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There is still time to plan for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is almost here and we all know preparations for Thanksgiving dinner can be hectic. There is so much to do, in such a small time frame that things can be overwhelming. Having a plan in place helps ease the stress of the big day and helps you relax and enjoy your loved ones.

Create a menu- Having a menu planned ahead of times helps for many reasons. Knowing ahead of time what groceries you need to buy; Ideas for left overs; Knowing you’ll have enough food for everyone invited. Once you create your menu get your loved ones involved, have them bring a dish. This cuts down on what you have to cook.

Designate tasks and dishes- The holidays give us time to spend with family and friends. Make these special days count by not doing everything yourself. Make being in the kitchen a fun family event. Share responsibilities in preparing the food, setting the table, playing games with the kids, etc. If you know certain family members are good with particular tasks, use that to your advantage.

Cook/Bake/ Prepare in advance- Prepare as much as you can ahead of time. A lot time the side dishes that you are making can be made a head of time. String beans, collards greens, butternut squash, mashed potatoes even macaroni & cheese can be made the day before. this is also perfect for your cold salads, such as carrot slaw, potato salad, macaroni & tuna salad and pasta salad. Season your meats down a day or two before this way you can cook them the night before or early Thanksgiving morning. Use your time wisely so you can enjoy your day with your family.

Make use of your slow cooker/crockpot- Do you own one? You know the appliance that you haven’t used in months, the one that comes out for times such as this. Many items can be cooked in your slow cooker, it will cut down on the amount of pots and pans you use and you can serve from it. Hot dips, soups, chili, gravy, vegetables, meatballs, all can be cooked and served directly from this dish.

Hopefully these tips will help you with your planning. Remember you don’t have to do everything yourself, enjoy this time with your family.

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Taste Test Tuesday: Cookies & Corks

Happy Tuesday Everyone! We hope your Thanksgiving holiday was filled with love, laughter, friends and family. Ours was great, we truly enjoyed ourselves.

As you know we attended Metro Cooking DC at the beginning of this month. While we were there we had the chance to sample a lot of food. One thing we came home with was some cookies from Cookies & Corks. This company has created sweet and savory cookies that are to be eaten with wine. The cookies come in very creative flavors like sea salt, lemon, sage, apricot, dark chocolate and espresso.

You can purchase cookies to be paired with white wine, red wine and sparkling wine. The distinct flavors of the cookies paired with the wine are a great match. Most people would just pair wine with cheese, but don’t worry there are cheese flavored cookies to appeal to your taste buds. We had our friends and family try the cookies over the holiday weekend. Everyone took turns sampling the cookies with the corresponding wines. Ginger Molasses, Shortbread and Zesty Lemon were the favorites.

There is even a wine pairing guide to help you with the process. Each box of cookies is $7.95 and makes a great hostess gift for this time of year.

Red Wine Pairing Box

 

White Wine Pair Box

 

Sparkling Wine Pairing Box

 

Cookies & Corks great job on the flavor combinations we can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

Be sure to check out their site, they have a holiday sale going on right now. You don’t want to miss this.

 


Meal Planning Services are here!

Happy Monday, we hope you all had a pleasant weekend. It’s not usual that you receive a post from us on a Monday but today we have an announcement to make. We’ve been talking about this for a few weeks now, tweets have gone out and snippets posted on our last few blog posts. Well the time has come and many of you have asked when we would start this new program. Here it is!!

Southern Roots Kitchen will now be offering meal planning services. We are here to help you organize meals, try something new, or even spruce up some of your favorites.

Do you find yourself going to the grocery store mid-week searching for something to eat?

Searching for something new to eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner?

Looking to change your eating habits, but not sure where to start?

Have an event to plan and not sure what to serve your guests?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions then Southern Roots Kitchen can help you with your dilemma.


How much does the meal plan cost?
Weekly subscriptions are $9.00
Monthly subscriptions are $25.00
Special Occasion menus start at $15.00

Pay in full before your follow up consultation and receive $1.00 off your subscription.

What do I get in my meal plan?
Shopping List
Recipes and meal options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack.
2 dessert recipes a week

Ready to get started? Have additional questions? Contact Kimberlee at southernrootskitchen [at] gmail [dot] com