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New Year's Black Eyed Peas

posted on December 29th, 2011 by Aaron Jones

There are many traditions held each New Year;  two that are most familiar would be the joyful singing of “Auld Lang Syne” and the other, a healthy dose of  "Good Luck Black Eyed Peas". Black eyed peas being enjoyed on the New Year is a southern tradition. Black Eyed Peas On New Year's Day you will find that many Americans eat at least one serving of black-eyed peas, if for no other reason than for a symbol of "good luck." Many believe that every pea eaten on New Year's Day represents one day of good luck for the coming year. The American tradition dates back to the Civil War when Union soldiers on their march through the South, destroyed most of the food crops as part of General Sherman’s “Scorched Earth Policy”. The crops of black eyed peas were overlooked by the North and became a vital source of food for the South. The legend that eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day brought good luck came from this period of American history. As Southerners migrated to other… Read More

Kissing Under the Mistletoe

posted on December 20th, 2011 by Kristin Lares

Whether you believe the myths of this fun little sprig or not, you have to admit it is fun. Take some Mistletoe to this year's holiday parties or hang some in your home just for fun. Visit our stores this week and grab your sprig of mistletoe.  Supplies are very limited this year, so hurry up and visit our floral departments for some festive Mistletoe. Contact our floral Department personnel in-store for all of your holiday decorative needs Read More

Bristol's Own Gourmet Corn Fed Beef

posted on December 14th, 2011 by Rick Stidham

The story of Bristol Farms’ Natural Beef can be traced all the way back to Holland, where purebred Friesian cattle have been selectively raised for centuries for their superior qualities of wholesomeness, tenderness and flavor. This same finely controlled cattle lineage is the basis for the modern dairy herds (Holstein). After calving, the females are utilized for milk production and the males are separated out for beef production. The purity of the dairy herds provides for an extremely consistent and breed specific beef program. Yes, we honestly do have control of the animal from stable to table! Purebred calves are raised in the fertile Salt River Valley, where they are fed a pure whole-grain diet without the use of artificial growth stimulants. Then the finest of the herd are chosen and placed in our renowned natural beef program. Here, cattle are allowed to mature naturally without the use of added hormones or antibiotics under the watchful eye of long time cattlemen. The Key… Read More

Celebrating 100 years of Blue Stilton Cheese

posted on December 12th, 2011 by Michelle Salatino

Blue Stilton is by far the most recognized cheese from Britain.  Its history is traced back to the early 18th century and remains a very popular cheese around the world.  The original recipe is said to have changed slightly, however it is still made in a traditional manner. Stilton is a protected cheese meaning: It can only be produced in the three Counties of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. It must be made from locally produced milk that has been pasteurized before use. It can only be made in a cylindrical shape. It must be allowed to form its own coat or crust. It must never be pressed. It must have the blue veins radiating from the center of the cheese. This year, Long Clawson Dairy decided to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Stilton by producing 100 pound wheels displayed in a beautiful barrel made especially for this occasion.  These Stiltons were limited in their production, and we were lucky enough to reserve a few. This 100 pound cheese is made… Read More

Holiday Port Wines…Of the Dessert Kind

posted on December 6th, 2011 by Michael Cristillo

Many may believe that Port is a wine to be strictly enjoyed during the cold winter months. Perhaps part of this belief is due to the fact that Port is fortified. When the grapes, usually Tinto Cao, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Francesa and Touriga Nacional reach a level of ripeness and high sugar content, they are then harvested and fermented. A neutral spirit or brandy is added to halt the fermentation process. Interestingly enough, this addition of brandy was not by design to heighten the quality, but to insure the stability of the product for shipment to England. Now for a layman’s account of the various types of Port - You have your Ruby ports, which is a blend of vintages and casked aged for about three years. Ruby lacks the usual intensity and complex flavors found in its older cousins; and while the grapes are the same for all ports, these generally come from lower rated vineyard sites (Okay students, vineyard sites are rated by grades A, B, C, D...A being the highest). Vintage… Read More

Holiday Gift Baskets at Bristol Farms

posted on December 5th, 2011 by Michael Cristillo

When you mention the holidays of Fall and Winter, one of the many images that come to mind are the festively decorated gift baskets that accompany everything from office parties and employee gifts to Christmas trees and family get-togethers. Historically, baskets were woven using the most appropriate materials that could be sourced locally (coincidentally, something we proudly cultivate at Bristol Farms). Gatherers used baskets for collecting fruit and other food while the hunters made use of them to store their catch of the day. This may explain the modern day use of baskets as gift bearers, particularly since gift baskets originally served the purpose of presenting organic gifts such as fruit, flowers and other types of perishables. Another concept dates back to the Biblical account of three-month old baby Moses hidden among the reeds by the riverbank in a basket made of bulrushes. This theory could be one way of explaining the advent of baby gift baskets and the various other… Read More

Peet's Coffee Holiday Items

posted on December 2nd, 2011 by Christophe Moreau

Ho, Ho, Ho...it’s beginning to feel a lot like the Holidays at Bristol Farms!  We are so excited to ring in the Holiday Season once again with the wonderful coffee and sweet collections from Peet’s Coffee & Tea! This year, we’re offering the 12oz Ground & Whole Bean Holiday Blend Coffee ~ Holiday Blend is a unique blend of the best coffees of the crop year.  This year’s roast is truly global with rich and complex coffees from Africa, Latin America, and the Indo-Pacific.  Complex and full bodied with hints of bittersweet chocolate, a floral aroma, and a smooth creamy finish...a Perfect complement to the season! Holiday Day and Night Gift - 1/2 pound each Delight with a gift that can be enjoyed from dawn 'til dusk. Featuring a half pound each of decaf and regular, it is a wonderful way to explore Peet's Holiday Blend all festively packaged in a decorative box. This gift is available only in drip grind. Holiday Blend & Chocolate Covered Cherries Gift… Read More

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