Monthly Archives: November 2015

Baking healthier cookies

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Cookies and the holidays go together like sleigh bells and reindeer, a fireplace and stockings, or mistletoe and kisses. Unfortunately, these sugary treats can also go together with overindulgence and an expanding waistline. But they don’t need to. Whether frosting cutouts of trees, bringing a dessert to a party, or making that special batch you’ll leave for Santa Christmas Eve, here are some tips for how to make your holiday cookies as healthy as possible.

Cut the sugar. In addition to sweetness, sugar contributes moisture, fluffiness, and that golden brown outside as well. You can usually get away with reducing sugar by ¼ to ½ in most recipes, however. If making cookies, like sugar cookies, which rely almost entirely on sugar for their flavor, consider switching to cookies that also use cinnamon, unsweetened chocolate, pumpkin, molasses or other ingredients to enhance their flavor.

Swap the fat. Butter or vegetable shortenings are higher in saturated fats. Using unsaturated fat instead of saturated fat is a great way to support your cardiovascular health. You can substitute oils like canola or grape seed for half the butter in most recipes with no change in the final product. Applesauce is also a common fat replacement but at ½ the calories, 3x the fiber, and 6x the protein, I prefer pumpkin puree. You’ll only need ¾ the amount of pumpkin as you would butter.

Boost the vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Sugar, refined flours, oil…there’s one thing missing in these key ingredients for cookies and that’s the nutrients your body needs most – vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Look for recipes that use fruits and vegetables (applesauce, apricot puree, raisins, carrot, zucchini, pumpkin…) along with whole grains and nuts (whole wheat, oats, quinoa, walnuts, almond flour, chia…) to boost the nutritional value of your cookies.

Reduce your portions. Now that your cookies are lower in sugar, have healthy fats, and are richer in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, you’re allowed to eat as many of them as you like, right? Not exactly. Keeping your total daily calories within healthy bounds will still require some restraint. Cut the recipe in half, make your cookies smaller, and eat them only after your meal so they don’t take the place of other healthier foods.

Cookies can be a great way to enhance the holiday season. Use these tips in your next batch to ensure that they also support your health and wellbeing.

McCormick Slow Cookers Dinner 1-2-3

Do you need an easy dinner idea? Try our Dinner 1-2-3 slow cooker recipes from McCormick! Easy meals and great taste. McCormick slow cooker sauces allow you the time you need to make a great tasting dinner and have a meal with your family on busy nights.

Look for the Dinner 1-2-3 signs to find the McCormick slow cooker sauces in our store and plan your dinner for tonight! They have sauces for all of your favorite dinners and remember to stop by the meat department to pick up all your ingredients.

New, limited-edition flavors from Red Button Vintage Creamery

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We are excited to announce that Red Button Vintage Creamery has four new, limited-edition flavors this holiday season. Stop by and pick up Pumpkin Spice Cheese Cake, Cinnamon Chocolate Chip, Candy Cane or Eggnog.

The limited-edition flavors were created based on hundreds of suggestions from Red Button Vintage Creamery fans and are ready just in time for the holidays. Whether you’re after the ideal finale for a holiday dinner, a late-night treat to enjoy in front of the fireplace or the perfect neighbor gift, Red Button Vintage Creamery ice cream is the supreme scoop of the season.

To see all Red Button Vintage Creamery flavors or to purchase your Red Button merchandise visit redbuttoncreamery.com.

Thanksgiving meal, brought to your car!

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Do you love Thanksgiving but dread doing the shopping? We’re here to help! If you live in Utah County, Macey’s anywhere is the perfect solution for you to shop for your big meal! Gone are the days of battling the cold weather or checkout lines, with Macey’s anywhere, you click, we shop and PRESTO! your groceries are brought out to your car.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Macey’s anywhere has expanded their pick up opportunities. The demand for our new service has been so incredible that we have added more pick up times per hour to meet your needs. You can shop today and schedule your pick up time up to a week in advance, how great is that?!

Start shopping today! 

Macey’s Employee Spotlight- November

Maceys_EmployeeSpotlight_11Nov851x317Welcome to Macey’s Employee Spotlight. The Employee Spotlight is a great opportunity to recognize the amazing Team Members that help make Macey’s a great place to shop and work.

November 2015

This month’s Employee Spotlight is on Karen Kupfer, Store Trainer at the Ogden Macey’s.

With her bubbly personality and contagious laugh, Karen fits her position as Store Trainer perfectly. After starting as a cashier, she moved into cashier trainer and eventually moved into the Store Trainer position where she handles payroll, new employee orientation, HR and supervises the front end.

Karen is one in a million and a definite asset to Macey’s, she does it all!

  • Craig Howard, Store Director

Karen has been with the Ogden Macey’s for seventeen years. The people, friends and team members are what keep her working here. Her favorite part of her job is the new hire orientations. She loves introducing new employees to Macey’s and working with all of the different store departments.

Karen doesn’t just enjoy taking care of new employees; she also truly loves assisting store guests. She spoke of a time when she was helping an elderly lady out to her car. The lady realized that her keys were locked inside. The lady tried to call her husband to help her but was unsuccessful. Instead of leaving the guest to deal with this on her own, Karen drove her to her house to get a spare set of keys. If that isn’t great guest service, I’m not sure what is.

Karen’s favorite item at Macey’s is the fresh salsa from our produce department and it pairs nicely with the Macey’s tortilla chips.

Her Macey’s experience tip: Shop our fresh departments. We have a scratch bakery, fresh ground beef in the meat department and fresh salads in the deli.

Carving the perfect turkey

You’ve successfully cooked a beautiful turkey that your guests will be drooling over. Now the challenge is carving it efficiently. Follow our simple step-by-step instructions. Remember to wait the recommended 15-20 minutes after the turkey has come out of the oven to carve. Not only will carving be easier but the meat will be juicier.

Traditional Method

This is the method for cutting at the table while eager plates are passed to you. While traditional and exciting to watch, this can be a bit difficult to cut if you have a large group. The Kitchen Method (below) would likely be a better method. Transfer the turkey and remove the string.

  1. Transfer the turkey from the roasting pan to a cutting board or presentation platter. (Tip: Use layers of paper towels or two clean kitchen towels to protect your hands from the heat.)
  2. Cut through the trussing or other binding on the legs with scissors.
  3. Remove the drumsticks first by placing the knife against the thigh and cutting down to expose the leg’s second joint.
  4. Apply pressure at the joint with the knifepoint; twist the knife and cut through to sever the drumstick free. Repeat for the other drumstick.
  5. Place the leg flat on a cutting board and cut through the joint to separate the drumstick and thigh.
  6. Hold the thigh firmly with a fork and cut slices evenly and parallel to the bone.
  7. If you want to carve the drumstick, tilt it slightly and slice downward toward the cutting board. (Be sure to carefully remove the hard tendons.)
  8. Moving on to the rest of the turkey, hold the turkey firmly on a cutting board with a fork. Place the knife parallel and as close to the wing as possible. Make a deep cut into the breast, cutting towards the ribs. This makes a base cut.
  9. Carve the breast by slicing downward, ending at the base cut. Keep the slices thin and even.

To watch a video and to get additional tips visit the Norbest website by clicking here.