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Host Your Own Oktoberfest with Bristol Farms

posted on September 19th, 2016 by Geoff Nicoll

Oktoberfest is a Bavarian tradition held in Munich, Germany from late September thru the first weekend of October. It is the largest celebration in the world, in that approximately 6 million people are in attendance, consuming more than 7 million liters of beer. It lasts 16 days (with a few exceptions mandated by calendar) and has been held and enjoyed by its citizens since 1810. These days, one doesn't have to travel the globe to attend an authentic Oktoberfest celebration. There are many hosted locally where you can enjoy great food and brews with a crowd of jolly folks, but if you prefer a more intimate affair, take our tips below for hosting your own Oktoberfest celebration right in your own backyard. Beer is definitely the star of the show at any Oktoberfest celebration, but food is a key element in the success of the party. Go beyond pretzels and sauerkraut with these recipes and products found at Bristol Farms. Drink • Browse our beer cooler for a broad range… Read More

Beemster Hatch Pepper Cheese

posted on August 23rd, 2016 by Carl Smith

Calling all Hatch Chile-Heads! It's time to add another check mark to your Hatch cheese discovery list. We first introduced you to our Hatch Pepper Cheddar, and now we're proud to offer its spicy, sweet sister from the Netherlands, Beemster Hatch Pepper Cheese. Beemster Hatch Pepper Cheese is a spicy yet deliciously creamy Gouda cheese that gets its peppery kick from hatch chiles which vary in heat from subtle to fiery hot. Don’t be scared, though; this sweet and creamy cheese takes you close to the fire without getting burned. We like to tame some of the flames with a sweetened accompanied fruit jelly or spread, such as Dalmatia Fig Spread. Serving Ideas This is a great melting cheese, so add it to beans & rice, tacos, nachos, and fajitas. You can also spice up a routine turkey sandwich or create a Southwestern burger with a few slices of avocado. Beverage Pairings Pair with white wines and beers known for citrus notes and crisp acidity, or red wines that are full-bodied… Read More

Hatch Chile Poke, Fiesta Roll, & Crab Cakes!

posted on August 19th, 2016 by Craig Tsuchiyama

It’s Hatch Chile time, and we’ve been roasting them fresh every day.  While their popularity mainly exists with a variety of Hispanic deli and bakery dishes, we’ve found other ways of presenting its unique flavor into other ethnic foods.  Sushi and it’s “Westernization” has developed into much more than its fish and rice origins with many fusion type restaurants blending sushi with other ethnic flavors.  Our sushi masters created a new fusion sushi with our own Fiesta Roll, and during Hatch chile season, we add fresh roasted Hatch chiles to make our Poke and Fiesta Roll better than ever. Hatch Chile Poke Our Hatch poke is made fresh daily with a blend of high-quality ingredients.  Using the same recipe as our ever popular Spicy Tuna Poke, we decided to turn up the heat a notch by adding diced roasted Hatch chiles.  The unique smoky flavor of the roasted Hatch chiles combined with the flavor of our sesame oil blend really elevates the Hatch poke flavor to a league of… Read More

Hatch is Back in our Bakery

posted on August 18th, 2016 by Lauren Pepin

If you haven’t visited our store in the last week or so, you might not realize that we are smack dab in the middle of one our favorite seasons of the entire year, Hatch Chile season! To celebrate our favorite little pepper, our Bakery is proud to serve you with our famous Hatch Chile Cornbread, Hatch Chile Pepper Jack Scones, and Hatch Chile Chocolate Cookies. Our Hatch Chile Cornbread is a twist on our traditional cornbread with the addition of freshly roasted and diced Hatch chiles. Hatch Chile Pepper Jack Scones have cheddar, pepper jack, along with our beloved Hatch chiles. Hatch Chile Chocolate Cookies have a unique mix of ingredients which includes chocolate chips, walnuts, Tahitian vanilla, and Hatch chiles. The combination of flavors in our cookies is out of this world. If you are looking for lighter alternatives or pairings with Hatch chile, visit our Deli, Sushi, Meat or Cheese departments. We have so many wonderful products to choose from. Keep in mind that chile… 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

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

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

Cheese of the Month – Hatch Cheddar Cheese!

posted on August 4th, 2016 by Carl Smith

Hatch Chile season is here! Each year, we celebrate this delicious pepper through live roasts, delicious recipes, and pure excitement from our team members and customers alike. To add to the celebration, our Cheese Shoppes are proud to offer our own Bristol Farms Hatch Cheddar Cheese. Our Hatch cheddar is an aged creamy white cheddar with flecks of real authentic Hatch chile peppers from Hatch, New Mexico. It is a nice balance of an aged smooth cheddar with a subtle bite from the smoky, spicy Hatch peppers. Our Hatch cheddar cheese makes an ultimate grilled cheese, quesadilla, enchilada, cheeseburger, and more. One of our favorite uses is finely grating the cheese into a recipe for homemade mac and cheese! The possibilities are endless! Enjoy our recipe below for Hatch Cheddar Mac and Cheese and catch our Hatch cheddar in store while it's available for a limited time. Hatch Cheddar Mac and Cheese Ingredients: 2 cups uncooked macaroni noodles 1/2 cup butter, melted 1/4 cup flour 2… Read More

2‑Day Butcher's Bonanza is Coming to Rolling Hills

posted on July 29th, 2016 by Rick Stidham

Calling all meat lovers! Join us in our flagship Rolling Hills store for an exclusive 2-day Butcher's Bonanza event where we feature the best meats from our Butchery at the best prices of the year! We’re offering whole subprimal cuts of the following meat and poultry, plus cutting services to our customers’ preferences: Boneless Ribeye $9.99 lb - Save $9 lb New York $9.99 lb - Save $10 lb Filet Mignon $13.99 lb - Save $18 lb Tri-Tip $6.99 lb - Save $6 lb Brisket $6.99 lb - Save $3 lb Boneless Pork Tenderloin $5.99 lb - Save $4 lb Baby Back Ribs $4.99 lb - Save $5 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $4.99 lb - Save $3 lb Whole Chicken $1.99 lb - Save 80¢ lb Lamb Rack $11.99 lb - Save $12 lb Boneless Lamb Leg $6.99 lb - Save $5 lb Ground Turkey $1.99 lb - Save $4 lb As always, our Butchery provides meat and poultry with the following guarantee: antibiotic-free, no added hormones, vegetarian fed, humanely raised, free-range, and humanely harvested. With these stringent… 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

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