As far as holiday meals go, Thanksgiving can be one of the most intense — requiring weeks of planning and a complicated game plan to have everything ready and on the table at the same time.
(And if you're among the hordes of shoppers planning to hit the mall that day, in time to make the earlier and earlier store openings.)
So when Martha Stewart unveils a meal kit aiming to simplify Thanksgiving dinner prep, of course we requested a sample to test. Then we panicked, realizing we just signed on to cook two Thanksgiving dinners this year, because there's no way our families are going to let us off the hook a few weeks from now.
The Martha & Marley Spoon box includes all the ingredients needed to make Stewart's favorite Thanksgiving recipes: stuffing with herbs and dried cherries, cream cheese mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts and brown butter apple pie.
Plus the turkey — a 12- to 14-pound free-range bird — with a homemade pan gravy using stock made from the giblets. They estimate the kit will serve eight to 10 people. (Stewart is a partner in the delivery service, which uses her recipes for its weekly menus.)
The full meal kit with the turkey costs $179; customers can also opt to just purchase the side dishes for $119. The deadline to order is Nov. 15.
Did Martha's meal kit deliver? Yes, but we're not sure how easily the meal-kit craze fits into consumers' holiday plans.