The Real Cost of a Thanksgiving Dinner

By Ben Steverman and Yvette Romero - 2012-11-19T22:20:01Z

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Carving

The carving of the turkey is the theater of the big meal. You'll need a solid carving board that doesn't slip and has deep trenches, and razor-sharp knives. Colicchio's tip: Remove the legs first and put them back in the oven to cook longer.

$56: Totally Bamboo 23-Inch Cutting Board, Amazon.com -- Features a deep well for catching juices.

$40: Calphalon Simply Cutlery Carving Set, 2-piece, Macy's

Running Tally: $412

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