Saying Goodbye by Catherine Reid

For a little over nine months I’ve called Dinner’s Ready my home and my coworkers my family. I am saddened to be leaving this supportive, hardworking team but I am excited about my future opportunities. Here are some of my favorite memories over the past nine months, and I’m going to try not to cry while writing this.

Red Nose Day

I kept hearing the commercials on the radio about this Red Nose Day. Everyone was raving about it. When I started to do some research in my free time, I fell in love with the project and I wanted to propose that Dinner’s Ready participate. I had only been the marketing assistant less than a month so I was scared to propose anything with the fear of being turned down. Mary, Serge, and Desiree loved the idea and what the Red Nose Campaign stood for. We went all over Central Arkansas searching for any red noses that were left. We finally got enough for the whole staff and they loved it!  I hope this project continues with Dinner’s Ready even after I’m gone.

Community

One of the best things about our business being in Saline County is our community. The love this community has for Dinner’s Ready (or the treats I bring) is enough to melt my heart. I have met so many business professionals and have learned so much about a variety of businesses. Being a part of a small business has helped me see how important it is to support and shop local. I am proud that I got the opportunity to be a part of the business that won Small Business of the Year from the Bryant Chamber.

Photography

Photography has always been one of my favorite past times. I get it from my mother who took pictures of everything my brother and I did growing up. When I was told I would be doing event and food photography, I couldn’t remember the last time I actually picked up a camera instead of my smart phone. Starting out was a little tough because there was a lot of learning for me to do to make sure our food looked as good on paper as it is when you eat it. With the help of many articles and my boss, I finally started to get photographs I was proud of. I’m still not use to seeing them on social media or on menus, but I am happy that Dinner’s Ready saw my potential and encouraged me to grow as a photographer.

Staff

There is not enough time in the day or room on this page for me to say how much I will miss this team. Coming in, not really experienced in anything but customer service, this team has been patient and kind when teaching me the different aspects it takes to make Dinner’s Ready a success. I have shared so many laughs and memories with this team and I’m going to miss seeing their faces every day. They have been extremely supportive of my new opportunity and I couldn’t ask for anything better.

Whew. I made it through without shedding a tear. I would like to say thank you to everyone out in the community that has made me feel welcome and made being a representative of Dinner’s Ready a breeze. Thank you to all of our loyal customers who made marketing a piece of cake. Thank you to my team members/family at Dinner’s Ready for making me laugh, encouraging me, and picking me up when I’m feeling down. Thank you to Serge and Mary for taking a chance on me and making the work environment a fun one. Most of all, I would like to say thank you to my boss, Desiree, for helping me grow as a marketing professional and as a person. This isn’t goodbye, it’s a see you later.

 

Super Bowl Food Frenzy – KARK 4 Feature

Our owner and chef, Serge Krikorian, has been asked to be a regular guest chef on KARK 4 News on their Monday show. This week’s feature will help you prepare for your Super Bowl watch party. It’s time to start planning and here are some ideas for reviving some classic football fanatic favorites.

Party Pita Pizza

Ingredients:

  • Pita Bread 
  • Pizza Sauce (recipe follows) 
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Favorite Pizza Toppings such as pepperoni, bell peppers, onions, olives, Italian sausage (cook & crumble before putting on pizza), ground beef (cook & crumble before putting on pizza), sliced ham, Canadian bacon, diced tomatoes, pineapple chunks, grilled chicken, mushrooms, Parmesan cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, shredded provolone cheese, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 385 degrees.

Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. Put the pita bread on the baking sheet and top with desired amount of pizza sauce. Top sauce with topping of your choice. 

Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly. Slice each pizza into 4-6 slices and serve hot.

Pizza Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 8 oz. Cans Tomato Sauce
  • 3/4 tsp. Salt 
  • 1 tsp. Dried Basil 
  • 1 tsp. Dried Oregano 
  • 2 tsp. Garlic Powder 
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Black Pepper

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

Chicken Fajita Pita Pizza

Ingredients:

  • Pita Bread
  • Picante Salsa 
  • Sliced Grilled Chicken (or chopped rotisserie chicken) 
  • Thinly sliced red and green bell pepper 
  • Thinly sliced red onion 
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese 
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 385 degrees.

Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. Put the pita bread on the baking sheet and top with desired amount of picante salsa. Top salsa with cooked chicken, peppers and onions. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheeses.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly. Slice each pizza into 4-6 slices and serve hot.

 Margherita Pita Pizza

Ingredients:

  • Pita Bread
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Minced Fresh Garlic
  • Diced Fresh Tomato
  • Fresh Mozzarella
  • Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Fresh Basil Chiffonade
Directions:
Repeat the same instructions as above.
Pigs in a Blanket
Ingredients:
  • Polish Sausage
  • Puff Pastry
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tbls. Water

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat the egg with the water to form an egg wash.

Cut the Polish sausage into 3 equal pieces. Cut the puff pastry to size to wrap the sausage with a 1?2″ overlap. Roll each piece of sausage in a piece of pastry and brush the edge of the pastry with the egg wash and press to seal.

Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. Set the wrapped sausage on the sheet, seam side down, and bake 35-40 minutes, until pastry is slightly browned and flaky. Serve warm with stone-ground brown mustard and Chipotle Ketchup (recipe follows) for dipping.

Chipotle Ketchup

Ingredients:

  • Cocktail Smokies
  • Sliced Bacon
  • Brown Sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. Cut each slice of bacon into 5 equal pieces.Tightly wrap each cocktail smokey with a piece of bacon and place on baking sheet seam side down.

Sprinkle the top of the wrapped smokies with brown sugar and cook in oven for 20-25 minutes, until bacon has cooked through. Serve warm.

 

Steak Poblano – KARK Feature

Our owner and chef, Serge Krikorian, has been asked to be a regular guest chef on KARK 4 News on their Monday show. In case you cannot watch him during the day, we want to make sure you have the tools to make the recipe we share on the show a success in your kitchen.

Steak Poblano 

(4 Servings)

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. Skirt Steak
  • Juice of 1 Lime Juice
  • Zest of 1 Lime
  • 1 Recipe Grill Seasoning (recipe follows)
  • 12 6″ Flour Tortillas
  • 4 Lg. Fresh Poblano Chile Peppers, Roasted Poblano
  • 2 Tbls. Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Lg. Yellow Onion, sliced 1/4″ thick
  • 8 oz. Button Mushroom, sliced
  • 2 Ripe Tomatoes, cut into 8 wedges each
  • Salt & Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Directions:

Cut the skirt steak into 4 equal pieces. Places the pieces of steak between 2 pieces of plastic film and beat with a meat mallet to tenderize.

Combine the lime juice, lime zest and grill seasoning in a large plastic bag. Add the tenderized steak to the marinade and allow to marinate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.

Grill the marinated steaks either on an outdoor grill or on a grill pan to desired doneness. Meanwhile, prepare the Roasted Poblanos to serve with the steak.

To roast the poblano chile peppers, place the poblano peppers directly over a gas flame burner on your stove and allow to roast until the skin of the pepper becomes black and charred. If you don’t have a gas stove, place the poblanos on a baking sheet and turn your oven to broil. Broil the poblanos about 4″ from the broiler. Rotate the peppers to char all sides of the pepper. Put the charred peppers in a plastic bag and twist the bag closed.

Allow the peppers to cool enough to handle. When cool to the touch, remove the skin of the pepper by wiping with a paper towel. Remove the stem and the seeds from the pepper and slice the pepper into thin strips.

Meanwhile, heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions to the skillet and saute until translucent, about 4­5 minutes. Remove the onions and add the mushrooms to the skillet. Cook the mushrooms until they start to brown, 4­-5 minutes. Add the onions and the roasted poblanos to the mushrooms and season everything with salt & pepper. Transferthe pepper mixture to a heavy, cast iron skillet and top with the wedges of fresh tomato. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella over the top of the mixture and put the skillet in a pre­heated 350 degree oven until cheese is melted and just starting to slightly brown, about 12-­15 minutes.

To serve, spoon 1/4 of the poblano mixture onto a plate and top with the grilled skirt steak. Serve with warm flour tortillas.

