Friday, April 30, 2010

April Sweepstakes - Last day to enter


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

It's our Berry Breakfast Basket (a gift valued at 99.95!).

Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, oh my! This basket is a collection of Stonewall Kitchen’s berry best and is sure to delight. Inside a straw task basket, you’ll find: Wild Maine Blueberry Jam, Red Raspberry Jam, Strawberry Jam, Wild Maine Blueberry Syrup, Raspberry Syrup, Strawberry Syrup, Blueberry Pancake & Waffle Mix, Strawberry Pancake & Waffle Mix, and Raspberry Muffin Mix. Also includes a cornflower blue Stonewall Kitchen cotton tea towel and 10’’ balloon whisk.

Sign up today to win and best of luck!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Save the Date for Herb Planting Demonstrations


Herbs can add so much healthy flavor and color to your cooking, and fresh herbs are the best! It’s so easy to grow them at home --- either in your garden or in small containers and pots.

Stop by our York Maine Company Store for a FREE demonstration on working with herbs. Steve Fraize will be onsite to show you just how easy it is to plant and care for herbs at home. Bring your questions, Steve is a great resource!

Assorted herbs will be available for sale. Also, during the event, enjoy 15% off all Flower Pots, Garden Seeds and Stonewall Kitchen Garden Hand Care Products!

Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 12:00pm
2 Stonewall Lane, York, ME


CONNECTICUT STORES DATES

South Windsor, CT
The Promenade Shops
at Evergreen Walk
Saturday, May 1st, 12 -4 pm

Avon, CT
336 West Main Street
Saturday, May 8th, 12 -3 pm

Stop by our Connecticut Stores for a FREE demonstration on working with herbs. Bob Zotter of Pride’s Corner will be onsite to show you just how easy it is to plant and care for herbs at home. Bring your questions, Bob is a great resource!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Recycling for Earth Day and beyond!



Reusing Our Jars

We've found loads of uses for our uniquely shaped jars. They are perfect for storing small items all around the house. From the pantry to the kitchen to the bath you'll find so many uses for the sturdy jars. Some other uses you may not have thought of are:
  • Use them to make a spice rack for the kitchen
  • Store buttons, clasps, and pins in the sewing room
  • Leftovers are clearly visible in the fridge in our jars and the lids stay on tightly.
  • Fill one of our pasta or salsa jars with soup to take to a friend.
  • Kids who love to collect things have a great way to keep them tidy and keep them on display.

And the list goes on and on. Click here to see more

Share your recycling ideas with us!


Friday, April 16, 2010

Tours, Press & Customer Appreciation!


Just from the title you can tell that we've been busy! It's been a great week for sure. Friday I was personally able to attend Jam Tour in North Andover, MA at Butcher Boy Market. Even though it was rainy (much like today) we were still able to meet lots of great people and give away a ton of jam samples! It must have been because Stephanie (shown above) was so enthusiastic! I was also there to take a few photographs. You can see more of them in our Facebook album. If you want to join us for the tour, check to see if we'll be near you! (And check back because we're still adding dates)

























Did you know that it's almost Earth Day? It's next Thursday, April 22nd. In light of that we've been getting some press for our decision to sell re-usable produce bags. You've probably seen the now popular re-usable bags that many stores are selling; but these are designed specifically for produce. They're made of durable yet see-through cotton/poly fabric with a lightweight design and are machine washable! Plus, the top of the bag has a cute apple design... so who wouldn't want one? If you'd like to read more about this check out the article on the Earth Times website.

Last, but certainly not least, we wanted to tell you that we've having a customer appreciation weekend! Any purchase made on our website from now until Sunday is 15% off. Just click here to start shopping or enter CUST15 at checkout. On Facebook we had some fans ask for free shipping. So, it's your choice! Take 15% off with code CUST15 or enjoy free shipping with your purchase of $75 or more with code E01596CO. We want you to choose the deal that's best for you.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Looking for the sweetest little wedding or party favors?



Little touches can make your special day even sweeter. . .

Our mini jams make perfect favors for weddings, anniversary parties or any special occasion.

Call our Premier Services Department at 800-826-1735 to get a discount when you order mini jams by the case. Our Premier Services Dept. will answer all your questions.

Do it yourself! You design & print the labels. A 1 3/4" round label is the perfect size on our mini jams.








Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Spring Cleaning!


Spring. A time for renewal. The grass is starting to green, flowers are starting to sprout up, and we're taking in the fresh warm air! This past week we've been busy organizing our offices in a company-wide spring cleaning effort.





