Weighing in at (anywhere from 13-15 pounds), our little guy has been reserved. Here at the Jersey Shore, which is really central Jersey…you have two solid options for Turkey time. Sickles Market, which is truly one of the nicest places in the world. I always wanted a part-time job there, perhaps in the floral department or at the deli counter. It always looks like a family place. A traditional but exceptional place to shop. Pricey? Not crazy. But, I’ve seen Sickles Market go from a small New Jersey farm to a big sprawling campus. They always make sure to look out for the community and treat locals to things like a park and baseball field. So, while Sickles is always a place I enjoy, Hinck Turkey Farm is a place we like to go to as a family as well. It’s not uncommon for someone to order a turkey in September for this popular farm. Today, I called and ordered a Turkey at about $6.00 per pound. You can order cooked or uncooked, but even if you order cooked you still have plenty of preparation work to do…so you won’t feel like a slouch which ever route you take. Speaking of route, I enjoy the drive to the farm with my family. Sometimes my sister joins us and the family dog always reserves the backseat! But, then, he manages to migrate to the front regardless of whom’s lap he plops on! I usually drive and prepare a playlist. I add current favorites like Kendrick Lamar and Ariana Grande to perennial hitmakers like Eminem and Bruce Springsteen to classics like Nina Simone and Bob Dylan. Frank Sinatra always makes the list! It doesn’t hurt to have jazz either like Miles or Coltrane. Of course, if I could find a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving that would be great! SIDEBAR: Thanksgiving soundtracks? Just a thought. Musicians and producers put forth Christmas albums, why not Thanksgiving? Things that make you go hmmmm. Anyway, what’s on the menu for my Thanksgiving?
Cold cuts platter:
- Roast Beef
Tuna Fish with Italian peppers and crackers as to make a lunchable sandwich
Pickles with bacon
Bread with Sliced Tomatoes
Chips for the hummus
Mini sandwiches with pieces of cut up bread featuring cucumber, lemon drizzle, honey, sugar, mustard, and cold chicken. With a toothpick to hold in all in place.
- Cranberry Sauce
- Mashed Potatoes
- Cream of Corn
- Figs, Dates, and Assorted dry fruit
- French Fries
- Stuffing avec bread crumbs
- Brussel Sprouts
- Broccoli Rabe
- Ice cream cake
- Ice cream creations
- Pumpkin Pie
- Sweet Potato Pie
- Fruit Jellys
- Box of chocolates (always provided by my late great Auntie Ann) and now lovingly provided via my gorgeous grandpa, Grandpa Frank. I dearly miss my stunning grandmother, Grandma Rita. Grandma passed on a few years ago and I truly miss her. I remember every night she and my grandpa ate ice cream in a small cone. They have a sweet 2 family estate in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. Complete with a covered 2 car garage that’s immaculate! And, there’s a outdoor pizza oven with a long table for family. The entire street is cared for and I notice and admire the way they take care of their property. My Auntie Ann lived downstairs. Upstairs the couch is still covered in plastic. The carpet is pristine. Everynight, my grandpa had a glass of red wine. And, he loves local eateries. I really admire him. My Aunt, as well. She always sent cards with glitter and sparkly things in them.
Guests enjoy adult beverages on occasion so I make sure to have a case of beer, a bottle of champagne, and a bottle of wine. My Uncle Frank and Aunt Lisa visit and they are very savy and are a pleasure to speak with as they know a little bit about everything. I’m not sure they qualify as gourmands (every year we get them gift certificates to new or favorite restaurants in North Jersey, the Lincoln Park area) but they usually know the new spots around town. They are wine connoisseurs as well. An Aunt Lisa tip: pomegranates in a drink. They are also champagne enthusiasts along side my loving mother.
Mommy once celebrated a birthday at Flute located on 40 E. 20th St., flutebar.com. There is even a very big bottle of champagne in the bathroom.
