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Last Updated: November 21, 2014
Sorry for my absence these past few weeks, but I am back now and ready to bring you the best of the best produce advice that you will definitely want for your Thanksgiving plans this upcoming week. Usually, around this time of year, I focus This Week in Produce around "taking the headache out of Thanksgiving" because as all of us know, this time of year can be stressful and overwhelming. But this year I also want to highlight the local and seasonal items that are truly at their best right now, because those items are really what make our food healthful, delicious, and memorable.
So I will kick this year's "Taking the Headache Out of Thanksgiving" off with the arrival of the boxes of clementines and the bulk organic satsuma mandarins. Perhaps one of our most anticipated arrivals for November, these tiny, sweet, and easy to peel flavor-bombs are just what we want when the temperatures drop and the snow begins to fall. They are also a great addition to our Turkey day, because they help tide us all over while we wait for the big meal to be served.
One thing I always love to encourage everyone to get for Thanksgiving are the Harmony Valley 3lb Soup Mix bags. Full of flavor and a wonderful variety of carrots, parsnips, turnips, and rutabagas, the mixed bags are an easy way to create a tasty side dish. Plus it includes two easy to follow recipes on the back, I've made both several times and they are both wonderful and simple to prepare.
I love brussels sprouts, and they are a huge hit at my house when I roast them on the stove top. The local and organic sprouts this time of year are to die for-- packed with that wonderful 'green' flavor. Here is my recipe that I use multiple times a week while they are in season:
Another easy roasting vegetable is carrots. Either the gorgeous rainbow carrots from Harmony Valley or the sweet and crunchy carrots from Driftless would be a perfect roasted side dish that is both easy and has a quick prep time.
Sweet potatoes are a classic dish that is always a staple at our table for the holidays. Packed with vitamin A and antioxidants, these local and organic tubers are also naturally sweet and creamy. Plus they are a snap to prepare in just a few easy steps:
We also have a a fabulous variety of other local root crops available to accommodate all of your meal planning needs. Check out the huge variety of our organic and local potatoes, onions, shallots, plus turnips, radishes, and more. Not sure what kind of potato is perfect for your great Granny's prized mashed potato recipe? What onion will be the best to include in the world's best stuffing? Ask one of our friendly and knowledgeable produce staff! We love to help solve your toughest produce questions and find you the perfect ingredients for the perfect meal.
Cranberry sauce is a quintessential staple, and is deceptively easy to make from scratch. We have both conventional and organic cranberries from Wisconsin available in the department right now.
If you aren't hosting this year, be sure to pick up a beautiful floral bouquet or arrangement to show your cooks how much you appreciate their hard work. If you are the host these gorgeous seasonal displays are just what you need to tie the table together. We can't wait to see you this week, as always be sure to let us know how we can help you to make your big meal extra special this year, we love to help! Happy Turkey Day!