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Holiday Recipes from the VC Managers

Holiday Recipes from the VC Managers
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Are you just as shocked as we are that Thanksgiving is in 3 days?!  Holiday season commenced at Vintage Charm three weeks ago with the debut of our 2019 holiday setup. And since we have been playing Christmas music ever since, it’s easy to forget that frosty and figgy pudding come after football and a Thanksgiving feast.  This is why Thanksgiving always seems to creep up on us, but also comes at the BEST time.  As we are in the midst of our busiest season, Thanksgiving gives us the necessary time to reflect and refuel (and we don’t mean with stuffing). We reflect on our blessings and accomplishments as individuals and as a local business, and refuel our passion and hunger to provide you with the best shopping experience during the holiday season and into the new year.

Speaking of hunger, let’s talk holiday recipes! Vintage Charm’s six amazing store managers have each selected a family recipe to share with you all.  From chili to coffee cake, these recipes are huge hits and we hope your family loves them as much as ours do. From our table to yours, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake (Pictured above)
Family Recipe from Carol Neff, VC La Grange Store Manager 


  • 1 c. butter
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. cake flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. blueberries, well-drained
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. chopped nuts


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs. Fold in sour cream and vanilla. Add dry ingredients. Fold in blueberries. Grease and flour tube or bundt pan. Combine ingredients for filling separately. Pour 1/3 batter in pan and sprinkle with 1/2 of filling. Add 1/3 more batter then remaining filling. Top with remaining batter. Swirl gently with spatula. Bake 60 minutes. Cool. Sift powdered sugar on top.


Leftover Turkey Chili
Family Recipe from Lisa Wood, VC Zionsville Store Manager


  • 4 c. shredded cooked turkey
  • Two 15 oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Two 16 oz jars salsa
  • 11 oz corn
  • 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 5 c. low sodium organic chicken broth
  • Optional toppings: avocado, tortilla chips, low-fat shredded cheese, low-fat sour cream, any vegetables of your choice


Add broth, beans, salsa, tomatoes, corn, vegetables and turkey to a large crock pot. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Add a dollop of avocado, sour cream and/ or cheese on top. Serve with tortilla chips on side or crumbled on top.


Kristi's Sweet Potato Casserole (Just Like Ruth Chris)
Family Recipe from Bryn Shepherd, VC Granger Store Manager


  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1/3 c. flour
  • 1 c. chopped pecans
  • 1/3 stick of butter, melted
  • 3 c. mashed sweet potatoes (about 4 potatoes)
  • 1/2-1 c. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 stick of butter, melted


Combine brown sugar, flour, nuts and butter. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine sweet potatoes, sugar, salt, vanilla, eggs, and butter in a mixing bowl (in that order). Mix thoroughly. Pour into baking dish. Sprinkle with crust mixture. Bake for 30 minutes. Let set at least 15 minutes before serving.


Margie's Chocolate Cake (Pictured above)
Family Recipe from Lori McKernin, VC Hinsdale Store Manager


  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 3 sticks butter
  • 8 tbsp. cocoa
  • 1 c. water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 c. buttermilk
  • 1/3 c. milk
  • 1 box powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease or flour cookie sheet 16"x 10" x 1". Mix together flour and sugar. Heat 2 sticks of butter, 5 tbsp. cocoa and 1 cup of water to a boil. In a separate bowl, mix 1 tsp. vanilla, 2 eggs, baking soda and buttermilk. Mix together all parts and pour on cookie sheet. Cook for 20-25 minutes. Five minutes before the cake is done, heat 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 stick butter, 3 tbsp cocoa and 1/3 cup of milk to a boil. Then add one box powdered sugar and stir. Pour frosting over hot cake and let cook.


Grandma Oilar's Pumpkin Pie
Family Recipe from Hannah Rider, VC Zionsville Store Manager


  • 1 can pumpkin
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. half and half


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix all ingredients together. Pour into pastry lined pan. Bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees and then 400 degrees until done. Test with knife (knife should come out clean).


Favorite Turkey Burger
Family Recipe from Fran Suriano, VC Clarendon Hills Store Manager


  • 1.5 lbs ground turkey (preferably 93% lean)
  • 1/2 c. finely grated Gruyere cheese
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 c. dried breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 c. dijon mustard
  • 1 glove garlic, minced
  • coarse salt and ground pepper
  • vegetable oil for grates
  • 4 hamburger buns


Heat grill to high. In a medium bowl, use a fork to gently combine the turkey with Gruyere, scallions, breadcrumbs, dijon mustard and garlic. Season generously with salt and pepper. Dividing the mixture evenly, gently form the mixture into four 1-inch-thick patties. Lightly oil the grill. Place patties on the hottest part of the grill and sear until browned. Move the patties to the cooler part of the grill and continue grilling until cooked through. Toast buns on the grill if you like. Place a burger on each bun and serve with desired toppings.


1 comment

  • Jeanne Lizen: December 02, 2019

    Great idea and wonderful recipes!!! Can’t wait to try them!!

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