On Thanksgiving I was
pondering family. We had an early meal at 1pm. This Thanksgiving was a little
different than most. Joelle and Maleah were in Mexico with our church, building
a small house for a family in Mexico. Our church builds 5 or so every year in
cooperation with the YWAM base in Ensenada.
Many hands make light work
is certainly true on these mini mission trips. The teams can build, paint, and
furnish a home in two days. The homes are more akin to a garage with a bedroom attached but, compared
to the pallet or makeshift housing the people are used to, they are perfect,
and gratefully received.
Back at the farm, we pieced
together a pretty good Thanksgiving meal. Even though Joelle wasn’t here, her
planning was evident. Mind you, I am more than willing to cook up a feast at a
moment’s notice, but planning is not my strength. Joelle knows when to start
the potatoes, yams, stuffing, squash, etc. I know how to make those, but timing
is not my expertise, especially when it comes to multiple dishes at one time.
I love to cook all the side
dishes, but I don’t like to cook turkeys. I made this wonderful Acorn
Squash, stuffed with wheat berries, mushrooms, onions, and garlic, with a
little lemon and some apples and pomegranate. So good, so good.
But Joelle knows me like no
other, and she organized the desserts, drinks, a few sides, a turkey delivered
by Emily and Aaron, cooked and ready for the table at 1pm! And bless her heart,
she knew that I would want to cook, so I got to do mash potatoes, that squash
dish, stir fried veggies (asparagus, brussels sprouts, and carrots), apple
sauce, a green salad, and fresh baked rolls.
At one moment I was thinking
to myself, “if Joelle was here, she would know when to start cooking, and when
to start warming.” It all came together beautifully, in large part to my
amazing wife and the other talented Klesick cooks!
That saying about many hands
make light work was evident as the crew brought the meal, cleaned up, and boxed
up all the leftovers, then it was game time.
The adult children were at
the kitchen table playing a card game and laughing, the grandchildren and
younger Klesick children were in the “bonus” room playing and
laughing, and I was in the living room, holding the newest Klesick grandson,
Bazil, all of 6 weeks old. As I sat there holding another generation, I was
struck by how precious life is. In one ear I hear the laughter of my other
grandchildren, and in the other ear I hear the hearty laughter of my adult
And there I am, looking at a
sleeping little baby, who ties us all together. 4 generations gathered under
one roof, laughing, sharing, and living life.
And 5 hours later, our home
was quiet. Thankfully, it won’t be long before the next gathering brings us all
together to celebrate and enjoy each other again.
This is the foodie holiday
of foodie holidays.
So much energy is going to be invested with planning, shopping, house cleaning,
meal prep, and cooking. A few of you will even have 2 or 3
engagements and you might have to eat turkey TWICE! But before I delve into my
plan to eat healthy this Thanksgiving, I wanted to extend a HUGE thank you to
our box of good community.
Over 900 boxes to
12 different food banks donated by our customers this past year.
incredible. These donations are powerful and convey hope and help the food bank
community extend care into many vulnerable populations.
Thank You – Thank You – Thank You
Tristan’s plan to eat a
successful Thanksgiving Meal
This week is one of those
food “traps” that will be foisted upon Americans. Yep, Thanksgiving, a time to
be thankful will be greeted with a barrage of pies, ice cream, jello, lots of
and, and. Just the sheer amount of food will be immense, and
the selection on most tables will be enough to feed a family for a week. Most
of us are not going to be in control of how much food gets set on the table,
but we can control how much food gets put on our plates.
To be a successful eater at
the Thanksgiving table, I would encourage a few Non-Negotiables.
Choose to eat better so you will feel better and not bloated or stuffed. It is a choice.
Limit snacking and choose the fruit and veggie snacks.
Plan to eat at the main meal, whether that is lunch or dinner for your family, but be reasonable with your portions.
Just one plate, not one plate at a time. Not heaping (wink, wink). Just one plate, it will be enough food.
Remember, dessert will be coming, so pick none or just one. I know this is a hard one, because there will be lots of selection and a sampling will be tough to turn down.
non-negotiables or guidelines will help anyone enjoy family, friends and the
Thanksgiving meal with energy and enthusiasm. Imagine feeling full and thankful
this Thanksgiving. That’s my goal!
Line baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
Lightly sprinkle with kosher salt and ground black pepper. Place squash, cut-side-down, onto baking sheet. Roast in oven for 45-50 minutes, or until flesh is tender and easily pierced. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Once cool, remove flesh from skin by using a spoon and scooping out the flesh. Discard skin and set flesh aside.
