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Palate for Pumpkin: Our Top 5 Favorites

posted on October 17th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

When it comes to Autumn cooking, pumpkins pretty much rank supreme. With healthy recipe inspiration everywhere we look and also - indulgent pastries, cakes, and cookies galore, it’s no wonder pumpkin-infused everything has become an obsession each Fall. We’re not opposed to it either - in fact, we’re all about the craze. That’s why we’ve compiled our top 5 sweet and savory favorites for your curious pumpkin palate 1.Pumpkin Risotto Ingredients: 1/2 cup olive oil 2 cups Arborio Rice 1 cup finely diced yellow or sweet onion 1 tablespoon minced garlic 5-6 cups chicken or vegetable stock 1 cup dry white wine 1 can pumpkin puree 1 cup roasted butternut squash, diced 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon fresh sage, cut in chiffonade strips 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 2 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper Directions: In a medium-size saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and… Read More

Game Day Grub: An Easy Recipe For Every Quarter of the Game

posted on October 10th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

Football season is almost halfway over and while there may be controversy over some aspects of the game, we can all agree on one thing - good food is mandatory for any successful football game watching party. Because a fantastic spread of indulgences can make winning that much better...and losing a little more tolerable (strong emphasis on a little). Whether you're hosting or you're contributing to a potluck party, you shouldn't have to stress over cooking - leave all that stress and nail-biting for the game! That's why we're helping you out with 4 easy, tried and true recipes for this weekend's games. One recipe for each quarter of the game...and beers for all at halftime! 1st Quarter: Our Own Homemade Guacamole - Yes, this one is a "cheat." But a really, really good cheat. Our delightfully chunky and flavorful guacamole is made fresh everyday in our kitchens using perfectly ripe avocados, cilantro, onion, and tomato. Serve it in a pretty bowl and pair with your favorite… Read More

Carnitas Tacos for National Taco Day

posted on October 4th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

We are without a doubt, living in the land where tacos rank supreme. With street-style taco shops and trucks at very corner, the competition is stiff - which most of the time, means amazing tacos that you just can't get anywhere else (besides Mexico, of course). But sometimes it's fun to plan an elaborate taco night at home. Side note: Remember when taco dinner box kits were a weekly "indulgence"? Oh, nostalgia. We'll leave those taco kits in the past though. Because crafting up cantina tacos at home really isn't that difficult. Short-cuts make it even easier too. Here's our simple recipe for carnitas tacos that is a sure bet, every time.   Carnitas Tacos Ingredients: 2 lb pork shoulder Juice from two limes 1 onion, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon salt 1/2 tablespoon chili powder 1 teaspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 2 cups chicken stock, divided 1/2 cup cooking oil, divided   For building tacos: corn… Read More

Slow Cooker Staples for National Family Meals Month

posted on September 30th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

We know that cooking during the workweek can be challenging. And to those of you who do find the time to whip up a gourmet-ish dinner on a Tuesday or Wednesday night - well, we salute you. And we’re sure your family appreciates your admirable efforts in the kitchen too. Roasting a whole chicken with a side of sauteed green beans and garlic mashed potatoes would probably be gladly received by many of us on just about any night of the week. But taking the time to prepare a dinner like this is another story. Thank goodness for the trusty slow-cooker. With only a few ingredients and a few minutes of prep in the morning, we can leave our homes for work or a slew of errands and know that dinner will be (mostly) made when we return in the evening. Let’s not forget to mention the clean-up is a breeze. One-pot dinners are always essential when it comes time to wash the dishes. The most lovely part of it all is that we can spend the time with our families and loved ones that we… Read More

Game Day Grub: The Ultimate Buffalo Rotisserie Chicken Dip

posted on September 26th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

When it comes to hosting a game day party, the spread of snacks matters almost as much as the spread offense. Okay, that may be a stretch. Forgive us. But in all seriousness, the grub your guests delightfully munch on during those moments of calm is well, kind of important. Perhaps gorging on layers of loaded nachos or piles of crispy buffalo wings makes victory feel that much better. Then again, those same nachos and wings can be somewhat soothing when our team loses too. No matter how you look at it, the food you serve or bring to a game day gathering is gonna get eaten. So why not make it easy on yourself and whip up something super simple and totally foolproof? Like Buffalo chicken dip. We’ve all had it. And when it’s good, it’s really good. Our recipe is one of those really good ones too - the kind you think about for days and then try desperately to recreate. But we’re just going to take the guesswork out of the process for you and give you the best recipe for… Read More

