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I am spending Thanksgiving alone this year and was wondering where I can get good homestyle thanksgiving food for one or two. I was thinking maybe Loblaws would have something good. Any suggestions?

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  1. Summerhill Market is catering a full traditional dinner for $19 per person. Includes all the trimmings and their food is excellent. You can place orders up to Saturday for pickup on Monday. They really do exceptional food, in fact, they were voted #1 in a Toronto Star pot pie contest last week. Happy Thanksgiving, and I hope that you are alone by choice and if not, that next year finds you in good company.

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    1. re: millygirl

      What I have done for several years is buy a skin on Turkey breast and leg at Loblaws then sew it together Franken-turkey style there is enough skin on the leg to allow a good protion of stuffing to be inserted.. and I have turkey dinner for 1 with lots of leftovers in a third the time of cooking a small turkey.. does not look pretty but tastes perfectly good..

      1. re: millygirl

        Thanks Millygirl. A bit of a rough year without getting into specifics however most of my family is visiting the States so I find myself alone, not an ultra big deal. Thanks for the tips on Summerhill Market, do you happen do know where it is?

        1. re: callitasicit

          Summerhill Market is at 446 Summerhill, off Bayview and Moore Park area. Not to be confused with the Five Thiefs aka Harvest Wagon, etc near Summerhill and Yonge. They have a great website summerhillmarket.com Let me know if you end up there. The price is so reasonable, I'm still debating whether or not to bother myself or just order. Although I love to cook, sometimes life is just too short. Esp. these great fall days. Cheers!

          1. re: millygirl

            Thanks for this recommendation millygirl! The BF and I are busy packing up his apartment this weekend and were wondering when we'd find the time to cook a turkey...but still wanted a turkey dinner. Summerhill Market sounds like just what we were looking for!

            1. re: jayzie1

              I just noticed their thanksgiving menu is on the website. Just click on catering and you will see it to the left. Enjoy.

              1. re: millygirl

                I just ordered from them for Sunday and they confirmed via e-mail. I splurged and got a huge number of extras so I could try lots of everything and make a true Thanksgiving pig of myself. I can't wait - the menu sounds delicious! I'll post Sunday evening as to how it turns out.

            2. re: millygirl

              Thanks Millygirl. I placed an order there for one and it sounds really good. I am looking forward to trying it out. Have you ever had the pumpkin cheesecake, if so is it good?

              1. re: millygirl

                Do you know offhand if the "turkey gravy" is actual gravy from roasted turkeys or it if it from powder? I'd love to order from them but powdered gravy would be a big disappointment to me.

                1. re: vorpal

                  Chris Klugman is their Executive Chef and is very approachable and personable. You could always call him and ask but I can pretty much guarantee that the gravy is the real deal. Their food is amazing and it is all top ingredients.
                  I've not had the pumpkin cheesecake but I have had many other items from the bakery including pumpkin pie.....trust me everything is fabulous. You won't be disappointed. I must sound like the owner or something....I wish....just a good customer....I love it there.

                2. re: millygirl

                  This place looks awesome! I think I'm going to check out the soups and pot pies one of these days on my way home. Thanks.

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                  Summerhill Market
                  446 Summerhill Ave, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

                  1. re: JamieK

                    He, heh....we're having their chicken pot pie tonight. They come in various sizes which is really nice. Fabulous pastry and very saucy, great for dippin'. Ever since the Toronto Star review last week they have been selling like crazy.

                    1. re: millygirl

                      Mmmm, love saucy pot pies. Definitely going this week.

                      1. re: JamieK

                        Had the pot pie last night and it was THE BEST EVER!!!! Filled with big chunks of white meat, nice thick sauce and the pastry was wonderful. Didn't even need the bread because the pastry held up so nicely. It's not cheap but the freshest ingredients are used and they don't cheap out. Enjoy!!

                        1. re: millygirl

                          Had the chicken pot pie last night and it was excellent, best I've every had. At first bite, I thought, hmm not salty enough, then I realized I'm used to the over-salted prepared or frozen pot pies we usually get. My tastebuds needed to adjust to a normal balanced level of saltiness. The sauce is indeed plentiful and flavourful, the veggies fresh and identifiable, the chicken chunks huge and tender. Very tasty. With the addition of a salad, a baguette and a bottle of wine, we had an enjoyable meal.

                          Pricey yes, but the large was more than enough to feed my family of three (we have some leftover, the pie is quite filling) and cost less than what we pay for a pizza delivered as we often do on Friday nights. And healthier. Thanks for the tip, Milly.

                          1. re: JamieK

                            You guys are getting me far too excited about the Thanksgiving food I'm getting from them tomorrow! And I'm very glad I read this before I headed out to pick my feast up - I'll be sure to also grab one of their pot pies while I'm there, too.

                            1. re: vorpal

                              Just so you know, it gets very busy there and not much parking. Don't know if it's just because of Thanksgiving or if it's always like that, but yesterday at about noon, the lot was full and I had to park about two blocks away, and about half the pot pies were already gone! So, the earlier the better. Enjoy your feast (and hope you're feeling better).

