For some households, the New Year means a new opportunity to learn how to cook more at home! It’s easy to get into the habit of stopping for fast food or takeout on the way home after a long day. But overall, cooking at home is generally more affordable and nutritious. Plus, you can experiment with new recipes and get into a new habit of enjoying home cooking on the regular. When you’re familiar with cooking often, this lends more freedom to eating what you want including more recipes from different cuisines.
Christmas and Hanukkah are almost here and it’s time to plan for your holiday prime rib roast! Tacoma Boys’ meat case and butcher counter offers multiple cuts and types of meat. This means you can stay prepared for the holidays with your choice of meat and seafood. A huge variety of already-assembled entrees like stuffed chicken breast or pork chops bring the flavor and cut down on prep time, too. But for Christmas or other winter holidays, consider cooking prime rib for a traditional and tasty dinner main!
Dessert wine is a sweet and fruity option that can be enjoyed at any time, but especially after dinner. During the holiday season, celebratory dinners tend to involve tasty desserts and after-dinner drinks to enjoy. Why not combine the two for some dessert wine sipping? Tacoma Boys’ vast selection of beer and wine means there is a refreshing option for everyone to try! This includes a variety of wines that are perfect for tasting alongside dessert or after dinner.
Tacoma Boys wide selection of fresh Christmas trees is back for another season! The beautiful tradition makes the season extra special, signaling the presence of the holiday in the home. Whether short or tall, bright green or white and flocked, we have the perfect Christmas tree for every home. And with trees, wreaths, and garland, there’s nothing quite like the fragrance of fresh evergreen or pine!
Winter is rolling in quickly which means it’s time to roundup a long list of your favorite soup recipes to keep you warm and cozy this cold season. Nothing beats a hot bowl of your favorite soup when the weather is cold and grey, especially in the Pacific Northwest! What better way than to plan ahead for the new season with fresh winter produce and the ultimate winter soup recipe lineup?!
Tacoma Boys’ Favorite Soup
Okay, to be honest, Tacoma Boys doesn’t have a favorite soup – it’s too difficult to decide on just one! What we do know is that your local Tacoma Boys is stocked with every soup essential you can think of. From canned goods to broth, produce, and even bacon, you’re sure to be covered this winter season to whip up some of your favorite soup!
Beans are a popular soup ingredient in various recipes – and for good reason! Legumes are packed with fiber, protein, and provide a hearty component to lighter soups. Some of Tacoma Boys’ favorite legumes for soups include black beans, kidney beans, lentils, and garbanzo beans.
Field Day Organic
Black beans, pinto beans, ranchero chili beans, cannellini beans, kidney, and garbanzo beans.
Great northern beans, kidney beans, aduki beans, pinto beans, and black beans.
Pepper Creek Farms
A great choice for dried beans vs canned. Offers more unique beans such as canary and black calypso beans!
Broth or stock is the base of most, if not all soups! Depending on what type of broth is chosen, it can add a great deal of flavor and richness to your soup. Beef broth works great for rich chili while seafood stock works great for creamy soups such as clam chowder. No matter the soup you have on your list, Tacoma Boys’ broth selection is stocked, pun intended.
Beef Bone Broth
Chicken Bone Broth
Chicken & Beef Broth
Bison Apple Cider Bone Broth
Turkey Cranberry Sage Bone Broth
Homestyle Savory Chicken Bone Broth
No Chicken Vegan Broth
Other Soup Essentials
Depending on the type of soup you’re making, there are many different options for add-ins. Hempler’s Original Center Cut Bacon works great for potato soup while Smith Brother’s Whole Milk is a high quality option for a creamy based chowder. The possibilities are endless for winter soups!
