Thanksgiving Tips & Tricks

Hello All and Happy Friday!

We are so excited to use next week’s goodies for our Thanksgiving feasts! As a reminder, if your delivery day is normally Thursday, you will be receiving your bin on Wednesday next week, unless you are on the Greenlake route which is being delivered on Tuesday. Friday deliveries will remain on Friday.

We tried to include many of the staples you will need for your holiday creations in the bins. There will be cranberries, celery and crimini mushrooms for sale too! Almost everything in the bin will be available for extra purchases as well in case for instance, you need to make mashed for potatoes for a crowd!

We will also be having Brussels Sprouts in some bins and for sale! These delicious and nutritious baby cabbages are perfect for side dishes, soups and casseroles. Brussels sprouts are small leafy green buds. They are rich in protein, dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which work wonders to get rid of many health troubles.

How to Prepare: Before cooking, remove discolored and loose outer leaves, and trim the stems. Wash the buds in clean water and then, soak for few minutes in salt water to remove any dust particles. Fresh sprouts are delicate in flavor, however overcooking often results in the release of a pungent smell. Therefore, blanch your sprouts in boiling water for about 5 minutes, let cool and then added to the recipes.

Thanksgiving Tips & Tricks: We wanted to include simple recipes for some of the items in this week’s bins to help prepare with Thursday’s big meal. We found some really great recipes!

Cranberry sauce

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces cranberries
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice

Directions

  1. In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, dissolve the sugar in the orange juice. Stir in the cranberries and cook until the cranberries start to pop (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat and place sauce in a bowl. Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.
Sweet Potatoes
serves 12

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Garnet yams, cubed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Put sweet potatoes in a medium saucepan with water to cover. Cook over medium high heat until tender; drain and mash.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the sweet potatoes, white sugar, eggs, salt, butter, milk and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Transfer to a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  3. In medium bowl, mix the brown sugar and flour. Cut in the butter until the mixture is coarse. Stir in the pecans. Sprinkle the mixture over the sweet potato mixture.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until the topping is lightly brown.
Homemade Apple Pie
serves 8
 Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, chilled and diced
  • 1/2 cup shortening, chilled and diced
  • 5 tablespoons ice water
  • 6 Golden Delicious apples – peeled, cored and cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

Directions

  1. Position oven rack in lowest 1/3 of oven. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. To Make Crust: In the bowl of a food processor combine 2 1/2 cups flour, 2 tablespoons white sugar, and salt. Blend briefly to combine ingredients. Cut in chilled butter and shortening using the “pulse” button of food processor, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Gradually blend in enough water to form moist clumps.
  3. Gather dough into a ball and divide in half. Flatten each half into disks, wrap in plastic, and rest in refrigerator. (Dough can be kept in refrigerator up to 3 days, or frozen.)
  4. To Make Filling: Chop 2 of the apples into large chunks. Cut the other 4 apples into 1/8 inch slices.
  5. Place the 2 chunked apples in food processor with 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Blend until apples resemble applesauce.
  6. Place the 4 sliced apples in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, 1/4 cup flour, nutmeg, allspice, and white sugar. Sprinkle over sliced apples, then add lemon juice, vanilla extract, and rum. Toss until apples are thoroughly coated. Set aside for 1/2 hour.
  7. Meanwhile, roll out 1 dough disk to 12 inches in diameter. Fit into a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate, allowing 1/2 inch overhang on edges. Place a circle of parchment paper or a flattened coffee filter in center of pie shell and cover with pie weights or dried beans.
  8. Bake pie shell in preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until edges begin to brown. Remove pie weights or beans, and cool pie shell.
  9. Drain juices from apple slice mixture into a saucepan. Simmer just until liquid begins to thicken. Stir thickened juices into pureed apple mixture, and spread this mixture into bottom of pre-baked pie shell.
  10. Arrange apple slices over pureed apple layer, placing slices perpendicular to outside rim of pie plate, to form a “rose” style configuration, starting along outer edges and moving towards center.
  11. Roll out other half of pastry and cut out decorative leaf shapes. Brush each leaf with milk and arrange on top of pie and around edges of crust, placing milk side down. When finished, brush the top of all of pastry with milk, and sprinkle lightly with sugar. Cover outer rim of pastry with aluminum foil to prevent overbrowning.
  12. Place pie in preheated oven and bake 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, until juices bubble and crust browns. Remove aluminum foil 45 minutes into baking time to allow crust edges to brown.

Check out this week’s recipe for an impressive, but simple dish! I made this for Thanksgiving last year, and will again, as it was a big hit!¬† Also, look for more information about the produce in your bin on our Facebook page, & our Twitter!

Do you have special Thanksgiving recipes you’d like to share? We’d love to hear them! Post your recipes on our Facebook page to share with fellow foodies!

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