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Fall Recipes

When summer fades into fall, it is always hard to say goodbye to the season of long days, refreshing cocktails, and time spent outdoors barbecuing with friends. However, the end of summer also means the beginning of our favorite time of the year—at least when it comes to food. The fall bounty brings apples, a variety of squash, and several other fruits and veggies that are delicious on their own or when incorporated into dishes.

Fall is also the perfect time to enjoy comfort food and warm beverages. At Bennett’s Kitchen in Roseville, we think that our favorite fall foods feel cozier than wool socks and warmer than a hug—particularly when they come from cherished family recipes! As the temperatures continue to drop, we wanted to share a couple of our favorite fall family recipes to warm your body and soul:

Turkey Chili

Susan Bennett, co-owner of Bennett’s Kitchen Bar Market, was eager to share her dad’s recipe for turkey chili. “I think of him every time I make it,” says Susan. This classic chili recipe is sure to keep you warm, even on the coldest night. Follow the recipe exactly as written:

Makes 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. ground turkey
  • 1 medium-size onion, chopped
  • 6 sections garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. comino (cumin) seed
  • 1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 can (12 oz.) kidney beans (optional)
Directions

Combine meat, onion, garlic, comino seed and salt in skillet. Cook until tender. Blend sugar, flour and chili powder; add to meat mixture. Cook for 5 minutes over low heat. Add tomato paste. Heat. Mixture will be thick. Before serving, add water to desired consistency. Bring to boiling point and serve, garnishing with your favorite toppings, such as cheese, avocado, jalapeño, or sour cream.


Coffee Cake

The recipe for this scrumptious coffee cake comes from Brian Bennett’s mom:

Ingredients
  • Batter
  • ½ c. shortening
  • ¾ c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 ¼ c. sour cream
  • Crumble
  • 6 T. butter
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 c. chopped nuts (optional)
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cream together shortening, sugar, and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Sift together flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Add to creamed mixture, alternating with sour cream. Beat well in between each addition.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. If adding nuts, you may do so now into the crumble. Set aside.

Grease a loaf pan and line bottom with parchment paper with paper edges hanging over the ends to make it easy to lift out. Spread half of batter into prepared pan, sprinkle half of crumble over batter. Cover crumble with the rest of batter, and sprinkle on remaining crumble to the top.

Bake for about 55 minutes, or until toothpick is inserted and comes out clean with a hint of moisture. Let rest in the pan for 10 minutes to set.


What are you planning to cook or bake this season? No matter what’s on your menu, be sure to stop by the specialty market at Bennett’s for some grab-and-go items to complete your meal. From freshly baked breads to prepared dishes that are all ready for you to take home and enjoy, we offer something delicious for every fall feast. Visit https://bennettskitchen.com/market/ to learn more about what we offer!

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The Benefits of Dining with Friends and Family

Since the beginning of time, cultures around the world have all enjoyed a simple ritual: the act of sitting down with friends and family to share a meal. After all, food may nurture the body, but savoring food in the company of loved ones nurtures the soul. Unfortunately, in our fast-paced modern society, taking the time to join together for a meal sometimes feels like a luxury—but doing so may unleash an assortment of benefits for both physical and mental health.

If a hectic schedule leaves you frequently eating alone or on the go, consider the following benefits of making time for a meal with friends and family:

  • Social connection: Humans are naturally social creatures—and sometimes, communicating via email, phone, or text message fails to satisfy our innate need to genuinely connect with one another. Sitting down for a meal with loved ones offers the perfect opportunity to break away from your electronic devices and engage in the endangered art of face-to-face conversation. As you laugh together and share stories, thoughts, and ideas, the stress of day-to-day life begins to dissipate. The simple act of communal dining can help to boost happiness, foster a sense of security and belonging, and even alleviate depression.
  • Mindful eating: When eating by yourself or in a hurry, it can be easy to eat more than you intend—or to devour the entire meal without enjoying or even really noticing what you consumed. When dining with others, you are more likely to slow down and be mindful of what you are eating. This can enhance your enjoyment of the food and lead to healthier consumption choices.
  • Learning opportunities for children: In today’s society, kids’ schedules are often as busy as those of their adult counterparts. Taking time away from the endless roster of activities to enjoy regular meals with family will help children alleviate stress, develop better communication skills as they converse with their dining companions, and learn proper table manners.
  • An opportunity to expand your palate: Communal dining offers a chance to learn about your friends’ favorite foods and drinks and possibly sample something new that you wouldn’t normally try when eating alone. This is a great way to expand your palate and add some new favorites to your culinary repertoire!
  • At Bennett’s Kitchen Bar Market, our mission is to provide a convivial atmosphere in which you can join together with family and friends to relax and savor good conversation, laughter, and a scrumptious meal. Whether your group includes meat lovers, health-conscious vegans, or anyone in between, we proudly offer a wide variety of options and strive to customize our dishes to suit any preference. We’re open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so gather your favorite dining companions and come enjoy the Bennett’s family experience! Checkout our full menu and daily specials at www.bennettskitchen.com

