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Holiday Meal Makeovers

Holiday Meal Makeovers

With the holidays quickly approaching, at-home chefs everywhere are beginning to plan their menus. This year, The Fresh Market encourages foodies to think outside the recipe box by departing from tradition in favor of new flavors! The specialty grocer offers up some unique recipes for “Meal Makeovers” for your holiday feasts – unexpected flavors incorporated into traditional favorites.

New flavors from across the globe will liven up menus and allow for even more creativity in the kitchen. Taste buds are sure to enjoy Curried Sweet Potato Casserole, Truffled Mashed Potatoes and Lemon Dill Green Beans with Pine Nuts and Pecorino, a delicious alternative to traditional green bean casserole. While turkey is tried and true, shake up the menu by preparing an elegant Pork Crown Roast served with Couscous instead of traditional stuffing. Another holiday favorite is Whole Beef Tenderloin as it serves well with a wide range of interesting side dishes.

Thanksgiving is only 24 days away!!! Are you ready to host family and friends around your table?

Here are some tips:

Prepare for the Feast

Plan ahead. The key to minimizing holiday-induced anxiety is to plan in advance. Take inventory now to make sure you have the essentials you will need to serve your holiday meal - both basics and serving pieces.

Save time and space. Use serving pieces with warming trays to free up essential cooking space on your stove. To create additional space in your oven, use a three-tier oven rack on one side that leaves the other side open for more bulky food allowing you to cook more than one dish at a time.

Pumpkin Pulp Is No Treat for Your Plumbing

The trick to keeping pumpkin pulp and seeds from causing plumbing problems is as easy as pie.

“Instead of carving your jack-o’-lantern in or by the kitchen sink, try a newspaper,” said Randy Brague of Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Greater Jacksonville shop. “You need to be cautious when removing and disposing of the pumpkin’s sticky substance.”

When pumpkin pulp goes down the kitchen sink drain, the orange substance hardens and sticks to the pipes. Pumpkin carvers can end up with clogged drains and broken garbage disposals if they aren’t careful – especially when it’s cleanup time.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing recommends wrapping all the cut pieces and seeds in the newspaper and throwing them away. For those who recycle, put the remnants in a compost pile. Pulp and seeds are great for cooking as well.

Annual Pumpkin Patch Opens Saturday at Southside United Methodist Church

Hundreds of pumpkins will be hitting the town on Saturday, October 2nd as the youth of Southside United Methodist Church (SUMC) set up for the start of PUMPKINS ON THE POINT!   We invite the community to enjoy the fun as “the point,” between Hendricks Avenue and San Jose Blvd, grows one pumpkin at a time into a very sincere pumpkin patch.