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  1. Thanksgiving Appetizer Ideas

    Thanksgiving Appetizer Ideas

    Keep Your Kitchen Full this Year with These Thanksgiving Appetizers

    What’s the best part of the Thanksgiving meal? Some say it’s the turkey. Others will tell you it’s the sides. At Reno’s Appliance, we believe the appetizers are the stars of Thanksgiving. Having an array of appetizers ready when your guests walk in makes them feel welcome and gives them an opportunity to enjoy a wide range of tastes and textures before sitting down to the traditional dinner. Here are 5 Thanksgiving appetizer recipes that’ll make this year’s celebration one to remember.

    Zucchini and Goat Cheese Tarts
    Simple and savory, these mini-tarts will definitely disappear before dinner is served.

    Ingredients

    • 1 refrigerated pie crust
    • 2 to 3 pounds of zucchini cut into ⅛-inch thick slices
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
    • 3 ounces soft fresh goat cheese, room temperature
    • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. Place pie crust on floured work surface. Using a round cookie or biscuit cutter, cut out 24 rounds and transfer them to a prepared sheet. Leave about ½ inch of space between them.
    3. Place sheet in freezer until dough is firm, about 30 minutes.
    4. Toss zucchini with 1 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Let stand 15 minutes. Drain and pat dry with a paper towel.
    5. Place zucchini in another medium bowl. Toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and thyme.
    6. Spread goat cheese generously over each frozen dough round. Fold 3 to 4 zucchini slices in half and place them in a concentric circle on top of 1 dough round, creating a flower-like pattern. Repeat with remaining zucchini and dough.
    7. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake until crusts are light golden, about 20 minutes.
    8. Remove sheet from over and transfer tarts to platter. Serve warm or at room temperature.

    Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Jam
    The bacon jam turns this classic fall vegetable into an appetizer that will surprise and delight your guests.

    Ingredients for the bacon jam

    • 1 pound thick-cut bacon cut into ¼ inch strips
    • 1 large onion finely chopped
    • 1 garlic clove finely chopped
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup (packed) dried apricots (4 ounces), roughly chopped
    • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
    • 3 sprigs rosemary
    • 1 sprig thyme
    • 1 bay leaf
    • Kosher salt
    • Freshly ground black pepper

    Ingredients for the Brussels sprouts

    • 16 medium Brussels sprouts trimmed and halved
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 garlic cloves smashed
    • 4 sprigs thyme
    • Kosher salt

    Directions for the bacon jam

    1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-low, stirring occasionally, until brown and crisp, about 15 minutes.
    2. Add onion and cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic and cook about 1 minute more.
    3. Add sugar, apricots, vinegar, and ¼ cup water and bring to a boil, while stirring. Add thyme, rosemary, and bay leaf and simmer until liquid is syrupy, about 10 minutes.
    4. Remove herb sprigs and let bacon mixture cool. Transfer to a food processor and pulse to a chunky purée. Season with salt and pepper.

    Directions for the Brussels sprouts

    1. Bring a small pot of salted water to a boil and prep a bowl of ice water.
    2. Add Brussels sprouts to boiling water for 1 minute. Drain and transfer to ice water to cool. Drain well and pat dry with paper towels.
    3. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add Brussels sprouts, garlic, and thyme and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender and browned in spots, about 5 minutes. Discard garlic and thyme.
    4. Arrange Brussels sprouts cut-side up on a serving tray and top each one with a dollop of jam. Spear each Brussels sprout half with a toothpick and serve

    Spicy Vegetarian “Meatballs”
    This vegetarian take on meatballs combines white beans and mushrooms for a hearty and delicious appetizer.