    Sources:
    https://greatist.com/happiness/stay-happy-and-healthy-eating-friends#1
    https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=why-the-family-meal-is-important-1-701

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    5 Simple Tips for Hosting an Amazing Party

    From casual backyard barbecues to holiday feasts, hosting a party offers a great opportunity to treat your friends and family to a fun and memorable occasion filled with conversation, connection, and laughter. As the host of the party, your role extends beyond simply serving food and drinks—it’s important to set an energetic vibe for the gathering to ensure that all your guests feel comfortable and welcome. If you are stressed, your guests will likely sense it and feel stressed as well. Keeping the party as simple and relaxed as possible will help reduce stress and ensure that everyone—hosts included—has a wonderful time.

    Did you know that Bennett’s has catering and party throwing professionals that will make all your worries disappear? From simple market items packed for pick up to full scale catering, our professionals are here to support you in hosting a wonderful party.

    If you are throwing a party use the following five tips to guide you in hosting a successful gathering:

  • Plan essential details well in advance. When hosting a party, planning is the key to avoiding last-minute stress and ensuring that you will be able to enjoy this special time with your guests. Begin by sending the invitations at least three weeks in advance. Once you have an idea of how many people will be attending, decide; will you be using paper or plastic vs. china and glass? The number of plates, utensils, napkins, and glasses you will need depends on the style of party you want to host. Ask yourself what rooms do you want to use? Do you want a casual standup and mingle or a more formal sit down event? As you begin to plan the menu, ask guests if they have any food allergies or other dietary restrictions so you can be sure to have options that everyone will enjoy. Bennett’s kitchen bar market provides food for all types of lifestyles: Paleo, Gluten-Free Friendly, Keto, Vegan or Heart Healthy. We hand craft food that has both you and your guests covered!
  • Stick to dishes that you’ve made before and with which you feel comfortable. As fun as it can be to test out new recipes, doing so for a party leaves too little time to rectify mishaps or deal with unforeseen challenges. To minimize stress, opt for simple, familiar dishes that will please a crowd. Not all of the dishes need to be homemade—save time and effort by assembling a charcuterie board or working with our team at Bennett’s to fill in with prepared appetizers or entrees.
  • If you will be serving cocktails, set up a self-service bar. Don’t forget to have plenty of ice on hand. In addition to freeing up more time for you to mingle, this will give guests the freedom to mix drinks to their liking. To guide them, write down a few recipes for your favorite cocktails. Laminate and place the recipes on the bar.
  • Keep the setting simple. Even when hosting a dinner party, entertaining does not need to be formal; guests will likely enjoy themselves in a casual, convivial atmosphere. The kitchen or backyard serve as fun gathering spots.
  • Set the scene before the first guests arrive. Even if you feel like you’re still scrambling to finish last-minute details, try to have music playing, candles lit, and the bar set and ready. Guests will be swept up in the festive ambience and instantly feel at ease.
  • While it’s always fun to impress your guests with delicious food and eye-catching decorations, the most important way to ensure a successful party is to focus on making each and every guest feel truly welcome. By keeping your preparations as simple as possible and leaving yourself enough time to enjoy your guests’ company, you will create a relaxed atmosphere and a memorable time for your friends and family.

    Planning to host a party? Keep your menu simple and delicious with grab-and-go items from Bennett’s! In our specialty market, you’ll find a wide variety of high-quality prepared dishes. We will work with you to prepare mouthwatering dishes of your party, leaving you to enjoy. We will roast prime beef, toss specialty salads, slice up rotisserie chicken or bake meatloaf. We also offer a mouthwatering assortment of specialty charcuterie meats and cheeses from around the world for a butcher’s board laced with house baked focaccia. All of these will perfectly complement a bottle of wine from our cellar! Check out our market menu at https://bennettskitchen.com/market/, or stop in to Bennett’s today to see how we can help make your next party a success! Better yet drop us an email at catering@bennetthg.com and let us help you from the start!