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Peace, Love, & Avocados!

posted on June 14th, 2016 by John Savidan

Could there be a more perfect food than the glorious avocado? Nope! And lucky for us, it’s now officially avocado season, and we’ve got all summer to enjoy these green beauties. Haas avocados are the classic West Coast-grown variety, full of buttery, nutty flavor and dense with nutrients. In fact, just one little avocado has 20 vitamins and minerals, as well as a healthy dose of monounsaturated fat (that’s the good kind!). But don’t stop at just one! Stop by Bristol Farms all summer long and keep the avocado love going. Whether you grill, scoop, dip, or slice, there are countless ways to enjoy avocados! Here are some of our favorite preparations below. Grilled Avocado This may sound strange, but believe us - grilled avocados are tasty! Start by selecting avocados that aren't fully ripe, but give just a little when gently squeezed. The trick is to grill a semi-ripe avocado so it does not soften too much on the grill. Simply slice in half and remove the seed, place the… Read More

In Season! Honey‑Lite Nectarines + Recipe

posted on June 10th, 2016 by Keith Tsuchiyama

The first member of the esteemed “honey” line, the super sweet Honey-Lite Nectarine is now available in our stores! Rest assured the name does not mean it is light on flavor. These sub-acid nectarines are absolutely the sweetest, most flavorful nectarines of the season. Their beautiful deep red tones represent the rich sweet taste and “honey-like” flavor profile they possess. They are so sweet, they sometimes develop “sugar spots,” which look like little freckles! Many of our stone fruit farmers come from 4 generations of agricultural experience. Our farmers care for both the consumer and the environment. They are conservationists and they take pride in growing the world’s finest tree fruit the all-natural way. The journey begins with a fertile soil and the right tree. Before the trees are planted, the farmer carefully analyzes and selects the best variety available from local nurseries. Information on taste, appearance, and quality are all taken into… Read More

Grilled Mexican Street Corn!

posted on May 31st, 2016 by Nicole Vuletich

One of our favorite joys of summer is enjoying a warm, freshly grilled corn on the cob. It seems anywhere you turn, you can find some grilled version of corn, whether it's at a summer fair, from a local street vendor, or prepared in your own backyard. Nothing beats the flavor of sweet corn with a light char of the grill. There are many ways to prepare grilled corn, such as grilling with the husks on or off, shucked and in foil, or naked on the grill. Not to mention the many ways to enjoy the corn once it's grilled. It seems the most popular method is eating corn straight from the cob, but grilled corn is also a wonderful addition to salads, salsas, cornbread, and more! Our current favorite method? Mexican Street Corn. Grill up some sweet corn and kick it up a notch with a spread of mayonnaise, Cotija cheese, chili powder, and fresh squeezed lime. You'll be enjoying this recipe all summer long. Elote (Mexican Street Corn) Serves 8 Ingredients: Bristol Farms Olive Oil, for… Read More

Sweet Blueberries for Memorial Day (Plus Recipe)

posted on May 27th, 2016 by John Savidan

Blueberries could easily be named the most perfect berry. They are sweet, sometimes surprisingly tart, ultra nutritious, and are perfect for popping in your mouth for snack time. They are very forgiving and can be added to a variety of sweet desserts, savory dishes, compotes, and preserves...the options are limitless! Speaking of nutrition, blueberries are always low in fat, high in fiber, and are bursting with antioxidants. They are a phytonutrient superstar! This weekend, you can relish in the sweetness of large, plump blueberries in a large 18 oz. container for just $5.99. Sale is good through May 30. Enjoy them in a fruit salad, as a topping for cheesecake, or as a sweet surprise in a Memorial Day Cocktail, such as the recipe below. Enjoy! Red, White & BlueBERRY Memorial Day Cocktail Makes 1 cocktail Ingredients: 2 sprigs of fresh mint, muddled 10 blueberries 3 strawberries, cut in fours 2 ounces vodka 4 ounces lemonade a splash of 7-up. Method: Mix all… Read More

The Buttery Beauty of Burrata & Recipe!

posted on May 18th, 2016 by Carl Smith

Though pretty much everyone has tried mozzarella, the utter deliciousness of its cousin—Burrata Cheese—has been a bit of a secret until recently. If you haven’t tasted burrata yet, you are in for a treat; it’s a positively dreamy cheese. If you know any Italian, you might already have guessed what lies in store for you: burrata translates into "buttery.“ And this fresh Italian cheese is just that. But looking in our cheese case, you might actually confuse burrata with fresh mozzarella—the balls of cheese both look the same from the outside (and actually burrata’s outer curd is made from fresh mozzarella). Dig in, though, and the buttery goodness hidden in the center reveals itself in all its delicious glory. It’s at once mild and creamy, indulgent, and luscious. And it’s as easy as can be to serve it up: just slice some heirloom tomatoes, layer in some burrata, and add a drizzle of your favorite olive oil. Want to say hello to summer in a way that will dazzle… Read More

