Friday, June 25, 2010

Summer Gilling

Monday was the first day of summer and here in Maine we're heartily welcoming it! Summer brings beautiful weather to our State, the perfect kind of weather for Barbecuing. Tonight is going to be a beautiful evening; so why not spend the time outside grilling? To get you started here's a grilled corn recipe that Kim, our recipe developer, shared in her cooking class last Friday.

Herb Grilled Corn on the Cob

6 ears corn
¼ cup (1/2 stick) softened butter
2 tablespoons fresh herbs (such as parsley, basil, thyme, rosemary) chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Black pepper

-Preheat charcoal, wood or gas grill to medium-high heat (about 350 degrees F)

-Make flavored butter by combining the softened butter, herbs, lemon juice and pepper.

-Carefully peel back the husk from one ear of corn, starting at the top and leaving the bottom part intact. Use your hands, tear out the corn silk.

-Using your hands or a paper towel, spread ½ tablespoon of the flavored butter over the corn. Repeat with the remaining corn.

-Place the corn (in its husk) directly on the grill for 3 minutes. Turn the corn over, and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, or until the kernels are bright and beginning to char. Serve hot.

Looking for other grilling ideas for tonight? Find the recipes below and more on our website.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Free Dogs for Dads!

We're celebrating Father's Day at our York, Maine location this Sunday with free dogs for dads! There are also plenty of hot dogs and other lunch items available for purchase in our cafe for everyone, so dads don't need to come alone. If you're in the neighborhood between 11am and 2pm, stop on by.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Father's Day is coming!

If your dad is like mine (like my father-in-law too) there isn't really much he asks for in the way of gifts. Moms tend to hint at what they would like, but with dads it seems we're on our own. My theory on gift giving for dads comes from the advice that 'the way to a man's heart is through his stomach' and I stick to food-related gifts. Themes are always good too! For example:

The grillin' dad

For dad's bar

For the dad who loves seafood...give him a lobster bake

You can order our gifts online and ship to dad's house. Or, Better yet, pay dad a visit and enjoy these foodie gifts with him! Giving your gift in person is guaranteed to be the best gift of all!

Do you have any Father's Day gift ideas of your own? Please share them with us!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A Surprising Afternoon

I enjoy cooking though I could definitely use some tips since baking is more my forte, so I was more than pleased when I was offered the opportunity to experience our cooking school here at Stonewall.

It seems others were equally as excited as I was. When we walked over to the Cooking School a group of four women were giggling like young girls as they lead their friend blind-folded past our gardens and towards the Cooking School. This was obviously a surprise for a celebratory day. A surprise that is until my co-worker, whose name shall remain unknown, asked these cheerful women if they would mind posing for a picture for the “STONEWALL” blog. Oops! There went the surprise! But the birthday girl seemed ecstatic none the less when she ripped off her blind-fold and exclaimed, “Oh, we’re at Stonewall!”

What a great surprise it was; a perfect way to spend the afternoon with friends, gain some new cooking tips and tricks, receive some great recipes, and of course eat a delicious meal. The Stonewall Cooking School was full of eager guests listening attentively as Marge Crossman shared her French cooking skills. A delicious lunch of Mikado salad; fresh French bread loaves; Roti de Porc – boneless pork loin stuffed with fresh mushrooms, crème fraiche, grained Gruyere cheese, with tomato and zucchini fans and Herbs de Provence; and a delightful apricot soufflé with raspberry coulis topped with vanilla bean whipped cream for dessert; a definite surprise for the taste buds and guests alike!

We learned some very helpful tips too. Did you know that you should add salt before the oil when making a vinaigrette; lemon juice helps whiten mushrooms; rub left-over avocado with oil and refrigerate in a plastic bag to prevent it from browning for a couple of days; the green stem of garlic is called the “germ” and it should be removed to prevent a bitter taste, and homemade French bread is quick and easy; spraying salted water on top of the loaf prior to baking creates the perfect crust? Who knew?!

We promise to keep our employees under super secret surprise surveillance the next time you decide to “surprise” someone with a special lunch or dinner at the Stonewall Cooking School! Classes are offered almost every day of the week, just check our new calendar and call 877-899-8363 for reservations.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Tourist Season

You know it’s the start of summer when the bus tours come to visit our Flagship Store in York. We love to see the buses arrive. Guests pile out of the bus to walk through our gardens, shop in our store, grab a snack or lunch in the Café and of course, watch us making jam on the premises.

Please feel free to schedule a bus trip and a meet and greet from our Store Associates (who will always give you a coupon for shopping that day)! We look forward to seeing you! Call our store directly at (207) 351-2712.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Farmers' Market

For those of you in the York, Maine area this Saturday, we are sponsoring the Gateway Farmers' Market in the back lot at the Greater York Region Chamber Visitor Center, Route One. (Then come visit our York store!)

Every SATURDAY June 5th through October 9th from 9:00AM to 1:00PM, you will find many organic products such as breads, cheeses, and seasonal produce and fruit.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Cheeseballs, oh glorious cheese balls!

During our new product photo-shoots I would guess that I ate enough cheese balls to turn into one (or maybe I've always been cheesy) but I really do love these! The Roasted Garlic Cheese Ball is my very favorite of our new products. Now, every time we need to include one in a photo I just smile, and say "mmm ... dinner!" The allure of this somewhat kitschy round appetizer I cannot fully explain; but I bet if you serve it at your next party it won't last long!

Can't get enough cheese? We also have these cheese ball recipes:
Old Farmhouse Chutney Cheese Ball
Roasted Garlic and Onion Cheese Ball
Spicy Pepper Relish and Swiss Cheese Ball
Blue Cheese Herb Mustard Cheese Ball