Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and I’m starting to get excited! I always get “big feelings” when I think about my favorite holiday.
As my son gets older and other members of my extended family start having kids, the chaos of my favorite holiday only grows — I love it! But the fantasy of cooking an entire holiday meal for the family sometimes loses its luster when you actually think about all the turkey prep, messy pots and last-minute desserts that are involved in pulling it off. If that sounds like you, then we’ve got a shortcut that doesn’t skimp on flavor.
We’re creating classic Thanksgiving dinners with all the trimmings for you and yours in our kitchens! Our 2019 turkey dinner serves 6-8 people, with leftovers, and comes in containers that can be used in the oven or microwave for reheating (and then rinsed and recycled). We roast fresh, high-quality Diestel Turkeys, that are slow-raised on sustainable family farms. They’re our favorite turkey so why wouldn’t we cook the best? The turkey comes in a bag, in a pan, for you to toss in the oven to reheat (and it stays moist!).
Check out our Bakery for rolls, and a great selection of traditional, and not-so-traditional, pies and other dessert options.
Order early as quantities are limited! We started taking orders Nov. 1., and they usually sell out. Meals can be picked up Wednesday, Nov. 27, or on Thanksgiving Day.
Here’s what’s included in the $175 Turkey Dinner:
- A 12-14 pound, roasted Diestel turkey in a roasting bag and pan
- Herb Stuffing
- Yukon Mashed Potatoes
- Bourbon Maple Pecan Sweet Potatoes
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Roasted Winter Vegetables
- Blood Orange Cranberry Sauce
- Our Own Turkey Gravy
Quantities are limited – so order early by calling your Deli:
Ballard Market: 206.783.7922
T&C Market, Bainbridge Island (direct line to Deli): 206.842.7717
T&C Market Lakemont: 425-653-2261
Central Market Mill Creek (direct line to Deli): 425.357.3252
Central Market Poulsbo (direct line to Deli): 360.394.7213
Central Market Shoreline (direct line to Deli): 206.366.9983
(PS: We also offer a 2-14 pound, roasted Diestel turkey with no sides, for $90)
Blue North Pacific Cod Back on Big Board
For about two years now, we’ve been offering humanely harvested Pacific cod from Blue North and it’s looks like the word is spreading — this is amazingly delicious fish! These tender fillets are on our Big Board Buys right now for just $8.98 lb., a saving of more than $4 lb.
Blue North Pacific cod is the perfect fish to prepare in my absolute favorite recipe in our archives, Chinese-Style Steamed Fish. Why? It’s quick and simple enough for a weeknight meal yet tastes so good I feel like I could serve it at a dinner party. Just slice up a few ginger coins, place on a steaming rack over a few inches of boiling water and add a few medium-sized fillets. While it’s steaming, heat up a few tablespoons of sesame oil, dice up a few scallions and boom! Done. When the fish is done, pour the heated oil over the fish and serve. The incredible flavor and texture of Blue North cod shines really shines (Great. Now I’m starving!).
So what does “humanely harvested” mean? Blue North Pacific cod is caught using bottom longlines, pulled through a hole in the ship that’s called a “moon pool” and then stunned with low-level electricity before being processed. That minimizes pain and stress (a byproduct is a better tasting fish). The fish is then immediately filleted and frozen on board, retaining optimal freshness and quality. It’s a more humane method for the fishermen, too, as they fish from the inside of the vessel rather than being exposed to the dangers and discomforts of the harsh elements.
When our Marketing Manager Sue Transeaux first met Blue North co-owner Amelia Burns Stewart a few years ago, Amelia recalled shopping with her mom at the seafood counter at our market on Bainbridge Island. So, she said, it seemed a natural fit to her family that our stores would be the first to offer their Humane Harvest cod. We think it’s a perfect example of two family businesses partnering to provide exceptional food to our communities.
Learn more about Blue North right her on our website.
Our very own cheese whiz, Shauna Howell, offers up a cheese worth discovering.
Mifroma Alpenhorn: Hornkuhkäse (Alpenhorn) is a round, hard cheese refined with cream. It’s an earthy, pungent, washed-rind, Swiss mountain cheese.
From the first bite, you are transported to lush, green, high mountain meadows surrounded by brown Swiss cows with bells-a-ringing, horns standing tall. It’s produced in a village in the Appenzell hinterland, in a very traditional, regulated manner using only 100% milk from those picturesque horned cows.
Washed as it ages, this is a quintessential “stinky” cheese, so don’t leave a wedge in your car for the day while you shop and then forget to take it out when you get home because no one will ride with you again! All jokes aside, though, don’t let the luscious smell of real cheese detour you. It’s quite mild, nutty and a super good melter, making Alpenhorn a great addition to a sandwich or a fondue. Its natural rind paired with crusty bread and roasted ham slices would make a beautiful cheese board presentation.
Chris Allen is a copywriter and assistant marketer with Town & Country Markets. He’s a former contributing editor, radio anchor and producer, and an Air Force veteran. He’s also mastered the art of chopping red onions with one hand while sipping a dry Tempranillo in the other.