Thanksgiving Recipes + Super Deals = Awesome!!
This entry was posted on October 25, 2011.
Week 1 - Main Course
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and we at AsianFoodGrocer want to help keep you and your dinner guests happy and satisfied. Each week we'll be offering you a new portion of the meal, and over the course of 4 weeks we'll be dishing out recipes for appetizers, side dishes, the main course, desserts and alcoholic beverages.
And instead of saving the most important for last, we're going to take care of it first. So here it is, folks: The Main Course.
We've arranged three options for your main course this Thanksgiving.
First up is a meal called Yuzu and Honey Turkey. It is a slow cooked, sweet and savory meal that is flavored with the unique tastes of yuzu, honey, ginger, and even a little Ramune soda. It amounts to a tender and juicy meat that ends up with a fantastic glaze and a wonderfully satisfying flavor.
This next dish is for those who are craving a meal that's a little less on the sweet side. It's our Teriyaki Turkey and it's one of our favorite fusion dishes. The turkey is braised with a succulent and savory combination of brown sugar, ginger, sliced onions, mirin and soy sauce. It is a little bit more buttery and zesty than the Yuzu turkey, and may be just the way to go to spice up your Thanksgiving meal this year.
Our last meal today is made for the kitchen novices, and is much simpler than the previous two. It is our Cantonese Barbecue Pork. It makes for a delicious pork dish, and if marinated properly will end up tender, juicy, and with a wonderfully rich and succulent texture. Try this if you feel turkey is a bit overrated, or if you're looking for something new, but not too difficult to try this year.
This week is also the start of our Housewares Sale. Any order $30 or more will save 10% off on our Chopsticks and Kitchen Category. We're doing this category sale early so you can get everything you need to create the perfect Thanksgiving meal.
We've got Rice Steamers to create the most perfectly textured rice. Knives so sharp they'll carve your turkey into the most pristine pieces possible. We recommend the Japanese Senzou Kitchen Knife as a great all around knife, plus it looks really cool!
We've also got your Tea Cups available for discount, your Cooking Chopsticks, Measuring Spoons, Kids' Bowls- and if you're feeling like really making this Thanksgiving special you can get a whole new Dish Set. Our favorite is the Dark Stoneware Set. But maybe all you REALLY need this Thanksgiving is a Portable Ashtray for that one Aunt who can't take a hint. *Cough cough.
We hope you take advantage of the great deals we're offering this holiday season. All you have to do is put the coupon code in when checking out, "dealOTweek". We're excited to provide you with the best stuff we can, and we're working hard to make this Thanksgiving a great, and inexpensive one for everyone. And if you've tried any of our recipes, please send us a picture or a video and we'll put it up on the website. Happy cooking everyone!
Week 2 - Side Dishes
This week we've got three spectacular new recipes for you to try. We're going over our Side Dishes this week and we're very excited to show you what we've got! We've been making an effort to push for a healthier list of recipes this year, so while one of our recipes IS deep fried, the other two are super healthy. We just like giving you options.
The first recipe we've got for you is called Deep Fried Prawns with Batter (Jow Ha). It's a super tasty side dish that will have just the right amount of crunch and flavor to keep your guests hooked. And we recommend using Panko Bread Crumbs in place of the traditional deep frying methods because they absorb much less oil and are a lot healthier.
The next recipe we've got lined up for you is Spring Rolls, a healthy and tasty Asian snack. Spring rolls are a thin piece of rice paper, about the size of a small tortilla, with a series of vegetables and meat inside. It offers a crisp, crunchy, and delicious meal. You can also try it with a variety of different Dips or Sauces, or you can experiment with your own Home-Made Sauce to get that perfect balance.
Our third and final recipe for this week is called Sesame Udon Noodles. These noodles are a spicy, savory dish, loaded with healthy and tasty veggies, and they offer a texture that only udon noodles can provide. Prepare them with any type of meat if you wish, and we recommend you make a big batch because it's going to go fast.
This includes our Desserts, Tofu Products, Organic Foods, and even our Imported Bread Category if you missed that last week. Browse through what we've got, and you're sure to find something perfect for your Thanksgiving feast.
Remember, all you need to do to take advantage of our great deals is to input the coupon code during checkout: dealOTweek. We hope this helps you with your Thanksgiving dinner, and as always, if you use any of our recipes, send in some pictures. Tell us what you think! Show us you care. Happy cooking everyone.
Hello all, thanks for checking in with us again this week. In this blog we're going to go over our Appetizers. We've got three great recipes for you to try, and they should all be great starters for any meal.
The first recipe we've got lined up for you is called Breaded Tofu Cutlets. It's a deliciously crunchy and savory appetizer, with breaded and fried tofu. It'll go well with a variety of sauces, and because the concept is fairly simple, it should work with a lot of decorations and garnishes to add character to the dish. And because it's light and not super filling it makes for an ideal appetizer because it will leave plenty of room for the main course.
The next is a classic fusion dish with inspiration from the California West Coast and Japanese cuisine. It's the California Roll! This appetizer is very easy to make, and after a little bit of practice you'll be making dozens of rolls in no time at all. Try them with Soy Sauce, or make your own dips and sauces. California rolls are a great appetizer because they're tasty, light, and won't fill you up before the big show.
