You’ve spent days or weeks planning your holiday meal – you’ve browsed recipes, considered ingredients, made shopping lists, prepped, cooked, set the table and, finally, you’re about to serve a meal you’re proud of to people you care about.
The months leading up to Thanksgiving week are a lot like that for us as we choose foods and recipes to offer, plan our merchandising, build displays, and, finally, serve you in creating delicious and memorable meals.
Over the past few months, our Meat Specialist, Michael, visited Diestel Turkey Farms to check on our birds and connect with the Diestel family. Teri, our Bakery Specialist, has been working with Quang from An Xuyen Bakery in Seattle, which toasts artisan breads for our Rustic Stuffing. Our Bulk Foods folks assembled thousands of turkey brine kits. This week, our Deli teams are preparing holiday side dishes and our Grocery staff is stocking endless cans of pumpkin and boxes of broth.
Like your holiday dinner, getting our markets ready for Thanksgiving is a lot of work. Also like your dinner, it’s a labor of love. We really do enjoy what we do, and we’re honored and grateful to be a part of your holiday traditions.
Cyber Monday Gift Card Sale: Wow!
Speaking of gratitude, our annual Cyber Monday Gift Card Sale is a way for us to thank our customers for supporting us throughout the year. The Monday following Thanksgiving, we offer gift cards for our markets at a great discount – $50 cards for $40, and $100 cards for $75. This discount is available online only, and only on Nov. 26, 4 a.m. and 10 p.m. (or until all our allotted cards run out). All the info you need is here. Remember—you need to wait till Monday to get the Cyber Monday prices!
How to Gobble Up the Leftovers
If you’d be grateful for another use for your leftover turkey, make an easy comfort meal with our new Pot Pie Starter from the Deli. It’s tasty, creamy and loaded with veggies, and all you need to do is add cooked turkey or chicken and make a pie.
Even easier – fill a casserole dish, top with refrigerator biscuits, and bake until golden brown. If a big pot of soup is more to your liking, try our Turkey Noodle Soup recipe. It makes use of the entire carcass so you get every last bit of flavor out of your turkey.
Be Sure to Check our Holiday Hours
All our markets are open on Thanksgiving Day, though all but our Poulsbo market will close early so staff can get home to their families. Holiday hours for all our markets are here.
We wish you and yours a happy and scrumptious holiday!
Our very own cheese whiz, Shauna Howell, offers up a cheese worth discovering.
DELICE de MON SIRE: The quintessential triple-cream, soft-ripened cheese. That’s right, TRIPLE-cream. They take the same rich milk they’d use to make a more traditional Brie and add an extra portion of cream, bringing the butterfat content up to 75 percent.
The resulting rich, buttery flavor and mild lactic tang gives this bloomy-rind cheese a taste to celebrate, and the sweet rind adds complexity to the cheese paste. It’s become my go-to soft-ripened cheese for cheese plates because everyone loves it.
When it gets extra gooey try it with a dollop of sour cherry paste, and when young and firm it’s wonderful with delicious Amarena cherries.
Marketing Manager Sue Transeaux joined Town & Country Markets 23 years ago, working in Bulk Foods at the market on Bainbridge Island. She’s always watching for what’s fresh, delicious and inspiring in our markets.