Grill Seasoning

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 3/4 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1?2 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1?2 tsp. Coriander
  • 1.5 tsp. Cumin

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

Top 5 Wedding Colors for 2016

By: Catherine Reid

With spring right around the corner, Pantone has released their colors of 2016. They chose ten colors we could not be more pleased with, but here is a look at my favorites and how to coordinate them in your own wedding.

Lilac Grey

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I love the soft colors almost just as much as I love the bright ones, and Pantone’s Lilac Grey is no exception. This beautiful mix of lavender and grey is the perfect balance to any vivid color such as Pantone’s Fiesta, Pantone’s Buttercup, forest green, or deep purple. I love the way the bouquet below has hints of green and yellow while the lilac grey flowers are well represented.

Peach Echo

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Isn’t this list just peachy so far? I have fallen in love with Pantone’s Peach Echo. This is the perfect balance between orange and pink. I would pair this color with gold, orange, pink, or Pantone’s Lilac Grey. The bouquet below is so bright and subtle; it is perfect for any spring or summer wedding.

Serenity

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Pantone didn’t pick one color of 2016, they picked two! The first color Pantone chose was a light and airy shade of blue. I absolutely love this color with Pantone’s Peach Echo, grey, and cream. The flowers below are paired perfect with the hint of peach, but it’s not too overbearing. I love this bouquet!

Limpet Shell

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Does anyone want to go to the beach? Pantone’s next color takes us to an exotic getaway with the energetic tones of aqua that remind us the blue water. Limpet Shell pairs perfect with Pantone’s Peach Echo, white, and Pantone’s Ice Coffee. I love this color for any beach or outdoor wedding.  No one really is concerned with what the man is wearing on his wedding day, but this Limpet Shell tie is the perfect match to the bright peach boutonniere.

 

While there are many beautiful colors to choose from, these are just a few of my favorite from Pantone’s Colors of 2016. Let us know what you think. I am so excited to see these colors in our 2016 weddings.

Crispy Salmon Filet – KARK Feature

Our owner and chef, Serge Krikorian, has been asked to be a regular guest chef on KARK 4 News on their Monday show. In case you cannot watch him during the day, we want to make sure you have the tools to make the recipe we share on the show a success in your kitchen.

Crispy Salmon Filet

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Salmon Filets, 1″ Thick
  • Kosher Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Tbls. Grapeseed Oil

Directions:

  1. Season the filet with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the grapeseed oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add te filets to the skillet, skin side down, and press the filets into the bottom of the skillet for a couple of minutes so that the skin will form a crispy crust. Do not move the filets around during this cooking process to prevent tearing when you flip them over.
  3. Continue to cook the salmon until you see the color change from reddish-orange to pink 2/3 of the way up from the bottom, about 5-7 minutes depending on the thickness of the filet. Flip the filets over and continue to cook another 2-3 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees.

Sauce Option #1

Horseradish Dill Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbls. Prepared Horseradish
  • 2 Tbls. Chopped Fresh Dill
  • 2 Tbls. Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • 1 Tbls. Lemon Juice
  • Zest of 1/’2 Lemon
  • 1/4 Cup Low-Fat Sour Cream
  • 1/4 Cup Light Mayonnaise

Combine ingredients with a whisk until well combined and the sauce is light and airy. Serve with salmon and garnish with fresh dill sprigs.

Sauce Option #2

Lemon Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbls. Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbls. Olive Oil
  • 1?2 Tbls. Water
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbls. Minced Fresh Cilantro

Combine all ingredients and spoon over seared salmon.

Confetti Brown Rice

  • 1 Cup uncooked Brown Rice, cooked according to package directions

  • 1/4 Cup Diced Green Bell Pepper

  • 1/4 Cup Diced Red Bell Pepper

  • 1/4 Cup Sweet Whole Kernel Corn

  • 1/4 Cup Diced Red Onion

  • Kosher Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper

  • Non-Stick Spray

Cook the brown rice according to the package directions. Keep warm.

Meanwhile, spray a small skillet with non-stick spray pre-heat over medium heat. Add both bell peppers, corn and onion and saute until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Stir cooked vegetables into the cooked brown rice and serve warm.

Optional Add-Ins: Add your favorite vegetables to the saute – diced zucchini and yellow squash, jalapeno peppers, fresh parsley, fresh cilantro, minced garlic, sliced mushrooms.

