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Thanksgiving is meant to be about feeling gratitude for all the good things in our lives, whether we’re celebrating with a crowd of family and friends or a smaller group of those closest to us. Getting to that moment, however, can be full of pressure and anxiety when you’re hosting. If you’re looking for ways to make cooking less stressful for Thanksgiving, this may be the year to call in reinforcements—Jessie & Laurent can help you put a delicious meal on the table that everyone can enjoy without stress!

Why Cooking for Thanksgiving is Stressful

The centerpiece of Thanksgiving celebrations is the meal, usually roasted turkey with an array of traditional side dishes, followed by dessert. Even the most ambitious home cook doesn’t prepare this kind of meal on a regular basis, and pulling it off requires weeks of effort. Putting together a menu. Figuring out your guest list and what ingredients to buy. Ordering specialty items like fresh turkeys in advance. Going to the grocery store—and then going again to get the things you forgot, as the parking lots and aisles get increasingly crowded with other stressed-out Thanksgiving shoppers.

Then there’s the logistics of cooking and serving, as well as prepping your home for guests. What can be made ahead, and what has to wait until the day of? How early do you have to put the Thanksgiving turkey in the oven to be sure you won’t end up eating at 9 p.m.? What can be done further in advance, like cleaning the house, pulling out the china, and laying out serving dishes? If you’re also hosting overnight guests or just trying to stay on top of the regular demands of work, home, and family life during November, it’s no wonder if you’re exhausted before you’ve even set the table.

Many Thanksgiving stress tips suggest simplifying and lowering your expectations for the meal to make prep easier. Do you really have to compromise, though? With Jessie & Laurent, you can do as much (or as little) cooking as you want but still have a fabulous meal to enjoy with your company.

Thanksgiving Dinner Made Easy

Whether you’re looking for a one-click solution for a complete holiday meal or appetizers, side dishes, and desserts to supplement the family favorites you cook yourself, Jessie & Laurent has you covered. Our Traditional Whole Oven Roasted Diestel Turkey Dinner serves 8 to 10 people, while our Carved Off the Bone Oven Roasted Diestel Turkey Dinner serves 4 to 6. We also have a Stuffed and Glazed Cornish Hen Dinner for Two so you can enjoy all the fixings of a Thanksgiving meal if you’re spending an intimate holiday at home. All our Thanksgiving dinners come with a variety of  side dishes and desserts to suit every  palate. Explore all our feastable Thanksgiving offerings here.

Rather have a less traditional menu, or want to choose a selection of à la carte items to complement what you’re making at home? In addition to turkey and our Half Honey Brown Sugar Glazed Smoked Pit Ham, we offer Classic French Beef Bourguignon; Grilled Salmon with Mustard Shallot Sauce; Risotto with Roasted Wild Mushroom, Sweet Potato & Kale; and more. Start your meal with our Butternut Squash Soup with Apples and Sage, and fill your table with delicious side dishes like Heavenly Whipped Potatoes, Classic Savory Stuffing with Mushrooms, or Green Bean Almondine. Can’t decide between Toasted Pecan Pie or Amaretto Pumpkin Pie? Order both, or choose Rustic Apple Galettes instead! We have a generous selection of dishes to suit every appetite, as well as vegetarian, dairy-free, and wheat-free options—check out the full menu here.

Order for Thanksgiving Now!

One important note: Please don’t wait to order! Turkey supplies are tight this year, and we anticipate selling all the turkeys we have available. Place your order at least two weeks in advance to reserve yours.

If you’re in the Bay Area, North Lake Tahoe, or the Sacramento to Auburn area and want to add “less-stress” to your list of things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving, let Jessie & Laurent help with the holiday cooking. Skip the grocery store madness and endless hours over the stove and relax with a gourmet Thanksgiving feast delivered right to your door, ready to be heated for your guests to enjoy.

To get started, place your Thanksgiving order on our website, or contact us for more information.

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