Shortcuts to a Feast

By November 15, 2011November 17th, 2011Recipes
As we approach the Holiday Season, life seems to take off.  We’re busy shopping for the perfect gift and celebrating the season with friends and family.  Before we know it, we’ll be ringing in the new year.
Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away.  My mom is the “hostess with the mostest” in our family.  She spends hours prepping in the kitchen and we manage to sit down and clear our plates in less than hour.  If you are the chief cook and bottle washer in your family, you might appreciate a few shortcuts.  Something that will satisfy the masses and still allow you a chance to kick up your feet and relax for a minute or two.
I went to Johnnies in search of time saving, quality products.  As my mom prepares many items from scratch, I knew I needed to find items not only quick to prepare, but superior in taste as well.
Here’s what I found.
Chef Pierre Traditional Pumpkin Pie (Unbaked)
This is a 10 inch pie available pre-baked or ready to bake. Johnnies has an extensive variety of desserts.  (Black Forest, Triple Chocolate Cake, Cheesecake….)  I choose something more traditional.  This pie baked while we ate.  It was delicious served with a bit of whipped cream on top. (ice cream might be even better!!)

Hanover Whole Bean Blend (frozen vegetables)
This bag of frozen veggies contains Green Beans, Golden Beans and Petite Whole Carrots and promises 11 servings.  (All for the bargain price of $3.40.)  I threw the veggies in some boiling water and they were ready in minutes.   We just added a dash of salt and pepper and a bit of butter and they were good to go.  A quality product for an unbelievably great price.

Idahoan Real Mashed Potatoes
16 servings per 13 oz. bag
I added boiling water to the mix and stirred until ready.  Very simple.  (I bet you could even try adding milk for a creamier texture.)  The critics were skeptical about these potatoes, but even my daughter asked for seconds.  This was the biggest time saver.  No boiling the potatoes.  No beaters to clean.  No last minute scramble to whip the potatoes.  Plus, the price is right again.  $3.00 for a bag with 16 servings!!

Vanee Ready to Use Roasted Turkey Gravy (50 oz. can)

Ready made turkey gravy, from the can to the table.  Just heat and serve.  Tasty, and even better when served with those leftovers.  Think hot turkey sandwiches with gravy, my husband’s favorite.

Pigs in a Blanket
I know this is not something one would normally find on their Thanksgiving table.  But, it would be ideal for a holiday party or a cocktail party. Who doesn’t love pigs in a blanket?  These franks are already wrapped, just pop in the oven for 15 minutes, until golden brown.  You can’t go wrong.  They were gone in minutes.  These little piggies come in two sizes, suitable for a small family gathering or a larger, more grand affair.

Make a trip to Johnnies to take advantage of these time saving shortcuts, and don’t forget your coupon.

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