… Or Making Dinner For Just A Few

thanksgiving basket photo 2Simon McCormack Brydie Landreth holds the makings of her first attempt to prepare Thanksgiving dinner.

When it comes to cooking her first Thanksgiving dinner, Brydie Landreth, a 20-year-old college student, has a guiding principle: “I’m cheap and lazy.”

We’ll leave to her family of four visiting from Mount Vernon, Wash to decide about “lazy,” but her “cheap” turns out to be average, at least in terms of a turkey day dinner. The American Farm Bureau Federation estimates that it will cost $43.47 to feed a family of ten with turkey and trimmings, including flour, eggs, stuffing, sweet potatoes, peas, cranberries, carrots, celery and pumpkin pie.

An informal shopping-cart survey of East Village shoppers found that most paid about the same as the national average cost but got fewer — and different — items than on the Farm Bureau list.

Basket #1: Brydie Landreth, 20, student, at Key Food Avenue, A and East Fourth Street.

Total: $44.95.

thanksgiving basket photo 1Simon McCormack Brydie Landreth’s Thanksgiving dinner shopping basket.

Shady Brook Farms turkey: $20.06
Ocean Spray whole cranberry sauce: $2 for two cans
McCormick Turkey Gravy: $2 for two packets
Idaho Mashed Potato Granules: $2.99
Stove Top Turkey Stuffing: $1.33
Green Bite Green Beans: $10 for two bags
Keebler Ready Pie Crust: $3.58 for two crusts
Libby’s Pumpkin Pie Filling: $2.99

“I wanted to keep things as simple and painless as possible.”—Brydie Landreth

Basket #2: Jeffrey Crowns, 35, locksmith, at Met Foods on Second Avenue and East Seventh Street.

Total: $52.65.

thanksgiving basket photo 3Simon McCormack Jeffrey Crowns’ shopping basket from Met Foods.

Pepperidge Farm Country Style Stuffing: $7.98 for two boxes
Met Pumpkin Pie: $7.98 for two pies
Gold Medal Flower: $1.99
Butterball Turkey: $20.34 for 10.22 pound turkey
Yams: $2.36 for four
Sam Adams Winter Lager: $12 for six-pack

“I’m in charge of most of the staples and some decent beer.”— Jeffrey Crowns

Basket #3: Harris Green, 38, consultant, at Trader Joe’s on 14th Street and Third Avenue.

Total: $48.47

Thanksgiving basket photo 4Simon McCormack Harris Green’s Thanksgiving shopping basket from Trader Joe’s.

All Natural Glatt Kosher Turkey: $32.70 for 14.28 pound turkey
Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes: $3.99
Green bean casserole: $4
Sausage Cornbread Stuffing: $4.29
Cranberry Orange relish: $3.49

“My partner and I don’t have much time at all and we’re gonna be exhausted by Thanksgiving. Trader Joe’s has good pre-made food so we want to take advantage. I don’t know who’s going to cook the turkey.”—Harris Green