The last recipe we've got for you this week is Fried Dumplings with Hot Sauce. It's a great choice for those interested in trying a timeless Asian dish. The appetizer calls for a mixture of shrimp, scallops and pork, and has many great ingredients like Minced Ginger Root, chili paste, Sesame Oil, and Rice Wine. It's a bit more filling than the previous two recipes, but if you limit everyone to only a handful there should be plenty of room left for the main course.
Now, this week we're also doing a discount on all of our Japanese seasonings. It's a 10% discount on any purchase of $30 or more with the coupon code dealOTweek. This means you can get your Soy Sauce to reach that perfect flavor. Or you can get some Curry if you're interested in ignoring our recipes and making a quick and simple appetizer- it's ok, you won't hurt our feeings... much.
You can also take advantage of our Dashi to make fantastic and hearty soups, or you can get all the Sushi Supplies you need to make it an all sushi Thanksgiving.
You might even look into using Gourd Strips to add a degree of beauty to your meal- the strips become soft and malleable in water so that you can fold them into intricate knots, or tie pieces of asparagus together with an edible coil. Or use them to put bows around Chopsticks or silverware.
Week 4 - Beverages / dessert / Quick Meals
This is the last section in our Thanksgiving blog series, and we hope you appreciate all the work we've put in for you. We've given you recipes for the main course, appetizers, and side dishes. And now it's time for everything else. And what else could there be, you ask. A lot. Everyone wants to eat the dessert first, so we won't keep you waiting.
This week we're going to go over: Desserts, Instant meal recipes for those cooking on a budget or preparing snacks for your football buddies, and lastly- adult beverages. Now that's a lot of stuff to cover, so let's get started!
This is the last section in our Thanksgiving blog series, and we hope you appreciate all the work we've put in for you. We've given you recipes for the main course, appetizers, and side dishes. And now it's time for everything else. And what else could there be, you ask. A lot.
Everyone wants to eat the dessert first, so we won't keep you waiting.
This cupcake recipe is inspired by one of the most recognizable faces to ever come out of Japan. Hello Kitty! These Hello Kitty Cupcakes are absolutely adorable, and will bring a delightful presence to you're your table.
Deep fried ice cream is nothing new, in fact it's thought to date back to an 1893 Chicago World fair, but it is a rewarding challenge to complete. The way it works is the ice cream is chilled colder than most ice creams, and is deep fried only for a few seconds, so that the batter and flour become crisp, but the inside stays cold. Deep fried ice cream is an amazing contradiction, and a fantastic dessert.
If you're a person who believes that you should either go big or go home, then this recipe might be for you. It takes thick and hearty brownies and tops them with a delicious vanilla ice cream, which is then flavored with a succulent and rich fudge that brings the whole recipe together. And if you're really looking for trouble, you can top it all off with whipped cream, a cherry, and some shaved nuts. We know, you love us.
Some people don't like to make a big ordeal out of Thanksgiving, or they like to do it on the cheap. We've prepared two instant meals that you can simply add to some prepared rice, for a filling and great tasting meal. We've also made some recommendations for snacks that will be perfect for lounging around and watching football, or just eating until everyone arrives and the dinner begins.
This is a packet of flavoring that you can add to fried rice or steamed rice. Add in chopped vegetables or meat for a more complete meal, however the food will taste great either way. We have several other types of Instant Seasonings available, and we recommend you check them out if this one isn't quite doing it for you.
This is a simple medium spiced curry that you boil and then add to prepared rice. It offers a hearty texture and full flavored effect. It comes preseasoned and you can add in your own meats and vegetables, or simple eat the veggies ones that come within the pack. We offer several other styles of Curry or Instant Foods that you can check out as well.
This is a simple snack that is also among our most popular. Pour it into a bowl for your guests or leave it in the container- either way it'll move fast. Wasabi peas are exactly what the names says; they are dried peas, with a spicy or savory wasabi coating on the outside. They are then baked so that they become extra crunchy, and make for an excellent finger food.
This is Spicky, but we also have Pretz- both of which can be thought of as potato chips in stick form. They are crunchy, salty, savory little snacks that come several to a pack and are available in a broad array of great tasting flavors. Arrange them for guests to watch football with, or just have them ready when people arrive hungry, but too early for dinner.
Try this mixed drink for an updated version of the classic beverage, Piña Colada. It offers creamy smooth Coconut Milk, combined with a little rum, and just the right amount of Pineapple Ramune. It's the taste of island life brought to your dining room table, and your guests are sure to be pleased.
This recipe is for those looking to venture away from the more traditional range of mixed drinks. It is sweetened with tasty Mango Ramune, but is then spiced up with a dash of white pepper powder. It makes for a great concoction, and is sure to be a big hit at your Thanksgiving dinner.
is a common ingredient in many mixed drinks. This particular beverage follows that tradition well with an eclectic drink that is a mixture of the bubbly, the sweet, the tart and the delicious. Ginger is an important ingredient, and you'll find it works well in providing a good balance and keeping the drink from becoming too sweet.
We really hope you enjoyed our recipes and our Thanksgiving Deals this season. We put a lot of time and effort into them and we hope that they help bring you to a happier, tastier Thanksgiving. Please email if you have an questions or concerns about the recipes or products, and as always, if you use any of our recipes, tell us about it! Love it, hate it, wish it had a different ingredient- let us know. Thanks for reading everyone, and have a Happy Thanksgiving.