Sausage, Sauerkraut, and Apple Hash for Oktoberfest

posted on September 25th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

It’s hard to believe that Fall is officially here. Between pumpkin spiced everything and an undeniable urge to pull out all the scarves and booties (speaking to you ladies), the delightfully fragrant and perfectly chilly season full of soups, stews, and crock pot suppers is underway. And with the Autumn time air also comes a tradition that’s rooted in Germany but often celebrated by many here; Oktoberfest. Beer slinging festivals with pretzel and sausage stations are pretty common in big cities and small towns alike. There’s no doubt we’ll be celebrating in our own culinary kinda way as we get further into Fall - but for now, we’re starting with an Oktoberfest Sausage sale and a deliciously easy weeknight kinda meal with those snappy and succulent sausages. Make it tonight...or make it for breakfast this weekend with a fried egg on top - sure, it’s not the authentic German thing to do...but it’s a spectacular addition (trust us on this one). Sausage… Read More

Autumn Sangria Recipe

posted on September 22nd, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

Ah, Autumn. For many, it begins in September but for those of us in Southern California, it doesn't start really feeling like Fall until mid-October. Nevertheless, there's just something warm and fuzzy about that Autumn time feel. Whether it's the smells of pumpkin coming from every coffee shop or the baskets of Gala apples at every market, Fall definitely has a special kind of appeal. But since it's still quite warm in SoCal, we need a way to celebrate the beginning of Fall that won't make us sweat. An Autumn inspired Sangria seems like the most logical way to do just that. Pomegranate Fig Sangria Ingredients: 1 bottle sweet white wine 4 fresh figs, halved 1 apple, cored and sliced 1 cup pomegranate juice 1 ripe orange, sliced 1/2 cup Brandy 1 bottle sparking water Ice Directions: In a large container or pitcher with airtight lid, add the sliced oranges, apple, figs, pomegranate juice, and Brandy. Pour the wine on top. Stir and refrigerate… Read More

Just One More Family Meal Shared

posted on September 7th, 2017 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

Pan‑Seared Ribeye Recipe

posted on September 3rd, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

Bristol Farms' Pan-Seared Steakhouse Ribeyes No need to visit the steakhouse! Our Ribeyes are a perfect ‘melt-in-your-mouth’ cut with incredible marbling, tenderness, and flavor. They're also quite excellent when prepared right on your stove! Just ask any grill master and most will agree: cooking steaks on cast-iron locks in the flavor and provides a special crust that's delightfully different than traditional grill preparation! Ingredients: 2 - 14 oz. Bristol Farms Ribeye Steaks 2 tbsp butter 1 tbsp. kosher salt 4 cloves garlic, smashed with the back of a large knife 6 sprigs fresh thyme 2 sprigs fresh rosemary Method: 1. Pat steak dry with paper towels and then season generously with kosher salt. Remove the leaves from one sprig rosemary and add to a small bowl with one tablespoon melted butter. Add 2 cloves smashed garlic and mix well with fork. Using your hands, rub the steaks with the garlic rosemary butter mixture. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 4-8… Read More

Hatch Chile Guacamole Burger Recipe for National Burger Day!

posted on August 25th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

We are still in Hatch Chile season...and frankly, we're loving it. Spicy and smokey, everything with Hatch just seems to taste a little more exciting and a lot more delicious. Whether it's roasted and diced in cheesy and decadent mac-n-cheese or a filleted and added to a classic grilled cheese sandwich, we  love it all. The Hatch possibilities are endless... One of our favorite ways to eat Hatch chile though is mixed in our already tasty guacamole. It's the perfect match for a crunchy tortilla chip. Or -add that creamy and spicy guac to the top of a juicy burger and you've achieved casual culinary comfort food perfection. This Sunday is National Burger Day too - so why not kick up your burger a little with some of our Hatch guacamole? But if you aren't quite feeling up to "manning the grill," just enjoy the Hatch Guacamole Burger at one of our store cafes. Either way, you're going to be treating your taste buds to something pretty special. Hatch Chile Guacamole… Read More

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