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Where to pick up fun desserts, platters for Thanksgiving

If putting together an Instagram-able charcuterie board or decorating turkey-shaped cookies are beyond your capabilities, you can rely on a local purveyor for a showstopping hostess gift on Thanksgiving Day. Here are some ideas for contributing to the celebration without the stress or hassle of actually cooking.

Salumi Market

Salumi Market in Massapequa offers three types of
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Salumi Market in Massapequa (5602 Merrick Rd.) offers three types of charcuterie boards -- Southern Italian, Northern Italian, and Spanish -- all with three cheeses, three meats, and accompaniments, for $35 each. Or order a custom board and choose what you like. Order by Tuesday Nov. 23. The market will be open for pickup only on Thanksgiving morning. More info: 516-620-0057, salumibarli.com

Dortoni Bakery

For gorgeous cookies that might upstage the apple
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When you want to bring something that will upstage the apple pie, enter Dortoni with it's cheekily decorated cookies, $3.95 each, in shapes that range from turkeys ($10.50 a pound) to fancy fall pumpkins ($3.95 each). More a splurge are its  custom cakes, such as a fondant-covered creation in the shape of a turkey, $500-$600, that serves 50-60 people, that should be ordered two weeks in advance. The bakery's new Commack location (11 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy.) joins the popular Levittown mainstay (3264 Hempstead Tpke.). More info: dortonibakery.com 

Uncle Giuseppe’s

Uncle Giuseppe's (uncleg.com), with multiple locations on Long
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Even traditionalists can appreciate the unconventional -- Uncle Giuseppe's vegetarian sushi platter includes 63 pieces; rolls include avocado, cucumber, asparagus and sweet red pepper. It's $49.99 with an order deadline of Nov. 24. for Thanksgiving Day at multiple locations. More info: uncleg.com

American Cheese

A “Cheese Cake” from American Cheese (americancheeseshop.com) in
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A "Cheese Cake" from American Cheese in Sayville (289 Railroad Ave.) consists of whole cheeses stacked to resemble a tiered cake and garnished with fruit or flowers makes an impressive appetizer or dessert choice for a crowd. Each cake is custom-made and its price depends on the cheeses you choose and the size of the stack. Order two weeks in advance. Pick up the day before Thanksgiving. More info: 631-750-5202, americancheeseshop.com

Iavarone Bros.

Iavarone Bros. (ibfoods.com), with several locations on Long
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Iavarone Bros. has a cannoli chip platter for $30 that can supplement -- or stand in place of -- pie. For larger crowds (or just us regular Thanksgiving gluttons) they can also make a giant cannoli filled with 50 miniature cannolis for $99. Order 48 hours in advance. Open for pickup on Thanksgiving Day in New Hyde Park (1538 Union Tpke.), Wantagh (1166 Wantagh Ave.) and Woodbury (7929 Jericho Tpke.). More info: ibfoods.com

Carissa’s the Bakery

Turn to Carissa’s the Bakery in East Hampton
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Turn to Carissa's the Bakery in East Hampton (68 Newtown Ln.) if you want a fruit pie ($50) that's more cosmopolitan than country. Consisting of a crust made with freshly milled flour, seasonal fruit, artfully piped meringue topping, and fresh flower petals, this dessert would make a fitting end to a sophisticated feast. Orders must be placed by Sunday, Nov. 24. Pies can be picked up on Nov. 27 or 28. More info: 631-527-5996, carissasthebakery.com

Stew Leonard’s

Smoked Salmon Platters from Stew Leonard's (stewleonardscatering.com) come
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Smoked salmon platters from Stew Leonard's come in two sizes, and are accompanied by cream cheese, capers and onions. The small platter will get you a pound of salmon for $29.99. The large is 2 pounds for $59.99. Order two days in advance. Stores in East Meadow (1897 Front St.) and Farmingdale (261 Airport Plaza) are open on Thanksgiving Day for pickup. More info: stewleonardscatering.com

Lombardi’s

Add some Italian flavor to your Thanksgiving with
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Add some Italian flavor to your Thanksgiving with an antipasto platter from Lombardi's in Holbrook (1055 Main St.). Platters come in two sizes, medium ($40) and large ($75), and are laden with salami, sopressata, dry sausage, and prosciutto, a selection of Italian cheeses, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and roasted red peppers. Thanksgiving orders will be accepted until Nov. 25 and must be picked up the day before Thanksgiving. More info: 631-737-8470 lombardismarket.com

Jericho Cider Mill

A gallon of fresh pressed apple cider at
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A gallon of freshly pressed Long Island apple cider ($8.75) from a place like Jericho Cider Mill (213 Rt. 106) would be a welcome addition to any Thanksgiving bar. Try mixing it with bourbon and adding a twist of lemon peel to make a specialty cocktail for the holiday. Or combine with seltzer and float a few cranberries in each glass for a festive mocktail. Open on Thanksgiving Day. More info: 516-433-3360, jerichocider.com

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