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Holidays

Week of November 5 – November 11, 2021

Holidays

hanksgiving dinner is the most illustrious of all family meals. Its reputation precedes it, and by adding bakery favorites to your menu this year, you’ll have a scrumptious prelude, a lovinglymade main course, and a sweet ending to your delicious day.

JUST THE RIGHT SIZE

While many people will be having larger family gatherings this year than last, there are still plenty who will be going smaller this Thanksgiving. “There’s a lot of people out there who don’t need a huge package. Everyone should be able to eat and make their tummy happy and not have their pocketbook be broke,” said Maura Pulver, owner of Simply Food by Maura, at 666 Route 9, in Wilton. For the first time, Simply Food by Maura will be offering their famous Take 5 Turkey Dinners for preorder in single-serving for Thanksgiving at a price of just $12/person (family size $75, serves 4-6) . The dinner includes oven-roasted turkey with mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and biscuits. “The turkey dinners we’ve really gotten down to a science, now,” she said, which is why they can keep the quality high and the price low. Simply Food by Maura. Photos provided.

FROM FIVE POINTS TO A TIPPING POINT Until it closed in August 2020, Pulver was the owner of Saratoga’s Five Points Market & Deli for more than eight years. Since opening Simply Food by Maura 10 months ago, there’s more flexibility to do things a bit differently. “We’re a very small operation and what we do is pretty amazing,” she said. “Now we’re just simply food, so we’re putting out a good product and people can tell. The word is out now, so we’re at a tipping point.” Maura wants to balance the growth of Simply Food with their ability to easily experiment with traditional foods given a special twist by using local suppliers including Driscoll Foods, Thomas Poultry, and Battenkill Valley Creamery.

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TIME TO BE TOGETHER

Excited by the opportunity to see her first grandson, Eli, and two of her four children at Thanksgiving this year, Maura is putting family first and closing Simply Food by Maura to the public that week, so preorders must be in by November 15 to be picked up on November 24 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

This Thanksgiving, Simply Food by Maura will be taking preorders for Chocolate Stout, Pumpkin, and Apple Pie cupcakes, a selection of pies, and for a Brunch menu that includes a choice of quiche served with a curry butternut squash soup, their signature

“We’ve all had our own challenges in this last year and a half, so we celebrate when we can. At Simply Food by Maura, we’re happy to do some of the work so people can take some time to reset, step back, and enjoy the holiday,” she said.

“We’re both a little quirky and like doing things a little differently,” she said of herself and Kitchen Coordinator and Catering Consultant Lucia Valentine.