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Holidays

Pumpkin Carving

We’re in the thick of the fall season and Halloween is here. Sure, dressing up in a costume and trick-or-treating s fun, but another beloved Halloween pastime is pumpkin carving. For those new to carving fun jack-o-lanterns for Halloween, here are some helpful tips.

Choose The Right Tools
A knife or an exacto knife should suffice, depending on the intricacy of your design. But remember to always cut away from yourself and keep your fingers out of the way.

Use A Spoon
First, use your hands to scoop out the slimy pulp and seeds. Once most of it is out, go back in with a spoon to scrape the sides of the pumpkin in an effort to get the last bit of seeds out. This, in turn, makes it easier to carve.

Cut The Lid At An Angle
To prevent the lid from falling through, cut it at a 45 degree angle and angle inwards. This creates a resting spot for the lid.

Trace The Pattern
For intricate designs, use a ballpoint pen to trace the design using transfer paper (face down) onto your pumpkin.

Make Use Of Scraps
You can use the scraps you cut out of the pumpkin to further decorate it. Consider a bow, a tongue, or even numbers for the year.

Roast Those Seeds
Separate the seeds from the slimy strings by using a strainer and rinsing them under room temperature water. Once separated, dry the seeds and then roast them in your oven for a tasty snack.

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Why not pay us a visit before you head out for your Halloween festivities? Don’t forget – we are now open until 7pm on weekdays, and you can also get our food delivered via DoorDash or UberEATS.

Improve Your Potato Salad

Potato salad is a wonderful side dish for picnics, potlucks, and parties alike. However, it is very easy to prepare it improperly. If you’re planning on whipping up a batch of potato salad, be sure to avoid these common mistakes.

  • Mistake: Picking the wrong kinds of potatoes.
    There are different types of potatoes, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. For potato salad, you want potatoes that are not starchy as those are more prone to breaking up.

Go with ‘waxy’ varieties instead (like Fingerling or Red Bliss potatoes). These potatoes are sturdier, thus, better suited to be mixed in potato salad.

  • Mistake: Under-seasoning your potatoes.
    Sure, you can season the potatoes after boiling them, but salting the water beforehand helps them reach their true flavor potential, making your salad better overall.

Seasoning your pot of water with salt before boiling potatoes is a small but important step. Think of it as if you were prepping pasta – a dash of salt in your pot of water beforehand can go a long way.

  • Mistake: Overheating your potatoes.
    Do not put your potatoes into a pot of boiling salty water – you will end up with potatoes that are spongy on the outside and hard on the inside.

Instead, start with cold, salty water and then put your potatoes in. Slowly bring it all to a boil so that your potatoes cook evenly.

  • Mistake: Cooking your potatoes for too long.
    When it comes to potato salad, you don’t want your potatoes to be crunchy, nor mushy. They need to be somewhere in the middle, but most people overcook their potatoes to err on the side of caution. The result: nearly mashed potatoes salad.

For chunky yet soft texture, cook your potatoes until they are soft enough to be easily penetrated by a fork. If your fork causes the potato to break apart, they’re overcooked. Getting to the right doneness takes about 8-12 minutes so be sure to monitor your potatoes closely when they reach that threshold.

  • Mistake: Cutting your potatoes into vastly different shapes and sizes.
    Potatoes that vary in size and shape will cook at different speeds. If your salad contains cubes of different sizes, you’ll end up with a mix of overcooked and undercooked pieces.

Take the time to cut your potatoes as uniformly as possible. This will help make the cooking process easier and you’ll be able to tell if they are ready by testing just one cube.

  • Mistake: Applying the finishing touches at the wrong time.
    With mayo-based dressing, many make the mistake of applying it right after the potatoes are done. This warms up the mayo, causing it to melt and lose its texture. On the other hand, with vinaigrette-based dressing, many make the mistake of waiting for the potatoes to cool, which makes it harder for them to absorb the flavor.

Instead, for mayo-based dressing, let your spuds cool down for about half an hour before dressing. For vinaigrette-based dressing, toss it in while the potatoes are still warm so that the dressing can marinate more effectively.

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Summer Party Tips

Summer is in full effect! Your schedule is likely filling up quickly, from Fourth of July barbecues to vacations to casual summer soirées. While it’s fun being a guest, hosting has its own perks as well. If you plan on hosting your own summer party, here are some fun entertaining tips.

