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Thanksgiving Tips & Tricks Recipes – Nov. 15, 2017

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Every year we look forward to our annual Thanksgiving tips & tricks class at the shop. Last night, we had 70 awesome customers (and a few family members!) gather in our shop to watch Dave cook and teach everyone how to organize and prep a tasty, stress-free Thanksgiving feast.

Below you will find the recipes for all of the dishes we cooked (and ate) at last night’s class!

We hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving with your loved ones.

Bon appetit!



1 loaf Bread cubed

½ Onion, diced

3 stalks Celery, diced

2 cloves Garlic, minced

2 Carrots, diced

¾ stick Butter

10 Mushrooms, sliced

1 Qt Stock

½ Tbsp Herbes de Provence

Fresh sage, chopped

Salt and Pepper


Combine onion, garlic, celery, carrots and butter in sauce pan. Saute to brown. Add mushrooms, stock, herbs and seasonings. Bring to boil and add bread. Stir to incorporate. Dump into baking dish and bake in 375 degree oven to brown top—about 30 minutes.

Maple-Glazed Sweet Potato


2 LB. Sweet potato—larger the better

¼ cup Real Maple syrup

1 Tbsp Butter

Salt and pepper


Place whole, unpeeled sweet potato in 350 degree oven. Roast about 50 min. until potato oozes the sweet juices and is very soft and puffed. Remove from oven and let rest up to 24 hours in fridge. When cool to touch, peel the cooked potatoes and slice into large pieces. Place on cookie sheet. Season with salt and pepper and bake in oven just to warm—15 min. Meanwhile, place butter and syrup in small pan. Bring to simmer and stir to just melt butter. Remove from heat, pour over warm potatoes and enjoy!

Cranberry Bars



3 cups Flour

1 cup Powder Sugar

12 oz. Cold Butter


2 cups Cranberries

½ cup Orange Juice

¾ cup Sugar

Streusel Topping:

2 sticks Butter

2 ¼ cups Flour

1 ½ cups Sugar


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. For crust place all crust ingredients into food processor and pulse quickly just enough to make a chunky, soft consistency. Dump mixture onto a buttered or non-stick sprayed 9×16 cookie sheet and press evenly to make a nice crust. Bake 15 – 20 min. until lightly brown.

Meanwhile, make streusel: Mix butter, flour and sugar in bowl and blend with fingers until mixture is crumbly. Set aside.

Mix all filling ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer, cook low for 30 minutes until cranberries pop, stirring occasionally. Pour over baked crust, sprinkle 1 ½ cups streusel topping over cranberries. Return carefully to oven and bake for 20 minutes until very lightly browned. Let cool and EAT!!

Turkey Gravy


1/2 Diced Onion 

2 Diced Carrot

1 rib Diced Celery

2 cloves Minced Garlic

2 Tbsp Butter

¼ cup Flour

1 quart Stock

½ Tbsp Herbs de Provence

 Salt and Pepper

1 Tbsp Chicken Base


Place onion, carrots, celery and garlic in sauce pan with butter. Saute to brown and add flour. Stir well to lightly brown and slowly whisk in stock. Bring mixture to boil and add seasoning.

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What if I ran my company like most corporations?

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I just got off the phone with a major airline carrier and was SO proud that I don’t treat my customers like they treated me! I thought it would be a great idea to compare and contrast our “product and service” with what is widely accepted (we pretty much have no choices now) as crappy service… and fake, plastic products, too.

What if you walked into my shop and I said very confidently: We do not have your order—the computer had a glitch. Return another day and we should have it.

What if you called my shop and I said: Please hold…FOR 20 MINUTES…WTFLIP!

What if you ate my soup and I double billed you and you wanted your money back: Fill out this form and we will take 20 days to process it and our refund team will assess this and get back to you with a yes or no answer.

What if you wanted to change your catering order from 20 guests to 25 guests and I told you: Sorry, it is not within the 72 hour order change window… call back another time.

What if you were waiting outside my door in the rain for us to open at 8:00am and we stood and looked at your cold, wet body until exactly 8:00 and 1 second to open the door.

What if you got home with your carry-out order and were missing a sandwich, called us to get a replacement one and I said: Prove it…where is your receipt?

What if you came in with a gift certificate from your sister and I said: That expired…or the value is less than original.

What if you came in for a sandwich and I said: Not now…the cooks are on break

What if you came in later than your catering pick up time and I said: Sorry…we gave your food to someone else…you were late!

What if you wanted no mayo on your sandwich and I said: No changes to our product.

What if you had to cancel your catering order with us and I said: Oh, that is too bad…your deposit is non refundable.

I WOULD BE CLOSED…THAT IS WHAT WOULD HAPPEN!! Why do we put up with this crappy attitude?

I avoid it as much as I can help. My secret….? Shop, use, frequent and fall in love with businesses that love you back!

Your life will be much fuller, I guarantee, with no hidden fees, no expiration dates, and even a smile…and a dirty joke!

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