The Real Cost of a Thanksgiving Dinner

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

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Colicchio mixes butter, thyme and sage and stuffs it -- a half-inch thick -- under the skin of the turkey. If that sounds too involved, you can buy mixes to season the turkey and the sides.

$13: Cider Bourbon Roasting Glaze, Williams-Sonoma

$18: Apple & Spices Turkey Brine, Williams-Sonoma

$13: Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potato Seasoning, Williams-Sonoma

$18: Roasted Whole Chestnuts,

Running Tally: $535