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Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 4:17 PM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 4:17 PM
— Does Thanksgiving make your mouth water, dreaming of your favorite pumpkin or sweet potato pie recipes? Are you ready to pull out your crowd-pleasing stuffing recipe or are you a cautious cook easing into the kitchen for the first time?
No matter what your culinary skill level, it's easy to make a delicious Thanksgiving meal on a budget. Just follow these simple tips to make these delicious dishes, all without breaking the bank.
Here are seven ways you can trim the Turkey Day budget, yet still enjoy all that Thanksgiving has to offer:
Shop around for the best deal on turkey, as many grocery stores will be offering steep discounts on the bird to entice people in the door. For smaller dinners, consider getting a couple of game hens - they'll be just as yummy and won't leave you grumbling over leftover turkey sandwiches for weeks. For larger gatherings, plan on getting a turkey large enough to feed each guest about one to one and half pounds of meat. The folks over at The Kitchen have assembled this excellent guide for first-time turkey buyers.
As your holiday guests arrive, you can offer up some cheap but scintillating appetizers with a few basic ingredients and a little pizzazz. The frugal living blog Fun, Cheap, or Free offers up these yummy ideas for appetizers you can whip up in no time that will still impress even the pickiest mother-in-law.
Baked brie with jam, cranberry salsa, or baked jalapeno poppers are all guaranteed to keep your guests happy while you put the finishing touches on your holiday meal.
If you're really making this meal on a shoestring budget, consider asking a trusted guest to pick up a few bottles of wine. Southern Living has compiled a great list of non-alcoholic drinks, including some interesting twists on classic sweet tea. Pop Sugar has a perfect seasonal recipe for Cranberry Champagne Cocktails to offer the adults. And don't forget that presentation makes even a store-bought beverage look fantastic. Head to your local thrift store for mason jars or other decorative containers to serve your drinks in. And don't forget that lemon wedge!
Classic Thanksgiving sides are already pretty cheap - potatoes, corn, bread, and green beans will get you pretty far. Over at the Prudent Penny Pincher, they've compiled over 200 sides that are budget friendly. And with recipes like cheesy crock pot mashed potatoes, scalloped corn, butternut squash gratin, and cranberry pecan stuffing, you are sure to find cheap, easy recipes that will make even the pickiest guest happy.
Desserts are the real reason everyone has gathered for this Thanksgiving meal, so stick to two or three desserts that really shine. Pie crusts are incredibly easy to make and freeze in advance, bringing a little homemade touch to your dessert selection. And, after you've had your first taste of homemade whipped cream, you'll never buy the stuff in the can again. Real Simple offers some easy Thanksgiving desserts - like chocolate bread pudding - for anyone who wants to venture beyond pumpkin pie this holiday.
This holiday offers plenty of fun options, even for picky eaters. Check out this fantastic list from Parenting, for great, kid-friendly holiday foods like "ice cream" mashed potatoes and carrot and pumpkin turkey snacks.
Don't forget to use those leftovers smartly. Country Living has scrumptious leftover ideas like sweet potato kale frittatas, slow cooker turkey chili, harvest pumpkin soup and cranberry turnovers. Use leftovers in creative ways so you and your family don't burn out on them, and make sure to freeze anything you won't use in a timely manner.
Published: Thursday, April 05, 2018 @ 7:17 AM
— If you’re a pizza lover, you’re in luck.
In celebration of National Deep Dish Pizza Day on Thursday, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse will dish out 30,000 free pizzas.
The catch? You have to order using the delivery app DoorDash. Just enter the code “DEEPDISH” at checkout.
You can take your pick between mini cheese or pepperoni deep dish pizzas.
NEW PIZZA PLACE COMING: Giordano’s Pizza, Jason’s Deli to open first Dayton-area locations
The pizza and delivery are free, and orders must be placed between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
BJ’s has locations at the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek and at Austin Landing in Miamisburg.
So, what are you waiting for? Get your free lunch, dinner, or even snack while the promotion lasts.
Published: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, April 02, 2018 @ 11:35 AM
— When it comes to a night out on the town with concert tickets involved, getting to the venue seated and on time is usually the main focus — getting a great meal is often secondary. But you still have to eat.
Here's a list of six spots to grab a meal near the Rose Music Center at the Heights.
1. TJ Chumps
The locally owned restaurant chain's Huber Heights location is the largest yet boasting a vast 4,500-square-foot patio with a large outdoor bar. It is also conveniently steps away from the music venue.
Part of the patio is covered while the other part is open air. The patio is a popular destination for Rose concert-goers.
The restaurant features a large menu with plenty of options ranging from baked wings that are flash fried, soups and salads, a variety of sandwiches and burgers, six entrees and several seasonal features that rotate.