                              1. re: vorpal

                                Summerhill Market use to be one of the best kept secrets.. now I fear I've let the cat outta the bag so to speak. Busy isn't the word....after all my ravings about the place, and finally getting around to inviting some people for dinner Monday I just went to place my order only to be informed I'm too late!!! They are so booked they simply don't have room to cook anymore turkey. And I've already invited everyone!!! I guess the article in The Star generated much more response then they were expecting. They are busy all year round but I suppose even more so now. Anyways they are going to supply all the trimmings, I just have to come up with the turkey. Since it's only the four of us, I hate to do a whole bird, hopefully I will be able to get some fresh breasts. I had read in the paper that the deadline for ordering was today so I wasn't too concerned. Anyways I'm glad you folks were smart to order ahead and I'm certain you will love it. If you see a crazy lady running around the meat area on Monday, that just might be me :) Happy thanksgiving folks.

                                1. re: millygirl

                                  Sorry Millygirl. I guess everyone took your advice and ordered from the Thanksgiving Menu there. I will probably be going on Monday to pick up my order. I hope you find what you're looking for. Thanks again for your advice, I am very much looking forward to Monday night.

                                2. re: vorpal

                                  Hey vorpal, how was your feast??? We're having ours tonight.....can't wait.

                                  1. re: millygirl

                                    I thought I'd wait until tomorrow to post so as not to influence anyone else's expectations of their meal! (That and this weekend has turned out to be busier than expected!) Expect a review tomorrow morning, and enjoy your feast!

                                    1. re: vorpal

                                      Oh, oh.....

                                      1. re: millygirl

                                        Ooops... I didn't mean to give the impression that it was bad. Very much the opposite! Your recommendation was great and really appreciated. I hope that you equally enjoyed your meal.

                                        1. re: vorpal

                                          Oh good to hear....yes ours was good also. Gravy was a little thick but not a problem, I just thinned it out with some chicken stock. Loooooved the stuffing. And the portions were huge!!! I'm so happy to hear it was good for you also. I have complete faith in them but hey, you never know AND it was my reputation on the line.

                                          1. re: millygirl

                                            The BF and I also enjoyed our dinner. The stuffing was fantastic, very similar to my Mom's recipe (and there's nothing like the taste of home). I'd agree with your assessment on the gravy - a bit on the thick side and I found it a touch bland, but was great with some additional salt and pepper. The turkey was also lovely (although I didn't eat much, not being a huge turkey fan). Loved the cranberry sauce (also like my Mom used to make). The BF and I weren't fans of the maple glazed squash, just not a taste either of us enjoyed - especially with such a savoury dinner, the sweetness of the squash was jarring. The only letdown of the meal was the green beans which tasted as though they had been cooked in a burnt pan. The beans themselves weren't burned, but were infused with a burned flavour. Overall, we were really happy with the meal and with Summerhill Market in general. It was our first time there yesterday and we were very impressed. So much so that we loaded up prepared foods and have vowed to shop there at least once a month (it's a little out of our way). Thanks for the reco!

                                            1. re: jayzie1

                                              That's great jayzie, glad to hear it. Yeah something about the atmosphere there, I just love the place. Unfortunately I live very close by and go waaaay to often. Their prepared foods are great....love their chicken fingers. Real chicken, lightly breaded. Great meat counter also.

                        2. re: JamieK

                          ..nice job on the "places" post JK...thanks!

                    2. re: millygirl

                      millygirl -- I might need some emergency catering. Is Summerhill Market as efficient as they seem to be? They ask for 48 hours notice, and seem to have everything under the sun.

                      1. re: merlot143

                        For sure they will be able to help you out Merlot. Hey, they managed to pull through the turkey rush and even supplied me with some. Guaranteed they will do a great job. I've even known them to recommend other items that aren't on the menu. They have everything available to them and like I said above Chris Klugman, their Executive Chef is great. He's worked at some top restaurants here in TO and has been with SHM for over 6 years. They are very lucky to have him. Their presentation is very nice also. Last christmas they did a seafood platter for us which was amazing, lobster, salmon, scallops, shrimp, mussells...people are still talking about it. Speak to Chris directly, he's a great guy. Emergency catering, I always think of funerals for some reason. I hope I'm mistaken and that yours is a happy event. Keep me posted. The other great thing is that they are open 364, maybe even 365?? days of the year. They just did a major expansion and doubled in size last year. I love the place, it is very quaint. Kind of like an old fashioned general store. The customer service is top knotch. The cashiers almost always take your bags to the car. Yeah, I suppose you pay for that service, but I do like it. Too be honest, for the quality, I think the price is worth it.

                    3. If you're into buffets, I know that Wooden Sticks golf course has a Thanksgiving special for $29.99.

                      1. what are your fav t-giving dishes. the one time I had to do t-giving alone, I had mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce with figs and onions in balsamic -- my fav side dishe. screw the turkey, I had what I wanted :-) then, I figured out to act pathetic with enough of my friends and someone woud invite me over ;-)

                        another option is the buffet -- I noticed that the Chelsea Hotel is having a good looking t-giving buffet but I do believe that many of the hotels do this, so you could find one closer to you.

