It’s that time of year again. From office parties to a quaint family dinners, the holidays are a great time to show the skills of a good hostess. With these busy times and even busier holidays, we at Dinner’s Ready are here to help the “Hostess with Mostess” put on the best holiday party around. First of all, the Dinner’s Ready holiday menu is a great place to start. The food taste just like grandmother made. You may want a more cocktail type affair and our Dinner’s Ready Appetizer Menu will have many great choices.
Any of our menus can make sure you have the right food you need, but we also have additional services we can offer. For the hostess who is wanting just that extra bit of Christmas cheer, you can add one of our Decorated Buffet options to your holiday meal. (It’s an additional $500 but you don’t have to worry about anything. We set it up with nice chafers and dishes with all the decorations).
Check out our two options for this holiday season. They go with just about any décor you may have and make a great option for your holiday meal. Whatever you decide, just remember Dinner’s Ready can do just about anything you want to make the holidays festive and fun! Call us today at 315-4443!
Our Rustic Christmas buffet features rustic yet more traditional holiday decorations.
The Winter Wonderland is full of glittery snowy fun to make your holiday buffet festive!
We’ve already had a great holiday season here at Dinner’s Ready Market & Deli. The hustle and bustle getting ready for Thanksgiving has been a bit crazy but also fun. The smells around the store have been more than divine. It reminds me of making Thanksgiving Dinner at Grandma’s House. There was something about walking into her house and smelling the turkey cooking with the smell of a fresh baked Pecan Pie that always brought a smile to my face. My grandmother passed away nearly nine years ago but the smells of Thanksgiving bring back vivid memories of her farm house and all the family dinners we had there.
We are preparing for Thanksgiving as I write this blog and its my first Thanksgiving working at Dinner’s Ready. They said it would be busy but goodness I’m tired just watching everyone work to make fresh prepared and delicious holiday meals. My own family is having Dinner’s Ready cater our Thanksgiving this year. My mom just had open heart surgery just two weeks ago and so is unable to really make Thanksgiving dinner this year. I’m going to miss making it with her but thankful that Dinner’s Ready was able to step in and help us this year.
They can help you too make a memorable Thanksgiving dinner and it smells and taste just like Grandmother used to make.
Here are just some pictures of the mayhem surrounding the deli and kitchen around here as everyone is busy making the food that helps us all make memories. Happy Thanksgiving
Pecan Pies fresh out of the oven cooling on the racks.
Just some of the pies ready for customers to pick-up
Four Layer Chocolate Delight. We made a ton of these today! It was never ending and its one of my favorite desserts we make. They all may be my favorite.
There were more packages of rolls that I have ever seen at one time.
The Roasted Turkey breast is a good option for families. No worries about cutting a whole turkey. And they smelled yummy! Can’t wait til Thursday!
This month’s Dinner’s Ready Chef’s blog includes two Sweet Potato recipes. One is the classic recipe for your traditional holiday feast and the other is an updated version to put a little spice in your holiday menu. Try one or both.
Classic Sweet Potatoes
4 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup milk
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups cornflakes cereal, crushed
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
1. Preheat oven to 400°. Bake sweet potatoes at 400° for 1 hour or until tender. Let stand until cool to touch (about 20 minutes); peel and mash sweet potatoes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°.
2. Beat mashed sweet potatoes, granulated sugar, and next 5 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Spoon potato mixture into a greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish.
3. Combine cornflakes cereal and next 3 ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle over casserole in diagonal rows 2 inches apart.
4. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand 10 minutes. Sprinkle marshmallows in alternate rows between cornflake mixture; bake 10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Smashed Spiced Sweet Potatoes
4 pounds sweet potatoes, (4-5 large)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted and ground (see Tip)
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Pierce each sweet potato in several places with a fork. Place directly on the oven rack and roast until soft, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- Transfer to a cutting board; let stand until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes.
- Slip off the skins and cut the sweet potatoes into 1-inch slices; transfer to a large bowl. Add butter.
- 5.Smash the sweet potatoes with a potato masher or fork until fluffy but some lumps remain.
- Add maple syrup, chili powder, ground cumin, ginger, salt and pepper; stir to combine.
TIPS & NOTES
Tip: Toast cumin seeds in a small skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool. Grind in a spice mill or blender into a fine powder.
We just love Halloween! It’s a fun time of year with lots of fun tricks and good treats going around. We have a ton of options for treats this year. We thought we put together our blog with just a few of our options. Call 315-4430 to order from the Dinner’s Ready Market & Deli.
