Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day

The inspiration for this blog began at the local 24/7 store. Yeah, I know it is a pretty bizarre place to get any kind of inspiration but sometimes you just have to go with the flow. You see sitting out front of the store was a WWII veteran and what looked like his grandson. On the shaky card table were a bunch of red silk poppies and a can for donations.

I always put some money in the can and get a poppy to wear. It's a habit I picked up from my Grandmother when I was a little kid. She always bought a poppy and kept it in the visor of her car.

I never actually knew why poppies were worn on Memorial Day. I just googled it and here is what I found. Memorial Day is sometimes called Decoration Day because following the Civil War, people went to cemeteries to place flowers on or to "decorate" the graves of loved ones who died in the war. After World War I, it also became known as Poppy Day after Canadian Army Col. John McRae wrote a poem titled "In Flanders Fields." Now I know!

I am planning on gathering with friends and family for several cookouts. Working here at Stonewall Kitchen sometimes makes it difficult to decide what to grill. We have so many choices of sauces and marinades that I am having a hard time making up my mind. My guess is that I will end up in the store and buy several. My new favorite is our Thai Marinade – it makes shrimp out of this world!

A special thank you to all the servicemen and women, who have served, protected and sacrificed for our country and our freedom.

Not sure what I’ll make yet, but I’ll be wearing a poppy . . .

Friday, May 28, 2010


Don't forget! Entries for our May giveaway must be submitted by on or before 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, May 31st. This month's prize is a beautiful grilling basket that contains Stonewall Kitchen Grilling Cookbook, Pineapple Ginger Sauce, Chicken and Pork Spice Rub, Maple Chipotle Grille Sauce, Steak and Barbecue Spice Rub, Roasted Tomato Grille Sauce, and a silicone basting brush in a beautiful task basket.

Click here to enter, and watch this space (or our Facebook or Twitter pages) for the winner!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend Sale

It is going to be a beautiful weekend! While you are vacationing don't forget to make a stop at our Rochester Warehouse Store. Friday though Monday you'll receive 25% off all imperfects and sale items making it the perfect time to stock up on your favorites!

If you're looking for a nostalgic small town experience come visit us in York for the annual Memorial Day Parade. The Seacoast Online had all the details. "The Memorial Day parade will step off at 9 a.m. from St. Christopher Church in York Village on Monday, May 31 and proceed through the village along Route 1A. The parade will make stops at all of the war memorials and end at First Parish Cemetery, where the flag will be raised and there will be a three-shot rifle volley."

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Jonathan's Top Secret Garden Project

Jonathan has plans for the gardens outside of our York, ME home office and company store. He's been dreaming it up with Jacqueline (of Jacqueline Nooney Landscape Inc.) but won't share the details with us. We're as excited as you are to see how it is going to turn out. So far, we know that there are new rock walls that double as seating. There will also be a water garden... but that's still not finished. Do you want to know what the plantings will be and what it will look like? SO DO I! I hate not being in a secrets! I've tried to think of ways to uncover the plans. I even attempted some old fashioned bribery. I walked out there with my sweetest smile and offered the guys working on our gardens a beautiful tray of perfect photo-shoot cupcakes. Sadly it was no use. They took my bribes but would only tell me that it was a water garden and that they'd been sworn to secrecy!

It looks like we'll both have to wait to know the final results. You can find more photographs in our Facebook album but you should come to York and see the progress for yourself!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Our newest product

Text Color

Remember the spareribs from the local Chinese food place you loved as a kid? Well, this sauce creates a version of those ribs that is a bit more “grown up” and has a kick of heat from red chilies that you will love. Make ribs that are even better than any restaurant or try using this sensational sauce as a dipping sauce for spring rolls or wontons.

Check out these recipes using our new sauce. (I will be picking up some today in our store to try this weekend - grill time!)

Friday, May 14, 2010

19th Anniversary Sale

We are celebrating our 19th Anniversary and we are passing the savings on to you!

Starting today thru Sunday receive 19% on the Web.* Exclusive online offer. To receive your discount, please provide source code 19YEARS at checkout. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Offer valid Friday, 5/14/10 through Sunday, 5/16/10 11:59PM ET on in-stock merchandise. Offer excludes shipping charges, Gift Cards, Specialty Food Club, Cooking School Classes or wholesale orders. Not valid on prior purchases. Offer valid for online purchases only.

The perfect savings for all your gift giving occasions this summer.

Happy savings! START SHOPPING!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Gift That Gives Life

Several times a year, Stonewall Kitchen’s home office in York hosts an American Red Cross blood drive. The Bloodmobile sets up camp in our parking lot, we post notices, set up a sandwich board at the entrance on Route 1, and when the day arrives, our guests and employees line up to donate. There is always a crowd, and with each new blood drive, our numbers increase.

At our most recent drive, 55 people showed up! The Red Cross was able to collect 32 pints of blood – two more than its goal of 30. And here’s a great statistic: Every pint may be used by up to three different people. So Monday’s drive could help as many as 96 patients in need!

We are proud to be a Platinum Donor with the American Red Cross, as one of the highest yielding blood drives in the state of Maine. We are only able to achieve that because of the altruism of our great guests and employees. Many thanks to all for your support.

Our next blood drive will be on Wednesday, July 14, 2010. Keep watching for details. Free jam may be involved!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

May Sweepstakes - Enter to Win!

We are giving a gift away every month. Have you signed up for May's Gift yet?

May's Gift - A Grilling Collection Basket

Includes: Stonewall Kitchen Grilling Cookbook, Pineapple Ginger Sauce, Chicken and Pork Spice Rub, Maple Chipotle Grille Sauce, Steak and Barbecue Spice Rub and Roasted Tomato Grille Sauce all in a beautiful task basket.

April's winners will be announced shortly. Good luck and happy May!