Location: 7050 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights (locations in Englewood, Fairborn and Miamisburg as well)
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon-Friday; 11 a.m-12:30 a.m. Saturday
Contact: www.tjchumps.com or 937-610-3900
Go big or go home — ribs, hand-cut steaks, "Texas Size Combos" and a massive 1,480-calorie signature deep fried onion that goes by "The Blossom" …. or you can go with a salad — they have those, too.
Location: 5611 Merily Way, Huber Heights
Hours: 4-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m Sunday.
Contact: texasroadhouse.com or 937-233-7427
Roosters offers subs, sandwiches, pizza and an entire menu page geared toward their signature hand-breaded wings. This option offers all of the typical bar fare you are used to seeing, but any place that offers tater tots is alright by us.
Location: 5571 Merily Way, Huber Heights
Hours: 11 a.m.-Midnight Sunday; 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Contact: roosterswings.com or 937-236-9464
Choose from refreshing sushi and sashimi or steaming hot hibachi. There are noodle dishes, tempura dishes and a variety of combination dinners.
Location: 8120 Old Troy Pike, Huber Heights
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sunday
Contact: osakajapanesesteakhouseoh.com or 937-236-3888
5. Deroma Italian Restaurant
Owner Jimmy Troni has over 36 years of restaurant experience and makes pizzas, calzones, stromboli and a long list of different Italian pastas and entrees fresh daily. The fact that the menu features fried okra, fried ravioli, pirogues and mussels (spicy or sweet) makes us love it even more.
Location: 6254 Chambersburg Road, Huber Heights
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
6. Double Deuce Tavern and Family Pizzeria
This newly-opened pizza spot features pies, subs, wings, salads and more to appease any palette in your group.
Location: 5186 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Other nearby options:
• Cousin Vinny's Pizza, 7742 Brandt Pike
• Dragon City, 8250 Troy Pike
• Frickers, 6280 Chambersburg Road
• Frisch's Big Boy, 8154 Troy Pike
• Hot Head Burritos, 6480 Chambersburg Road
• Las Piramides Mexican Restaurant, 6290 Chambersburg Road
• Sonic Drive-In, 7888 Brandt Pike
• Waffle House, 7800 Brandt Pike
• Panera Bread, 8104 Old Troy Pike
Published: Monday, July 10, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— Dayton, your new late-night snack of choice has arrived.
And it will set you back just $3 for one or $5 for two.
I was into it when Oregon District resident Guy Fragmin said he’d open 416 Diner in that neighborhood and it would feature pepperoni rolls, a treat popular in West Virginia.
I didn’t doubt Guy when he said they’d be good, but boy are they good.
I can definitely see grabbing a pepperoni roll or two from the restaurant as a nightcap following a night of fun in the Oregon District.
But pepperoni rolls are far from the only thing at the restaurant.
The diner will be open daily 7 a.m. 10 p.m. with patio service available Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
It serves breakfast, lunch and late-night comfort food like hoagie sandwiches, omelets and burgers.
>> MORE: 9 must-eat sandwiches in Dayton
The restaurant officially opened Friday, July 7 ,and I popped in to try out a pepperoni roll.
The portable snack can be split open and filled with a list of toppings that includes provolone cheese and sweet peppers.
Being a novice to the pepperoni roll game, I elected to have my first one plain with ranch dressing and marinara sauce for dipping.
The bread was fresh, soft, yeasty and crusty in the right spaces.
The two pepperoni sticks contained within were slightly spicy. The dough soaked in the grease in the magical way dough on pizza soaks in grease.
Published: Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— A Dayton-area restaurant has a monster double dare that involves a heap of meat, cheese and more meat and cheese between two grilled cheese sandwiches.
Yup, we totally said meat and cheese and even more meat and cheese between two grilled cheese sandwiches.
The Wandering Griffin will offer its brand new Monster Burger 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday Sept 29 and Sept. 30 to coincide with the Monster Jam tour stop at Wright State University’s Nutter Center.
Jonathan Price, the chef and manager of the restaurant at
3725 Presidential Drive in Beavercreek, is challenging Wright State students in particular, but thinks his creation will take down mostly any burger.
“I dare you to eat this,” Price said.
The Monster Burger includes: three 7-ounce beef patties, six strips of bacon, a Sahlen hot dog, two slices of ham, BBQ pulled pork, pepper jack, cheddar and swiss cheese, a giant pile of fries, a fried egg, lettuce, tomato, pickles, a massive onion ring, and two grilled cheese sandwiches as the bun.
The Monster Burger costs $29.99 and is recommended for two people. There also will be special Monster beers on tap.
Those who take it on by themselves and finish within seven minutes will win T-shirts and bragging rights.
“It’s a hands on experience. We want it to be fun and interactive,” Price said. “You go to McDonald’s, you get a tiny burger, and it is gone in three bites. Ours, it is all about having fun with food. It’s supposed to be socially a talking point.”
The burger weighs in at more than 2.12 pounds and is eight inches long.
Price recommends those who try the burger to flatten it down first. Still it is hard to take a bite out of this monster.