This year, all profits from our fruit order are going to our favorite local private school! We decided to raffle off a full half bushel box to support them as well. To enter, please visit the JOY Academy of Southern Nevada website and make a donation of $10, then comment below what your favorite way to enjoy a peach is! All of the donations go directly to the school.
Since this is our last order of Navel Oranges for the season, we've decided to a giveaway! To up the ante a little bit, we will choose one winner for every 20 bags sold! Each winner will receive two bags; one to keep, and one to share with a friend!
To enter, comment below and tell us what makes you happy! Extra entries for anyone who adds friends to our group on facebook, and tags them in the giveaway post there. https://www.facebook.com/groups/171109376331404/
We're giving away two more bags of oranges! One for you, and one to share with your friends or neighbors! To enter, comment below and tell us who you would share your oranges with if you won!
We're giving away two bags of sweet navel oranges! To enter, leave a comment below telling us what your favorite part about spring is! For extra entries, join our facebook group and add two local friends! https://www.facebook.com/groups/171109376331404/
If I was designing a grapefruit to beguile every person on earth, I would design the "White Gold" or Oro Blanco grapefruit. This citrus is a true delicacy, flesh is pale yellow, seedless, almost self peeling. The flavor is mild and sweet as big or bigger than a regular grapefruit. Typically too big for commercial growers, most of the world will never know its wonders. The most notable characteristic is the flavor. It eats sweet and the flesh lacks the bitterness sometimes associated with grapefruit. The rind is thick and easy to manage. Fruit has an ineffable quality that promologists refer to as "exuberant" "Delicious"' and "Beautiful" For me the flavor seems to engage with the eater, comes alive in the mouth, and startles the taste buds. (In a good way) ere to edit.
Who has made their menu for Thanksgiving already? What about a headcount so you know how much food you'll really need? I just finished mine last night, and we're expecting about 20 people! This means that I'm going to end up quadrupling and even quintupling some of my family's favorite recipes. All links are at the end of this post.
The first thing I do before making my headcount is print out this helpful Thanksgiving Day planner from one of my favorite recipe websites, Our Best Bites. Once I have this printed, I can start planning my menu and shopping lists.
Turkey Brine and Roasting
First things first, the main event! The turkey (and brine)! My favorite recipe is from The Pioneer Woman. She brines the turkey with fresh apple cider, some orange peel, garlic, and herbs. Last year, I tossed in some cranberries too! It was delicious! This is prepared a few days before Thanksgiving to allow the turkey to really soak in the good stuff!
Once the turkey is brined, it is time to roast it! Again, I go to The Pioneer Woman. I tweak the recipe a little by adding garlic and an onion to the compound butter. I also like putting slices of onion and apples under the skin and in the cavity to really get that flavor.
Appetizers are a must when hosting so many people. Everyone can curb their hunger while waiting for the main event, and they definitely keep tempers down. Hanger is a real thing people! We like having a relish tray out, cheese balls with crackers, and this year we're going to try this cranberry salsa cream cheese dip from Our Best Bites. I'm going to use one of my Spanish Sweet Onions instead of green onions, and make it to taste.
After the bird, my family's next favorite dish is the mashed potatoes! We usually factor about one potato per person. Some of our people are little people, so we'll say that they get about half a potato each. This is definitely over estimating, but my family loves leftovers! My family is going to need about 18 potatoes. I love this crockpot recipe from Creme de la Crumb.
My favorite Thanksgiving side is the stuffing. My family's go to is this sausage cornbread stuffing from Our Best Bites. I'm going to need 4 onions, and 3 or 4 Granny Smith apples (I like mine with extra apples). We also toss in a cup or so of low sugar craisins! Bake the cornbread on Monday to give it plenty of time to dry out before you need it on Thursday.
Next comes the green bean casserole. I never liked green bean casserole until I tried this recipe from Alton Brown. I'm going to quadruple this recipe, plus toss an extra onion in with the beans, so I need nine onions for this dish.
