Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

Thanksgiving is all about harvesting, whether it’s the fruits of your labor in the kitchen, gathering new or true friends around, or basking in the warmth of your family. Here are some ways to help with your kitchen harvest.

Williams-Sonoma is synonymous with great kitchen tools and equipment, which is why cooks and people who simply love food have headed there for more than five decades. With an autumn-theme serving set, and some primers from their complimentary weekly technique classes, you’ll be ready to celebrate with the people you love. Parents can head to a Williams-Sonoma in the city this month for free technique classes, including Let’s Talk Turkey (11/1), Stress-free Thanksgiving (11/8), Thanksgiving Desserts (11/15), Classic Thanksgiving Recipes (11/22), Holiday Samples & Gifts (11/29), and Hosting A Cookie Exchange (12/6). Consider Williams-Sonoma to be your kitchen away from home, and stop in to your closest store for the things you need, whether it’s a ladle, All-Clad roaster, Oak and Acorn Tureens, or technique tips that will render cooking easier and food more delicious; http://www.williams-sonoma.com

Feeling too busy and frantic to tackle everything connected to Thanksgiving (or life in general?). Give yourself and your family a break by having delicious OMG Cupcakes delivered straight to your door! Try vegan, traditional or gluten-free in an array of mouth-watering flavors and inventive presentations. Order up at http://www.letseat.at/OMGCupcakesNYC or simply call 201-522-6610. Deliveries Tuesday – Saturday from 10am through 8pm, from Canal Street to 96th Street.

You’ll want to pack up turkey sandwiches and sweet potatoes for school lunches, so check out the vintage lunchboxes at Awesome Avenue’s online store. If you have older children, they’ll love the site’s retro T-shirts too. Also, there’s a selection of appealing toys on this one-stop website; find everything at http://www.awesomeave.com

Sun Ridge Farms offers natural goodies for kids as a lunchbox surprise, including vitamin-enriched Organic Sunny Worms, and Frosted Star Cookies that will feel like a treat. Parents will appreciate and perhaps require the Sun Ridge Omega 3 Energy Mix. These earth-friendly foods have been manufactured by Sun Ridge since 1977, and their organic and natural snack line includes more than 1,000 offerings, free of artificial ingredients. Choose what strikes your fancy at http://www.SunRidgeFarms.com.

Happy Thanksgiving – we’re grateful for you, our readers!

Originally published November 2009
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