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Soft Spots: Hard Cider,
our Oktoberfest Fare
and Non-Plastic Wrap

Marketing Manager
Sue Transeaux

Hard cider aficionados know that craft ciders are as complex and nuanced as fine wine and as drinkable and refreshing as good beer.But if you avoid ciders thinking they’re sweet and taste like apple juice, you’re comparing apples to oranges (so to speak).Today’s ciders, especially those made by small-batch, artisanal producers; include a wide range of flavor profiles and vary from bone-dry to semi-sweet.Just as different grape varieties are used to make wines with distinctive characteristics, those who brew craft ciders are intentional about what apples they …
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Italian Food Offers
Aid and Comfort
as Fall Approaches

Marketing Manager
Sue Transeaux

We’re easing into comfort food season, and our Wine Shops are featuring Italian wines this month. So here are some Italian comfort food suggestions that are super easy to make yet will taste like you spent real time in the kitchen with recipes passed down from a long line of Italian cooks. Ciao: Awesome Sauce Over Raviolis That Rock If you’re aghast at the …
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September Arrives
by Sea (Pacific Cod)
and By Air (Bees)

Marketing Manager
Sue Transeaux

It’s been almost a year since we got to know Amelia Burns Stewart at Blue North and fell in love with the Pacific cod humanely harvested by her father and uncle, Michael and Patrick Burns. The Burns have been longline fishing in Alaskan waters for decades, and in the 90s they purchased a grass-fed cattle ranch in eastern Oregon. As admirers of Temple Grandin’s work around the humane treatment of cattle, they were inspired to consider better treatment of …
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Long Weekend Screams
for Burgers, Lillie’s Q
and Handmade Fruit Pie

Marketing Manager
Sue Transeaux

Just as Memorial Day weekend is considered the beginning of grilling season, some consider Labor Day weekend the end of it. But that simply isn’t the case for a lot of folks around these parts! Many of us like to keep that sizzle going. For sure this is the last long weekend of the summer, so here are some suggestions for your Labor Day barbecue. …
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Let Your Hatch Flag Fly
and Catch Our Fever!

Marketing Manager
Sue Transeaux

It’s Hatch chile season! We’ve caught Hatch fever big-time around here – four of our markets are hosting Hatch chile roasting events (schedule, times and details here); our Meat Markets are adding roasted Hatch chiles to our sausages and burgers; we’re putting Hatch chiles in salmon patties over in Seafood; making Hatch corn muffins in the Bakery; and Hatch chile macaroni and cheese in the Deli. And, we’re highlighting ideas and recipes made with these legendary peppers in our markets and …
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Grillable Pizza Crusts, Upscale Hotdogs and Summer’s Still Tasty

Marketing Manager
Sue Transeaux

Grilled pizza … sounds so delicious and intriguing. But the thought of putting raw pizza dough on a grill is rather intimidating to some (well, to me anyway). Essential Baking Co. to the rescue – they’re now bringing us organic, par-baked pizza crust. Just add toppings and grill or bake. Start with a classic margherita pizza using fresh mozzarella from BelGioioso (an awesome deal on Big Board Buys this week), locally grown basil bunches from Sterino Farms in Puyallup, and those awesome cherry tomatoes from …
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Loving Gazpacho,
Fresh Local Noodles
and Hatch Roasting

Marketing Manager
Sue Transeaux

You likely either love gazpacho for its fresh flavor and ability to cool you down on a hot day… or you think cold soup is just plain weird. If you haven’t had it, and you’re willing to trust us that chilled soup is perfect for a hot August afternoon, try ours. It’s a Spanish-style soup made with ripe tomatoes, English cucumber, cilantro and a dash of Tabasco, and we package it in …
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Whole Lotta Salmon,
Local Kale & Wines
to Set on Our Tables

Marketing Manager
Sue Transeaux

  Kale lovers, rejoice! Locally grown, organic kale and chard from Dharma Ridge Farm on the Olympic Peninsula are on Market Buys this week – two bunches for $4. The family that farms Dharma Ridge in …
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Gourmet Burgers,
Local Sweets
and an Orchard Tour

Marketing Manager
Sue Transeaux

Let’s close out July with big and tasty handmade burgers and sausages, a great deal on locally made sweet breads and a virtual tour of Washington orchards. Big Buns Required Our Own gourmet burgers are big, bold and ready for the grill. What do you eat …
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Savor Summer Flavor
and Beat the Heat, Too

Marketing Manager
Sue Transeaux

How’s everyone doing with this Northwest heatwave? If the heat is getting to you, cool off with our sale on summer lagers and rosé wines, and pick up some slow-smoked St. Louis-style ribs from our Deli so you don’t have to light your grill this weekend. Here are some other ideas to take your mind off the thermometer. En Garde for Swordfish …
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