Month: November 2017

Serve Up a Stress-Free Thanksgiving Meal

Football, family and food – all of these things are a part of what makes Thanksgiving so much fun. But, what makes it even better is having a stress-free preparation process. Now I know what you’re thinking – there’s no such thing. But I’m here to tell you there is, especially with the help of us here at Bishop’s Orchards.

Now that Thanksgiving is a little over one week away, first things first – it’s time to figure out your menu – the trickiest part being adhering to the picky eaters in the family. But with the help of Bishop’s Orchards you can be sure everyone at the table gets their Thanksgiving favorites.

To start, every Thanksgiving meal needs some appetizers. You can’t go wrong with something as simple as cheese and crackers, and here at Bishop’s we’ve got you covered. With one of the largest selections of cheese on the shoreline, you’ll be able to find everything from Brie, to Manchego, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and even Wensleydale. As an added bonus we even have pre sliced meats to pair with them all, making horderve prep, easy.

Now, let’s talk about the Main Course – The Turkey.

Need a turkey? No problem! We have a limited amount of fresh turkeys from local farms available for pre-order so you can pick up, take home, and cook up right in your very own kitchen. Whether you have five people attending Thanksgiving dinner, or 35, we have a turkey perfect to order for your family.

Next up, the sides, because what would Thanksgiving be without some creamy mashed potatoes, am I right?

From stuffing, squash, soup and more, we have all your favorite Thanksgiving side dishes ready to go. Just pop them right into the oven or microwave, and BAM! Just like Emeril – dinner is served!

Now what fun would a holiday be without a little something to wet your whistle? Our variety of fruit wines and hard ciders are sure to bring a little something extra to your family gathering. You can even make a special sangria from our very own cocktail menu. And let’s not forget about the kiddos! Made with fresh apples from our very own orchard, we have the perfect sweet cider for them to sip on while watching the parade. Hot or cold, it’s sure to make for a delicious treat!

If you’re anything like me, the biggest dilemma of the day is which pie to choose from. From apple to pumpkin, strawberry rhubarb, and even sugar free, any of our fresh baked pies are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and wrap up your Thanksgiving with that “I’m so full, I can’t move” feeling.

While this covers all the Thanksgiving “must haves,” don’t forget to take advantage of all the other items our market has to offer. From baked goods like cookies and breads, to the fresh vegetables in our produce department, you’ll be able to find everything you need to impress the family. So, if you’re ready to get a head start on your Thanksgiving meal prep, click here to check out the options at Bishop’s Orchards – we promise you’ll be thankful you did!

How to Host a Successful Friendsgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving time, to me, is about several different things: food, family, friends and being thankful for all three. I’ve always celebrated with my family, but this year my friends and I decided to do something different. Even though our families live close by, we decided to put together a second dinner – a Friendsgiving dinner.

For some, Friendsgiving is about gathering all your closest friends when your family isn’t around. But for my friends and I, it’s simply to celebrate how we’ve become our own family. Whatever your reason may be, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s going to take preparation and organization to get everyone on the same page. But thankfully, we’re here to help! All you have to do is follow the tips below and we promise you’ll deliver a successful friend filled bash.

Create the VIP List

The best part about Friendsgiving is that you can pretty much invite whoever you want. But, I would definitely make sure you invite only as many people that you can comfortably sit at your table. Start with your closest pals and then, if you still have some room, reach out to the people that might not have any family close by. It is Thanksgiving after all, and you could really make someone’s day if they don’t have any plans!

Turkey Time

Now that your guest list has been created, it’s time to talk turkey. The host should make the turkey (or if you’re my friends, a rotisserie chicken). This should be the one and only thing the host has to make, since they’ll be in charge of decorations and making sure the house is clean. It’s important to make sure you have enough, so decide how big your turkey should be. The rule of thumb is half a pound per person. So, if you have ten people, you would need a five pound turkey (and if you like having extra for leftovers, consider going a little larger with an eight pound turkey!). There are plenty of places where you can preorder so you are guaranteed you aren’t birdless the day of.

Don’t Stress Over the Menu

Getting all your guests involved is the fun part! And the best part is you don’t have to worry about having the normal Thanksgiving foods. If someone wants to make pigs in a blanket, go for it! But, there’s no need to bring green bean casserole or any vegetables at all if no one wants it. I do however, recommend sticking with some of the crowd favorites, because let’s be real, the more stuffing and mashed potatoes, the better.

For the non cookers of the group, you can give them the task of bringing the booze. Sparkling wines are perfect for this time of year, especially when kicking off the holiday season with a toast. If you’re not a fan of that, there are some great hard ciders that will do just the trick! And whatever you do, don’t forget to assign someone to bring the dessert. You know what they say, the more the merrier. So bring on the pies, ice cream, cookies and tea breads. Any and all is welcome!

Get to the Grocery Store Early

Don’t wait until the day before the party to get your cooking essentials. Beat the crowds and get to the grocery store early. And if you all live near each other, why not go together! It could make for a very interesting adventure and who knows what random items you’ll pick up along the way that make for a funny story later on. A lot of the memories come from the preparation before you sit down at the table. So, try to do as much together as possible to get the full Friendsgiving experience.

Get Festive With It

There’s no need to go over the top with decorations, since the food should be the star of the show. But, a decorative tablecloth, cranberries, gourds, and even some candles could go a long way. Decorating will give you the finishing touch you need before kicking off your Friendsgiving festivities.

Enjoy Yourself!

Friendsgiving is meant to be fun, a way to create a new tradition with the people you choose as your family. But it all means nothing if you don’t get a chance to sit down and actually enjoy it. So be creative with it, the sky is the limit! And make sure to soak it all in. If everyone’s stomachs are full and the table is filled with friends, you’ve successfully thrown a Friendsgiving dinner.