  • Choose a color scheme.
    Themed parties are fun, but not for everyone. Instead, try a simple color scheme ask guests to dress in the colors. For example, if you’re throwing a 4th of July party, you can go with red, white and blue. To further tie the party together, apply your color scheme of choice to your food as well.
  • Prepare food ahead of time.
    Don’t get stuck in the kitchen after your guests have arrived. Try using a slow cooker to prepare food early and keep it warm. If you are set on grilling burgers and dogs, prepare any side dishes, toppings, and condiments beforehand.
  • Mix it up.
    When thinking about your menu, feel free to serve a mix of guest favorites as well as some new recipes. Take it a step further by putting a modern spin on a traditional recipe. Guests can enjoy the foods they love while trying something new with you.
  • Be mindful of summer weather.
    Scorching hot or not, it’s important to stay hydrated. Have a cooler filled with ice and bottled waters, or you can set up a water station with a variety of infused waters. You may also consider leaving a basket filled with sunscreen, bug spray, and paper fans for guests to use.
  • Label it.
    Whether it’s the food or your drink, labels can help your guests while doubling as added party décor. Keep track of drinks by using wrapping paper, origami, or other hand drawn designs and double stick tape. Tie it together by using your color scheme. You can do the same for your dishes, or utilize signs, placards or mini chalkboards. You can even put down brown butcher paper or parchment paper and write the names of the dishes around the plate.
  • Nice ice.
    Wow your guests with your fruit and herb ice cubes. Add berries, stone fruits, basil, mint, or other fruits and herbs to ice trays with water, and then freeze them. They’ll look great and keep drinks cool.
  • Herbs for unwanted guests.
    Aside from adding flavor to your food, hardy herbs can also act as natural bug repellents. Keep a few sprigs on the grill or in a fire pit to keep the bugs away.
  • Make clean up part of the décor.
    Have your guests help keep the party tidy by providing waste containers around the party area. They don’t have to be an eyesore – you can use lined wicker baskets, galvanized steel buckets, or even aluminum pails.Share your own party and entertaining tips with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest!

Just a friendly reminder that we will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2019, for the holiday. Our normal store hours (7:00am-4:00pm) will resume on Friday, July 5, 2019. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. Please be safe and have a Happy Independence Day!

Popular St. Patrick’s Day Foods

This Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day – a holiday in which many of us don green apparel and indulge in Irish food and drinks. But some of the iconic dishes we associate with the holiday are not that authentic. Find out more about the history of these St. Patrick’s Day foods.

Corned Beef & Cabbage
Beloved by many beyond the holiday, corned beef and cabbage surprisingly is not something you would eat in Ireland to celebrate, despite its popularity in the U.S. So how did it come to be closely tied with the Irish culture?

During the time of the Irish immigration to the U.S., the first generation of Irish Americans were looking comfort food from home. Because they couldn’t afford pricey pork and bacon products, they turned to beef brisket, the cheapest cut of meat. They then adopted the brining technique of the Eastern Europeans. They used corn-sized salt crystals during the brining process, and thus, corned beef was born. It was then paired with cabbage since it was one of the cheapest vegetables available.

Irish Soda Bread
The misleading name may make you think there is Coke or Pepsi in this bread, but that is not the case. “Soda” refers to bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, which is a leavening agent and one of the main elements that gives this bread its distinct flavor. Back then, bread was baked over an open fire in a round pot or casserole, or baked on an iron plate over remaining embers. This explains why the bread is round and cut into pie pieces. Traditional Irish soda bread is plain, although you may find it flecked with currants or other fruits in the United States. Fruits are only added for special occasions, in which case the bread goes by a different name.

Guinness
The inspiration for this Irish stout beer came from Great Britain, as it was created in the style of an English porter brew from the late 18th century. Arthur Guinness began making the tangy, creamy, dark beer at St. James’s Gate in Dublin in 1759. It took a decade for his ales to hit the public in England, and then 71 years later, they debuted in New York.

Colcannon
This traditional Irish dish is made of boiled potatoes mashed up with cabbage or kale, and then mixed with onions and butter or cream. The word “colcannon” comes from the Gaelic “cal ceannann” which translates to white-headed cabbage.

