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A home-grown Thanksgiving

It's possible to make a delicious Thanksgiving meal

It's possible to make a delicious Thanksgiving meal using ingredients from Long Island farms. Below are some recipes. Photo Credit: Newsday / Rebecca Cooney

This year, we give thanks for all that is local. In these recipes, almost everything came from Long Island farms. (Flour for the gravy and grace notes of lemon and orange came from the supermarket.)

Our provisions hailed from both Suffolk and Nassau: Will Miloski Poultry Farm in Calverton (fresh turkey), Rottkamp Bros. Farm in Old Brookville (celery, broccoli and onions), Friendly Farm in East Meadow (sweet potatoes, cauliflower and carrots), Ty Llwyd (pronounced tee clewed) in Northville (squash and leeks), Sang Lee Farms in Peconic (bok choy and shallots), Richters Orchard in East Northport (apples for pie and the pears that went into the cranberry sauce) and vanilla ice cream from Snowflake in Riverhead.

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We accompanied the meal with a semi-dry Riesling from Paumanok Vineyards in Aquebogue, which was also the source of the Cabernet Franc grapes that adorned the turkey platter.

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Even the centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table can be a handsome still life of local vegetables.

In the early part of the last century, cranberry bogs were a thriving commercial business in Manorville, and even today, wild berries can be gathered by those who know where to find them there or in Napeague. We confess that we were too busy cooking to leave time for foraging, so we relied on supermarket berries.

Click on the below links for the listed Thanksgiving recipes:

Celery stuffed with goat cheese

Butternut squash soup "shots" with candied bacon

Roast turkey with gravy

Cornbread stuffing with bok choy

Zesty cranberry sauce

Pan-roasted cauliflower and broccoli with toasted hazelnuts

Lemon-glazed sweet potatoes

Apple-cranberry crumb pie

More Thanksgiving resources:

>>Local farm stands and farmers' markets

>>Where you can buy a fresh turkey on Long Island

>>Wine pairings to go with your Thanksgiving meal

>>Restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner

>>More Thanksgiving recipes


>>Complete guide to Thanksgiving on Long Island

This Thanksgiving meal was developed and prepared by Newsday's Erica Marcus and columnist Sylvia Carter. It was photographed by Rebecca Cooney at Paumanok Vineyards in Aquebogue.

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