Let’s Talk Turkey: Planning for Thanksgiving

Let’s Talk Turkey: Planning for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving gatherings don’t need to be elaborate or stressful. Whether you’re entertaining a couple or a crowd, your co-op can help you with planning and ingredients, or ready-to-eat holiday meals, pies and sides. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

Great beginnings

Set out a tray or two of snacks before the main meal; it’s a great way to welcome guests.

  • Fresh dates served with a spiced, roasted nut mix
  • Artisanal cheese tray of local cheeses, with fine flatbread crackers and crostini
  • Crispy raw vegetables and a selection of dips, like soft chevre blended with herbs, hummus with a swirl of fresh or prepared pesto, or garlicky aioli
  • Meat or veggie paté, sausage bites, cooked shrimp and smoked fish with spicy mustard sauce and baguette slices

Delicious desserts

An alternative (or addition) to the traditional pie makes for a memorable ending.

  • Homemade brownies topped with mint or vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce
  • A selection of chocolate truffles served with freshly-baked cookies
  • Warm brie glazed with apricot preserves and sprinkled with toasted pecans or walnuts

How much food will you need?

These general guidelines will help you plan the correct amount of food to make or purchase.


Reserve your Bird

Chequamegon Food Co-op is excited to offer you regionally raised Thanksgiving turkeys! Ferndale Market in Cannon Falls, MN, natural free-range turkeys will be available fresh. Cost will be $2.59 per pound. Sizes range from 10 to 24 pounds. Delivery dates will be Friday, November 18 and Tuesday, November 22.

To place an order, please stop by Customer Service. There are a limited number of turkeys available and they will be reserved on a first come basis. We will try to fill all orders as best as possible.

Due to space limitations, we must ask that you pick up your turkey on its delivery date. Sorry, no exceptions. We will call you when they arrive to remind you!


Republished with permission from strongertogether.coop.