Just as soon as Halloween’s over, Thanksgiving rushes toward us and suddenly it’s Christmas. The holidays can be a little hectic, especially if you’re hosting friends and family in your home. Here are five holiday hosting tips to make your seasonal gatherings warm, merry and bright.
Whether you’re preparing the Thanksgiving or Christmas meal, chances are you’re going to have a lot of mouths to feed. Try making a list of everything that needs to be accomplished before the big dates, including food, entertainment, etc. Stock up on items you might need — and buy a few extra so you won’t be short. As for the meals, it might be wise to begin preparing them the day before they’re served. It’ll take more pressure off you and give you time to focus on other preparations.
Don’t be proud. Preparing holidays meals by yourself is hard, if not impossible. If the kids or other family members want to help, it’ll make your work much easier. You’ll have free hands to tend to other matters, a true culinary form of multitasking!
Prepare Non-Food Items Early
Plates and silverware are just as important as the food you’ll be preparing, so make sure to stock up. Try and take inventory of them the day before the holiday. You might also want to set the table the day before as well, freeing yourself of the task later.
Don’t Forget Beverages
There’s so much going on while preparing holiday meals that it’s easy to forget the all-important drink. Ideal compliments for a Thanksgiving dinner could be apple cider or white wine, while hot buttered rum or eggnog would make a perfect Christmas quencher.
Once the meal is prepared, it’s time to kick back, have a few plates, catch up with the family and relax. Now that the work has been done, your holiday is finally beginning.
Text by Nick Adrian
Football season is here, which means Christmas has come early for football fans. Besides the actual sport, fans unite over something else — tailgating. Tailgating brings the food, fun, and fellowship right before the competition gets heated. If you’re planning an ultimate tailgate party, here’s the menu you need to make sure everyone’s having a great time.
Get the party started with this simple dish. Guacamole is a natural classic for any tailgate and the perfect appetizer for your tailgate party. Serve this party favorite with some salty chips, and you’ll have your guests begging for more. Not a guacamole fan? Try mixing it up with some of Market Table‘s freshly made dips, like our Hot Bacon and Swiss dip or guacamole’s dear friend, Texas Caviar.
Meat lovers rejoice! This hearty bowl of chili will warm you up on those fall Saturday afternoons. This recipe comes from Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook, Cravings. If a celebrity-made dish isn’t enough for you, then your guests’ appetites will speak for itself.
Mexican-Style Grilled Corn
Compliment your meaty chili with this tasty veggie dish. This corn is brushed with a smoky chipotle spread. After coming off the grill, it’s topped with crumbled cheese, cayenne, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. This dish will make you feel like you’re on the streets of Mexico.
No tailgate is complete without a tasty dessert. When chocolate brownies aren’t enough, whip out a recipe with three times the chocolatey goodness. It’ll be sure to please even the biggest sweet tooth. Set these out for your guests and watch them get devoured.
Pumpkin Beer Cocktail
You’re going to need something to wash down all this delicious food, right? Try this Pumpkin Beer Cocktail that screams fall weather. Instead of the normal cans of beer, this is a perfect seasonal twist to any tailgating party.
Text by Kendal Harris
Back to school means back to the craziness of after-school activities, homework and everything else you forgot about (or tried to!) over summer. Let Market Table ease your burden and save your sanity with 5 DAYS OF FREE MEALS!
Follow the instructions below for your chance to win!
Head on over to our Instagram account and find our Sanity Saver Meal Giveaway announcement. Then, you’ll need to:
1.) Follow (or make sure you’re following!) Market Table on Instagram
2.) Like the contest announcement post OR the contest reminder post on Market Table’s Instagram timeline, and
3.) Tag a friend in the comments of the contest announcement post OR the contest reminder post on Market Table’s Instagram timeline. Tag two friends for an extra entry!
We’ll accept entries from 8/10/18 until 12 AM CST on 8/15/18. The winner will be selected at random and notified by direct message on Instagram by 12 PM CST on 8/16/18.
The winner will receive 5 of our local, healthy, hearty prepared dinners or freezer meals that will please your whole family and give you time to settle back in to the school year craziness!
You must be 18 years or older at the time and date of entry and a resident of Alabama to win. This giveaway is in no way associated with Instagram. See the official rules here.
Summer coming to an end. That means it’ll soon be time to send the kids back to school. Celebrate the end of summer with a neighborhood back-to-school party and showcase these five recipes that every kid — and parent! — is sure to enjoy.
Mini Corn Dog Muffins
Who needs those frozen corn dogs from the store when you can make these delicious corn dog muffins at home? This easy and homemade alternative recipe for regular corn dogs makes for a great snack any day.
Pencil push up pops from http://www.bakerella.com/pencil-pushers/
These school-themed dessert treats are sure to be a hit for guests of all ages. Using cake push pop containers, you can create your own tasty pencil-shaped cake pops. These treats make for a cute and delicious decoration for the party.
