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4th of July BBQ Essentials Checklist

posted on June 27th, 2017 by Sara Trujillo

In just one week, we'll be enjoying the beach, barbecues, picnics, and fireworks galore. It's hard to believe that the 4th of July is already here! If you're lucky, you scored an invite to one of your "cool" friend's or family member's celebration... For some of us though, the festivities are in our own backyards. And while hosting a 4th of July party can be fun, it certainly takes a lot of thought and preparation. But we're here to help so that you can relax a little. Because truly, that's what summertime is all about... Your Ultimate July 4th Checklist: Apps: Potato chips & French onion dip, tortilla chips & salsa/guacamole, carrots/celery & hummus, deviled eggs, cheese & charcuterie For the Grill/Smoker: Ribs, burgers, brats, hot dogs, bone-in chicken, steak, pork butt (And don't forget the BUNS!) Toppings: Cheese, lettuce, pickles, onion, tomato, peppers, avocado, etc. Condiments: BBQ sauce (homemade, or Bristol Farms' own)… Read More

Leftover BBQ Recipe Ideas

posted on June 5th, 2017 by Sara Trujillo

Summer is in full swing - and we're absolutely loving it. From sunny days at the beach to picnics at the park to backyard barbecues with our family and friends, we're finding lots of reasons to eat well this season. Summer is also a time to relax a little more - and sometimes, that means finding shortcuts in the kitchen so that we can spend more time with those who matter most. So what's the best cooking shortcut we can suggest?Taking full advantage of barbecue leftovers. If you already enjoy grilling on the weekends, then why not grill a little extra so that you can eat well all week long? Here are some of our favorite barbecue leftover recipe ideas... Barbecue Quesadillas: Simply slice up leftover steak, brisket, or chicken and evenly layer on one half of a large tortilla along with shredded Monterey Jack, green onions, and diced tomatoes. Spread a light layer of your favorite BBQ sauce on the other side, fold, and place on an oiled pan over medium heat. Cook for 1-2 minutes… Read More

MMM… Big Time!

posted on May 26th, 2017 by Sara Trujillo

Marinated 48 hours in our own premium, natural sauce, our tri-tip is full of smokey, sweet and peppery flavor from first bite to last. Want to make your own masterpiece? Here's how! Love the butchery’s Big Time Marinated tri-tip? Grab a jar or two of the same marinade we use in our kitchen. It will knock you out with big-time flavor. Also great for steaks, pork tenderloin, chicken and lamb. (Pst..Try a taste in the Deli Department.) Grilling Tri-Tip with Big Time marinade, preheat your grill on high. Place the tri-tip over the high heat to sear the meat and create nice grill marks; leave on 2 to 3 minutes per side. Turn the heat down to low and cook for approximately 20 minutes per pound, turning the meat about every 7 to 8 minutes. Test if the meat is done by inserting a meat thermometer in to the thickest part of the meat. The tri-tip should read 120°F for a rare roast, 130°F for medium-rare and 140°F for medium. Take the tri-tip off the grill when it has reached your… Read More

Grilled Peaches!

posted on May 26th, 2017 by Sara Trujillo

Your Summer Dessert Secret Weapon: Peaches on the Grill It’s not summer if you’re not firing up the grill, and lucky for you there’s some seriously great meat on special to kick off the party. And to finish things off sweetly, we have a secret tip for something special: grilled peaches. When you grill peaches (or other stone fruits), you perform a kind of magic. The heat of the grill makes the natural sugars caramelize, creating a new sweet and smoky flavor that will make you an instant fan. And you don’t have to serve the peaches warm to get the full flavor impact. Grill them up in advance, pop them in the fridge, and serve when you’re ready. And though you can use the grilled peaches in an endless variety of ways, some of our favorites are the simplest: Just top with whipped cream, Mascarpone cheese, cinnamon, chopped nuts, honey, or all of the above! How to grill fruit Our favorites for grilling: Peaches (of course!), nectarines, bananas, pineapple, strawberries… Read More

