NOFOmation is our monthly newsletter written to keep NOFOlks up to date on new products and current events at NOFO!
NOFO Holiday Hours
Beginning Monday, Nov. 27, we will be open on Mondays from 10am to 6pm, on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10am to 8pm, and on Sundays from 10am to 5pm.
We will be CLOSED on Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving. Enjoy the Holidays!
Pancakes with the Pilgrims
Come join the fun Sat, Nov. 11 from 10am to noon. Photo ops will be available. Reservations are required!
Five Points Open House
Join us on Sunday, Nov. 19 from 1 to 5pm for the annual Five Points Open House!
All of our shops will be open, decorated for Christmas, and serving refreshments!
Make your appointment now! On Saturday, Dec. 2, the fairies will be back from 10am to 3pm to bring some Winter sparkle!
Reservations are a must - call (919) 821-1240 to make them now!
Santa will be stopping by on Sat, Dec. 16 from 10am to 1 pm to brunch with us before the start of his busy season!
Reservations are required for brunch, but photo ops will be available for everyone!
If you have a family and friends coming to your house for Thanksgiving and you'd be thankful for some help, get a copy of the Joy of NOT Cooking.
While you busy yourself setting the tables, our chefs can prepare all the fixins for your guests to gobble up.
Turkey on the Table
Two moms, who wanted to instill a sense of gratitude in their children, decided to turn "thankfulness" into an activity. They wrote a book, designed a whimsical turkey with add-on feathers, and boxed it up. Soon, everyone was talking Turkey. It quickly made all the morning network shows and was featured in the glossy mags, USA Today, and The New York Times.
Turkey on the Table is a wonderful family activity and, when finished, makes a great centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. To combine "Thanks" and "giving", the moms donate a meal to Feeding America for each turkey sold!
Small Business Saturday
The Saturday after Thanksgiving is known as Small Business Saturday. Tucked between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this American Express-sponsored shopping day is set aside to promote shopping in brick and mortar businesses that are small and locally owned.
We encourage you to shop and eat local, feed the local economy, and protect the businesses that make Raleigh unique. When you spend $100 with your neighbors, $81 remains in the local economy. That's quite the investment if you ask us!
We've gathered together place mats, place cards, napkins, towels, aprons and such to help you decorate your house and your dining table for Thanksgiving.
Choose a centerpiece turkey, faux sunflowers, tapers, a linen runner and napkins imprinted with blessings, paper runners and place mats, and die cut oak leaf accents.
Mark each place at the table with a chocolate turkey, acorn, or fine chocolate truffle. Provide some fun with a Thanksgiving cracker for each guest. Set the children's table with turkey placemats to color, and color yourself ready!
If you're lucky enough to be invited to share Thanksgiving Dinner or the holiday weekend with friends, you certainly don't want to arrive at the door empty handed. Although flowers and wine are always appreciated, there are many other ways to show your gratitude for the invitation.
Think about your host's tastes and make your gift personal. What would they enjoy more: freshly roasted coffee, an ABC Pie or Caroline's Cake, whimsical dish towels, a basket of foods for breakfast, a box of fine chocolates, Bloody Mary mix, cheese straws, a jar of Moonshine Pecans, or a beautiful book?
We're happy to help you make a choice and wrap it up for you. You'll leave NOFO ready to ring the doorbell at your host's house.
Tis the season. Advent begins on December 1 and is a special time of preparation, anticipation, and counting down. At NOFO, we offer many ways to count those days with candy & tiny gifts.
A very special way of preparing your family and to start an Advent tradition is The Giving Manger. This activity places the focus on giving and the spirit of service instead of receiving gifts.
The boxed set includes a beautifully illustrated book about the tradition, a wooden manger, a bundle of straw, and a baby Jesus. For each act of kindess or service by a family member during Advent, a straw is placed in the manger. The baby Jesus is added on Christmas Day.
Good Old Days
When we were growing up, the men and children in our neighborhood raked leaves on Thanksgiving morning while the women prepared dinner. There were bonfires to warm us and great piles of leaves to jump in. Now, with leaf blowers and yard services, most folks don;t even own a rake.
After dinner and the dishes, folks would gather outside to play touch football and finish the leaf burning. Now, the football is on television and the city picks up the leaves.
If you're thinking of bringing back some old-timey family friendly activities for the weekend, look at our light-up football, soccer, and basketballs, the Flip Table, Flinging Chicken, Horse shoes, or Bocce. For indoors, we've games and jigsaws to put together while you watch the Macy's Day Parade.
These Santa's are so special that we have put them on the floor early for you to admire. Designed and handmade by Elaine Roesle, who was named one of the "Top 25 Santa Makers" in the country, each is unique.
For forty years, Elaine has cast the Santa heads and hands in earthenware bisque, fired them in a kiln, then hand painted and dressed them. She scours Europe's flea markets for velvet, fur, toys, and Christmas ornamentation to complete each figure.