8 x 8 $9.99 or Sheet Cake $24.99
Spider Web Cake
Dinner’s Ready Catering once again was glad to participate in the annual Savor the Flavor of Benton. This year it was held at the new Benton Event Center. What a crowd we had that night! We were busy the entire time we were there but we had a great time and enjoyed the evening. We hope you enjoy a little picture montage of the night’s festivities from our perspective. Once again the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce pulled off a spectacular night!
Our theme for this year’s booth was our Shabby Chic Wedding. It was a little rustic with a ton of burlap and a little elegant with lace and flowers.
Beautiful flowers make our buffet tables elegant. We can use flowers in our Decorated Buffets to match any theme.
The line was long at the Dinner’s Ready booth but guests were able to enjoy Beef Tenderloin, Alfredo and Marinara Pasta Stations (cooked to order), Crepe Stations, Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Ham and Cheese Sliders
Chocolate Covered Strawberries were displayed on elegant cake stands using candlesticks and trays. It made for a cute display.
Crepe Stations were the hit of the night. Our chefs made Banana Split crepes to order as guests came through the line.
It’s Halloween time and we thought this fun Halloween candy would be a a scarific fun treat to share with family and friends. Happy Halloween!
- 16 Halloween OREO Cookies, coarsely chopped
- 1-1/2 cups miniature pretzel twists, coarsely broken
- 1/3 cup raisins (I omitted these in my recipe and it was still yummy!)
- 2 pkg. (6 oz. each)BAKER’S White Chocolate
- 1/2 cup candy corn
- 1/4 cup brown and orange sprinkles
SPREAD cookies, pretzels and raisins into 13×9-inch rectangle on lightly greased baking sheet; set aside.
PLACE chocolate in small heavy saucepan; cook on very low heat until completely melted, stirring constantly. Drizzle over cookie mixture; spread with spatula to evenly coat all ingredients. Top with candy corn and sprinkles; lightly press into chocolate mixture to secure.
COOL until firm, then break into pieces. Store in airtight container at room temperature.
Getting ready for an upcoming tailgate party and started researching new dip and chip ideas. Boy was I surprised with the amount of options and the range. It got me thinking: what are some of my favorite dips. I included a picture below of some dip options and when possible a link to a recipe online. Some of these we make a similar version here at Dinner’s Ready and some are just fun and different. So here goes: our five fave ideas for dips for the Tailgate Season. ENJOY!
- 8-Layer Mexican dip – okay, there are tons of versions of this out there and we even make a pretty good one that’s pretty popular. The picture at left is our version of the famous dip. But you can make it with just about anything. From guacamole to salsa to deciding whether you’ll use sour cream or cream cheese, really anything goes as long as you have multiple layers. With a thick dip like this make sure you have a good hearty tortilla chip to scoop up the goodies. There is nothing worse than a chip that breaks on you while you are eating dip.
- Black Bean Salsa – We take our basic salsa ingredients (cilantro, peppers, onions) and pair it with black eye peas, black beans, and corn and viola you have Black Bean Salsa. The key to our version is the amount of cilantro we put in it and a secret ingredient to our recipe that we just can’t share. Some secrets we have to keep hidden. If you want to make your own version, just find your favorite black beans and a favorite salsa recipe and don’t forget the corn. It’s super yummy and fairly nutritious for you. Here’s a fun version we found on our Pinterest page that you might like http://what2cook.net/2013/04/14/corn-and-black-bean-salsa/
- Cream Cheese dips and crackers. We make a pretty yummy Raspberry Chipotle Dip (Picture at left) which includes our sweet and spicy Raspberry Chipotle Sauce served over cream cheese. We’ve also eaten a really great version using Sweet Red Pepper Relish served over cream cheese. These type of dips are great because of the sweet, spicy and savory flavors that make them up. Find a really good sweet and spicy jam or sauce and serve over cream cheese and we bet you find a wonderful favorite dip recipe for your next party. We found this fun sounding Plum Chutney Dip on our Pinterest page that looks really yummy. Check it out here http://www.recipe.com/plum-chutney/
- We don’t make a version of this on a regular basis but I had one at a party I went to recently and it was super yummy. It’s Pizza Dip. It’s kind of different and brought a whole other flavor to dip options. We found this version on our Pinterest page that you might enjoy. http://livelovepasta.com/2011/05/pizza-dip/
- Lastly, you can’t go wrong with a good cheese dip. The Cheese dip on our menu is a customer favorite. We even stock it in the Market & Deli everyday. It’s a great addition to one of our Mexican style meals. Everyone has their favorite version of this dip so we didn’t include a recipe here. Find your favorite kind of cheese and add your spices and your set.