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Join us this weekend for a yummy Corned Beef & Swiss sandwich or any of your favorites! We’re located at 105 East Arrow Highway (the northeast corner of E Arrow Hwy & Garey Ave) and open weekdays 7:00am-4:00pm & Saturdays 8:00am-4:30pm.

Food-Related Resolutions For 2019

Now is the time for New Year’s resolutions. While many turn to resolutions that alter their diet and exercise routines, here are some food-related resolutions that can lead to a delicious New Year.

No-Cost Kitchen Makeover
After spending extra time in your kitchen over the holidays, you’ve likely noticed that your kitchen could use a good makeover. Aside from deep cleaning the entire kitchen, you should also try purging. You can take it step by step, or if you’re feeling ambitious, knock it out in a day or two.

  • Take an appliance inventory – Think about how often you use them or whether or not you truly need them. If you haven’t used it in over a year, or if it’s only good for one thing, you can probably get rid of it. And, if it’s broken and irreparable, toss it. You can always sell or donate the functioning items you decide to part with.
  • Next up are gadgets, dishes, and utensils. Novelty items such as egg, banana, or tomato slicers can go since you probably own a knife. If you have an overflow of dinner plates and mismatched mugs, simply keep what you need to serve guests. The rest can be discarded or placed into storage somewhere outside of the kitchen.
  • Spices and dried herbs can definitely grow old in your kitchen. With that said, ground spices can go stale and lose flavor in as little as eight months. Take a look at what you can keep and which should be tossed, and then do the same with dry ingredients like flours, beans, and grains.
  • If you’ve got storage containers without lids, let them go. You’re not going to find that lid and there’s not much else you can do with it.
  • Clear out that freezer. Do an inventory and throw away foods you’re not going to eat. Then deep clean that freeze before you restock it.

Learn A New Cuisine
Expand your culinary horizons by learning a new cuisine that takes you out of your comfort zone. No matter which cuisine you choose for whatever reason, dive in. It’s not just about learning the new food and creating delicious meals – you can also learn about another culture, language or history based on the different cooking techniques and recipes you acquire.

Once you’ve narrowed the cuisine down, look for cookbooks aimed for beginners. Most of these cookbooks will include a section at the beginning to familiarize you with ingredients and techniques that might be new to you, and will likely break the cuisine down by region or style (sometimes you’ll find a glossary, too).

It’s key to try the recipes more than once and practice the hard parts. You should also taste the expert’s version of the dishes you’re learning so you can compare and improve. Don’t expect to master it, as it can take a lifetime, but stay dedicated to improving your skills and enjoy the good food along the way.

Master A New Cooking Technique
If you would rather not tackle a whole cuisine, try learning a new cooking technique instead. While not necessarily easier, mastering a new technique takes practice and lots of it. With the constant repetition, you will be able to notice and understand the subtle nuances and refine your skills.

And challenge yourself to focus more on learning the actual technique than buying a new appliance and learning how to use that. Utilize your current resources and master the basics of the cooking technique of your choice.

Meal Planning
Meal planning can be intimidating a first, but once you find recipes you like and a routine you can work with, it can be a breeze. If your weeknights are too busy to cook even simple meals, try setting aside some time on the weekend to prepare a few meals at once. Casseroles can be relatively easy and can make a few meals in one batch. You can try to make one for the beginning of the week, and then freeze another for the second half of the week. If you’re just cooking for yourself, you can make one or two dishes and store them in single-serving containers before freezing.

Giving yourself options ensures that you have enough variety to ensure you don’t get sick of your food. And if the thought of cooking so much food at once may seem overwhelming, you will find that once you actually get to cooking, it isn’t so bad. The key is choosing foods you like and recipes that match your cooking skill level.

Start A New Tradition
If the aforementioned resolutions seem like a bit more than you can chew, you can still enjoy kitchen time by starting a new food tradition. Whether with friends or family, you can resolve to get together for a yummy meal every week, or once a month, depending on what your schedule permits. For example, you can do Friday Night Meatballs, Pizza Sunday, or whatever pleases your palate.

You can spend quality time with family cooking the meal together, assigning each member a specific cooking task so that you can all enjoy the fruits of your labor. If it’s a get together with friends, you can do themed nights pot-luck style so that everyone can contribute.