    Ingredients

    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 2 garlic cloves
    • 1 celery stalk, coarsely chopped
    • 1 (15-ounce) can white beans, rinsed, drained
    • 4 ounces button mushrooms
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
    • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • ½ cup hot pepper sauce
    • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
    • ½ cup sour cream
    • ¼ cup buttermilk
    • ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese
    • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons chopped chives, divided

    Directions

    1. Arrange a rack in the center of your oven and preheat to 400°F. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with oil.
    2. Pulse garlic in a food processor until finely chopped.
    3. Add celery, beans, and mushrooms and pulse until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in egg, panko, and ¾ teaspoon of salt.
    4. Using your hands, roll tablespoonfuls of bean mixture into balls. Transfer to prepared baking sheet, packing them snuggly.
    5. Roast veggie balls, turning halfway through, until firm and cooked through, about 25 minutes.
    6. Meanwhile, cook butter, hot sauce, and maple syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat until butter is melted. Stir until smooth and set aside.
    7. Whisk sour cream, buttermilk, blue cheese, pepper, chives, and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt in a medium bowl.
    8. Transfer veggie balls to a large bowl. Toss with hot sauce mixture from step 6 and serve with blue cheese dip.

    Olive Oil Toasts with Greens, Pine Nuts, and Raisins
    These thin crisp toasts are the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer to satisfy hungry guests while you put the finishing touches on your meal.

    Ingredients for the toast

    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    • 1 baguette, cut into 24 slices ¼-inch thick
    • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

    Ingredients for the topping

    • 1 bunch of chard washed, with stems removed
    • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
    • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
    • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • ¼ teaspoon red-pepper flakes
    • 3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
    • 3 tablespoons raisins (preferably golden), soaked in hot water for 30 minutes, drained and chopped

    Directions for the toast

    1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
    2. Brush 1 tablespoon oil evenly on a large rimmed baking sheet. Arrange bread slices on top and brush them with remaining tablespoon oil and season with salt.
    3. Place baking sheet in oven and toast for 6 minutes. Then, rotate the pan front to back and toast 2 minutes more.
    4. Remove toasts from the baking sheet to a separate container and let cool to room temperature.

    Directions for the topping

    1. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and add 2 tablespoons oil. Add the onion and ¼ teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until very tender and just slightly colored, about 15 minutes. Add the garlic and red-pepper flakes and stir until the garlic is fragrant, but not browned, about 2 minutes.
    2. Add the chard leaves with 1/2 teaspoon salt and let them begin to wilt. Lightly toss and add salt and oil until chard is tender but not mushy, about 8 to 10 minutes.
    3. Stir in the pine nuts and raisins and then spoon the mixture onto a cutting board to cool for a couple of minutes. Chop the chard, then scoop into a medium bowl and mix in the cheese and the remaining tablespoon of oil. Top toasts with chard mixture and serve warm or at room temperature.

    Prosciutto of Plenty
    Your guests will be thankful to you for serving these festive appetizers that are easy to make, but full of flavor.

    Ingredients

    • ¼ cup of pine nuts
    • 24 thin slices of good-quality prosciutto
    • 1 small bunch arugula
    • ¼ pound gorgonzola
    • ¼ cup currants

    Directions

    1. Spread the pine nuts on a baking sheet and bake in the over or toaster oven at 350°F until they turn golden brown, about 4 minutes.
    2. Transfer them to a small bowl and let them cool.
    3. Cut each slice of prosciutto in half, crosswise.
    4. Top each half-slice with a small piece of arugula, a dab of gorgonzola, a few pine nuts, and few currents. Then roll them into a cone shape and serve. They should resemble a cornucopia.

    These Thanksgiving appetizers are sure to get your holiday started right and leave guests satisfied. All of us at Reno’s wish you and your family a safe, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  2. Food Refrigeration: Keeping Leftovers Fresh After the Holiday

    Food Refrigeration: Keeping Leftovers Fresh After the Holiday

    Keep These Food Refrigeration Tips in Mind After That Big Meal

    Everyone loves a Thanksgiving meal, but some people love the leftovers even more. If you’re one of those who look forward to leftovers, then you should know that you’ll never get a chance to enjoy them if you don’t refrigerate them properly. Here are 6 food refrigeration tips to ensure your holiday leftovers remain tasty and safe to eat for as long as possible.