2015 Year in Review

2015, what a year! It has been a great year for Dinner’s Ready, many accomplishments have been made this year and we would like to highlight just a few of them for you.

January

To start off the year, Dinner’s Ready won 1st place in Saline Memorial Hospital’s Chili cook-off, and Chef Serge got to meet Elvis.
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Arkansas Democrat Gazette Bridal Show is something we look forward to doing each year. In 2015 we had a Drizzle Dots action station for the future brides to enjoy.Serge talking to bride Jan Bridal Show10923603_881016555278243_5464807754406035450_n

February

It was a berry busy time for us. We loved to make everyone’s Valentine’s Day special by making our signature chocolate covered strawberries. We hope to have more crates for 2016 so Serge can beat his yearly record.Chocolate Covered Strawberries FebStrawberries Feb

March

It was our first year at the Hot Springs Bridal Show, Beauty and the Bride. The bridal show is sponsored by Garven Woodland Gardens and Signature Events. We displayed our decorated buffet alongside our Grown Up Grilled Cheese Action Station.10404376_908687649177800_8721378042532970161_n 11073573_908687435844488_4295773857713662509_n

April

April was the most exciting month out of the whole year. We got the opportunity to re-open our doors to introduce the community to our renovated Grab ‘N Go Gourmet Market.Grand ReOpeningJoining the LR Chamber11060090_921274257919139_8645755738967156968_n

May

We participated in Arkansas Children’s Hospital A la Carte. We served our Grownup Grilled Cheese with Tomato Bisque and dessert bars.a la carte

Shortly after that we showcased at the Taste of the Rock which features restaurants and caterers throughout Central Arkansas.


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We loved laughing for a good cause and can’t wait to be a part of it next year. Check out Red Nose Day here http://www.rednoseday.org/Red Nose Day 1Red Nose Day 2

June

We catered the Arkansas Master Gardeners Conference, serving over 400 people.Arkansas Gardeners

We surprised Stephanie, the Prosecuting Attorney’s wife, for her birthday. It was hard to keep a secret from one of our best customers, but it was a success.10502184_951514428228455_739984012268322012_n

We loved getting to celebrate this lovely couple’s “best day ever” Thank you Lisa and Mariel for letting us be a part of your special day!Lisa and Mariel JuneCongratulations to Kirsti and Joe Gardner. Thank you for letting us provide a decorated buffet and vegetable display for your special day.Gardner Wedding

July

We got the opportunity to be a part of Cheyenne and Garrett’s special day. We even built two new buffet tables that were a big hit.Clavet Buffet July
Clavet Wedding July

 

Our Marketing Director Desiree and Marketing Assistant Catherine helped Flowers and Home make cups of smiles to send to the local nursing homes in Saline and Garland County.Smile Campaign

 

We raised $100 for Make a Wish Mid-South in July to help children in Arkansas wishes come true.Make a Wish July

We served Ice Cream, Grownup Grilled Cheese with Tomato Bisque, Mini BBQ Burgers, and Macaroni and Cheese at the annual Taste of Bryant hosted by the Bryant Chamber at Bishop Park. To match the Back to School theme we decorated our booth with science, engineering, and math items.Taste of BryantTaste of Bryant Grilled Cheese
August

We participated in the fall Arkansas Democrat Gazette August Bridal show. We displayed elements of our action stations, a decorated buffet, and our bananas and apples foster.Pasta Action Station at August Bridal Show August Bridal Show

We hosted the Bryant Chambers Business Before Hours at our newly renovated storefront. Roxann and Brian served Beignets and fresh Crepes.Business Before Hours

September

For one day out of the year we are a house divided. Our team wanted to show their school spirit for the 2015 Salt Bowl, if only the sun would have cooperated for the photo.Salt Bowl 2015 2

At the ABA Woman’s Retreat at the Benton Event Center we served a variety of wraps and fruit for over 500 people.ABA Woman's retreat- Sep

 

 

October

Congratulations to Leslie and Hunter. We served 350 guests and showcased our charcuterie table. Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day.Dunn Wedding Oct Charcuterie

