Celebrating Thanksgiving in Northern Michigan? From the perfect turkey to seasonally-inspired desserts, here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes you’ll want 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, you’re not going to want to miss this step-by-step recipe coming from Rick and Sue Duerksen, owners of Duerksen Turkey Farm in Mancelona. The reason they’re the best for the job? They raise poultry on their 12-acre farm in Northern Michigan!

View the full Thanksgiving turkey recipe with directions: 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 on the website (especially during the holiday season), you’re not going to want to miss this classic recipe with a Michigan twist. From Great Lakes Potato Chips to local milk, you’ll be surprised how many great Northern Michigan products go into this delicious dish.

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 Veggies Thanksgiving Side Dish

Nada Saco of Nada’s Gourmet Deli and Mediterranean Cuisine knows how to turn seasonal root veggies into a delicious side dish perfect for the holidays. From potatoes to turnips, you’re not going to want to miss this simple, yet delicious dish. Bonus: We think it pairs absolutely perfectly with the turkey recipe above!

View the full recipe: Roasted Root Veggies by Nada Saco.

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 get ready to take on this delicious, cheesy treat. We promise it’ll give your Thanksgiving table the vintage flair it needs.

Get the full recipe: Pimento Cheese Fondue.

Pimento Cheese Fondue

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Your Fresh & Local Northern Michigan Holiday Feast

Looking to keep it as local as possible this Thanksgiving in Northern Michigan? From Buttermilk Biscuits with Pumpkin Butter to Honey Roasted Root Vegetables, you’re not going to want to miss these dishes with more local ingredients than you can count!

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

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3 Delicious Thanksgiving Appetizers

Last year we published a story that featured a holiday spread from Three Pines Studio. 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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