12.20.2013

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We are grateful to be in a position where we are able to help those who help others, and there is always a great need, not only at the holidays, but throughout the year.

Last year, upon reviewing our holiday donations budget, we decided to extend that gift throughout the year in monthly donations. The recipient of our monthly donations is the St. Vincent De Paul Society in Norwich CT.

This group serves 320 families and an additional 900 individuals, for an approximate total of 1900 people monthly. Of that, 780 are children.

What does it take to feed that many people? We do not know, but over the past months, some of what we have donated is: 200 lbs of rice, 120 lbs of vegetables, gallons of soup, 150 lbs of sugar, and much more. That is only what we as one donor have given.

We are grateful to be in such a position that we are able to help on such a scale, and the recipients are so incredibly grateful as well.

So throughout the year, if you are able, consider the gift of giving to a local soup kitchen, shelter, care center or food bank in your area. “For it is in giving that we receive”.

 Merry Christmas and the happiest of the New Year to you and yours, from all of us at A Thyme To Cook.

11.29.2013

With Thanksgiving behind us, and black Friday in full swing, it’s time to shop small.

 Saturday is shop small Saturday, and as a boutique caterer and small business we shop small daily, encouraging our families, friends, and clients to do the same. Whenever possible we prefer to support small local farms, local fisheries, and family run businesses. By keeping our dollars local, it helps small business grow and thrive. It also promotes healthier relationships among neighbors, local diversity, and good will.

The holidays, Specifically Thanksgiving, is a great time to realistically acknowledge the richness of our lives, and to share that with those around us. As a small local business, we appreciate all of our client and business relationships and encourage everyone to realize and nurture the ones around you. Not just during the holidays, but throughout the year.

 

11.15.2013

thanksgiving graphicSince 1984, we have been serving mouth watering dishes for our clients and we are very grateful for all of the incredible feedback we have received.

Now, for the first time, we are offering some of these delicious items for you to enjoy at home.

Our initial offering, in keeping with the season is a variety of delicious holiday pies and side dishes to accompany your Thanksgiving dinner.

Our “AT HOME” line of foods is now available here at this link https://www.wepay.com/stores/302627 , on Facebook, and at the following locations:

The Coventry Regional Farmers Market at Coventry High School every Sunday starting November 24th

The Thanksgiving pop up at Goodwin College on November 26th.

Our selections will change seasonally so check back often.  After Thanksgiving we will be featuring holiday Hors D’oeuvres and desserts.

Not only are they delicious, but the food is also packaged in compostable, recyclable containers that are oven safe.

We are extremely excited to be able to offer these items in this new and exciting way, and while we still enjoy making our guests happy at events, we look forward to making you happy AT HOME.

11.08.2013

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As a child, do you remember waking up on thanksgiving morning to the scent of pancakes and bacon cooking, and in the background was the turkey slowly cooking, silently making its appearance, filling the house with that delicious aroma? Eating breakfast while watching the parade, enjoying the Rockettes with their signature high kicks, the smiling Snoopy balloon, the marching bands, and the bright colorful floats while eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus at the very end of it all?

Scientists will tell you that the strongest of all our senses is scent, and odor creates scent memories. The olfactory nerve is very close to the part of the brain that is in charge of memory, so even years later a particular scent, or combination of scents, will trigger a scent memory.

A few years ago, we attended a holiday event at a colleague’s home. Everyone was asked to bring a holiday dish that they had the fondest memories for. While we were eating, everyone discussed their story about the dish. Surprisingly, not one person spoke about the food itself. All of the stories regarding the food involved a happy memory regarding their family or friends. And the food was delicious!!!!

The kitchen at A Thyme to Cook is always busy creating wonderful aromas, and now that we are heading into the holidays, it is even more amazing than ever.

Heavenly Pies, country style roasts, Hearty soups, Crusty warm breads, luxurious cakes, whipped sweet potatoes, roasted local veggies, and did we mention those heavenly pies?

Thanksgiving is a time for family, reflection and giving thanks, so as we head into the start of the holiday season take a moment to reflect on some of your favorite food memories and share them with your friends and family. They’ll thank you for it.

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