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Peace, Love, & Avocados!

posted on June 20th, 2017 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

Summer Grilling Starts with Our Big Time Tri‑Tip

posted on June 19th, 2017 by Rick Stidham

Our butchers have been known to offer the best tri-tip in town. Incredibly tasty with a rich beef flavor and a tenderness that simply melts in your mouth, our Choice Natural Tri-Tip is the perfect cut for summertime grilling! This cut is truly flavorful enough to stand on its own but since we like to go the extra mile with our meats, we give our tri-tip a one-two punch with our very own Big Time Steak & Tri-Tip Marinade! Marinated for 48 hours in our own premium, natural sauce, these tri-tips are full of smokey, sweet, and peppery flavor from first bite to last. Fully seasoned and ready to grill. Be prepared to fall in love! Our Big Time Tri-Tip is great prepared on the grill or roasted in the oven. Our cooking tip? Allow your tri-tip to rest for 5 minutes before carving so the juices have an opportunity to redistribute themselves – a step that ensures a perfect ‘brag-about-it’ taste Read More

Earthy & Colorful Heirloom Tomatoes

posted on August 30th, 2016 by Keith Tsuchiyama

Heirloom tomatoes are gorgeous in an array of colors, shapes, and sizes, and offer the most "real" tomato-ey flavor of any tomato on the market. The secret is the seed which is "breed true", unlike hybrid tomato plants that produce plastic flesh-type flavorless varieties. So what determines an heirloom variety? Heirloom tomatoes are classified in four categories: Commercial Heirlooms: Open-pollinated varieties introduced before 1940, or tomato varieties more than 50 years in circulation. Family Heirlooms: Seeds that have been passed down for several generations through a family. Created Heirlooms: Crossing two known parents and dehybridizing the resulting seeds for as many years or generations it takes to eliminate the undesirable characteristics and stabilize the desired characteristics. This process can take as many as 8 years or more. Mystery Heirlooms: Varieties that are a product of natural cross-pollination of other heirloom varieties. Heirlooms are… 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

Hatch Chiles & Cheesy Dishes

posted on August 30th, 2016 by Carl Smith

You've probably noticed that we are huge Hatch chile fans around here. We can't get enough of the spicy southwestern chile, and the hotter the better. Over the years and through many recipes, we've found some of the best complimentary flavors to go along with the spice and smoky quality of roasted Hatch chiles. Cheese and other creamy dairy products are some of the best ingredients to incorporate with chiles as they tame the heat levels to an enjoyable level. Below are some of our best-loved items by our team and customers alike. Hatch Chile Con Queso Dip We are kind of famous for our year-round regular Chile Con Queso Dip, and in celebration of Hatch chile season, we have added a twist to our con queso dip by including roasted Hatch peppers into the recipe. It gives it that New Mexican cuisine flare. Tex-Mex indeed! Lactose intolerant folks, be afraid, be very afraid! This cheesy appetizer is totally addicting and perfect for picnics, potlucks, holiday celebrations, or just… Read More

Hatch‑Tastic Dishes in our Café!

posted on August 16th, 2016 by Brian Casey

Our Cafés are heating up! It’s Hatch Chile season and these chiles are only here for a short period once a year. We've been busy in the kitchen cooking up some spicy, southwestern inspired dishes that you are sure to love! Visit any one of our cafés now through September 6 for a taste of these authentic Hatch chile dishes. Available in the following stores: Rolling Hills, South Pasadena, Manhattan Beach, Newport Beach, La Jolla, or Palm Desert. Hatch Chile Omelet 3 egg omelet with roasted Hatch chiles and jack cheese. Served with a side choice of fresh fruit or breakfast potatoes, and choice of toast. $9.99 Hatch Chile Guacamole Burger Take a big, juicy bite of this tasty limited edition burger. Smoky, rich Hatch chiles bring the heat and cool, fresh guacamole balances things out deliciously. Served on a brioche roll with green leaf lettuce, tomato slices, and with a side choice of french fries, fruit salad, potato salad, or a cup of our house-made soup. $9.99 Hatch Chile… Read More

Hatch Chile Season is Heating Up!

posted on August 8th, 2016 by John Savidan

It’s getting hot in here! Get ready for Hatch Chile Season. Hatch chiles are only here once a year—in August and September—and that’s why you might find us Hatch-heads going a little nuts. Grown exclusively in the Land of Enchantment (New Mexico), Hatch chiles have a reputation among foodies as the best peppers grown in the U.S. and some people say the world. The Hatch chile has the same shape as its Anaheim cousin, but has firmer flesh and a greater range of flavor, from mild to medium. It’s that strong New Mexico sun, those cool nights, and the mineral-rich soil that makes the flavor so distinct. Hatches are hardly ever eaten raw; it’s when they’re roasted that the smoky richness and depth of flavor really shine. If you buy them fresh, we recommend roasting over an open flame to get the absolute best flavor possible. Once roasted, they're easy to seed and make a great Southwesterny addition to almost any dish. Hatches have a short harvest season—just six weeks! So… 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

Good & Fit! Under 600‑Calorie Meals

posted on July 19th, 2016 by Wally Mogollon

Take the guesswork—and the prep work!—out of healthy eating with our ready-to-go meals. Our smart chefs craft each meal to be under 600 calories and still crazy delicious, so you can spend more time enjoying summer activities and less time chopping, grilling, and sauteeing. Besides, who wants to be heating up the kitchen during the warm days of summer? Grab a bunch so you can eat healthy whenever hunger strikes. We find our meals a perfect solution for weeknight dinners and lunches throughout the week. With a wide variety of dishes to choose from, your taste buds will never get bored and there is surely a meal for everyone in the family. Visit our Deli grab-and-go section and check out these tasty options for dinner tonight: Grilled Salmon and Couscous Perfectly seasoned and grilled wild salmon tops a fresh, colorful medley of pearl couscous, red quinoa, diced peppers, carrots, peas and parsley. We add in a sprinkle of salty Feta cheese for added (delicious) measure. This… Read More

Fresh, Natural, Made‑In‑House Sausages

posted on July 18th, 2016 by Rick Stidham

Ever since Bristol Farms first opened its doors, the Meat Department's fresh sausages have always been the talk of the town! What makes our sausages so different? Bristol Farms' butchers are skilled old-world sausage masters that make our links fresh-in-house every day using the freshest ingredients. Did you know that most of Bristol Farms' natural sausage recipes were invented right here in-house?  That’s right. Some of our recipes date back more than 30 years, and the skills and recipes have been passed down throughout the years. Below are some of our classic customer favorites that are a staple in our meat cases including a limited time flavor, Peach Infused Chicken Sausage. Air-chilled chicken, fresh cut peaches, and a blend of secret spices makes up this sweet and savory sausage. We offer a wide variety of chicken, turkey, and pork sausages in many different flavor profiles, making them a suitable accompaniment for a vast amount of dishes. Here we listed some of our flavor… Read More

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