I like to make a punch creation which I haven’t even made yet but I’ve thought about it so many times! First, I was going to make it for a summer party but then I worked the entire summer so I didn’t get a chance. I’m not a drinker or smoker but this was something I thought of for guests to enjoy. I was inspired by Ciroc Vodka which always has interesting flavors and is promoted by Diddy whom I like as a spokesperson because I believe he knows what he’s talking about regarding quality and whatnot…plus he’s from sophisticated Harlem! I know it sounds crazy but sometimes if a rapper promotes a liquor, it peaks my interest. I’ve always known Harlem to be glamorous although, naturally, some cities or boroughs or even suburban areas have their challenges and you have to be safe and alert. I had a dear friend that was from Harlem and I went to a church event there and there was this bakery on the corner…cool. I met his mom outside and she was everything you expected a mom to be—warm and dignified. As was the entire family. It was a family church party and I brought a bottle of Peach Ciroc which was all the rage at the time on Twitter. Anyway, it costs about $30 dollars which is a nice, dignified price. I like the design of the bottle. Not too Ikea cold (although there’s a place for that because I like Ikea’s design aesthetic. In fact, have you seen the new (lol) Old Navy? Very Scandinavian. ) but very clean and neat. It almost ices itself. Did you ever notice that?
Anyway, I didn’t get a chance to make this concoction but perhaps I could do just a juice punch. Try individual juices for different creations. Any juice mixes you enjoy? Any brands? I’m thinking, off top, Pineapple Juice, Apple Juice, Mango Juice, and Cranberry Juice.
Regarding water, which is my drink of choice, you can offer flavored water. Like, cucumber water in the morning then spike it up with orange infused water. Then bring it down for a nice woodys feel with fig infused water—it works, trust me! Then, bring out the apple/cinnamon water for apres dinner. Or, just good ol’ plain water will do.
Additionally, we have sodas and seltzer.
How much does this cost? Let’s figure it out💗
Cranberry Sauce: no more than $5
Mashed Potatoes: $20
Butter: $8 (I’m erring on the expensive side incase you go for the gold lol and I always round up)
Cream of corn: $6
- lettuce $4
- peppers $7
- onions $3
- cheese (the variety matters but let’s say blue cheese) $10
- salad dressing mix from this seasonal company that mom uses and makes the best!!!! I’ll get the name for you later. Maybe $8
- oil: $15 … depending on the brand
- balsamic vinegar: … depending on the brand $15
- shaved carrots: $7
- red peppers that can be stuffed/you find them in the salad bar area…they are a bit sour and sweet..at the same time and they can be stuffed with mozzarella balls (c) Linda LoPresti $13 Be sure to take a little juice! I find that it adds to the mystique.
- Figs, dates, and assorted dried fruit: $30 Individual figs: $7 Individual Dates: $7 Bag of dried fruit: $10
- Carrots: $3
- French Fries: $8
- Stuffing: $15
- Bread Crumbs: $4
- Bread: Table bread: $5 Artisanal Bread: $7
- Bread sticks: $5
Ice Cream Cake: $8
Ice Cream Container: $5, anywhere from 2 to 5 flavors lol Flavor Flaaaaave
Hot Fudge: $3
Chocolate chunks of assorted bag like Reeses, Hershey’s, Kit Kat bar, $10
Ice cream cones: $7
*you can set up an ice cream table or make your own creation
Bowl of Fruit: $10
Pumpkin Pie: $16
Sweet Potato Pie: (Do you want to make this pie together? Say On November 14, 2018 to prepare ourselves for the Holiday Season? Ok! It’s a date!) Check back for more updates but set the date. 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard time.
But, here’s a list of items you will need from a GeniusKitchen.com post of a Southern Living recipe.
Alcoholic Beverages: $130
Seltzer water: $10
Linda LoPresti – Mother, Retired Teacher, Guidance Counselor, Fitness Model, and Spa Lady Health Club owner
Robert LoPresti – Father, Retired Military Solider, Retro Fitness Owner
Lauren LoPresti – sister, Fitness Executive
Jayson – Fiancé, Fitness Executive
Nicole LoPresti – Journalist and Teacher’s Assistant
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Lisa LoPresti – Aunt, International Pharmaceutical Executive
Frank LoPresti – Uncle, Technician
Frank LoPresti, Senior – Grandfather, Retired Military Solider