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Start your Thanksgiving with a Free Turkey

At Dan’s, we’re counting down the days to the ultimate throwback Thursday. That’s right, Thanksgiving is just around the corner and each year, we look back fondly on the traditions of yesteryear and the hope that tomorrow will bring just as many wonderful memories of food, family and fun.

Give yourself one more reason to be grateful, by entering our ultimate throwback Thursday drawing for a free turkey from our store. All you need to do is share your favorite throwback Thanksgiving memories or photos on our Facebook or Instagram page. Add your photo and check out all the fantastic former feasts by clicking here. You’ll receive one entry for a memory and two entries for a photo, so don’t be shy with those classic, Turkey-day pictures! Contest runs from 11/15-11/19; winners will be picked on November 20.

Plus, we have everything you need for another memorable Thanksgiving with a cornucopia of great deals on fresh and frozen turkeys, just-baked rolls, stuffing, cranberries, pie, ice cream…everything you need for another fabulous family fest. Click here to see our wide selection of seasonal savings.

Finally, if you want a delicious Thanksgiving dinner without the hassle, we’ve got you covered with a fuss-less feast at a fantastic price. The $99 turkey meal includes:

  • 11-13 lbs. of Jennie-O Cooked Turkey
  • 30 oz. Homestyle Stuffing
  • Two 24 oz. Cream Mashed Potatoes
  • 24 oz. Homestyle Gravy
  • 14 oz. Cranberry Sauce
  • 8 inch Beehive Pie
  • 12 ct. Beehive Rolls

For complete terms click here.

Bone Broth Benefits

Looking for little ways to make your holiday dinner better for you but don’t want to veer too far from tradition?  Subbing out an ingredient here or there could add nutrients without sacrificing flavor.  One such substitution—bone broth.  This might sound like a Halloween prank rather than an addition to your delectable Thanksgiving dinner, but don’t be fooled by the name! There are no bones in this broth; it was simply created by steeping them in hot water for several hours, releasing valuable nutrients.

Bone broth is high in minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorous.  Too many probiotics got your belly in a bind?  Or is your tummy just a little queasy from holiday foods in general?  Bone broth can help as it’s high in gelatin which is said to help seal up holes in the intestine.  This can help with several digestive issues (going too much, too little, or just having a type of food not really agree with you).  Your joints can also benefit from a good dose of glucosamine and collagen, which has other added benefits like helping your skin, hair and nails.   So, whether you’re looking for better holiday options, or a new beneficial beverage to sip on, bone broth just might be a perfect fit.

Classic Beef Stew Recipe

Start fall off right with this classic beef stew from our friends at Certified Angus Beef.

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds Certified Angus Beef® chuck roast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 3 large carrots, diagonally cut in 1-inch pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 pounds Yukon potatoes, peeled and cut in 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley

Instructions:

  1. Remove top rack from oven and preheat to 325°F.
  2. Season beef with salt and pepper. Put half of oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Just as the oil begins to smoke, add half of beef evenly spaced. Brown on most sides and transfer to a plate. Add remaining oil, sear remaining beef; remove from pan.
  3. Add onions, carrot, garlic and tomato paste. Stir over medium-high heat, scraping brown bits from bottom of pan, 2-3 minutes. Add flour and stir to combine. Add red wine, scraping bottom of pan, then reduce heat to medium low, simmer until syrupy, about 5 minutes. Stir in beef, beef stock, bay leaves and thyme. Return to a boil, again scraping sides and bottom clean; put lid on Dutch oven and place in the oven. Cook for 2 hours.
  4. Add potatoes and rosemary and continue to cook, covered, until potatoes are tender, approximately 1 hour. If needed, add additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve, garnished with fresh parsley.

Top 5 Sensational Soup Additions

Soup it Up this Season

Have you heard of adding chocolate to chili?

Is it nuts to add almonds to tomato soup?

What about coconut milk in your chicken noodle?

At our store, we’re souping it up this winter with tips, tricks and weekly deals to help you build a better bowl. Plus, we have all the sides to make your meal amazing.

Here are some of our favorites:

Chocolate Chili

Chocolate is added to chili for the same reason it is added to Mole’ sauce: it lends body, color, and flavor. A typical recipe calls for two squares of bittersweet chocolate or one to two tablespoons of cocoa powder. Either will give your chili a wonderful flavor boost. Chocolate can be added to almost any recipe including this one from Full Circle Market. http://fullcirclefoods.com/fc_recipes/turkey-chili/

Coconut Curry Chicken Noodle

Chicken noodle soup is a winter-time favorite that warms the heart and soul. Put a spin on the classic with coconut milk and curry. One to one and a half cans of coconut milk and two tablespoons of curry make for an absolutely delicious change up.

Sweet Potato Soup with Blackberry Sauce

Sweet potatoes are seeing a rise in popularity due to their health benefits and flavor. Blackberry sauce is the perfect complement to the silky, smooth taste of sweet potatoes. Simply stir in a spoonful to two to taste and your bowl will be ready to go.

