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Tuesday Recipe: New Ideas for Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and with all that comes along with planning for your dinner party, we thought a few more recipe ideas may be helpful! Here we feature some of our favorite recipes and some new ideas to try this year. Enjoy!

Dips for Keeping Guests Munching

Serve up your favorite crackers and soft bread with any of these gourmet dip options to keep your guests munching away as the turkey slowly roasts to perfection in the oven. Made in Maine will all natural ingredients, your guests will thank you for the snack and the healthy alternative!

Easy Appetizer Ideas:

  • Slice a soft baguette into rounds for dipping or spreading with your favorite toppings
  • Display an assortment of crackers and pretzels for dipping
  • Slice fresh vegetables and display them on a platter for dipping
Spiced Apple Mustard
Peppercorn Dijon MustardCranberry Peach Jam

New Ways With Sweet Potatoes: Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

We have all tried twice baked potatoes, but how about sweet potatoes? Say goodbye to your candied yams and try this new twist on a Thanksgiving classic vegetable side dish.

  • 5 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup cranberry relish
  • 1/2¬†cup dried cranberries or raisins, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons¬†butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces, toasted
Stoneware Baking Sheet
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Scrub potatoes and pierce all over with fork. Place on oven rack. Bake for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours or until tender. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Cut each potato in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop pulp from each potato half, leave a 1/4 to 1/2 inch shell. Place pulp in medium bowl. Set aside shells.
  3. Mash potato pulp until smooth. Stir in relish, cranberries, butter, and salt. Spoon mixture into each potato shell. Place, filled sides up, in a 15×10x1-inch baking pan. Sprinkle with walnuts. Cover and chill up to 24 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake, uncovered, for 30 to 35 minutes or until heated through.

Roasted Vegetables With Chickpeas

Move over green bean casserole, for this new roasted vegetable side dish is ready to take the stage. Roasted to perfection with just the right combination of vegetables, this dish is a sure crowd pleaser.

Carrots of Many Colors for Roasting
  • 1 lb. carrots, cut in 2-inch pieces
  • 1 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled, cut in chunks
  • 1 large red onion, cut in 1-inch wedges
  • 1 lb. red or russet potatoes, cubed
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 16 oz. can chick peas (garbanzo) rinsed, drained
  • 2-3 tbls. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 tsp. packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  1. Position oven rack in center of oven. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place all vegetables, garlic, and chickpeas in a large shallow roasting pan. In a small bowl combine the oil, rosemary, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. Drizzle over vegetables; toss well to coat.
  2. Roast, uncovered, about 45 minutes or until vegetables are lightly browned and tender, stirring twice.
Large Haeger Baker Blue

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Make a Budget New Year Party Something Special

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Glass PillarsWhen times are tough, we need our friends around us, but entertaining is expensive even if you’re hosting a pot-luck event. New Year parties can be especially difficult to budget because the host is usually responsible for the champagne for the toast. This year, make your friends feel special by serving mimosas.

Called a Buck’s fizz outside the United States, mimosa is usually served at brunch or weddings, but it can also make a New Year party feel a little more elegant while cutting alcohol costs.

Traditional Mimosa
1 part chilled champagne or sparkling wine
1 part chilled orange juice

Serve on a punch bowl with thinly sliced oranges floating on top.

Fruity Variation
1 part chilled champagne or sparkling wine
1 part chilled orange juice
1/4 part grenadine

Serve garnished with fresh raspberries.

You may be wondering what sort of champagne to use with this. It depends a lot on taste, but we at Sturbridge have found that a sweet sparkling wine often goes better with the fruit juices. Try a Spumanti (Asti and Ballatore both offer good ones) instead of champagne. We always receive compliments on how good a Spumanti tastes whenever we serve it all on its own.

For a non-alcoholic version, use a sparkling water instead.

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