We have five Santa's and three handmade treetop angels waiting to be forever treasured.
Lest You Forget
If you are expecting a house full of folks for Thanksgiving weekend and don't want to wear out your dishwasher or yourself, let us remind you that we have a large selection of decorative paper plates, luncheon and cocktail napkins, and pretty placemats and runners.
We've colors and prints that allow you to set a casual or classic table. Don't miss the easy-care acrylic pitchers, tumblers, wine and water glasses, or the colorful acrylic chargers to frame your plates.
We do love a good legend, and the legend of the five kernels of corn is one of our favorites.
It seems that the pilgrim's first year in America was grim, and that they would have starved to death if the neighboring Indians had not taught them how to cultivate corn. Many days, they were given only 5 kernels of corn to eat.
Later, when they celebrated a Thanksgiving they presented diners with five kernels of corn, each symbolizing a reason to be thankful.
We've put together 5 kernels of corn in a cloth bag with the story of this Thanksgiving tradition for you to share with your guests or give to other families.
Feast on This
Oysters have been a part of Southerners' Thanksgiving menus since the Indians showed the Colonists how to roast them over an open fire in the early 1600's. They are served as a soup, a cocktail, in stuffing, or in a casserole like scalloped oysters.
If you're not familiar with this delicious dish, we suggest you try it this Thanksgiving and see what you've been missing.
Makes four servings
-2 cups coarsely crushed Ritz cracker crumbs (some folks prefer Saltines)
-Almost 1 stick butter, melted
3/4 cup half & half
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 Tsp. pepper
1/4 Tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
Butter an 8" casserole dish
Spread 1/3 of cracker mix into baking pan.
Cover with 1/2 of the oysters
Spread 1/3 of the cracker mixture on top
Cover with the remaining oysters.
Mix half & half, reserved oyster liquid, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire.
Pour mix over the top of the oysters. Top with remaining 1/3 cracker crumb mixture.
Bake in a 350° over for 30-35 minutes. Take out of the oven and enjoy!
One of our neighbors hosts a Bloody Mary, Champagne Oyster Roast Breakfast every Thanksgiving morning. As he tells it, the neighborhood wives dreamed it up years ago to keep the men from being underfoot in the kitchen. They hold the Roast at a house that is not hosting Thanksgiving dinner and have a grand time.
If you think this is a great idea for your neighborhood, we can help. We've oyster shuckers, shucking gloves, Bloody Mary mix, champagne, Ashe County butter, hot sauces, and such. All you have to do is convince your spouse.
Richard Holcomb and Jamie Dement are the owners of Coon Rock Farm in Hillsborough. They are well known for their Bella Bean Organic CSA, their restaurants Zely & Ritz and the Piedmont, and their regular Farmers' Market appearances.
Jamie's first cookbook, The Farmhouse Chef, was released this Fall. She shares seasonal recipes and stories of her life on the farm.
America: The Cookbook is a compendium of regional recipe menus and essays about each state. You'll find Ashley Christensen's recipe for North Carolina buttermilk fried chicken with hot honey as well as Yankee Pot Roast among the 850 recipes. The backstories of regional favorites make for a good read as well.
Ramp Up the Relish Tray
The Thanksgiving relish tray is no longer the stepchild of the buffet. If you've been asked to bring the relish tray to this year's feast, get ready to wow!
Instead of celery and carrot sticks, choose a combination of pickled vegetables like: Bruce Julian's Sassy Okra, Low Country's Green Tomato Pickle, Tilen Farms Pickled Baby Cukes, The Farmer's Daughter Spicy Watermelon Rind, Green River's Blue Ridge Beets, Artichoke Kitchen's Artichoke Pickles, Kyookz Pickles, NOFO Dilly Beans, or MF's Jalapeno Pickles.
Arrange these beauties in a cut glass dish, polish up your pickle fork and watch with relish as they disappear.
S is for Southern
The fourth book from the editors of Garden & Gun Magazine, S is for Southern, has just been released. This guide to the South, from absinthe to Zydeco, has over 500 entries from the editor's favorite Southern writers and personalities.
A grand glimpse at Southern tradition and contemporary Southern culture, it's a great gift for the Holidays.
Sandwiches That Sing
Everyone loves the delicious sandwiches made during Thanksgiving weekend with the leftover turkey, pork, and beef. This year, think out of the bread box when putting out the sandwich makings. Look beyond mayo, mustard, and cranberry relish.
Try Becky's Blue Ribbon Jalapeno Marmalade, Sallie's Fig, Onion & Rosemary Jam, Peggy Rose's or Foster's Hot Pepper Jelly, Yo Momma's Raspberry Chipotle Jelly or Bacon & Fig Jam, Chef Alyssa's Tomato Jam or mustard spread, or Sallie's Blueberry Lemon Thyme Jam and Lusty Monk Chipotle Mustard .
Everyone will sing your praises, and you'll have no leftovers!