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Published 12:05 am Saturday, December 17, 2011


If someone to cook Christmas dinner is at the top your of holiday wish list, then look no further than area grocery stores and eateries to fill your buffet table.

Holidays are often a stressful time – full of rushing here and there, so why not delegate the cooking to someone else – or at least that’s the thinking of Kay Zellers, the deli manager at Pic-N-Save. For the last six years, she and her staff have been filling catering orders for everything from family reunions to Christmas dinner.

“There is no shame in looking outside your own kitchen,” Zellers said. “In fact, there’s a big demand for it here in Andalusia. So far, we’ve gotten 20 orders for dinners – and we’re still a week out from Christmas.”

For less than $50, employees will prepare a 12-pound turkey, a pan of dressing, a vegetable, rolls and dessert for 10 people. For less than $40, you can substitute ham for turkey.

“You tell us how many people you’re feeding, we’ll put out our chart and tell you just what you need to feed ‘em,” she said.

Individual orders of meats, sides such as dressing and chicken and dumplings, and desserts are also available.

“We really have two options for people,” Zellers said. “You can come in and tell me what time want it, and it will be hot and available when you get here. Or, if you want, you can get it raw and cook it yourself. We won’t tell, either.”

Zellers said that is a popular option for local residents.

“And don’t worry about it not tasting good – it’s all good because it comes from my grandmother’s recipe – the dressing and the dumplings,” Zellers said, speaking of her grandmother Vera Harrell, the wife to the late former sheriff, Elie “Don” Harrell.

“She could make anything taste good,” she said of her grandmother’s cooking skills. “Thank God, I listened to her when she told me how to cook these things.”

There is a multitude of options for stocking the dessert tray.

Sweets like cheesecake brownies and muffins from Sugar Rush Bakery, said owner Jason Goldman.

“The best advice I have is for people to stop in and see what we’ve got cooking,” he said.

And don’t forget one of those famous seven-layer cakes from Dean’s Cake House, which are always popular.

Owner Dean Jacobs said the shelves will be stocked daily with fresh cakes of several varieties.