A Ridiculously Expensive Thanksgiving

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The Turkey
While chef Erika Monroe-Williams of The Hopeless Housewife doesn't like to waste money, she says, "There are a few things for Thanksgiving ... more 
Photo by: Credit: Flickr/Amanda Leigh Panda

The Turkey
While chef Erika Monroe-Williams of The Hopeless Housewife doesn't like to waste money, she says, "There are a few things for Thanksgiving dinner that I think if you're able to splurge on, you should."

Her first splurge is the turkey. A frozen store-bought 18-pound turkey, which sells for $1 per pound will cost you $1.80 each per 10 guests, but it's possible to spend a lot more.

"Williams-Sonoma has a Willie Bird Fresh Free-Range Turkey for about $100," says Monroe-Williams. "These free-range turkeys are from Sonoma County and are said to be amazing. They have an organic version for a 16- to 18-pound bird that costs $130."

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Thanksgiving has always consisted of a standard menu - turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy - with possibly a few additions and variations thrown into the mix. But with such a pre-determined meal every year, it's always fun to come up with some ways to add variety to the meal. Last year, the American Farm Bureau Federation reported that the average Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people cost $49.20. That's quite the bargain at $5 dollars a person, but what if you wanted to go a little crazy and max out your credit card on the Thanksgiving meal? We decided to play a little game called "What if we were zillionaires?" and mixed things up to figure out a way to spend more, not less, on Thanksgiving dinner. - Kristen Castillo, The Daily Meal

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