Whatever tradition you start, remember it is about sharing, not showing off. Dishes need not be fancy or perfect, but more about sharing your labor of love with the people you love.

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Just a friendly reminder that we will be closed on Monday December 31, 2018 and Tuesday January 1, 2019 – normal store hours resume Wednesday January 2, 2019. We appreciate your understanding and would like to sincerely thank you for your support. We are excited for what 2019 will bring. Happy New Year from everyone at the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli!

Have A Healthy & Happy Holiday Season!

We all know it can be hard to stay healthy during the holidays. Amid all the holiday stress, comfort foods and various gatherings, it can be difficult to stay on track. Luckily, there are some smart ways to make healthy choices.

Stay Active
We all lead busy lives, and for whatever reason, it seems to be heightened as the year draws to an end. Our normal routines are inundated with parties, shopping, special traditions and more, but we must remember to make our health a priority. Despite a busier schedule, you should still set aside some time to exercise. Remember,  a little goes a long way and something is better than nothing.

Keep Plates Small & Colorful
Indulging during the holidays can feel like a tradition for many of us. To prevent yourself from going overboard, choose small plates and fill them with naturally colored foods (think fruits and vegetables). Bu choosing fruits and vegetables, you are getting more nutrients and less calories, which is a win-win. If you can’t commit to a full plate, set a goal for filling at least half of your plate with fruits and vegetables.

Make A Healthy Dish
To make it easy on the host or hostess, most gatherings are potluck style, which works in your favor. You can choose to bring a healthy dish so that you have a smart option if the rest of the food available is too heavy. And while it’s fine to sample the other dishes, it’s important to be mindful of portions.

Watch Those Drinks
Eggnog and hot chocolate are nearly synonymous with the holiday season. They can be a nice treat, but if you drink too much, you’ll end up with an excess of sugar and calories. The same goes for soda, alcohol, and other sweet drinks that often take the place of water at holiday events. Stay hydrated and healthy by drinking water and remember that beverages also affect our caloric intake.

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Friendly reminder, in order for our staff to enjoy the holidays, we will be closed on Monday & Tuesday December 24-25, 31, 2018 and January 1, 2019. We appreciate your understanding.

Season’s Greetings from the Brick family to yours!

Dinner Party Etiquette

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, you will likely be attending more and more dinner parties, whether it’s a work event or hosted by family or friends. Whether you’re in someone’s home or out at a restaurant or banquet hall, keep these dinner party etiquette tips in mind.

Before The Dinner
It is always best to respond whether or not an RSVP was requested. If not explicitly offered, refrain from asking if you can bring extra guests. The exception is if your family is invited to someone’s home for dinner – then you should ask if children are included. If so, be sure your children are on their best behavior.

Gift
Bring a host or hostess gift if you will be dining at the home of a friend or family member. Keep in mind that most dinners have carefully planned menu items so do not expect your gift to be used during the meal.

Getting Started
Seating depends on the host or hostess. Some formal parties may have place cards for where the host or hostess wants you to sit. If not, ask if there are seating preferences and wait until the host sits before you do. Sometimes, a blessing will be said before dinner. If you do not follow the beliefs of the prayer, respectful silence is acceptable. If the host offers a toast, lift your glass – a “clink” with someone else’s glass is not necessary.

Napkin
After sitting down, take a cue from your host or hostess for when to begin. When the host unfolds his or her napkin, you should do the same. However, if you are dining out, you should place your napkin on your lap immediately.

Your napkin should remain in your lap until you are finished eating. If you must get up at any time during the meal and plan to return, place the napkin on either side of your plate. Once finished completely, place your napkin on the table to the left of your plate.

When To Eat
At a restaurant, you should wait until all members of your group have been served before you begin eating. For private dinners, take cues from the host or hostess. For buffets, you may start when there are others seated at your table.

Silverware
Silverware can be tricky. Typically, it is best to start with the utensil that is farthest away from your plate and work your way toward the center of your place setting. However, if the host or hostess is doing something different, you may follow his or her lead. Your best bet is to remain as inconspicuous as possible.

Food
If the food are your dinner party is served at the table, the dishes should be passed n a counter-clockwise flow and remember to never reach across the table for anything. Ask that condiments be passed from the person closest to the item (salt and pepper should always be passed together). And always use the serving utensils, not your own, when lifting food from the serving dish.