We catered the second annual Murder Mystery Dinner for Civitan Services. The 500 guests enjoyed a pasta action station, carving station and a variety of desserts.Murder Mystery Dinner Murder Mystery Dinner Carving Station

The Terry Wedding at Hidden Valley Ranch Farms in Little Rock was absolutely stunning.The guest enjoyed pre-dinner appetizers of a variety of Ham and Cheese Sliders, Creamy Ranch Crab Dip, Bacon Wrapped Smokies, Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms, and a variety of fruits and cheeses. For dinner we served Chicken and Steak Kebabs, Twice Baked Mashed Potatoes, Salad, Dinner Rolls, and Garlicky Green Beans. We enjoyed being a part of your special day. Terry Wedding October10418220_1005323462847551_9055229982812542102_n

 

November

We love going back to Serge and Mary’s alma mater, Henderson State University, to cater for their Alumni during halftime. It was a rainy day, but the alumni got a chance to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate from our hot chocolate bar. Go Reddies!HSU Tailgate- Nov

Our Marketing Assistant, Catherine, participated in Imagination Library’s Reindeer Run for Reading.Reindeer Run for Reading

 

December

We loved participating in Giving Tuesday Saline and helped raise funds to divide between 10 local nonprofit organizations right here in our town.12316463_1022093884503842_4208406994944298132_n

 

Bloopers and More!

All in all, 2015 has been a fantastic year and we can’t wait for 2016.Debbie Brodway Red NoseSavor the FlavorBeasley Wedding June Nerd Day 11855618_973997335980164_996888410209697144_nIMG_4662IMG_4661

 

Without our amazing staff we would not be the business we are today. Thank you for all of your hard work this year and we can’t wait to see what 2016 brings.IMG_4570 (1)Team at Taste of BryantTeam at August Bridal ShowIMG_4569 (1) Team at Savor the Flavor 12348029_1024669110912986_8834477170981687340_n 11011891_940819472631284_2259091043497605467_n

Herb-Crusted Pork Tenderloin – KARK Feature

Our owner and chef, Serge Krikorian, has been asked to be a regular guest chef on KARK 4 News on their Monday show. In case you cannot watch him during the day, we want to make sure you have the tools to make the recipe we share on the show a success in your kitchen.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 1-pound Pork Tenderloin
  • 2 Tbls. Minced Garlic
  • 1.5 tsp. Dried Rosemary
  • 1.5 tsp. Rubbed Sage
  • 1.5 tsp. Dried Thyme
  • 1.5 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil

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Directions:

  1. Combine the garlic, rosemary, sage, thyme, salt and black pepper in a small bowl. Spread the oil over the untrimmed pork tenderloins and rub the seasonings over the tenderloins and into the meat.
  2. Place the tenderloins on a roasting rack in a roasting pan and cook at 350 degrees, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes, or until 10 minutes before slicing.

Rosemary Roasted New Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs. New Red Potatoes
  • 3 Tbls. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbls. Dried Rosemary
  • Kosher Salt, to taste
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Wash and scrub the potatoes and cut into quarters. Put potatoes in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with rosemary, salt and pepper. Toss the potatoes to evenly coat with olive oil and seasonings.
  2. Spread the potatoes out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Cook, uncovered, in a 350 degree oven for 35-45 minutes, until potatoes are soft to the touch and lightly browned.

12 Days of Giving

12 Days of Giving from Dinner’s Ready

Around the holidays, we sometimes forget that it isn’t about getting but giving. We like to participate in giving for 12 days to our customers and staff. Here are our highlights.

Day 1: We had a contest for one of our lucky customers to not only win one pecan pie, but also win one for a friend. Our lucky winner was Stephanie who chose to share her pie with Lauren. We hope you both enjoyed your pecan pies!

Winner Stephanie Penfield Day 1

Day 2: Our Marketing Director, Desiree, went to Empire Cheerleading in Bryant and picked a name of an 11-year-old boy who was in need of a toy this Christmas. She went to pick out the toy, and then wrapped it (with Timmy’s help), then headed back to place it under the tree just in time for Braden to open it on Christmas. Toys Day 2Wrapping Day 2Giving a gift to Empire Cheer for Braden Day 2

Day 3: We love to share recipes that members of our staff love to make. Catherine wanted to share her Honey Bun Cake recipe for customers looking for the perfect dessert to take to holiday parties.

