You’ll want these Thanksgiving recipes on your table this year.

How to Cook the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

Cooking the perfect bird doesn’t have to be difficult. If you’re ready to talk turkey, here’s a step-by-step recipe from Rick and Sue Duerksen, owners of Duerksen Turkey Farm in Mancelona.

View their Thanksgiving turkey recipe: How to Make the Perfect Turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner.

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Our Favorite Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

This recipe speaks for itself! As one of our most popular recipes (especially during the holiday season), you’re not going to want to miss this classic dish with a Michigan twist. 

View the full recipe: The Ultimate Cheesy Potatoes Recipe.

Thanksgiving cheesy potatoes recipe

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Apple Walnut Stuffing

Coming from Chef Jim Morse at Boathouse in Traverse City, this delicious Thanksgiving stuffing deserves a spot at your table. If you’re still eating boxed stuffing, it’s time to treat yourself and your guests to this delectable upgrade!

View the full recipe: Apple Walnut Stuffing.

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Root Vegetable Pasties

In an autumn reinterpretation of a pasty, the humble rutabaga—and just about every other root vegetable you can think of—shines.

View the full recipe: Michigan Pasty Recipe Featuring Fall’s Favorite Root Vegetables

Nada’s Gourmet Deli

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Apple Carrot Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Two glories of the fall harvest—juicy apples and earthy carrots—make this cake a must-have at your Thanksgiving table. The maple cream cheese frosting alone has us coming back to this recipe year after year.

Get the full recipe: Apple Carrot Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting.

Apple carrot cake

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Thanksgiving Pecan Bars

This easy and simple dessert is always a fan favorite at our Thanksgiving table. Making just enough for everyone in the family, it’s a miracle if even one makes it to the end of the night. Feeling adventurous? Double the recipe for even more goodness!

Get the full recipe: Pecan Bars.

Pecan bars

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Pimento Cheese Fondue

Appetizer lovers rejoice! Grab your favorite veggies, bread and meats and take on this cheesy treat. It’ll give your Thanksgiving table a fabulous vintage flair.

Get the full recipe: Pimento Cheese Fondue.

Pimento Cheese Fondue

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Your Fresh & Local Northern Michigan Holiday Feast

Keep it local this Thanksgiving. From buttermilk biscuits with pumpkin butter to honey roasted root vegetables, these dishes celebrate Northern Michigan ingredients. 

Get all of the recipes here: The Freshest Feast: Thanksgiving Side Dishes with Local Ingredients

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3 Delicious Thanksgiving Appetizers

If you’re searching for some delicious appetizers, here are three great options for your party: figs stuffed with almond and ginger, glazed red pepper/fennel almonds and pizzelle.

Check out the full story with recipes: Three Pines Studio Shares Holiday Recipes, Art & Community.

Thanksgiving set up

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