Eating
Some common table manners and essential dining etiquette are as follows:

  • Turn off your cell phone before sitting down – it’s rude to talk on your phone or text while in the company of others.
  • Never talk when you have food in your mouth -even if someone asks you a question, wait until you swallow before answering.
  • Taste your food before you add salt, pepper, or other seasoning. Doing otherwise may be insulting to the host or hostess. If you are dining with a prospective employer, the person may perceive you as someone who acts without knowing the facts.
  • Don’t cut all your food before you begin eating – cut one or two bites at a time.
  • Never blow on your food – if it’s hot, wait a few minutes for it to cool off. And scoop soup away from you.
  • Some foods are meant to be eaten with your fingers – follow the lead of your host or hostess.
  • Stemmed glasses are meant to be held by the stem.
  • Break your bread into bite-sized pieces and butter only one bite at a time.
  • Unless you are allergic, try at least one or two bites of everything on your plate.
  • Compliment the hostess if you like the food, otherwise it’s best to keep mum.
  • Use your utensils for eating, not gesturing.
  • Keep your elbows off the table and rest the hand you are not using in your lap.
  • Eat slowly and pace yourself to finish at the same approximate time as the host or hostess.
  • Avoid burping or making other rude sounds at the table.
  • If you spill something at a restaurant, signal one of the servers to help. If you spill something at a private dinner party in someone’s home, pick it up and blot the spill. If necessary, offer to have it professionally cleaned.
  • When you finish eating, leave your utensils on your plate or in your bowl.
  • Never use a toothpick or dental floss at the table.
  • You may reapply your lipstick, but refrain from doing the rest of your makeup at the table.

After The Meal
As mentioned, after you finish eating, partially fold your napkin and place it to the left of your plate. Wait until the host or hostess signals that the meal is over before you stand. If nothing is planned after dinner, stick around for approximately an hour before thanking your host for dinner and leaving. For informal events, you may offer to help clean up.

Later
Always send the host or hostess a thank you note or card in the mail, but don’t wait more than a day or two after the event. You brief but heartfelt note should address the host or hostess, thank him or her for the lovely dinner, and include another short, positive comment to show your appreciation.

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Let us cater your next holiday party or event! You can view our menu online at BrickMarketDeli.com or call us at 909-596-5225 to explore your options.

Have A Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is here and there are so many things we are grateful for, one of which is our extraordinary customers who have helped us thrive over the years. Whether you have visited us on a whim, were recommended by others or have been with us from the beginning, we appreciate you giving us a chance and allowing us to do what we love.

We are also grateful for our amazing staff, who are dedicated to upholding our reputation for yummy sandwiches and excellent customer service. Your hard work does not go unnoticed and we appreciate each and every one of you.

In order to allow our staff to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, we will be closed for Thanksgiving weekend starting on Thursday, November 22, 2018. Our normal store hours will resume on Monday November 26, 2018. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and sincerely appreciate your understanding.

Wishing you a Thanksgiving filled with love, cheer, and good food. From everyone at the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli – Happy Thanksgiving!

Build The Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich

Thanksgiving is next week, but we have been thinking about Thanksgiving Leftover sandwiches all month. While we all have our own personal preferences, here are some sandwich tips to help you create a delicious Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich.

Bread Choice
It seems wrong to go out and buy bread specifically for a sandwich made from leftovers. As the name states, you should be using what you have on hand, which is what most of us can and will do. However, if you do go out of your way to get bread for this sandwich, the key is to get something that isn’t too bready. Since you will likely be creating a hefty sandwich, choose bread that’s strong enough to hold up without overpowering the ingredients.

A fresh Kaiser roll might be the best choice as it adds some flaky crispiness on the outside but is airy enough within to complement your leftovers. And this may cause a stir, but a wrap can also be a fine option as it allows for more of the stuff on the inside without adding too much starch. Also it helps to ensure your whole sandwich won’t fall apart while you eat it.

Easy Dressing/Gravy
First and foremost, avoid mustard. While it is a perfectly fine condiment, it doesn’t necessarily lend itself to this sandwich. If your sandwich consists of mainly turkey, then mustard is great. But because it’s such a strong flavor, it may be too intense for the rest of your ingredients. Instead, a neutral condiment like mayonnaise can help to add some greasy moisture to your sandwich.

