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How To: Perfectly Poach An Egg

posted on January 4th, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

Poached eggs are delicious and a staple on most brunch menus, but not as common at home because they appear to be hard to cook. This year is the year you learn how to perfectly poach an egg every time. Tips: Use the freshest eggs you can find. Fresh eggs have tighter whites and yolks which will help them keep their shape in the water. Use a fine mesh strainer instead of a slotted spoon. The strainer will remove any of the stringy egg whites that separate. Keep the eggs moving around in the water so that they cook evenly. Vinegar isn't necessary if you use fresh eggs. It helps, but can also affect the taste of your meal. Steps: Bring a few inches of water in your saucepan to a slow simmer, just where you can start to see bubbles appearing. As water is heating up, crack an egg into a bowl and transfer it to your strainer. Swirl the egg in your strainer until the excess egg whites come off and then lower it down to the simmering water. Gently shake the… Read More

Rethinking Caviar

posted on December 28th, 2016 by Lauren Murphy

Get creative with caviar! You can choose to serve caviar the traditional way, or you can buy caviar at different price points and have fun creating interesting appetizers to highlight the unique taste. Avocado & Caviar Toast Slice and toast bread of your choice. In a separate bowl lightly mash avocado slices, lemon, salt, and pepper. Spread avocado mixture on top of your toast evenly, but not too smooth. Finish with the caviar you enjoy most (or add a variety of for different colors and textures). Make these bite-size by using sliced baguettes instead. Philadelphia Potato Poppers Boil mini potatoes until soft. With a small spoon hollow out the middle of the potato and fill with a small scoop of cream cheese. Top with smoked salmon and caviar. Fruit & Nut Yogurt Dip Slice pears and apples and arrange them on a plate with various nuts. Add a small bowl of yogurt and top with caviar, but don't mix it together. Treat it like a dip and let your guests scoop into… Read More

Holiday Bourbon Cherries

posted on December 22nd, 2016 by Lauren Murphy

A jar of these cherries makes a wonderful holiday gift. They are a delicious addition to any festive cocktail and are wonderful served over a bowl of vanilla ice cream! 4 cups fresh Chilean cherries, left whole with stems intact one cinnamon stick per jar 1 1/2 -2 cups Bourbon ½ cup genuine maple syrup Zest of one orange, peeled into long, curling strips Tightly pack your little gift jars with cherries and a cinnamon stick. Set aside. In a medium saucepan, combine bourbon, maple syrup and zest of one orange. Bring to a simmer and stir to integrate the ingredients. Pour hot bourbon mixture into each jar fully submerging the cherries. (If you find yourself in need of a little extra liquid, heat a little extra bourbon to top it off.) Cover each jar and keep it on the counter for 24 hours at room temp allowing the cherries to cure. Transfer jars to the refrigerator until use. The flavors will only deepen over time. Keep refrigerated and use within 1 month Read More

Let’s Bake!

posted on December 19th, 2016 by Lauren Murphy

As a parent, around the holidays when the weather has finally cooled off and my family is all at home… there are 3 words that I love to hear the most; “let's bake cookies”. So for all of the dads that love hearing those 4 magic words, we here at Bristol Farms have discounted everything that you need to help fill your home with the warmth of the holidays. Along with our best Gingerbread recipe from head baker Christophe Moreau. Wilton’s Decorating: 25% off C&H 1 Pound Sugar: $0.99 King Arthur 5# Unbleached Flour: $3.99 Plantain Blackstrap Molasses: $3.99 Nordic Ware Baking Pans and Sheets: 25% off Gingerbread Cookies Ingredients Cookies: 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon salt 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/4 cup vegetable oil, at room temperature 1/2 cup packed light brown… Read More

Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

posted on November 23rd, 2016 by Lauren Murphy

Bristol Farms offers fresh uncooked turkeys or cooked turkeys for Thanksgiving ordering. If you choose to go with a fresh turkey this year, here are a few cooking tips and recipes to help make your Thanksgiving easier and tastier! Turkey Cooking Tips: Set your oven to 325°F. We recommend using a meat thermometer. Be sure the thermometer is inserted into the thickest part of the breast, not touching the bone. Cook to an internal temperature of 180° F. Approximate Cooking Times: Stuffed Turkey 8-12 lbs: 3 - 4 hours 12-16 lbs: 4 - 5 hours 16-20 lbs: 5 - 5 1/2 hours 20-24 lbs: 5 1/2 - 6 hours Unstuffed Turkey 8-12 lbs: 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 hours 12-16 lbs: 3 1/2 - 4 1/2 hours 16-20 lbs: 4 1/2 - 5 hours 20-24 lbs: 5 - 5 1/2 hours Recipes: Holiday Turkey Brine Ingredients: - 1 package Bristol Farms Dry Brine Mix (available during the holidays) - 1 quart water - 1 box of 2 bags Reynolds Turkey Roasting Bags - 1 16-24lb Turkey (thawed) - 1 gallon Apple Cider… Read More

