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Thanksgiving turkeys made to order

4 years ago November 24, 2010 Nov 24, 2010 Wednesday, November 24 2010 Wednesday, November 24, 2010 3:57:59 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rob Krieger

BATON ROUGE- The made-to-order turkey dinner is becoming more popular this year as hundreds of Baton Rouge families are deciding to leave the cooking to the pros.

Today, shoppers picking up their holiday birds said less time in the kitchen means more time with family.

"Spending time with your family is the most important thing and if you can cut some of your time back then why not come to a place that can do it homemade and do it just like you were doing it if you were doing it yourself," said Richard Dilwood, who was picking up a fried turkey.

The popular fried turkey was on the top of the list for folks at Matherne's Supermarket, where nearly 500 birds were cooked up for made-to-order meals. 

"Instead of being over that stove the whole time you can talk to your family and mingle with them, we have everything available the cornbread dressing the green beans the candied yams the turkey or ham and then you get the pie with it," said Tim Stevens, manager at Matherne's.

The folks at Chris' Specialty Meats were overwhelmed by the demand on the prepared feasts. Twyla Lachaussee said the store usually prepares ten percent more food than the previous year.

"This year the numbers rose above and beyond the 10%, the orders that we got I almost couldn't fill them because we couldn't get turkeys in here fast enough to fill all the orders, but we worked hard and we got it done," said Lachaussee.

Even while most made-to-order meals cost more than a completely home-cooked meal, most folks said they'd rather pay more to spend more time with family.

"I think my time is worth more so I'll pay the extra money so that I can enjoy my time and my company and enjoy the holidays," said Carol Smith.

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