The Best Fruits for Grilling

posted on May 17th, 2016 by Wally Mogollon

If you enjoy a good cookout, chances are you will be firing up your grill this Memorial Day weekend. There are plenty of great seasonal foods ready for the grill, such as our wild caught buttery halibut fillets, grill-ready entrees in our meat department, as well as our own handmade, savory stuffed burger patties! But how about dessert? Let's stick with the grilling theme and try some of this season's best fresh fruit that is great when grilled! If you've never had the opportunity to try grilled fruit and you are not yet sold, let me tell you it's a wonderful thing! Grilling fruit causes the natural sugars to caramelize, creating a new smoky dimension and a dessert that is decadent, yet low-calorie, and chock-full of vitamins. If warm fruit does not sound appealing, you can always grill your fruit first before your meal and place it in the refrigerator until you are ready to enjoy it. In a simple preparation, you may top your grilled fruit with whipped cream, Mascarpone cheese… Read More

Sweet & Savory Grilled Stonefruit Kabobs

posted on May 13th, 2016 by John Savidan

Most people associate peaches as a fruit to be enjoyed out of hand, in a pie, or perhaps to flavor a nice summer tea...that is until recently. There’s a growing trend to enjoy stone fruit (peaches, plums, nectarines) in ways not considered “traditional”. The growing foodie lifestyle and social craze to share a photo on social media of everything you eat is leading to an evolution of how we eat with our eyes and try new things. Case-in-point: have you ever heard of peaches being used as an ingredient in bruschetta? How about wrapping some prosciutto around some sliced stone fruit and putting it on the grill? These and other bright ideas are making people think differently about what’s on the table, and let’s face it, it’s pretty exciting to elevate a simple ingredient to delicious rock star status while entertaining. We’d like to suggest upping your game by trying a new approach: Sweet & Savory Grilled Stonefruit Kabobs! WOW your guests or family with this… Read More

Tiger Striped Peppers for Cinco de Mayo

posted on May 2nd, 2016 by Nicole Vuletich

Stuffed Bell Peppers are always festive, delicious, and very forgiving. You can stuff a bell pepper with just about any blend of savory ingredients (and lots of cheese) and it is sure to come out a masterpiece. I often turn to stuffed peppers when I am in the mood for a warm and comforting casserole-like dish, but want to dodge the pasta-ladened varieties. Stuffed peppers are light and savory, and can be customized to your spice preference. They are a great alternative to the more traditional foods enjoyed on Cinco de Mayo. When I first came across the Striped Enjoya Peppers (or Tiger Striped Peppers as we like to call them), I jumped at the chance at making stuffed peppers! These red and yellow striped beauties have the sweetness of their red and yellow counterparts, and make a great presentation with their painted brush stroke pattern. Here is my favorite recipe for stuffed peppers. Super simple, delicious, and a weeknight favorite in my household. Stuffed Striped Enjoya… Read More

The Biggest & Sweetest Jumbo Blueberries + Recipe

posted on April 5th, 2016 by John Savidan

Our idea of heaven? A heaping bowl of these luscious jumbo blueberries. Each one is bursting with sweetness, while still being firm enough to hold its own in your morning oatmeal. Perfection. Our jumbo blueberries will be available in store for a limited time. These berries are harvested when they have reached their maximum size to ensure a large berry that is sweeter in flavor! It’s a difference you can see and taste. Speaking of taste, our jumbo blueberries have been described to be similar in flavor to bubble gum. Great for snacking out of hand, adding to salads, or enjoying in a recipe, such as our Sweet Jumbo Blueberry Sauce below. Sweet Jumbo Blueberry Sauce Homemade Blueberry Sauce is a delight added to many sweet or savory dishes. Try a spoonful with your morning yogurt, over a slice of cheesecake, or atop cedar plank smoked salmon for a delicious treat! Ingredients: 2 cups jumbo blueberries 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 tbsp lemon juice 1/2 tsp vanilla… Read More

Discover our Gourmet Baby Veggies + Recipe!

posted on March 31st, 2016 by Nicole Vuletich

Since its inception, Bristol Farms has been known for the spectacular variety and quality in our offering, and our produce departments are - just one of many - prime examples of this. One category that's been gaining some momentum, and increase in attention (hello Instagram posts!) is our gourmet baby vegetables. You can find miniature versions of everything from more common varieties of beets and carrots to more obscure items such as mini purple cauliflower, and Romanesco - the bright green cauliflower-like head with a spiral pattern that looks like it came straight out of a sci-fi movie rather than your local produce department. These vegetables are vibrant, curious, head turning, and easier to prepare than you might think! Baby Red Beets, Striped Beets (or Chioggia), and Baby Carrots are, as you would imagine, more small and cute than their larger counterparts. They're quite small. In fact if you choose to peel these baby vegetables, you'll lose a lot of volume. We chose to chop… Read More

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