Saturday, November 19, 2011

KGUN9's Tucson Morning Blend: The Lowest Prices in Town for Everything on Your Thanksgiving Shopping List

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching.  Stephanie Ashcraft, author of 21 cookbooks, and The Tucson Morning Blend have teamed up to share not only simple recipes that will save you time in the kitchen but also the lowest food prices in town this Thanksgiving season.  The story will air on the 11 a.m. program on Monday, but we thought we'd pass along the savings and the recipes a few days early.   

Happy Thanksgiving!

Turkey Recipe

Holiday Ham from 200 Slow Cooker Creations
3 to 5 pound ham
24 to 36 whole cloves
½ cup pineapple juice
¼ cup honey

Pierce ham with cloves; cover entire ham. Place in a greased 4 to 6-quart slow cooker. Pour juice and honey over ham. Cover and cook on low heat 6-9 hours. Remove cloves before slicing and serving. Makes 8-10 servings.

Thanksgiving Dressing from 200 Slow Cooker Creations
½ cup butter or margarine, melted
1 ½ cups chopped onion
1 ½ cups chopped celery
2 packages (6 ounces) seasoned stuffing mix
1 can (14.5 ounces) vegetable or chicken broth
2 eggs, beaten

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Spread mixture into greased 3 ½ to 5-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat 4-5 hours. Makes 10-12 servings.

This recipe can be easily doubled and placed in greased 6 to 7-quart slow cooker.

Ranch Mashed Potatoes from 101 Things to Do With a Potato
5 pounds red, yellow-fleshed, or russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 teaspoons salt
1/3 cup half-and-half or milk*
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 envelope ranch dressing mix

Place the potatoes in bottom of a large soup pan. Cover potatoes with water and add salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce to medium-low heat. Cook 20-25 minutes, or until tender. Drain and add half-and-half to potatoes. Mash with a potato masher or mix with an electric mixer. Mix in cream cheese and ranch dressing mix until smooth. Serve immediately. Makes 10-12 servings.

  • More half-and-half or milk may be added for creamier potatoes.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes from 101 Things to Do With a Potato
10 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
¼ cup butter or margarine
½ cup orange juice
1 ½ tablespoons sugar
1 ½ cups mini marshmallows

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bring water and salt to a boil in a 4-quart pan. Add sweet potatoes and simmer over medium heat 17-22 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Drain water and mash sweet potatoes in pan. Stir butter, orange juice, and sugar into hot potatoes. Spread into 8 x 8 or 9 x 9-inch pan. Sprinkle marshmallows over top. Return to the oven and bake 1-3 minutes, or until marshmallows are melted and a light golden brown. Makes 4-6 servings.

This recipe can be doubled and baked in a 9 x 13-inch pan.

Green Bean Casserole from 101 Things to Do with a Casserole
2 cans (14.5 ounces each) cream of mushroom soup, condensed
2/3 cup milk
1/3 cup real bacon bits*
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 ¼ cups french-fried onions, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients except onions in a greased 1 1/2- to 2-quart baking dish. Stir in ½ cup onions. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes, or until bubbly. Sprinkle remaining onions over top and bake 5 minutes more. Makes 4-6 servings. This recipe can be doubled and baked in a 9 x 13-inch pan.

* 5-7 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled, may be substituted.

Festive Cranberry Sauce
12 ounces cranberries
½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup orange juice

In a 2 to 3-quart saucepan over medium heat, dissolve the sugar and cinnamon in the orange juice. Stir in the cranberries and cook about 15-20 minutes until cranberries pop. Remove from heat and place sauce in a bowl. Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools. Chill until ready to serve. Makes 8-10 servings.

Pillsbury Crescent Rolls 

Sara Lee Oven Fresh Pie 2.49 with in-ad coupon Bashas
Pumpkin Pie from Bakery 2.99 Limit 4 Bashas
Marie Callender's Pies   Fry's 3.99 Dreyers Ice Cream 1.88 with in-ad Bashas coupon
Shopping List:
3 to 5 pound boneless ham Albertsons 2.49 lb Smoked Country Ribbon Ham
A larger weight bone-in Ham can also be used. Basha's has Cooks Ham - Bone-In Shank 1.27 lb.  Albertsons has their Hormel Spiral Cut Hams for only $1.47 lb.
24 to 36 whole cloves 99¢ Only Stores
½ cup pineapple juice Bashas' or Fry's Use juice from 1 can Dole Pineapple $1 (Coupons Available)
5 pounds russet potatoes Albertsons 10 lbs .88, Fry's 5 lbs .59, Safeway 10 lbs 1.49, Bashas' 10 lbs  1.75
12 ounces cranberries Bashas' .99 with in-ad coupon and $15 purchase
1 ½ cup orange juice
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened Fry's $1
1 envelope ranch dressing mix 99¢ Only Stores
1 (12 pound) whole turkey .59 lb with $25 purchase at Bashas', Fry's, and Albertsons
Butter Bashas' Food Club butter 1 lb 1.88
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls Safeway 1.49 or Bashas' 1.67 (Coupons available)
Sara Lee Oven Fresh Pie Bashas' 2.49 with in-ad coupon Limit 1
Pumpkin Pie from Bakery Bashas' 2.99 or Albertsons $3
Marie Callender's Pies Fry's 3.99
2 cans condensed cream of mushroom soup Bashas' and Fry's $1 (Coupons Available)
2 cans green beans Bashas' Libby's .60 (-$1 off 4 Coupon Available) or Fry's Kroger .50
Milk Bashas' 64 ounce .88 or Safeway and Albertsons 1 gallon 1.57
1 ¼ cups french-fried onions Bashas' 2.99 (Coupon Available)  Dollar Tree also sells these.
6 large sweet potatoes or yams Sunflower Market .47lb or Sprouts .49 lb
1 ½ cups mini marshmallows Bashas' $1
1 ½ cups chopped onion Bashas' .50 lb or Sprouts .49 lb
1 ½ cups chopped celery Albertsons .79, Bashas' or Safeway .99, Sunflower Market .88
2 packages (6 ounces) seasoned stuffing mix Fry's Stovetop stuffing $1
1 can vegetable or chicken broth Bashas' .60, Safeway .75, Fry's $1 (Coupons Available)
Eggs Fry's or Bashas' 1 dozen .99
Reddi Whip Topping Bashas' 2.50 (-$1 off Coupon)
Dreyer's Ice Cream 1.5 qt Bashas' 1.88 with in-ad coupon
Idahoan Potatoes Bashas' and Fry's $1 (-$1 off coupon) FREE
Flour Bashas' 1.99 (-Coupon)

Items Most Likely Already In Your Pantry:
(Most of these items can be found at the 99¢ Only Stores.)
¼ cup honey
white sugar
brown sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons chicken bouillon
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 tablespoons dried minced onion
2 tablespoons seasoning salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup real bacon bits

Check out the detailed sales and available coupon lists from Grocery Smarts and Pinching Your Pennies for the following Arizona  stores...

Food City
Sunflower Market

Remember Walmart will price match the sale prices.  Tucson area Walmarts are doubling coupons up to $1 as part of a test market.  You need to put the coupon on the corresponding item as you are checking out.  They take the doubled coupon amount off the price of the item at the register. 

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