Just One More Family Meal Shared

posted on September 16th, 2016 by Nicole Vuletich

With an aim to inspire families to eat at home together more often, we are proud to support in the celebration of National Family Meals Month™ for the month of September. Through the program, we encourage families to slow down, join together, and share just one more delicious meal per week. We know how busy life can be, so we're happy to help by highlighting some super simple, healthy meal solutions with items found in store to help make that happen. Did you know that numerous studies underscore the long-term health, academic, and societal benefits of consistently eating together as a family? Home-cooked meals nourish the spirit, brain, and health of all family members. Not to mention, people who frequently cook at home eat fewer, healthier calories. Additionally, regular family meals are linked to the kinds of outcomes that we all want for our children: higher grades and self-esteem, healthier eating habits, and less risky behavior. Don't fret about the time it takes to… Read More

Great Grapes! A Sweet Recipe for Labor Day

posted on August 30th, 2016 by John Savidan

It’s always a great time to gather family and friends together, and for your Labor Day celebrations consider a new dish with a secret ingredient:  grapes from California.  Fresh grapes are refreshing on their own, of course – pretty much anytime, anywhere.  But they are a versatile ingredient too.  Here's one of our favorite recipes incorporating sweet grapes. Give it a try at your holiday soiree and then bask in the compliments. Shrimp Orzo and Grape Salad When it’s too hot to cook, toss up this filling summer salad of orzo, grapes, and shrimp with a mustard-dill dressing for dinner or as a side. Ingredients: 2 cups cooked, drained orzo pasta 2 cups California seedless grapes 8 ounces small cooked peeled shrimp 1 cup cucumbers, seeded, diced 1/4 cup green pepper, diced 1/2 teaspoon each salt and dried dill weed 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper Mustard-Dill Dressing 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 1 tablespoon each olive oil, dijon-style mustard and… Read More

Life of a Hatch Chile – Stages & Uses

posted on August 16th, 2016 by Nicole Vuletich

It all starts in the rich soil of the valley of Hatch, New Mexico, where the life of a Hatch Chile is born. After harvest in late July and August each year, the Hatch chile takes on a new life cycle, transitioning through stages in which spicy food enthusiasts can incorporate this wondrous pepper into every dish enjoyed throughout the year. From freshly harvested to roasted and pureed, below are the many stages the Hatch chile can go through, along with some tips on adding to some of your existing favorite dishes and some new. Fresh, Unroasted Whole Hatch Chiles - Typically bought in bulk for roasting at home. Roast whole, let cool, remove the skins, and freeze in storage bags for use in dishes throughout the year. When ready to use, simply remove from the freezer and allow to reach room temperature before preparing. Raw Chopped Hatch Chiles - Roasted Hatch chiles are a preferred flavor over fresh, yet you can add diced fresh Hatch chile to the cooking process of soups and… Read More

Summer Grilled Veal Chops with Lemon Herb Butter

posted on July 27th, 2016 by Rick Stidham

Veal chops are an incredibly tender cut of meat ideal for any cooking method, such as sauteeing, roasting, or grilling. Enhance the flavor while bringing out the virtues of veal chops with a bright marinade and a fresh herb butter. Since it's summer, we are enjoying our veal chops grilled to perfection and served alongside a medley of steamed baby red potatoes and asparagus. This recipe pairs well with a dry Italian white wine, such as Jermann Pinot Grigio. Enjoy! Summer Grilled Veal Chops with Lemon Herb Butter Serves 6 Ingredients Veal: 1/2 cup Bristol Farms Olive Oil 8 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice 3 garlic cloves, minced 6 8 oz. Veal Chops Herb Butter: 8 tablespoons butter brought to room temperature 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel 3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic Method: 1. For the veal marinade, whisk the first three ingredients together in a bowl and set aside. Season veal chops with… Read More

Cool Down with Summer Peach Recipes

posted on July 15th, 2016 by John Savidan

Let's face it, the warmest days of summer are here and we can all use some fresh ideas for keeping cool, especially when it comes to our favorite summer eats and drinks. While eating our favorite summer fruits straight from the hand is an easy no-heat snack, there are many other ways to enjoy your summer fruit while cooling down a couple degrees at the same time. Here are our go-to recipes for cooling down this summer with sweet peaches: Peach Iced Tea Pops Drop whole wedges of sweet peach in your favorite iced tea mix and freeze for a delicious frozen treat. In need of frozen treat molds? Visit our Housewares Department for a variety of fun shapes and sizes. Want to make some frozen treats for the kids? In place of iced tea, try fruit juice or fruit puree for a kid-friendly version. You can also make a very grown up version by adding a splash of your favorite spirit or liqueur, such as vodka or Grand Marnier. Super simple, sweet, and chilly. Peach, Prosciutto, and Bocconcini… Read More

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