Just to give you a few more options, we’ve done a couple of blogs that included a dip recipe and their links our below.
August Recipe of the Month: Mississippi Crack Dip http://dinnersreadyarkansas.com/blog_wordpress/?p=457
Enjoy a great summer dip in this Hot Corn Dip http://dinnersreadyarkansas.com/blog_wordpress/?p=300
We are all in the need for new side dishes for dinner during the week. This one looked simple and fun so I included here. We found it on our Pinterest page. If you haven’t checked it, you should. There are a ton of ideas for weeknight dinners, special occasions and much more. Remember, Dinner’s Ready has you covered no matter what your meal needs are.
Roasted Ranch Potatoes with Bacon and Cheese
2 pounds potatoes (unpeeled, washed and cut into chunks)
½ cup ranch dressing (bottled, not packet)
¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese, plus more for topping (if desired)
¼ cup crumbled, cooked bacon
1 tablespoon dried dill weed
3 scallions, washed and chopped
Salt, to taste
Black ground pepper
Non-stick cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Mix together, in a large bowl, the ranch dressing, dill, cheese and bacon.
Add in the potatoes.
Sprinkle in a pinch of salt and pepper.
Toss to coat…
Read more and enjoy this amazing recipe and many more when visiting joyouslydomestic.
It’s three weeks into the school year and we thought we’d give you an easy dinner meal for those long days. The kiddos will love this too as it’s restaurant like food but at home. Make it up with some green beans and corn or make it more like a restaurant and cook up french fries. Either way, you’ll be set. We hope you enjoy it, but if dinner is too much to worry about remember you can always call ahead and we can warm up a ready made meal in our Dinner’s Ready Market & Deli.
2/3 cup (150 mL) Bisquick* mix
1/2 cup (125 mL) grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp (2 mL) garlic salt, optional
1/2 tsp (2 mL) paprika
3 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch strips
1 egg, slightly beaten
3 tbsp (45 mL) butter or margarine, melted
1. Heat oven to 450ºF. Line baking sheet with foil; spray with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Mix Bisquick mix, cheese, garlic salt and paprika in large resealable plastic food-storage bag. Dip half the chicken strips into egg; place in bag of Bisquick mixture. Seal bag; shake to coat. Place chicken on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chicken. Drizzle butter over chicken.
3. Bake 12 to 14 minutes, turning after 6 minutes with pancake turner, until no longer pink in center.
This was copied from our Pinterest page. The original link is here http://lifemadedelicious.ca/en/Recipes/U/Ultimate-Chicken-Fingers.aspx
The Dinner’s Ready staff are ready for some football. Since Taste of Bryant end of July and the tailgate theme we had, we are pumped for this year’s football season. We have some tips for the upcoming tailgate season that hopefully will make it a fun and good year if you tailgate at the game or at home.
Here is some decorations we did for Taste of Bryant for the Dinner’s Ready booth
1. Decorations – Okay, we know you men may not like to decorate but it’s how us women roll. Find some decorations that you can reuse. We took a green indoor/outdoor carpet decorated it with lines and numbers and then used it as a tablecloth for the Taste of Bryant event. Whether it’s a football platter that you serve on or whether you make a goal post to use as a centerpiece. Make it fun and you.
We have a ton of appetizer options on our Tailgate menu on the Dinner’s Ready website.
2. Good food – the most important part of tailgating (besides getting geared up for the game) is the food. Finger food seems to be the flavor of the day but you can also use “buffet type bars” as options (think Taco Bar or Chili Bar). Whatever you do spend some time thinking through how you are going to keep it warm or cool depending upon what you are serving. We recommend not to leave the food out longer than 2 hours on a buffet table so be aware of that. See our Tailgate Menu here.
It’s amazing what our staff can do with our Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
3. Desserts – Desserts get their own category because well, they are desserts. We make the cutest Football Chocolate-Covered Strawberries that are super fun. Think of something unique and yummy!
4. Easy – Make it easy. That’s why you should think of us when it comes to your Tailgate Party this season. We have a ton of options that will make it fantastic and easy including the super cute Razorback cupcakes you see above.