    1. Refrigerate food within two hours.
      Make sure you refrigerate all cooked food within 2 hours of it coming out of the oven or off of the stovetop. That includes time spent at the dinner table. Throw away anything that’s been sitting at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
    2. Check the temperature. 
      Not only should food be refrigerated quickly, but it also needs to be stored at the proper temperature to prevent bacterial growth. Perishable foods should be stored in a refrigerator set to 35° to 40° Fahrenheit. Anything over 40° is considered to be the “danger zone.” Cutting large pieces of food into smaller sizes, and packing leftovers in smaller containers, will help food get to the proper temperature more quickly. Wrap leftovers well.
    3. Wrapping matters.
      Make sure your leftovers are covered, wrapped in airtight packaging, or tightly sealed in storage containers. This protects food from bacteria, keeps food moist and flavorful, and prevents leftovers from picking up odors of other refrigerated foods.
    4. Label leftovers.
      Be sure you label the food containers with the date you put them in the refrigerator. That way, know how many more days it can stay safe and fresh to eat. Here’s how long you can expect some common Thanksgiving foods to last if refrigerated properly:

      • Turkey: up to 4 days
      • Gravy: up to 2 days (but it can be frozen for 2 to 3 months)
      • Cranberry sauce: two weeks
      • Mashed potatoes or yams: up to 4 days
      • Pumpkin pie: up to 4 days
      • Apple pie: up to 3 days
      • Stuffing: up to 4 days
      • Wine (opened bottles): up to 1 month in the refrigerator. Or, up to 1 year or longer in a wine fridge.
    5. Reheat properly.
      Of course, all of these refrigeration tips won’t really matter if you don’t reheat your leftovers properly. Be sure to cover leftovers when reheating them in your oven to help retain moisture and ensure that food will heat all the way through. If you’re reheating sauces, soups, or gravies, then do so in a saucepan on your stovetop and make sure you bring the liquids to a rolling boil for at least 1 minute.

      Reheating leftovers in a microwave is very common, but you want to take special care to ensure food heats up evenly. Arrange your food in a microwave safe glass or ceramic dish, add a bit of water, and cover. The added water will create a bit of steam, which will help the food heat up more uniformly and kill off any bacteria.

      You may also want to consider installing a warming drawer before the holidays. A warming drawer is a separate appliance that uses a low-heat setting to warm up food or keep just-cooked food warm and ready to eat for hours. The temperature levels on a warming drawer don’t typically go higher than 200 degrees Fahrenheit, and most have humidity controls and timers so there’s no risk of food burning, drying out, getting soggy, or becoming overdone.

      Finally, remember that reheating is a once-and-done deal. Anything you don’t eat after you’ve reheated it should be thrown away and never put back into the refrigerator.
    6. Consider a New Refrigerator
      Our last food refrigeration tip is to consider purchasing a new refrigerator before the holidays, especially if your current fridge is a bit older. Today’s refrigerators are spacious, efficient, and have precise temperature controls. Reno’s Appliance has a large selection of refrigerators from top-of-the-line brands including Sub-Zero, Bosch, and Frigidaire in a range of popular styles such as French door, bottom freezer, and top freezer.

    By following these simple food refrigeration tips, you can make sure that you have another chance to enjoy your favorite holiday foods. All of us at Reno’s Appliance wish you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  3. 12 Last-Minute Tips to Simplify Thanksgiving Prep

    12 Last-Minute Tips to Simplify Thanksgiving Prep

    Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday that gives family and friends a chance to spend time together, enjoy a meal, and relax. But if you’re hosting the Thanksgiving feast, you know that the days leading up to Thanksgiving can be a bit hectic. Whether you’re feeding four or forty, last-minute preparations can be overwhelming and interfere with your enjoyment of the holiday.

    At Reno’s Appliance, we want you to enjoy Thanksgiving as much as your guests. So we’re sharing our 12 favorite tips that can help you stay organized in the final days before the guests arrive.

    Three Days Before

    1. Shop for your fresh ingredients like vegetables and fruit and store them properly so you know they’ll stay fresh.
    2. Take out any serving platters, silverware, and plates that you’ll be using out of storage and make sure they are clean. Keep them in a place that will be easily accessible on the day.
    3. Wash and iron your table linens. If you plan on using a formal dining table that won’t be needed beforehand, then lay the linens on the table. Better yet, set the entire table.
    4. Make a run to the liquor store to make sure your bar is well stocked and the wine is properly stored.

