In my wife's family the thought of eating anything other than a home-cooked meal at home on Thanksgiving is anathema. While, I LOVE a home-cooked home meal, I guess I'm a bit more open-minded. When I was a kid I remember a couple of Thanksgiving dinners with my grandparents at a local restaurant, a fancy hotel that was known for their sumptuous Thanksgiving spreads. (Of course there is the whole issue of businesses being open on Thanksgiving Day and whether those workers should be with their families too, but that is another topic for another time). I guess I can see both sides. Of course a home-cooked meal is the "gold standard", but I also understand not wanting to do dishes, clean-up, prepare 50 different recipes...maybe for some people just kicking back with family in a restaurant is more relaxing. Or I suppose there is the "hybrid" approach of buying your meal and bringing it all home.
Kroger, for instance, advertises a full Thanksgiving supper with all the trimmings to serve six for $44. Sheesh, that has to be a lot cheaper than doing it yourself. Has anyone tried that or something like that?
If you want an Amish-style food experience on Thanksgiving, your options are limited, but Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana is opening its doors on Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving is not a huge holiday among the Amish of northern Indiana (the prevailing attitude is "we give thanks everyday") so I am sure some Amish cooks will be in the kitchen preparing the meal.
Now, if you don't feel like whipping up from-scratch pies, but you still want to impress your guests and you happen to live in Greater Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky: consider The Home Place. You can place an order today for apple, blackberry, cherry, peach, pecan, pumpkin, peanut butter, and chocolate peanut butter (plus some other varieties, including sugar free). This is a Mennonite-owned bakery in Brown County, Ohio and they have some very skilled pie bakers in the kitchen. Their peanut butter pie is one of the best I've tasted among any Amish or Mennonite bakery. They'll also do dinner rolls and probably pretty much anything else you want them to whip up.
To order from The Home Place (SIGH, since I have site sponsors now, I feel like I always need to clarify....The Home Place is NOT a sponsor of this site, so I am not being paid to say this, I just like their stuff!:) call them at 937-378-3400 or email [email protected] . Orders need to be placed 48 hours ahead of pick-up time.