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Friday, November 19, 2010

Bronx Foodie: Thanksgiving Shopping Tips

Next Thursday is Thanksgiving and a great excuse for Bronx Foodie to cook some classic comfort food. But I am officially overwhelmed at the number of recipes available on the internet. There is this turkey recipe by Emeril Lagasse that looks good. The NY Times has a feature on how to make a vegetarian Thanksgiving. Here's a blog post on the top 5 vegetables to eat during Thanksgiving. Wondering how to make mashed potatoes this year? Try one of these 50 different recipes.

There are an endless amount of recipes and the links above will take you to some great cooking resources. So instead of focusing on one single recipe this week, I'm sharing some shopping tips as you buy ingredients for all these delicious meals.

Here's a great post on the ten things to buy in bulk to take advantage of supermarket sales. Here are some items that made the list: butter, poultry, frozen vegetables, nuts and oil. I'm assuming that here in the Bronx we'll see most of these items on sale too, so let us know what you find.

Baking items are also great to buy in bulk. As I was on my way to work this morning, I noticed that a 5-pound bag of flour was on sale for $1.50 at the Fine Fare on Grand Concourse and 204th Street.

Here are some more tips for keeping your grocery bills low.

My last tip is to check out a farmers market for ingredients and for good gift ideas. I went to the Union Square Farmers Market on Wednesday and bought a bunch of muffins and apple cider donuts.

I ran out of money by the time I got to the fruit jam table, but that would have made a great gift. These fruit spreads were really good, made without sugar, and costs $5. That's cheaper than the bottle of wine that I usually bring to my mom's house.

So where will you be shopping for all your Thanksgiving groceries? Let us know in the comments section.


  1. We're cooking an organic pasture raised turkey from Norwich Meadows Farm. We put the order and deposit in online and the turkey will be delivered on Wednesday to Union Square Farmer's Market. Can't wait to check out some of those turkey recipes online!

  2. I hear organic pasture raised turkeys from Norwich Meadows Farms are nice and affordable...Do they take SNAP cards up there?


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