Neiman Marcus Hawking a Poor Man's Staple—for $66

Or you can buy Thanksgiving dinner for the low, low price of $495, plus shipping
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2016 7:21 AM CDT
Neiman Marcus Hawking a Poor Man's Staple—for $66
Neiman Marcus' collard greens.   (Neiman Marcus)

Not yet mastered the art of cooking a Thanksgiving turkey? Neiman Marcus can help you out—for a price. As part of its Christmas Book of fantasy gifts, the department store chain is offering a "Holiday Turkey Dinner" for $495 plus shipping, complete with a 12-pound roast turkey, gravy, stuffing, soup, salad, bread pudding, bread, and butter. The fancy feast may seem, um, a tad overpriced given that the average Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people cost $50.11 last year, reports KDVR. But it's the add-ons in particular that have ruffled Twitter users. For $80 plus $18 shipping you can also get baked beans, while three pounds of frozen collard greens with bacon (now sold out) cost $66 plus $15.50 shipping, report NPR and the Washington Post.

Collard greens are what Eater calls a "value vegetable," selling for as little as $2.63 per pound in grocery stores, per Us Weekly. At such a high price, Neiman Marcus' version "better taste like unicorn tears and Prince's bath water," the Root quips in a tweet. But the fact that Neiman Marcus chose to include bacon in its greens is also a matter of contention as the dish is traditionally made in the South with ham hocks or smoked meat. A cookbook author accuses Neiman Marcus of being oblivious to "the cultural nuances behind greens." She adds, "I've heard people from the South say that they were ashamed that their family cooked collard greens." (Check out some of last year's fantasy gifts.)

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