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Five Thanksgiving-Worthy New Orleans Kitchens

The countdown to Thanksgiving is on, and obviously a fine kitchen wins the title for "Most Important Room in the House" this week. Runners-up include a proper lounging area for those tryptophan-induced snoozes, and a place to stow the kiddies (damn New Orleans and your lack of basements). Check out these drool-worthy kitchens in on-the-market homes across the city.

The island, with a bonus built-in sink, has plenty of room for posting up to nab those side dish samples while the turkey's roasting. It would also make a fine kid's table. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, a pot filler over the gas range, plus a bar area with a wine chiller.
The dish: This new construction three-bedroom, three-bath in Lakeview is 2,928-square feet and listed earlier this month for $579,000.

↑ A cramped kitchen is a surefire way to ignite spats, so this spacious area can help keep the family bickering to a minimum (no guarantees, though). The six-burner Wolf range will definitely come in handy while preparing a feast.
The dish: This five-bedroom Garden District home has four full bathrooms and two half baths, 6,738-square feet of space, and is asking $1,850,000. Not impressed by the kitchen? There's a media room that seats seven for game time, a third-floor fitness room to work off that turducken gut, and a guest house out back to get away from it all.

↑ Perhaps Chef Emeril Lagasse's cooking talents can be summoned while you whip up meals in his former home. The kitchen is a very impressive 1,500-square feet and naturally, has all the fancy, top-of-the-line, bam!-inducing appliances needed.
The dish: This 6,700-sqaure foot Lakeshore home had a couple of pricechops since it came on the market in March 2013 asking $1,625,000. The four bedroom, five-and-a-half bath house with an inground pool is now listed for $1,488,000.

↑ For the most formal and intimate of Thanksgiving gatherings, this open kitchen has marble counter tops, white-everything, and an 18th century chandelier in the dining area.
The dish: This 1830s French Quarter three-bedroom Creole cottage also has a two-story detached carriage house and a private brick patio. Asking $1,595,000.

↑ Another roomy cooking area with plenty of counter space, a giant island, plus there's a double oven and serious fridge storage for leftovers.
The dish: This 10,272-square foot Old Metairie colonial leaves no excuses for not inviting everyone over to Thanksgiving – friends, in-laws, the extended fam you barely know – no excuses. There's also a half-court basketball court, several lounge areas, and a golf course for those that need some after-dinner unwinding. This eight-bedroom, eight-bath spread is asking $4,495,000.