In a large, deep pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add carrots, apple, shallot and onions and sauté until tender, about 6-8 minutes. Once tender, add ginger, sage, cayenne, allspice, squash flesh and vegetable stock. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Remove pot from heat and puree mixture, either with an immersion blender (best thing ever), a blender (in batches) or a food processor.
Once pureed, season with any additional salt or pepper to taste. Garnish with thinly sliced red onion or apples, if desired.
tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
tbsp. tomato paste
lb. ground beef
can diced tomatoes
tsp. dried oregano
ground black pepper
peppers, tops and cores removed
c. shredded Monterey jack
chopped parsley, for garnish
oven to 400°. In a small saucepan, prepare rice according to package
instructions. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Cook onion until
soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and garlic and cook until fragrant,
about 1 minute more. Add ground beef and cook, breaking up meat with a wooden
spoon, until no longer pink, 6 minutes. Drain fat.
beef mixture to skillet, then stir in cooked rice and diced tomatoes. Season
with oregano, salt, and pepper. Let simmer until liquid has reduced slightly,
about 5 minutes.
peppers cut side-up in a 9″-x-13″ baking dish and drizzle with oil.
Spoon beef mixture into each pepper and top with Monterey jack, then cover
baking dish with foil.
until peppers are tender, about 35 minutes. Uncover and bake until cheese is
bubbly, 10 minutes more.
We have been adding an extra ordering page for the
Thanksgiving holiday. We used to routinely include a flyer with every order and
then our customers would return it and we make changes, add-ons or vacation
skips. It seems that digital communication streamlined most of that
communication, but this year we are bringing it back for the next few weeks.
You can use the form as an
actual honest to goodness old fashioned order form. Fill it out and leave it for your
driver to pick up on your next delivery. OLD SCHOOL. Or you could fill it out
and call us, also OLD SCHOOL. Or you can fill it out and take a picture and
EMAIL it to [email protected]’s.com, Not so OLD SCHOOL, or you could take a picture and IM or
DM or…. now we are getting techy. You could even go online and just place the
order 😊. We are happy to help you
get the freshest food for your holiday table, and whichever way works best for
you – Have at it!
We also use this holiday to
partner with you to extend a box of good to the less fortunate in our community
through our food bank systems. We support 10 food banks with weekly local boxes
of good that are donated by you our customers. We call it Neighbors Helping
Neighbors, but at Thanksgiving we design a HOLIDAY DONATION box. It is the same
box that you are able to order for your thanksgiving meal, but we sell it
for $10 less. This is our way of participating in making the holidays a little
better for others.
If you would like to join us
as we continue 22 years of donating Holiday Donation boxes, please fill out the
form and get it back to us (using one of the methods mentioned above), and we
will do the rest. Actually, we will order, assemble,
and deliver the freshest organically grown produce to our local community food
banks and THE FOOD BANKS WILL EXTEND YOUR KINDNESS TO THOSE LESS FORTUNATE THIS
I love local solutions to
local problems, and together we have made a difference and are making a
Isn’t it hard to
believe that it’s already time to be planning for Thanksgiving? Those of us in
the farming and food business have already been planning for this major food
holiday, but now it is time to share with you what we are “cooking up” on our
end for deliveries.
For the week of Thanksgiving, all deliveries will be
happening Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Which means if your normal delivery
day is Thursday, Friday or Saturday, your order Thanksgiving week will be
before the Holiday. Don’t worry about it now, we will email and communicate the
delivery changes well in advance.
For the Last 20 years we have been helping families with
their Thanksgiving meal planning. This year will be no different, except, we
have two ways to order your Thanksgiving items.
1. You can either order the Holiday Box (with my regular order) or the Holiday Box (replacing my regular order). Either way, the Holiday Box is the same box. But, inevitably, Alaina and the Klesick’s team will be thinking about Holiday box orders that also have your regular boxes still being ordered. Many of you intend to order a holiday box and your regular order and, conversely, many of you intend to only order a holiday box but forget to move your current order out a week. This change in how you order the Holiday Boxes will make it easier on our Klesick’s team to get your order perfect and make sure you get exactly what you ordered.
2. The Holiday Boxes are available for the weeks of
November 11th, 18th, 25th, and December 1st. The Holiday
box is a popular box all month.
3. You can also send a Holiday Donation Box to one of our 10 food banks that we partner with weekly and make this Holiday Season even more nutritious for a family in need. For each donation box purchased, we send out end of year tax receipts.
4. And as usual, you can order all your Thanksgiving ingredients “a la carte“.
5. The Holiday Box menu and prices are available below.