Thanksgiving Splurges You Won’t Regret
You may not have the budget to splurge on anything and everything, but you do want to celebrate the bountiful Thanksgiving season. These indulgences are downright worth the money:
A Local, Organic Turkey
Liz Mullen, co-chef of Minneapolis-based Chowgirls Killer Catering, is convinced that a free-range turkey—raised on a local farm without antibiotics and hormones—is heads and tail feathers above the frozen variety (which admittedly can be easier to prepare). “It will set you back a few extra bucks, but the flavor difference is incredible,” she says. Try a quick internet search to find locally raised turkeys in your area.
Sensational Serving Pieces
Take it from home-style expert and TV personality Emily Henderson: Presentation is just as important as taste. You won’t be sorry you shelled out for an ooh-la-la serving platter for your show-stopping turkey. “Keep serving pieces simple and in one color to let the food do the talking, and easily add to your collection as needed,” she recommends.
Classy Glasses and a Great Wine
“You spend a lot of time making great food, so it’s important to pair it with great wine,” Mullen says. To make the most of this splurge, she suggests choosing a variety of “middle-of-the-road” reds and whites, and going all out for one really nice bottle. Of course, fantastic wine deserves upscale wine glasses. It’s a smart splurge you’ll appreciate long-term. “Glassware is something you’ll have forever, so consider it an investment and go with a classic and simple set,” Henderson says.
Glorious, Grass-Fed Butter
Butter from grass-fed cows is the crème de la crème of butters. Its texture is dense and silky, and its taste is sweet and bright. Mullen says to look for small, freshly churned batches from local producers. And don’t be afraid to try a few different styles. “Why not make it a butter tasting?” she suggests.
Lovely Linen Napkins
With all the luscious food, your friends and family will certainly need one thing: napkins. Make sure yours don’t feel like cardboard. “Do your guests a favor and invest in nice linen napkins,” Henderson says.
And while you’re at it, you might want to splurge on a few inflatable beds and extra blankets. After that rich, wine-soaked meal, your guests may want to spend the night.