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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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Tuesday Recipes: Thanksgiving Vegetables, Sprouts and Squash

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner, it is time to start planning! Whether you are hosting for a group of 12 or a party of two, there are easy ways to ensure that your entire meal goes off without a hitch: plan ahead. Here we share our best tips and recipes for Thanksgiving vegetable side dishes that everyone will love. Browse through more recipes on our blog by clicking: here.

Best Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Do you think that you are not a fan of Brussels sprouts? Think again. When these petite cabbages are roasted, they develop a nutty, sweet flavor that will leave even the pickiest eaters asking for more!

Prep time: 10 minutes • Total time: 1 hour • Servings: 4 (for larger groups, simply scale the recipe up)

Ingredients

  • 2 small red onions, sliced into wedges
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 pints Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
Stoneware Baking Sheet
Roasted Brussels Sprouts Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a medium bowl, toss onions with 1 tablespoon olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Spread onions on a rimmed baking sheet, and roast until translucent, 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. In same bowl, toss Brussels sprouts with remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Add to baking sheet with onions, and toss to combine. Roast, tossing occasionally, until vegetables are tender and caramelized, 25 to 30 minutes.

Butternut Squash With Sage

Creamy, nutty, and good for you, too.  Butternut squash may look daunting, but it is really quite easy to make. This recipe is a sure winner with little prep time.

Prep Time: 10 minutes • Total Time: 20 minutes • Servings: 4 (for larger crowds, scale the recipe up)

Sage and Thyme Herb Markers Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 3/4-inch chunks
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
Directions

  1. Melt butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add butternut squash. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing frequently, until squash is lightly browned, 5 to 6 minutes.
  2. Add 1/4 cup water, and reduce heat to a simmer. Cover, and cook until squash is fork-tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Toss with sage, and enjoy!
Harvest Basket Shelf Rack

What are your favorite harvest vegetable recipes for Thanksgiving? Let us know in the comments!

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Entertaining Tips With SYW

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we understand the importance of gathering with friends and family, especially during the holiday season, to share joy, hugs, good news, and lots of great food. Here we have compiled a few of our favorite ways to ensure that your gatherings are worth every bit of time and hard work that you put into them.

Country Stoneware, Poinsettia Napkin Rings Captains Dining Place Setting
Coordinating Items For a Festive Gathering

Whether you are attending a dinner party, or hosting one of your own, it is always fun to have coordinating pieces, especially for themed parties. Perfect for the holidays, our Marching Santa Placemat, Cheese Board with Decorative Knife, and Coaster Set will offer plenty of holiday charm when put on display this season.

Marching Santa Cheese Board

Marching Santa Reversible Placemats Marching Santa Coaster Set

Snowman and Cardinal Glass Cheese Set Extend the Life of Your Kitchen Coordinates With Multiple Options

Not just for the holidays, this friendly snowman motif will work well all season long! The placemat reads, “In winter snows, friendship grows.” It really does not get any simpler than that! Give this set to a friend, or, better yet, invite them over for supper on a cold January night to warm their heart and soul with good company. The Coasters and Cheese Board complete the look!

Snowman And Cardinal Coaster Set

Serve It Up With Lots of Charm

When you are hosting, it can be a bit daunting keeping everything organized. To help with the appetizer course, try preparing your dips and cheese plates in advance, so that on the evening of the dinner you simply have to fill the serving dish or platter with the pre-made appetizers. That way, you can spend more time relaxing with your guests, and less time in the kitchen!

In addition, something like our handy Butcher Block Cart will offer additional counter space, and appetizers on the go for whichever room you choose!

Mouse And Cheese Board
Chip Dip Platter Butcher Block Cart

Mini Ivory Taper Candles Enhance the Mood

Mood lighting is not just for romantic dinners for two; create the same sense of warmth and welcome for every gathering you have at your house. Mood lighting creates a calm, open atmosphere where people are more likely to feel relaxed and enjoy themselves. With items like our Bird Wine Topper, mood lighting is easily achieved, with a sense of whimsy, in this charming topper designed to re-purpose that old wine bottle on the counter. Other options, such as our Mini Ivory Taper Candles, or the Iron Taper Candle Centerpiece, will offer elegant lighting options for even the most fashionable of gatherings.

Iron Taper Centerpiece Bird Wine Topper

Finally, if you are in need of a little inspiration, take a peek at these two great cook books, for hosts in a pinch (for time and ingredients!).
5 Ingredients or Less Cook Book Super Fast Slow Cooking Cook Book

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