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

posted on April 12th, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

Get creative decorating Easter eggs this year. Instead of food coloring, dye your eggs naturally with food! Use red wine, onion skins, blueberries, beets, turmeric, tea, and cabbage to make eggs vibrant, festive, and unique. Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs Hardboiled eggs (the colors below are for white eggs, you can use brown eggs but colors will come out differently) White vinegar Slotted spoon Plastic bowls for different dye mixtures Water Pot for boiling mixtures Food for dye Frozen blueberries Red wine Beets Red onions Turmeric Purple cabbage Spinach Pink: In 2 cups of water, boil beets and 1 tbsp vinegar and let simmer for 15 minutes. Yellow: In 2 cups of water, boil 2 tbsp turmeric and 1 tbsp vinegar and let simmer for 15 minutes. Blue: In 2 cups of water, boil 2 cups chopped purple cabbage and 1 tbsp vinegar and let simmer for 15 minutes. Red: In 2 cups of water, boil red onion skins and 1 tbsp vinegar and let… Read More

The Many Benefits of Coconut Oil

posted on February 15th, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

Coconut oil is far more than just a trendy fad. You may know of a few uses for it, like using it as a replacement for olive oil in a pan or moisturizing your hair but it has an incredible amount of benefits in the kitchen, around the house, and in your beauty routine. We now sell Bristol Farms Organic Virgin Coconut Oil in a 16 oz or 32 oz jar. Kitchen: Mix it with spoonful in coffee and mix together in a blender (better than stirring) Coconut oil can withstand up to 450 degrees (100 degrees more than EVOO) so use it in a stirfry or when making sweet potato fries Use it to grease cookie trays and cooking utensils Add it to your smoothies Around the house: Use it to remove labels from jars or stickers from new purchases Polish furniture Remove rings from swollen fingers .Fix squeaky hinges Natural shoe shine Beauty Hand cream Clean makeup brushes Make a hair and face mask Remove makeup A natural shaving cream .Stop bug bites… Read More

Making Time For Family Dinners

posted on January 18th, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

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. These five tips will help you make more time for family dinners. Pick a night of the week that you plan on having dinner together. This way it won't interfere with work or after school schedules. An easy way to make this happen is to make it a routine -- every Monday night you eat together as a family. Your dinner doesn't have to be a complicated meal. Make something easy that allows more time to sit around the table and eliminate the stress of having to prepare complex dishes. Plan your… Read More

Meal Prep Made Easy

posted on January 11th, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

If your New Year's resolution was to eat healthier, save money, or spend less time during the week cooking, meal prepping is an excellent tool to help you stick to your goal! Pick one day of the week and have fun planning out your meals for the week. Before you start you'll need a bunch of plastic Tupperware to store all of your meals. Common foods to prep: chicken, green beans, rice, sweet potatoes, stacked salads, or overnight oats. Not all of your foods have to be cooked. You can prep snacks in small bags, like nuts, whole strawberries, or baby carrots. This will help you stay full between meals and eliminate mindless snacking Read More

Batch Cooking Tips

posted on January 11th, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

The secret behind batch cooking is simple; cook now, freeze for later. Not only will this save you money by not dining out and ordering in, it will give you more time during the week. Batch cooking is exactly what it sounds like, cooking your meals in batches. It's not as much work as you might think since you're cooking what you'd normally eat, but doubling or even tripling the recipe! Batch Cooking Tips: Make sure there is plenty of room in your freezer because most of your meals will most likely be stored here. Simpler meals are easier to freeze, so stick to grains, sauces, soups, and main protein dishes. Let your food cool off before putting it in the freezer. The heat from the food will create condensation which will lead to freezer burn! When storing soup, leave about an inch of room for expansion, but all other foods you'll want to remove as much air as possible. If you're cooking for a family you can store large quantities together in the freezer and… Read More

New Year, New Flavors

posted on January 4th, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

Spice things up this year by bringing new flavors to your favorite meals. Not only do spices add extra flavor to your meal, they each have their own benefits. Turmeric: Try it in: soups and smoothies Flavor profile: Peppery Benefits: Anti-inflammatory, natural pain reliever Cumin: Try it in: vinaigrettes Flavor profile: Smoky Benefits: Rich in iron, boosts immunity Tarragon: Try it in: mac ‘n’ cheese Flavor profile: Similar to basil or anise Benefits: Rich in Vitamin A, C, and B-6.   Read More

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