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It’s time to consider the alternatives to a home-cooked Thanksgiving feast. Before you laden your limo with 15 pounds of frozen fowl, 10 pounds of raw potatoes, a case of beverages, and all the trimmings, think it over.

Think it over first. For a lot of sensible people the holiday should be fun and not involve kitchen drudgery. A call for reservations can do the trick.

The Palate doesn’t pretend to know one turkey from another; just pass the white meat and dressing my way and, if the price is right, I’m satisfied not to have bowls of leftovers in the fridge. Even a great dressing is best one time rather than reheated four days later.

If you really prefer to serve at home, there’s another sensible anti-labor idea. Consult an operation like Marie Callender’s for a turkey breast or ham feast that’s ready to heat and eat for four to six appetites at a total cost of $99.99 including apple-sage dressing, fire roasted yams, fresh mashed potatoes with gravy, veggies, cornbread, a whole pumpkin or apple pie, and coffee. Marie offers four other holiday feast selections, so check ‘em out at the Toluca Lake store located at 10050 Riverside Dr. or the Glendale location at 707 N. Pacific Ave. Both restaurants will be open from 12 noon to 5 p.m. for dining room or pick-up convenience.

Some holiday storage tips: Wrap celery in aluminum foil to refrigerate and keep potatoes from budding by adding an apple to the storage bag or bin.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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