and put in one bottle of white wine. Start this the night before. By early afternoon, you've got moist delicious turkey, no muss no fuss.

You're welcome.

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Re: Thanksgiving Panic—“Where Should I Order a Pre-Cooked Dinner?”
Posted by: He Is Delusional ()
Date: November 20, 2011 10:19PM

Also, you could check with Safeway or Wegmans. However, you might have a certain cut-off point as to when you can get your order in so they can prepare properly for the "to-go" meals.

I'll be dining at Clydes. No mess and no leftovers. All fine by me.

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Re: Thanksgiving Panic—“Where Should I Order a Pre-Cooked Dinner?”
Posted by: Chez Whitey ()
Date: November 21, 2011 07:00AM

He Is Delusional Wrote:
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> Also, you could check with Safeway or Wegmans.
> However, you might have a certain cut-off point as
> to when you can get your order in so they can
> prepare properly for the "to-go" meals.
>
> I'll be dining at Clydes. No mess and no
> leftovers. All fine by me.

And a sizeable bill, right?
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Re: Thanksgiving Panic—“Where Should I Order a Pre-Cooked Dinner?”
Posted by: Mr. Bean ()
Date: November 21, 2011 07:16AM

notcooking Wrote:
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> Seems like it isn't worth working in the kitchen
> all day making stuff.
>
> I'm all for the stores selling these
> packages.......or even eating something else. Do
> we HAVE to have turkey?

After all, who wants to deal with this?
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Re: Thanksgiving Panic—“Where Should I Order a Pre-Cooked Dinner?”
Posted by: Mr. Bean ()
Date: November 21, 2011 07:23AM

Or this...
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