Candied yams (sweet potatoes) are a staple on most Thanksgiving tables, and ours is no exception. I like to prepare this with fresh sweet potatoes. If you slow roast them in the oven, they are sweeter. That way you can cut down on the amount of brown sugar you use. I'll probably need 12 sweet potatoes, roasted, then mashed with some butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hint of ginger. I toss them in a dish on Monday while I'm making the brine, and store them in my refrigerator until I'm ready to bake them on Thursday. Just don't forget to add the marshmallows at the last minute!
For some, desserts are the very best part of Thanksgiving! I make a delectable pumpkin cheese cake, cranberry jello, and of course, pie! This year, I'm making three pies, cherry pie, with the filling that I canned with our cherries in July, fresh pumpkin pie, and this dreamy apple pie from the Pioneer Woman. I'm going to use 3-6 Granny Smith apples, depending on their size. I love to use more, I like my pie crammed with apples! The thinner the slices of apple, the better, then you can really stack them up and make sure there is apple in every single bite.
Once the meal is through, it is nice to sit and visit with family while sipping some caramel apple cider from Our Best Bites. You could also drink our apple cider cold, straight out of the jug. It's heaven either way!
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In total, I'm going to use about 20 potatoes, 4 gallons of fresh apple cider, 12 apples, and 17 onions (as long as I don't burn the onion topping, like last year!) Instead of having to run to the store for more , or extras, or replacements, I'm definitely getting a bag of potatoes, a bag of onions, and a half bushel box of Granny Smith apples so I don't run out!
Congratulations for making it to the end of this post! One lucky winner will be receiving a turkey and a gallon of our fresh apple cider! To enter, just post your favorite Thanksgiving recipe! Orders and the giveaway close on Monday at noon. Don't forget to order your onions, potatoes, and apples today! Las Vegas area locals only :)
Our Best Bites
Cranberry Salsa Dip- http://ourbestbites.com/2014/11/cranberry-salsa-cream-cheese-dip/
Cornbread Stuffing- http://ourbestbites.com/2011/11/sausage-cornbread-dressing/
Hot Caramel Apple Cider- http://ourbestbites.com/2009/10/caramel-apple-cider/
Turkey Brine- http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/my-favorite-turkey-brine/
Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey- http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/roasted_thanksgiving_turkey/
Dreamy Apple Pie- http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/dreamy-apple-pie/
Creme de la Crumb
Mashed Potatoes- http://lecremedelacrumb.com/2014/10/slow-cooker-mashed-potatoes.html
Green Bean Casserole- http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/best-ever-green-bean-casserole-recipe.html
What is the one side that just screams Thanksgiving? Mashed potatoes. Hands down. This recipe for mashed potatoes in the slow cooker takes under 10 minutes of prep time and tastes divine!
You can really spruce these up however you want! Add some cream cheese, more garlic, and fresh herbs if you like!
Halloween is right around the corner, so today we're giving away a quarter bushel of Granny Smith apples, and one 16oz bottle of pure honey! Two of the main ingredients in my favorite Halloween treat- Honey Caramel Apples!
To enter, please comment on this blog post and tell us what you're dressing up as for Halloween!
Entries for the giveaway will close on 10/19/15 at noon. Additional entries can be earned by 'liking' our facebook page, and leaving a review! https://www.facebook.com/farmfreshlasvegas
Don't forget to click over to the homepage and place your order of apple cider today!
The recipe for Honey Caramel Apples can be found at -->http://ourbestbites.com/2010/10/honey-caramel-apples/
A two weeks ago, Milan and I had the opportunity to attend the Operation Underground Railroad Gala Event. While there, we were able to contribute, with the help of one of our generous customers and the profits from all of your support in our business, $1665. This brings our donations of the year to $3665. All of this money went directly to Operation Underground Railroad. It was an amazing experience! We met, and spent a few moments with Tim Ballard, the founder of OUR Rescue. We can't wait to continue to raise money for such a worthy cause.
Neil, Brianna, and Milan enjoying the gala