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Cheese of the Month – Rogue Creamery Chocolate Stout

posted on May 30th, 2014 by Carl Smith

Inspired by a sense of place for 80 years, Rogue Creamery draws from the beauty and flavors of Southern Oregon’s Rogue River Valley to create handcrafted cheeses. The certified sustainable whole milk they use to make distinctive varieties of cheeses comes from Rogue Creamery’s exclusive dairy along the banks of the rugged and scenic Rogue River. Rogue Creamery Moto: Dedicated to sustainability, service and the art and tradition of creating the world’s finest handmade cheese. Introducing Rogue Chocolate Stout Cheddar We would like to introduce you to Chocolate Stout Cheddar from Rogue Creamery. It is the love for two classic ingredients combined to make one delicious cheese: Rogue Ale’s Chocolate Stout and classic hand-milled Rogue Creamery Cheddar. The beer is poured over the curd, allowed to meld before it is hand dipped and pressed into blocks for aging. Its savory and tangy Cheddar notes are mellowed by the sweeter chocolate and coffee flavors of the stout. Simply… Read More

Cheers To Big Beers!

posted on May 28th, 2014 by Geoff Nicoll

Whomever said less is more, probably wasn’t a Big Beer fan. We think in most cases, Bigger is Better, so we have gone Bigger with a Big deal on Big Beer Bottles (and cans, which doesn’t fit the mnemonic). So, to celebrate our affection and investment in Big Beers, we are announcing our Big Beer, Big Buy, Brewhaha, where, in simple terms, Buy any 6 or more 22 oz. or larger bottles or cans, mix or match, we will take 10% off those selected items. This applies to craft, import and yes, even ciders.   From Allegash to Belching Beaver to Stone and Affligem to Chimay to Unibroue, we have most bases covered. New and unique Brewers continually pop up and share their eccentric vision, and dazzle us with new, fun, and fantastic flavors. With concoctions like Chipotle Ale, Peanut Butter Milk Stout, or even a Barrel Aged Barleywine… the imagination runs wild.   What makes this offer even more enticing, is most of the craft brewers release their special and limited releases in… Read More

Introducing Red Fox Cheddar

posted on May 22nd, 2014 by Carl Smith

Red Fox Cheddar is handmade at Belton Farm where cheesemakers use a unique recipe that has been developed over many years. The cultures have been carefully selected to produce a cheese with an intense and complex blend of sweet, savory, and distinctively nutty flavors. Red Fox gets its color from the flavorless dye from the South American plant, Annatto. Red Leicester style cheeses go especially well in cheesy breads or sprinkled over a potato gratin. Developed through watchful maturation, Red Fox is russet in color and has a wonderful rugged mouth-feel with a hint of ‘crunch’. It leaves the palate with a lingering flavor-making it incredibly moreish!   Red Fox is delicious on its own or as part of a recipe dish. Here is a quick and easy recipe idea: Red Fox Burgers with Tomato and Onion Relish Ingredients: 500g (1lb 2oz) lean minced pork 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 onion, finely chopped 1 large carrot, grated, 2 tsp mixed dried herbs 3 tbsp chopped parsley or… Read More

Essential Grilling Tools, Bristol Farms Style

posted on May 16th, 2014 by Kim Kaczor-Wardlow

Well, as I author this blog entry on May 16, it is 100+ degrees outside.  Not that I really needed a reminder that the grilling season is quickly approaching, but mother nature is sending a strong message in case I didn’t get the memo.  And let’s face it, in Southern California the grilling season really is about 48 weeks out of the year.  In any event, the unofficial kick-off to the backyard, pool party, good times, bbq’ing season is here.  And with that, Bristol Farms is ready to help you get prepared with some very cool grilling tools and must-haves for the season.   How about a beautiful, 13 piece JA Henckels knife block for…..get ready….$69.99.  No, this is not a misprint.  This beautiful set has a suggested retail price of $179.99, but now through Father’s Day, Bristol Farms is bringing you this incredible price of $69.99.   Now for those who are interested in following the hottest trends (excuse the pun), how about a Pig Tail Food Flipper.  Not… Read More

All‑Natural Lump Hardwood Charcoal by Woodstock

posted on May 13th, 2014 by Aaron Jones

It's grilling season! And, if you're an avid BBQ'er like me, you're probably passionate about your grilling method and will debate over which fire starter is better. Whether it's a gas grill, charcoal, or wood burning barbeque, we can all agree about one thing-nothing beats a good barbeque spread.   I used to be a charcoal user myself, until I discovered All-Natural Lump Hardwood Charcoal by Woodstock Foods. This hardwood charcoal has no coal, no fillers, and no chemicals, which means you`ll enjoy the true flavors of your food, and no chemicals or fuel. You can cook anything on the barbeque with this all-natural hardwood charcoal: chicken, burgers, brats, steaks, fish, or veggies! It's quick starting, so you'll be cooking in no time!   Woodstock's All Natural Hardwood Charcoal is made from round oak wood acquired from tree pruning and forest thinning. It's packaged in biodegradable bags, so it’s good for you and the environment.   Enjoy this charcoal while it's on… Read More