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Day 4: Time for the Christmas cheer to be shown for all to see at Dinner’s Ready. Timmy passed out hats, headbands, and bells for the staff so they could show their Christmas spirit.

Getting the Staff in the Christmas Spirit Day 4

Day 5: Sometimes people need a little extra love during the holidays. We donated a meal to a great customer who needed some extra thoughts through this holiday season.

Donating a meal to Lisa Day 5

Day 6: Cooking during the holidays can sometimes be a headache. James was our lucky winner of a holiday meal for his family.

Enter to win a Christmas Meal James Toni Harris Day 6

Day 7: We wanted to make the holidays a little brighter for three of the many nonprofits we support here in Saline County. We stopped by Boys and Girls Club of Saline County, Civitan Services, and the Saline Memorial Hospital to wish them a happy holiday.

Donating treats to nonprofits Day 7

Day 8:  Our baker Roxann wanted to share her favorite Christmas recipe of Potato Candy. If you are looking for something different to try this year, this is a quick and easy recipe.

Potato Candy Recipe from Roxann, Day 8

Day 9: We stopped by one of our good cooperate customers Griffin and Leggett Funeral Home in Alexander to wish them a happy holiday. Thank you for all of your support and repeat business.

Donating Treats to Griffin Leggett Day 9

Day 10: For our last giveaway we wanted to help someone with their Christmas shopping. We gave one lucky winner two gift certificates for $20. Thank you Jenna for your business and we hope we made your Christmas shopping a little bit easier.

Two $20 Gift Certificates Day 10

Day 11: Teresa wanted to share her infamous sweet potato casserole recipe. This is the perfect side dish for the holidays and you can never go wrong with Sweet Potato Casserole.

Teresa's Recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole Day 11

Day 12: MERRY CHRISTMAS! Catherine, our Marketing Assistant, wanted to share another one of her favorite sweet treats this holiday season. Strawberry pie is great for the holidays or really any other time of the year. You will want to add this recipe to your recipe book because it is good all year around.

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Strawberry Pie Recipe

Our Marketing Assistant, Catherine, loves to bake. She has been with us since April and has found a passion in cooking while working with us. Her favorite Christmas memory is when she was younger she could never go to sleep on Christmas so she would stay awake listening for Santa and his reindeer. One year she heard some footsteps in the hall and she sneaked out to peer around the corner to see if Santa was putting what she wanted under the tree. Sure enough Santa (her mom) was putting gifts under the tree. From then on she always would brag about how she saw Santa. One of her favorite sweets to make is Strawberry Pie, which is always a hit at Christmas.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 refrigerated Pie Crust
  • 2 cup sliced Strawberries
  • 2 ½ tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 ¼ cup of sugar
  • 1 ½ cup of water
  • 1 box Strawberry Gelatin (like Jell-O)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Place pie crust in pie pan and crimp edge. Use a fork to poke holes in bottom.
  3. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until edges are browned. Allow to cool.
  4. Layer bottom with the sliced strawberries Stir together water sugar and cornstarch and bring to a boil. Simmer, stirring constantly, until thickened.
  5. Remove from heat, add Jell-O and stir until dissolved. Pour mixture over strawberries.
  6. Refrigerate until set.

Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

It is one of the best times of the year for the Dinner’s Ready employees. While they are getting the food prepared for our customers, we asked them to share some of their favorite memories and recipes with us.

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Teresa works in the Grab ‘N Go Market. Her favorite Christmas memory is spending time with her children and her grandparents. Something she looks forward to making and eating each year is her sweet potato casserole. Teresa wanted to share her recipe with all of you. Time for you toshare this dish with your family this year.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb can of sweet potatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • ¾ stick of butter
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar

Directions:

  1. Heat & Drain potatoes and mash with butter
  2. Beat eggs, sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and milk. Mix into potatoes.
  3. Pour into large buttered baking dish
  4. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes
  5. Tip: Don’t cook all the way before you put the toping on

Ingredients for topping:

  • ½ cup of crushed corn flakes cereal
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Mix together.
  2. Sprinkle on top and cook for 15 minutes longer.