Spring Cleaning check-list:
• Move furniture to get hard-to-reach dust
• Clean windows
• Wipe down cabinets & baseboards
• Give the fridge, cooktop & oven a good cleaning
• Wash any decorative items that may be getting dusty
• Go through cans & jars to discard anything that may have expired
• If you have a basement or attic sort through and donate unused items

We've also done a little spring cleaning on our blog. How do you like our fresh new look? Is there anything else you'd like to see here? We love hearing from you!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Variation on a Theme

It was a glorious and sunshine-filled weekend here in New England – a nice change from the series of storms that drenched the region over the past few weeks. The Monday morning how-was-your-weekend office chatter included tales of bicycle trips, newly blossoming flora, family gatherings, and loud choruses of peepers heralding the arrival of Spring.

In the Wholesale department, all ears were pricked as Account Executive, Laura, explained how she prepared the previous night’s dinner. She made Shepherd’s Pie. If you’re not familiar with this dish in its “original” form, here’s a brief lesson.

Known by a variety of names (Shepherd’s Pie, Cottage Pie, Potato Top Pie), it is a meat pie originating from England in the late 18th century. The main ingredients are a base of minced beef or lamb and a mashed potato crust. Many variations have occurred in the last couple hundred years as the dish traveled far and wide. In New England, Shepherd’s Pie is traditionally made with ground beef, canned creamed corn, and mashed potatoes.

Here is Laura’s take on this dish:


* 4 medium potatoes
* 1 lb. ground turkey
* ¼ cup Stonewall Kitchen Garlic Rosemary Citrus Sauce
* 1 jar Stonewall Kitchen Spicy Corn Relish
* 3 Tbsp. butter
* ⅓ cup milk
* French Fried Onions (optional)

Preheat oven to 375° F.
Bring a pot of water to boil on the stove.
Have an 8” x 8” baking pan ready.

Peel potatoes and cut into cubes. Drop potatoes into boiling water. Sauté the ground turkey in a skillet, mixing in the Garlic Rosemary Citrus Sauce. Once fully cooked, drain the turkey and spread it evenly on the bottom of the 8” x 8” pan. Layer the Spicy Corn Relish on top of the turkey.

Once the potatoes have cooked until tender, drain and mash them with butter and milk. Then spread them on top of the corn layer. Bake for 30 minutes. If desired, crumble French Fried Onions on top and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
Laura’s husband, Jared, suggested the onion topping. Nice team effort! By the way, Laura and Jared are expecting their first baby -- this Thursday! We can hardly wait to see how she integrates Stonewall Kitchen items into baby food.

***
UPDATE:
Laura and Jared welcomed a healthy baby boy on Wednesday
-- one day ahead of schedule!
***

Friday, April 2, 2010

Setting the Easter Table

Today is the day I'm doing my food shopping and setting our table for Easter dinner. In last week's blog I mentioned my planned menu; complete with Stonewall kitchen recipes - of course! Today is all about setting the table. Why am I doing this so far ahead of time? 1) I'm just a tad obsessive. 2) We'll be a BBQ tomorrow so I can't get it done then!



Table Setting 101 (Before the guests arrive)
• Iron table linens at least one day ahead of time
• Set the table with all plates, napkins, silverware, & glasses
• Plan out your serving platters. Make sure they'll fit on the table and decide which foods will fit best on each dish

You can simply set the table, or you can be creative with centerpieces, flower arrangements & folded napkins. We have a great step-by-step guide for creating this cuttle little bunny napkin!

















Another option, if you find the thought of folding many tiny bunnies to be a bit much, is to simply place the napkin between the dinner & salad plate, like this.



We're wishing all of you a Happy Easter Weekend!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Lights, Camera, Action

Just wanted to let you all know that we are looking forward to an exciting day in our Cooking School today. We are noticing lights and cameras and crew in our Cooking School. PBS is here and it's because Cynthia Finnemore Simonds is cooking in the School today and PBS is filming the class for her show. We are thrilled to be part of the action and to host such a respected author!

Cynthia Finnemore Simonds is the author of Fresh Maine Salads, Superb Maine Soups, and Delicious Maine Desserts; cookbooks from Down East Books. She is currently in production with "Fresh to Flavorful," her own cooking show on PBS and a nationwide project featuring the myriad of stories that depict the Agriculture here in America.

Check out our
Cooking School schedule.