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A Perfect Recipe for a Socially Distanced Thanksgiving

The season of transition is here… and oh yeah, that delicious warmed Scandinavian mulled wine we know as a Glogg.

The season of change means the transition from all our favorite summertime fruits and vegetables to the harvest of autumn.

Not only are the leaves changing on all our favorite trees, but best of all, the change of aromas.  The aromas of fall are like no other…

  • Brown Spice (cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg & clove – a must have for a glogg)
  • Maple Syrup (and guess what, it is not as hard as you may think to make your own homemade maple syrup if you have access to a big old maple tree)
  • Apples & Pears (if you have never been to an apple orchard in the fall to pick your own apples then you do not know what you are missing out on! Not to mention the hayrides on the back of a Farmall tractor to get to the orchards)
  • Pumpkins & Gourds (if you have never been to a pumpkin farm to walk out in the fields to pick n’ clip your own, you should definitely put this activity on your short to-do list for next fall season)

“Now, do not get me wrong as most of us love our favorite pumpkin pie recipe around Turkey Day but, there sure is a bounty of flavorful and fun alternatives to play with in the kitchen this fall,” said Ron Jolicoeur, Corporate Executive Chef.

From radishes, beets, celery root, parsnips, patty pan squashes, baby pumpkins (these make super cute vessels for your favorite fall soups), spaghetti squash, alliums, apples and pears of all sorts of varieties, figs, cranberries, to spuds, spuds, and even more spuds – this list is almost endless with possibilities.

Here are a few of Chef Ron’s favorite “Tried n’ True” menu ideas from over the years:

  • Slow Braised Apple Cider & Toasted Brown Spice Pork Shank, Rainbow Spätzle (Beet, Spinach & Sweet Potato), Sage Brown Butter Pan Sauce
  • Stout n’ Molasses Roasted Butternut Squash Agnolotti, 12-hour Slow Braised Beef Short Rib, Caramelized Elephant Garlic & Shallot Demi Glaze
  • Fire Roasted 5 Root Vegetable Smash, (Parsnip, Carrot, Celery Root, Sweet Potato & Bermuda Red Onions) Meyer Lemon & Rosemary Garlic Veal Chop, Brandied Morel Mushroom & Peppercorn Sauce

So, whether it is a Sunday afternoon spiced pumpkin soup, that fun n’ easy caramelized pear, or gorgonzola & walnut galette, order some groceries for delivery and let your creative culinary ideas run wild with the change of season this year while you socially distance inside your home.

Lastly, glogg is super easy, fun, and fast to make during the holiday season and makes a great gift of appreciation that you can safely drop off to family & friends.