Stuffed pizza cupcakes from http://www.pennywisecook.com/stuffed-pizza-cupcakes/
Stuffed Pizza Cupcakes
Pizza is an all-time for most people. These stuffed pizza cupcakes are guaranteed to be the life of your back-to-school party. Made with pizza dough, sauce, cheese and your favorite toppings, everyone is bound to love these.
Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
These fluffy ham and cheese pinwheels make for a great party snack and the perfect lunch to pack for the first day of school. With a sauce made of mustard, mayo and horseradish, these pinwheels will become a classic dinner favorite for the whole family.
Decorated cookie pop from http://www.the36thavenue.com/back-to-school-apple-pops/
Oreo Cookie Apple Pops
The whole neighborhood will be raving about these tasty treats made from double-stuffed Oreos, candy melts and fondant. These Oreo pops make a great treat for the party and for a sweet snack in the lunchbox.
With these tasty recipes, there’s no need for the end of summer to be a time of mourning for the kids. Your back-to-school party will have the whole neighborhood excited for school to start.
Like the Summer and Winter Olympics, the World Cup only happens every four years. That means major media coverage, lots of buzz on social media, and a global unification over one thing: the love of soccer. Like soccer, food brings people together. What better way to celebrate this global sport than with winning dishes from the top teams’ home countries? These World Cup party recipes will take your tastebuds on a thrilling trip around the world.
These Portuguese doughnuts are deep fried to a golden perfection and topped with a light dusting of powdered sugar. Although these are a holiday delicacy, the World Cup is a justified reason to whip up this tasty treat.
Spain: The Ultimate Paella
Here’s a surf and turf you don’t have to go to a fancy restaurant to get. This recipe is packed with chicken, chorizo, and plenty of seafood. As if that’s not enough, you’ll enjoy the slightly charred crust at the bottom of your paella, called socarrat.
Bitterballen is super popular amongst the Dutch. This savory snack is a combination of meat, beef broth, spices, and more. The bite-sized meatballs are then covered in breadcrumbs and deep fried to perfection. Deep fried balls of meat? That’s not something you see every day (although you really should!).
Mexico: Red Chilaquiles with Chicken
Mexico beating Germany, the defending World Cup champions, is not something you see every day, either. Although their Cinderella run may be over, our neighbors on the southern border deserve their props. What better way than with this delish recipe? Or, if you’re in a rush, try our fully prepared Low Carb Chicken Enchilada Casserole — just thaw, cook, and serve!
Japan: Grapefruit, Ginger, and Lemongrass Sake Cocktail
If you’re a rice-lover then you’ll love this cocktail. Maybe because Sake is an alcoholic beverage made by rice fermenting. This drink’s perfect for toasting to a good match. With all the vitamin C and ginger, this drink’s also perfect for the common cold.
Try these five recipes from around the world, and you’ll have an international food fest that will score major points with all your friends.
Text by Kendal Harris
Fourth of July cookouts are one of the best ways to make fun out of the summer heat. There’s no better way to bring people together than with food. Whether you’re at the beach, the pool, or in your own backyard, consider incorporating these elements into your 4th of July cookout party.
Cook on the Grill
There’s a certain smoky aroma associated with the 4th of July, and it isn’t the smell of your uncle burning his eyebrows with cheap fireworks. Nothing beats being outside while the air is filled with the fragrence of food grilling over a fire. Cooking on the grill is key to throwing the best 4th of July party. The menu wouldn’t be the same without authentically grilled hot dogs and burgers.
If you are throwing a party with both kids and adults, you might want to try splitting up the menu accordingly. Kids love burgers and hot dogs, but the adults might prefer something a bit more special. One great idea is to light a fire pit for the kids. Give them skewers so that they can grill their own hot dogs. While this does require supervision, your kids will have a blast — and learn a little about cooking, too.
Branch Out with Your Menu
For the adults, you might want to try one of our premium cuts of steak. We also offer a variety of prepared sides, including summer BBQ classics like potato salad and pasta salad. Best of all, our pre-prepared meals give you more time to spend with your family. You could also consider adding in a shrimp boil. These are fun, tasty and they look amazing spread out on tables! Add a personal flare to your menu with different 4th of July recipe ideas.
Don’t Forget the Sweets
The most important sweet treat of this holiday isn’t a dessert at all—it’s watermelon! Watermelon is the best summer fruit. Its slight sweetness is not too overpowering for the summer heat, making it perfect for your cookout. Another key sweet treat you must include in your cookout is banana pudding. This classic dish is served cold, which makes it apt for the hot summer months. It’s also a fan favorite amongst the kids.
Make Your Own Ice Cream
As if banana pudding and watermelon aren’t enough, we have one more dessert option for you. There’s something special about the taste of homemade vanilla ice cream. Buying an affordable ice cream machine and putting your kids to work is a great way to enjoy this great taste while keeping your kids occupied and having a blast. To top it off, set up a topping bar so that guests can customize their homemade ice cream bowls.
Text by Martha Kendall Custard