You want to add gravy to your sandwich because we’re talking Thanksgiving here. But you have to be careful – too much gravy will soak your bread and create a soggy mess. To err on the side of caution for sliced bread, make sure there’s a dry ingredient between the bread and the gravy. If you want to avoid it all together, you can always have a little extra gravy on the side to dip your sandwich in.

Starches
You may be tempted to pile on the starches, like stuffing, mashed potatoes, and candied yams, but disrupting the starch-to-meat ratio will result in a dense, carb-heavy sandwich. If that’s what you like, we are definitely not here to judge. This is merely a suggestion to help balance out your sandwich.

Stuffing may be your best bet for a starch, but you have likely have many options, such as sweet potatoes or mac n’ cheese. Much like everything in this sandwich, go easy. If you are using a wrap, you can probably go with two starches, but keep portions and ratios in mind.

Dark Meat
While many may prefer white meat, whether for taste or health reasons, they may not realize how moist and tasty dark meat is. You don’t want to risk your sandwich being too dry, so when you can, go with dark meat.

Cranberry Sauce
A thin, well-distributed layer is such a good addition to your leftover sandwich. The tart, sweet and fruity flavors add moisture without overpowering the other flavors, nor creating a soggy sandwich.

Egg = Breakfast
Add an egg and you’ve got breakfast – enough said. This tactic allows you to wake up Friday morning and dig right back into your Thanksgiving food.

Follow Your Heart
Ultimately, it comes down to what you like in your sandwich (and what’s on hand – this is a leftovers sandwich). Trust your instincts with flavor and texture combinations, and if it doesn’t work out sometimes, lesson learned.

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For Thanksgiving week, we will be open for normal store hours (7:00am-4:00pm) on Monday-Wednesday, but will be closed Thursday-Saturday for the holiday. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. Hope to see you soon!

Food Safety Tips For Halloween

Trick-or-treating, costume parties, and apple bobbing are fun pastimes associated with Halloween. Unfortunately a lot can go wrong if the proper safety measures are not in place. To ensure your children are safe, follow these Halloween food safety tips via FDA.gov:

  • Snacking – Have your children eat a light meal or snack before they head out trick-or-treating. They should wait until they are home and you can inspect their treats before consuming them.
  • Safe Treats – Children should not accept, and especially not eat, anything that is not commercially wrapped. Inspect all candies for any signs of tampering, such as unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Toss anything that looks suspicious.
  • Food Allergies – If your child has a food allergy, check the label to ensure the allergen is not present. Seek houses with teal pumpkins on display, as these denote that non-food treats are available. Any home-baked goods he or she may have received should not be consumed.
  • Choking Hazards – These include gum, peanuts, hard candies, and small toys. If you have very young children, be sure to sort through their bags and remove these choking hazards.

Bobbing For Apples
This classic game has the potential for spreading bacteria that can cause foodborne illness.

  • To reduce the number of bacteria that might be present on apples and other raw fruits and vegetables, thoroughly rinse them under cool running water. Consider using a produce brush to remove surface dirt as well.
  • New spin on apple bobbing from FightBAC.org: Cut out apple shapes from red construction paper and write an activity on each (ex. do 5 jumping jacks). Place a paper clip on each apple and put them in a large basket. Tie a magnet to a string and let the children take turns “bobbing” and doing the activity written on the apple. Treat the kids to fresh apples after you are done.

Party At Home

  • Unpasteurized juice or cider can contain harmful bacteria such as salmonella. Stay safe by always serving pasteurized products at your parties.
  • Resist the urge to taste raw cookie dough or cake batter that contains uncooked eggs.
  • Keep all perishable foods chilled until serving time – bacteria will creep up on you if you let food sit out too long. These include finger sandwiches, cheese platters, fruit or tossed salads, cold pasta dishes with meat, poultry or seafood, and cream pies or cakes with whipped-cream and cream-cheese frostings. Don’t leave perishable goodies out of the fridge for more than two hours (1 hour in temperatures above 90°F).

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Fuel up at the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli before you head out for your Halloween fun! We will have normal store hours for Halloween on Wednesday, October 31 (7:00am-4:00pm; breakfast served until 10:30am). You may also order our food for delivery via DoorDash or UberEATS.