Spice up your BBQ with Flowers and Herbs

posted on May 12th, 2014 by Kristin Lares

Bristol Farms is in amidst of our 2nd annual “Thrill of the Grill” promotion that started on May 7 and runs thru June 17. During this 6 week BBQ celebration, our floral departments will be offering very nice floral centerpieces and growing herbs that are perfectly suited for a grilling affair.   We are featuring two floral pieces: "We’re Grilling" Bouquet that will retail at $17.99, and our Arrangement that will retail for $27.99. Our "We’re Grilling" bouquet and arrangements feature a fresh mix of assorted garden flowers and a decorative picnic table wrap, making it a perfect addition to the table at any grilling event. Stop by our stores to see these beautiful floral pieces on display in our floral department coolers, as well as our meat, seafood, and bakery counters.   We will also be carrying a nice selection of fresh growing herb plants from River Ridge Farms in select Bristol Farms stores.  River Ridge Farms has been growing fresh herbs and potted plants… Read More

In Season! California Wild King Salmon

posted on May 9th, 2014 by Craig Tsuchiyama

The California Wild King Salmon season just started and Jerry Wonderer, out of Morro Bay, CA, and his fleet are already out fishing.  He’ll be on his way back soon with a fresh catch for the weekend.   All of Jerry’s boats are geared for short fishing trips with emphasis on cold crushed ice storage to keep his catch as fresh and pristine as possible.  The turn around time for his catch is about 24 hours, “From dock to door in 24.” Jerry uses the most sustainable fishing methods.  Whether by troll, baited pot, or hook and line, these methods offer minimal by-catch and the least amount of damage to the marine environment.  We’re proud to partner with Jerry and his fishing fleet and acknowledge his sustainable fishing practices. Stop by this weekend and check out the “Catch of the Day” special on these beautiful fish, $24.99 lb (save $5 lb), along with many other specials during our “Thrill of the Grill” store-wide promotion. It’s grilling season and great… Read More

Bristol Farms' Wine Selections

posted on May 8th, 2014 by Geoff Nicoll

No stone unturned, our buyers travel the globe and taste thousands of wines each year. No easy task, and not as much fun as one might think, but it is a labor of love. In our quest to bring you great wines at great values, sometimes we needn’t look farther than our own backyard. Introducing our own Bristol Farms Selections, our limited release rotational blends that reflect the season, our dining habits, and what we like to drink. These wines are limited in supply, and their flavor profiles will evolve and change from Selection to Selection based on seasonality and food trends. Our private selections reflect our commitment to quality and provide a delicious every day value. Bristol Farms Selection #1 White is a deftly fruity and aromatic blend primarily of Sauvignon Blanc, with a few percentage points of Gewürztraminer and Marsanne from Lake and Mendocino Counties. This fun and frivolous white is bright and crisp with ample citrus, kiwi, stone fruits and a fresh, vibrant, finish… Read More

Toketti di Pane Carasau – Sardinian Flat Bread

posted on May 7th, 2014 by Carl Smith

Toketti di Pane Carasau are modern-day, bite-size snacks made from the famous flatbread which dates back centuries to the Arabic invasion of Sardinia.   Sardinia, an island in the middle of the Mediterranean with over 1,100 miles of unspoiled coastline and a multitude of sheep, is a unique place filled with much history and age-old traditions.   Shepherds who followed their flocks needed sturdy bread which would not go bad; thus the famous Pane Carasau was born. Flat and crunchy cracker-like bread, it is still handmade today in the very same tradition by women who have passed down the recipe from generation to generation.   This product is a great accompaniment for cheese, dips, and spreads. You can also do a modern spin on nachos by substituting the Tortilla Chips with Toketti di Pane Carasau. Try some today and come back to let us know how you enjoyed it!   Toketti di Pane Carasau 7 oz. Retail $6.29 Read More

Cheese of the Month – Roccia del Piave

posted on May 5th, 2014 by Carl Smith

This 8-month aged cow’s milk cheese from Veneto gets its name, meaning "rock," from the way it is aged. Farmers used to hide their wheels of cheese from outlaws in the rocky cavities formed by the flooding of the Piave River (described in Hemingway’s novel “Across the river and into the trees”).   It has a wonderfully crumbly texture with a clean, yet intense, flavor. This cheese is well suited for dishes that are able to hold up to its strong character. It is also perfect for pairing with honey.   Roccia del Piave – Regular Retail $ 24.99 lb Passport to Savings Retail $22.99 lb through May 27, 2014. Available for a limited time Read More

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