Given the year everyone's had, this Thanksgiving Day is going to be extra special for a lot of people. Whether you're visiting family or hosting in one of the NEMA Boston Seaport apartments, you'll need some Boston-centric recipes at hand to keep the troops happy. (Oh, and if you want to avoid putting on the kitchen apron this November, we've listed a few Boston restaurants open for Thanksgiving dinner.)

Honey-Thyme Butternut Squash

Branch out from sweet potatoes with marshmallows to craft this rather more sophisticated side dish. Butternut squash is boiled, then mashed with honey, butter, and cream, giving it a wonderful consistency—with thyme, parsley, and coarsely ground pepper lending it a deliciously earthy taste. It's easy enough to premake this one in your kitchen, utilizing your Bosch and Blomberg stainless-steel appliances—then heating it up when the time comes.

New England Oyster Stuffing

Continue to wow guests or hosts with this exceptional oyster stuffing. The traditional turkey pairer takes freshly shucked mollusks (they're in season here), combining them with celery, onion, butter, egg, and breadcrumbs. The saline flavor works incredibly with the turkey—no wonder it's an East Coast favorite.

New England Cranberry Duff

Oysters aside, New England is bursting with seasonal cranberries right now—the cranberry bogs turning bright red with these tart-but-tasty berries. Bring the seasonal fruit into your Seaport kitchen by cooking up this cranberry duff recipe from none other than Martha Stewart. The show-stopping upside-down cake is moist with compote yet crunchy with pecans and buttery batter. One spoonful, and you're in Thanksgiving dessert heaven.

New England Turkey Chowder

Few dishes say "Boston" like chowder—and this festive version is ideal for finishing up post-Thanksgiving turkey leftovers. Use both the white and dark meat from your fridge—plus turkey stock—and simmer with pork, new red potatoes, and celery to make a wonderful wintry warmer. Best supped while curled up on your apartment sofa.

Boston Restaurants Doing Thanksgiving Dinner

No good in the kitchen? Simply fancy a stress-free season? Turn to the eateries doing Thanksgiving dinner near the NEMA rentals. (Make sure you plan ahead.) 75 on Liberty Wharf in Boston Harbor is offering up a three-course menu starring pumpkin bisque, oven-roasted turkey with cranberry-orange sauce, and a Thanksgiving dessert sampler to follow. Grill 23 and Bar—just a 10-minute drive from NEMA Boston—has a prix fixe menu with turkey, sausage brioche stuffing, and all the trimmings—followed by pumpkin cheesecake. And City Table is featuring a turkey dinner (or pork belly porchetta) with sugar pumpkin bisque, a fall salad, and pumpkin pie or apple crisp.

However you choose to spend your Thanksgiving this year, there is truly no place like home- here at NEMA Boston.