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                        1. re: orangewasabi

                          Personally I'd just order a pound of stuffing.
                          http://www.thuet.ca/images/thanks_men...

                          And maybe some pie..

                          1. re: Mila

                            My thoughts exactly. It's all about the stuffing and mashed potatoes for me!

                        2. Grabbed a coissant at Thuet this morning and noticed they have a board up with pre-made items for dinner, you can order, soup, mains, sides, bread of course and desserts...I'm not sure about portion sizes but Thuet leftovers wouldn't rub me the wrong way!

                          1. how awful that you are alone, callitascit - what part of the city are you in and how old (roughly) are you and maybe I could procure you an invitation from someone in our parish. It would be a joy to try.

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                            1. re: Bigtigger

                              That is very kind of you but I really don't mind eating alone this year. Truth is, I am really looking forward to watching the Monday night football game in peace with a good meal. Sure I wouldn't mind hanging out with the family but it isn't that big of a deal to me. Thanks again though Bigtigger.

                            2. Whole Foods has a Harvest Dinner for two (pg.6 of catering menu):
                              http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/cater...

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                              1. re: jinxed

                                Thanks again Millygirl for the recommendation. I enjoyed the dinner at Summerhill Market especially the stuffing and the mashed potatoes. I also bought some other items there, one question if you could answer. I bought the Macaroni and Cheese plus the Shepherds Pie, by any chance would you know how long and what temp to cook these items? For some reason the directions are not on the items. They are now thawed by the way. If you don't know, I guess I will just call them tomorrow.
                                Thanks.

                                1. re: callitasicit

                                  Glad you enjoyed it callitasicit. I can't recall the heating instructions but I happen to have a Cumbrae's mac n' cheese in the freezer and there's says 350 for 35 minutes. I imagine it would be the same. But you could call to make sure, they are really helpful in that way. Enjoy!

                                  1. re: millygirl

                                    oooh, please report onthe Cumbrae's macncheese -- their stuff is usually good but is it better than KD?

                                    1. re: orangewasabi

                                      There's a time and place for everything, including KD :) but given the choice I'd take Cumbrae's. It is very rich though. I think they use a bechamel sauce but it's been awhile since I had it and can't quite recall. Although it must have been good, I bought another one. I do know that their meat lasagna's are fantastic...again very rich and they use sirloin. Once I get to the mac n' cheese in my freezer I will report back.

                                    2. re: millygirl

                                      Thanks again Millygirl!

                                      1. re: callitasicit

                                        Millygirl, based on your rec, my foodie friend and I checked out Summerhill Market for the first time. We actually walked there on Monday morning from Forest Hill- and then took a trek through Rosedale, and found a very remote path that took us to the southern edge of Mt. Pleasant Cemetary. What a fabulous find. The staff were lovely. I noticed a printout by the cash where there is a listing of cooking times and methods for the prepared food. It is a wonderful store and such a great village-like neighbourhood- kind of like Pusateri's without the scene and the 'tude dude.

                                        1. re: sherry f

                                          Hey sherry, glad you liked the place but let's not tell anyone else from here on in - deal? Just kidding, I'm pleased to know that someone else has discovered the joy of Summerhill Market.

                                          1. re: millygirl

                                            Deal- Mum's the word. Wink wink!

                                            1. re: millygirl

                                              I think I went to Summerhill Market years ago (at least 15 years). If I remember correctly, it was a grocery store without any fancy foods. The produce was nice, and the prices were higher than the average supermarket, but it wasn't anything upscale.

                                              1. re: merlot143

                                                I've only been going for the last couple of years but I can tell you that a lot has changed since then. BTW, did you find a caterer Merlot?

                                                1. re: millygirl

                                                  Emergency didn't take place (long story). Thanks for the rec. It's good to have a really good caterer at the last minute.

                                                2. re: merlot143

                                                  Definitely upscale and lots of fancy foods! I stopped on my way home today and picked up a turkey pie and a steak/mushroom pie. It was busy as usual but not as crazy as Thanksgiving weekend. There were little stations set up around the store where you could taste interesting cheeses and dips and things, very nice. The prepared foods are pricey indeed but you do seem to get a pretty good bang for your buck.

                                                  1. re: JamieK

                                                    Finally decided to check out this little secret...maybe because I drove up on a bike instead of a mini cooper, or maybe cause i was wearing workout clothes and carrying a north face knapsack, but it still felt pretentious and "tude"-ey to me. not quite pusateris, but i still got a frown when i tried the red pepper dips they had (incidentally, the same ones, summerfresh brand, are availible in mainstream markets for much less dollars). i will admit though that the wild rice salad and pico de gallo salads i managed to score at half-price were super yummy, and my SO will be happy to come home to gryfe's bagels, and it's nice to know i can score a number of different kinds of rahier tarts, dufflet cakes, and other such baked goodness in one spot. plus they have a great selection of greg's ice cream, gelato fresco, and liberte brand yogurts. still, i'd rather bike to several different places on mount pleasant (Freshman's Sherwood market, Sobey's) than face that hill again :) but, good find, glad i checked it out.

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                                                    Freshman's
                                                    627 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA