Nacogdoches business helping with home cooking

By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A thanksgiving dinner and all the trimmings takes a lot of prep time, unless you get a little help.

Some may think grandma's dressing is the best ever, but they might not know is it could be coming from  a restaurant.

"A lot of people either don't want to cook, don't have time to cook or can't cook and fortunately that's good business for us," said Karen Klein, manager of Nacogdoches Cotton Patch.

Klein says restaurants like hers bring in the dough during the holiday festivities.

"We've got about $3,000 going out this morning," said Klein.

With sales like that, a restaurant can easily close for the holiday. It's time off from peeling pounds and pounds of sweet potatoes.

Klein boxed up hundreds of dressings, mashed potatoes, green bean casseroles, as well as entire turkey dinners.

"So all they have to do is put it in their own dishes and say, 'Look, what I made,'" Klein said.

And chefs don't mind customer taking the credit.

They'll continue to cook and pack holiday meals and all the while maintaining customer confidentiality.

Dressing and gravy, cobblers and pies are the most requested items. Orders are now being taken for Christmas.