New Holland Thanksgiving

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For the day of giving thanks, I went home with Selma back to the land of the Amish. I really like going to New Holland, PA because life just seems simpler and the food is always fresher.

We did Thanksgiving at Selma’s aunts house and unlike traditional oven-roasted turkeys, they decided to roast theirs on the grill. This was my first time having turkey done this way but it was fantastic. The turkey had a nice smokey finish that you can really only get over hot coals. Needless to say, I overate as usual. I didn’t get any pictures of the food because I was too hungry and forgot but I did get a good picture of the bird on the grill.

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The next day, we went to the mecca of all supermarkets – Shady Maple. This place literally has everything your heart could possibly desire. First stop is always straight to the Snack Shack to pick up my twisty cone. They source their ice cream from Turkey Hill and it is to die for. The lady clearly didn’t know what a twisty cone was supposed to look like because mine came out looking like this…

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But whatever it was still delicious despite the atrocious presentation.

Upon entering Shady Maple, you are immediately overwhelmed by the sheer variety of produce and vegetables available.

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They really do have everything you need here in every color and variety.

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Then you can head over to the prepared food section where they have over a hundred different ready to eat items to chose from!

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And don’t even get me started on the pies….oh the pies….

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This was my own personal pecan pie. Selma’s family apparently doesn’t eat pie so I had to get a small one for myself.

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They even have maple bacon longjohns! Those amish savages.

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Furthermore, they also have whats known as the Smorgasbord which is basically a gigantic buffet hall. I still have yet to go but hopefully I will be able to next time.

Anyways, the main reason we went to Shady Maple was to get supplies for some of my delicious stew. The picture below is Selma’s interpretation of stew…

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We were able to get a nice big slab of chuck roast on sale.

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As well as some amazing looking veal. I took the liberty of trimming off  some of the tough skin and fat before searing it.

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Sear the meat on all sides as usual. 2013-11-29 15.21.31

These were home grown carrots from Selma’s family’s garden.

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Combined onions, carrots, celery, fresh rosemary, and the meat all together in an oven safe pot.

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And then pile in more meat. You can never have too much meat.

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And add beef broth until most of everything is covered. You can also substitute for Guinness as well.

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Put in the oven at 350 for ~3 hours. The longer the better.

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Serve over mashed potatoes or white rice. Also, this was my first time making stew with veal but it was really really good. It has a very distinct but subtle flavor that I can certainly get used to.

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The next morning, we had some Börek with a fried egg. Börek is a traditional Bosnian dish made with thin phyllo dough and stuffed with ground beef. I can’t get enough of this stuff.

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We even had time to make some delicious pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting while we were home!

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Just look at these little beauties.

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They were amazing.

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And on our last night, we grilled up some chicken, steak, fish and roasted peppers for dinner.

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This is why I love coming home with Selma.

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And finally, the morning before we left for Boston, Selma’s dad made up some Ćevapi, a traditional Bosnian sausage made of minced lamb and beef.

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I can’t wait for the next trip back to New Holland, PA. And maybe next time I will even get to finally try the Smogasbord!!

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