    Two Days Before

    1. Start preparing your side dishes, which can be refrigerated and then easily transferred to your oven on Thanksgiving Day.
    2. Blanch any vegetables you’ll be serving by bringing them to a boil and then immediately placing them in ice water to stop the cooking process. Then refrigerate the vegetables in a tightly lidded container. This method will help reduce the time it takes to cook the vegetables on Thanksgiving Day. This method works particularly well with asparagus, string beans, and brussel sprouts.
    3. Prep your gravy ahead of time and freeze it. About an hour before dinner will be served, just place it in a pan over a low flame and bring to a slow boil.

    One Day Before

    1. You’ll probably be taking lots of pictures, so make sure your phone, tablet, digital camera, digital recorder, or any other picture-taking device is fully charged and has plenty of storage space.    
    2. Finish any meal preparation you may have left. Even doing simple tasks like cutting herbs, seasoning food, and slicing cheese will save time.
    3. Come up with a game plan for the actual cooking of the entire meal. Start with the time you want to eat and work backwards, knowing that it’s the turkey that will take the most time.

    Thanksgiving Day

    1. Use a warming drawer to keep side dishes warm while the turkey finishes, so everything is served at the perfect temperature.
    2. Make sure your dishwasher is empty before the meal starts. That way, you can load it up as people finish their meal.

    Bonus Tip

    Here’s one extra tip: Consider upgrading your kitchen appliances. You know that your range, refrigerator, and dishwasher will be working overtime on Thanksgiving and throughout the entire holiday season. Visit Reno’s Appliance to see their large selection of kitchen appliances to including:

    Be sure to get to Reno’s Appliance before the holiday season kicks into high gear. But if you can’t get those new appliances for Thanksgiving, then you can always put them on your holiday gift wish list.

    All of us at Reno’s wish you and your family a safe, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  4. Ranges & Cooktops | Paterson, NJ | Reno's Appliance

    Ranges & Cooktops | Paterson, NJ | Reno's Appliance

    There are a vast number of options in size, configurations, and cooking functions for ranges, cooktops, and ovens. This allows for better adaptability for your cooking needs and the physical restraints of your kitchen’s layout and space.

    Look at Your Kitchen’s Space Constraints

    Experts will tell you that for a smaller kitchen, with limited wall and cabinet space, a range is the best option. Cooktops take up counter space, but are beneficial in that they leave the space below available for storage. A single wall oven’s space needs are similar to a standard range, and offer the flexibility of placement. Double wall ovens take up the big chuck of space, removing nearly 30-33 inches of usable counter space.

    One Oven or Two?

    Take a realistic look at how you cook, and what you’ll need. Make sure you are not sacrificing too much just to make sure you can handle that one annual meal over the Holidays - sometimes termed the Thanksgiving Turkey Phenomenon! Focal Point? If your kitchen is in need of a focal point, a range is the path to take. Ranges can act as an anchor when other features lack visual appeal. Alternatively, window sinks or backsplashes can be the focal point and a cooktop will allow those to stand out.

    Aesthetic Preferences

    With so many options, choosing between a range and a cooktop oven combination can actually just come down to what you think looks better. If you prefer the impact of a pro-style cooking setup, then a range may suit you best. However, those who prefer a sleeker setup may opt for the cooktop with a wall oven underneath to achieve the look they want. It’s really up to you!

    Cost Differences

    There are two cost factors - the appliance itself, and the installation. Generally, if you’re looking to keep costs down, ranges are the way to go. They are generally easy to install, but the top-of the line ranges are quite pricey and not necessarily more affordable than the cooktop oven combinations. Another consideration is replacement costs. Should one component of a range fail, you have to replace both the stovetop and the oven. With the separate cooktop and oven arrangement, you can replace only the malfunctioning part. However, with cooktops and ovens varying in size from brand to brand, and since they typically are closely integrated your options may be fewer when it comes to replacing options. Ranges are more standard and are easily replaced.

    To learn more about the different ranges and cooktops that Reno’s Appliance offers, please visit our showroom at 235 McLean Ave in Paterson or visit us online.

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