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Pecan Pie

At $40, a pecan pie from Goode Co. is a luxury, but the wood box stamped with the words “Made in Texas” makes it clear that this is no ordinary dessert. The sticky-sweet pie, made from nuts harvested along the Brazos River, is Oprah-approved, so if anyone asks where you got it, just say she left it under your chair.

Tamales

For close to 50 years, St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Richmond (410 Clay St., 281-342-5092, office@stjfisher.com) has been as synonymous with masa and manteca as it has been with the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Make sure to call ahead, and to get enough spicy pork tamales for the whole family: It’s $10 for a dozen.

Deep-Fried Turkey

You could risk setting yourself on fire by venturing to fry your own bird, or you could leave it to the experts at BB’s Cajun Cafe. With 48 hours notice, the local Tex-Orleans chain will fry up one of three types of turkey for your party—basic Cajun fried, or boudin- or jambalaya-stuffed, ranging from $49.99–59.99.

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