Thanks to our corn maze explorers for donating to Stouffville Food Bank

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by Jay Reesor

This past fall at our farm corn maze we gathered the entrance fee and accepted donations from customers to give to the Whitchurch-Stouffville Food Bank. This month I was very happy to present Board member Charlotte Chesham with a cheque for $1147.75 on behalf of our customers at Reesor’s Farm Market.

Recently we harvested 8,000 lbs of corn from the maze (grain corn, not sweet corn in case you’re wondering) and we’ll be donating the proceeds from the sale of the corn to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. CFGB is a great organization that works in the developing world helping people grow more food to better feed their families and providing food in times of crisis for hungry people.

On behalf of my family and all of the staff at Reesor’s, I wish you a very happy Christmas and holiday season and I hope for all good things for you and your family in 2015.

Learn more about both of these charitable organizations here:

http://www.wsfoodbank.com
http://foodgrainsbank.ca

Caramelized Onion & Cheese Mini Pizzas

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These pizzas are hearty, party finger food when made mini-style or you can roll out the dough into one large piece to make a pizza for an informal supper with a side salad. Caramelized onions are wonderfully rich, golden brown and sweet.

Make ahead tips:

1. You can prepare the onions the day before and refrigerate them, or prepare them while the dough rises.

2. You can assemble the unbaked pizzas, freeze them flat on a cookie sheet, then transfer to a tightly sealed container, and bake them as needed.

Pizza Dough

Make pizza dough using your favourite recipe or use purchased pizza dough from Reesor’s.

Let the dough rise in an oiled bowl, sealed with plastic wrap in a warm place until it’s doubled in size.
On a floured counter use your hands to shape the dough into a cylinder about 18” long.
Using a large, sharp knife cut the dough into about 24 pieces, about the size of a golf ball.
Using your hands or a rolling pin flatten each piece of dough until it’s about 1/4” thick and about 3” in diameter. If you can’t make it perfectly round, don’t worry.  Call them rustic!

Sprinkle corn meal on a cookie sheet. Place about 12 pieces of the rolled out dough on the prepared cookie sheet in even rows about 1” apart.

Toppings

Caramelized onions (see recipe below)
1 1/2 cup grated Mozzarella, Asiago or your favourite cheese
1/4 cup finely grated, Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Dijon style mustard
Sprinkle of thyme or your favourite herb

Allow about 45 minutes to caramelize the onions with occasional stirring.  They should end up soft and still have structure. Using a large frying pan and not over-crowding the onions allows the onions’ sugars to caramelize more quickly and reduce in size. Otherwise the onions will first have to steam and then evaporate the water from the onions before they caramelize.

Caramelized Onions

4 large Ontario onions, cut in half, then sliced about 1/8” thick.
1-2 Tbsp cooking oil
1/8 tsp salt

Pre-heat a large frying pan over medium heat.  Add the oil and then add the sliced onions.
Moderate the heat as needed. Keep the heat high enough to keep them cooking, but don’t let them burn. If necessary add a little water to get the bits that stick to the bottom of the pan.

Assemble the pizzas

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Using the back of a spoon, spread Dijon style mustard on top of each piece of dough.
Place 1-2 Tbsp of the caramelized onion on top of the mustard on the dough.
Sprinkle about 1 Tbsp of the cheese & a little Parmesan on top.
Add a pinch of thyme or your favourite herb on top.

Bake on the lowest rack of the oven for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the bottom of the pizza is golden brown.

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A gift of good food is always appreciated

Reesor’s Market & Bakery provides solutions to many of the people on your Christmas and holiday gift list. Whether you are in need of family, friend, employee or client gifts, we are here to help.

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Week-end Breakfast Box, $75

We have seven gift boxes ranging in price from $30 to $100 or create your own custom gift box including your favourite Reesor’s baking, coffee, maple syrup or anything else in the store.  We offer 10% off when you purchase 10 or more gift boxes. We can ship your gift boxes anywhere in the GTA.

Consider giving our lovely gift certificates so your family and friends can pick out their favourite soups, casseroles, fresh produce, cheese, meat or flowers at their leisure.

Do you have vegetarians or people who are avoiding gluten on your gift list? We have a wide range of vegetarian and GF foods too.

Come in to see us at 5758 Main St., Stouffville or phone 905-642-2270 to place your order. You can see more gift boxes at: www.reesors.ca/gift-boxes/

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Garlic Lover’s Delight, $65

Is it our imagination or do flowers look the most beautiful during winter in Canada?

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From young to old most everyone appreciates receiving flowers, but it’s in the wintertime that flowers really bring a smile to your recipient’s face and bring life and freshness to your home.  Keep checking at Reesor’s throughout December for cut flowers, seasonal centrepieces, potted outdoor urns, poinsettias and potted plants.

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Are you too busy to bake Christmas cookies?

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Let Reesor’s do your baking and you’ll receive the compliments about the real homemade taste of our cookies, squares and cakes made with lots of pure chocolate, fruit, butter and nuts.

Our bakers are going full tilt now baking up shortbread, chocolate crinkle cookies, lemon bars, citrus coconut bars, jewel bars and several more special seasonal cookies. Our fruit cakes were made a while back, so their flavours could mellow. Plus we’re baking our usual assortment of cookies, pies and breads.

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Our baker Pam with Jewel Bars, a delicious blend of mixed nuts, candied cherries & chocolate on a shortbread crust.

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New this year: Savoury Rosemary & Caramelized Onion Shortbread

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Gluten Free Shortbread & Nanaimo Bars