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Scottish Dinner in South Pasadena

posted on September 9th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

It's time to discover Scotland...a country often overlooked when it comes to their culinary scene. With amazing seafood, robust cheeses and chutney, we have a special place in our hearts for their cuisine. And that's why we've decided to celebrate the country...and our amazing customers... With a very special customer appreciation dinner at our South Pasadena store on Friday, September 15th from 6-8pm. Book your seat in our store today, before they're sold out. This is an intimate 40 guest dinner party and we're pulling out all the stops. It will be a memorable dinner experience you won't want to miss. DINNER DETAILS: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 6pm-8pm TICKETS: $29 per person. TO BOOK: Inquire in store before seats sell out. MENU: BELHAVEN TWISTED THISTED IPA SCOTTISH CHEESE, CHUTNEY, & OATCAKES FORFAR BIRDIES- SCOTTISH PASTIE WITH LAMB & PARSNIP PUREE COCK A LEEKIE SOUP- ROASTED CHICKEN, LEEKS, BARLEY IN A RICH STOCK BRESSLIN BALL-TRADITIONAL… Read More

A Taste of Scotland: Scottish Cheese

posted on September 6th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

In case you couldn't tell, we're pretty big purveyors of cheese. From snacking to melting to everything between, cheese is a guilty pleasure indeed. And we always strive to carry all those cheeses you know and love plus some of the exotic gourmet ones too. This month, we're featuring a few of Scotland's finest cheddar cheeses. Amazing on their own, all three of these cheeses are also quite delicious on a baguette with a delightful sweet chutney to contrast the bite of cheddar. Connage Dunlop Scottish Cheddar This Award Winning Scottish Cheddar handcrafted on a family farm, by the shores of the Moray Firth. Connage Highland Dairy is based on the shores of the Moray Firth, near north and east Inverness, which is the Highland council area of Scotland. Dunlop recipe dates from the 17th Century and was first made in Ayrshire. Each truckle was dressed in muslin to seal and keep the maturing cheese moist and we still do this today. Connage uses unpasteurized milk and… Read More

This September: Discover Scotland at Bristol Farms

posted on September 5th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

Every Fall, we celebrate culinary traditions from a few of our favorite counties. Currently, we’re admiring Scotland - a country known for its amazing landscape but often forgotten about when it comes to its delicious food. From tasty cheddar cheeses like Orkney Smokey Red Cheddar to delectable chutneys like MacKays caramelized red onion chutney to savory snacks like Mackie’s Potato crisps, we have a diverse selection of Scotland’s best… We also have Loch Etive Steelhead Trout imported directly from Scotland. You’ve never enjoyed trout quite like this before. It will make for one memorable fish dinner, we assure you. Loch Etive (Loch means “lake” in Scottish, in case you were wondering) is in Northern Argyll on the west coast of Scotland. Loch Etive Steelhead Trout are raised in this very remote, pristine environment with pure waters and fast-flowing currents. High in Omega-3 oils, the sashimi-grade trout is suited for all types of cooked creations - as well as… Read More

Aged Piave

posted on October 3rd, 2016 by Carl Smith

Piave is a magnificent cheese from Italy’s north-eastern Alps. It is a cousin to Parmigiano Reggiano, however, it is more versatile than Parmigiano. Like Parmigiano Reggiano it is prepared from cow’s milk and from two “milkings”. The cows are first milked in the evening and the milk rests overnight, the cream rises to the top and is skimmed. The morning milk is whole milk and is mixed with the evening milk. Piave has a much shorter aging process than its cousin Parmigiano-Regiano and is much smaller, the cheese goes through 3 different periods of ageing, producing three different varieties of Piave. We offer two types of Piave: Piave Mezzo:  aged 6 months, is a creamy, sweet young cheese with a hint of complexity from nutty to floral flavors. Piave Vecchio: aged 12 months, is an extra-aged cheese that beginning to mature, it is sweet but with a bite to the tongue than is pleasantly intense. The young and semi-aged cheese will give better results sauté… Read More

Wyke Farms’ Smoked Farmhouse Cheddar

posted on September 21st, 2016 by Carl Smith

Wyke Farms’ award-winning Extra Mature Cheddar is matured for around 12 months and then oak-smoked in a traditional smokehouse for 16 hours to attain a full, rounded flavor. The oak wood chips are soaked with Thatchers Heritage Cider to produce a deep rich cheddar with an applewood-smoked flavor and hints of sweet cider. “Our smoked Cheddar brings together innovation and tradition to produce a cheese like no other, achieved with over 150 years of experience,” said Richard Clothier, third generation family member and MD, Wyke Farms. “Our family here at Wyke Farms stays true to our award-winning recipe but uses creativity to be able to satisfy trends in customer demand.” Read More

Bristol Farms Red Wax Gouda

posted on September 21st, 2016 by Carl Smith

Gouda; pronounced “How-da” by the Dutch locals, is an orange cheese made from cow's milk. The cheese is named after the city of Gouda in the Netherlands. It is one of the most popular cheeses in the world, accounting for 50 to 60 percent of the world's cheese consumption. Gouda is dried for a few days before being coated with a red wax to prevent it from drying out, then it is aged. Depending on age classification, it can be aged a number of weeks to over seven years before it is ready to be eaten. Bristol Farms Red Wax Gouda is made exclusively by Beemster Dutch Cheese Co.  The cheese is young by Beemster standards; being aged just two months. The cheese has a mild, nut-like flavor and a creamy texture. It is especially good with red wine, beer, and dark breads, but don’t count it out for topping a burger, cubing in salads, or adding to a cheese platter Read More

Mediterranean Branzino

posted on September 21st, 2016 by Carl Smith

Our seafood departments are proud to feature Branzino from the Mediterranean during our Yum to the World celebration going on in-store from September 21 - October 18. Branzino is a silver-skinned fish found in the European sea and saltwater lakes. It goes by many names, such as European sea bass, spigola, loup de mer, róbalo, and lubina. Branzino ranges in size from one-and-a-half to three pounds. It has a firm, white, delicate-flavored flesh that is almost sweet and the few small bones make for easy filleting or preparing whole. It's a prized fish in Italian, Spanish, and Greek cuisines and is often prepared grilled, roasted, poached, steamed, or braised whole. Branzino really shines in the recipe below for Lemon Stuffed Grilled Branzino. Enjoy! Lemon Stuffed Grilled Branzino Recipe by Barbara Lynch www.foodandwine.com Serves 4 Ingredients: Four 1-pound whole branzino - scaled and gutted, heads and tails removed Salt and freshly ground pepper 4 thyme… Read More

Sweet, Crisp New Crop Apples

posted on September 9th, 2016 by John Savidan

Cooler days, earlier sunsets, and New Crop Apples are all sure signs that fall is just around the corner. Loads of sweet, crisp new crop apples have been arriving in store and in a wide variety to choose from. They run the gamut from tart to sweet and can be enjoyed both out of hand and in sweet and savory recipes. So what exactly is a new crop apple? In a basic explanation, new crops are the freshest apple you will taste all year long. As opposed to storage apples, which are brought to market all year long, new crop apples start coming off trees in August and are brought in fresh to stores through November, or until the first frost. New crops are your guarantee for enjoying an apple that has just been picked from the orchard. Enjoy all the new crop apples while you can for that unbeatable fresh crunch and flavor. Below are a few of the varieties we are offering in store: Gala Apples - Crisp, juicy, and sweet, Gala apples are perfect for snacking or enjoying with wine and… Read More

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