Follow Your Heart Dairy-Free Sour Cream to top a vegan chili
Niman Ranch Applewood Smoked Uncured Ham for a ham & potato soup
Tacoma Boys Carolina Reaper Salsa for a spicy tortilla soup
Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk for a creamy curry soup
Manischewitz Medium Egg Noodles for classic chicken noodle soup
Muir Glen Organic Diced Tomatoes for a hearty lasagna soup
As always, produce is a must for any dish, including soup! Using produce in soup is a great way to hide leafy greens that may tend to scare some away when found in its purest form. Adding loads of fresh produce to soup recipes is a sure way to get nutrients that are needed for everyday life. Afterall, keeping your immune system in check during the cold season is essential. Some of Tacoma Boys’ favorite winter produce includes: Kabocha squash, carrots, pumpkin, parsnips, brussels sprouts, and swiss chard!
Winter Soup Recipes
What’s on the menu for your winter soup recipe list?! If you don’t have any, Tacoma Boys has you covered, as always. We’ve gathered a list of soup recipes that are guaranteed to be soup-er.
This tomato soup uses Tacoma Boys’ delicious fresh grape tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, herbs, and sweet onion for the ultimate comfort food dish.
1 sweet onion, roughly chopped
2 cups fresh grape tomatoes
8 garlic cloves
10 fresh basil leaves
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp pepper
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
2 cups Pacific Foods vegetable broth
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit while you prep.
Place the onion on the bottom of a 9×9 baking dish. Add the tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil, salt, oregano, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
Bake for 30 minutes until the tomatoes are blistered and the onions are cooked through.
Pour everything into a high speed blender and blend until completely smooth.
Pour back into a saucepan and add the vegetable broth. Cook over medium heat for about 5-10 minutes until hot. Season with more salt and pepper as needed.
Pre-Made Soup from Tacoma Boys
If making soup from scratch isn’t your thing, Tacoma Boys carries pre-made soup options ranging from mixes to canned soup. This is a great option to have on hand when you’re in need of throwing together something quick and easy for dinner!
Rao’s Sausage & Potato Soup
Namaste Gluten Free Hearty Vegetable Soup
Bar Harbor Clam Chowder
Safe Harvest Dairy Free Shrimp Bisque
Bear Creek Vegetable Beef Soup Mix
Rill Foods Tekoa Split Pea Soup Mix
Anderson House Chicken Noodle Soup Mix
Hop into the Tacoma Boys closest to you to grab all of the ingredients to satisfy your soup needs! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to grab one of Tacoma Boys’ very own to guide you through the store to find what you’re looking for.
Don’t forget to shop early this season for Christmas Trees! TREES ARE SELLING FAST. Click here for more info on Tacoma Boys’ Christmas Trees this year!
For those with a sweet tooth, Thanksgiving desserts are the best part of the holiday! And it’s something to look forward to and plan all season long. Classics like pumpkin or apple pie are popular for good reason. But if you want to get a bit more creative with nontraditional desserts, there are plenty of tasty recipes to try. Read on for examples of 5 unique Thanksgiving desserts plus snacks for your holiday spread.
From sweet or dry, to fruity or acidic, Tacoma Boys has plenty of Thanksgiving wines to try. A wide selection of hundreds of domestic and imported bottles means there is an option for everyone at the table! And red, white, and rosé wines all go so well with the rich and light flavors of Thanksgiving dinner.
While turkey is an obvious choice for many, Thanksgiving ham can be a nice alternative for the holiday. Many people also tend to get more creative with side dishes and enjoy turkey just for tradition. Instead of a big bird for the holiday, switch it up with a Thanksgiving ham! There are plenty of ways to prepare and season ham or ham steaks for your dinner.
Appetizers and starters like holiday charcuterie boards are great for snacking and enjoying quality time with friends and family. When hosting for the holidays, you can arrange your own version of a holiday charcuterie cheese board with seasonal ingredients. Foods like pomegranate arils, caramelized onion jam, and even wedges of roasted squash or pumpkin can bring fun flavor and a seasonal holiday twist to your spread.
There’s nothing as fun as tasty as celebrating the spooky season with Halloween treats and snacks! And we’re not just talking about kids’ parties. Fall season and Halloween themed parties are always fun with friends and family to spend time with. Celebrate the harvest season and get creative with Halloween treats in different shapes and colors.