Tomato Soup with Almonds

Almonds are the most popular nuts in the United States. A favorite of health nuts and fitness fanatics, almonds have become famous for their versatility and health benefits. The unique nutrient combination of almonds — plant-based protein, fiber and monounsaturated fats, plus key nutrients like vitamin E and magnesium — help make them a welcome addition to most diets. Adding a handful of sliced almonds to your favorite tomato soup will add texture, nutrients and flavor.

Green Pea Soup with Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is known for its calciumpotassiumprotein, zinc, and vitaminsB6 and B12. Adding a half cup of plain, low-fat Greek yogurt to green pea soup provides creaminess without the calories of heavy cream.

Leftover Lovers

Many leftovers make great additions to either homemade or store-bought soups. Rice, leftover vegetables, last-night’s pasta or leftover chicken, beef or pork can all add nutrients and flavor to your cold-weather classics.

Ramped-Up Ramen

Ramen noodles, yes, the college-student’s standby, has seen a satisfying resurgence of late. While there are dozens of ways to put a twist on ramen, one of our favorites is to add a sesame peanut sauce. As the noodles cook, put sesame oil, peanut butter, honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, minced garlic, and grated ginger in a bowl.  Relieve some stress by giving the mixture a good whisking until it becomes a smooth, consistent sauce. Mix it in the soup and you’ll cure your craving for takeout in a jiffy.

Ice Cream Soup

Okay, this might be a stretch, but hear us out. You know those last few spoonfuls of ice cream, the ones that typically signal the end of your splurge? Rather than go for another bowl, simply add freshly chopped frozen fruit for a frozen treat that can’t be beat. One of our favorites is raspberry lemonade sherbet from Red Button Vintage Creamery. It’s tart flavor partners with fruit add ins for a “soup” that truly satisfies. Here are some other flavors to consider http://www.redbuttoncreamery.com/ice-cream-flavor-list/

 

 

The Norbest Story

Utah proud Norbest, LLC has been raising turkeys in the pristine high mountain valleys of Moroni, Utah for over 85 years. Part of a larger turkey co-op, Norbest brings together ranching families who work hard to produce quality turkey products. Norbest turkeys are raised humanely, fed a balanced diet and receive close, daily contact with the ranchers. Learn more about Norbest here

Norbest knows turkey, follow their top 10 turkey tips here

Need to know what size to buy, checkout their turkey calculator

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Thanksgiving is not complete without the mashed potatoes to go with the turkey. If you are making them for the first time or need to make enough to feed a large party here are some tips for the perfect Mashed Potatoes:

Tip 1: Pick the right type of potato. Yukon Gold makes great mashed potatoes and they have a great flavor

Tip 2: Serve them hot! Nothing is better than warm mashed potatoes. Keep them in a crockpot on low until the dinner is ready. This way you can make them ahead of time.

Tip 3: Mashing. Avoid an electric mixer, it can make your potatoes starchy. The best way to get smooth, lump free potatoes is with a ricer. A potato masher works too, but is a  little harder to get all the lumps.

Tip 4: cooking your potatoes. You don’t want soupy potatoes so boiling them to the right tenderness is the key. Boil them until you can easily cut through the potato without resistance.

Try these yummy parmesan mashed potatoes

 

Classic Chicken Noodle

You will never get bored of this soup classic. Full of fresh vegetables, tender chicken and warm broth.

  • 2 TBSP oil
  • 1 1/2 large carrots, sliced
  • 2 stalks of celery, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1-2 tsp. minced garlic, depending on taste preference
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 12 oz. pasta
  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 3-4 tsp. dried parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Add oil to large pot and heat over medium heat.
  2. Add carrots, celery and onion and heat for about 7 minutes until vegetables soften.
  3. Add garlic and cook for another minute.
  4. Add chicken broth, thyme, oregano and salt and pepper. Bring to boil and cook for 5 minutes until vegetables are tender.
  5. Add pasta and boil for 10-15 minutes until noodles are cooked through.
  6. Add chicken and parsley and boil for a few minutes.
  7. Add more salt and pepper if needed.
  8. Serve

Simple Tomato Soup

Nothing warms the soul like soup, especially when it is simple and healthy fresh tomato soup. Ready in minutes for any fall or winter day.

  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 6-7 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • 6-7 basil leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place onion and garlic in pan over medium heat and cook for a few minutes until onions are slightly translucent.
  2. Add chopped tomatoes and cook for a few more minutes until tomatoes are soft.
  3. Remove pan from heat and add salt, pepper and basil.
  4. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth.
  5. Serve

 

Soup on a Budget

As the weather cools down, soup gets even more delicious! Whether it is tomato, chicken noddle, chili or any of the other delicious soups, they are sure to warm you right up! Soup doesn’t need to be a luxury experience though. Check out this recipe to enjoy delicious soup on a budget.

Ingredients

  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • A handful of croutons
  • A pinch of oregano

Directions

  • Put the tomato paste into a saucepan.
  • Add the milk
  • Add salt and sugar
  • Stir
  • Cook on medium while stirring
  • Once the sugar is dissolved, spoon into serving dishes.
  • Add a couple croutons and a pinch of oregano to each dish
  • Serve

Enjoy!