Tuesday, August 30, 2011

It's time to stock up for Fall - Labor Day Outlet Sale!

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Join us as we celebrate Labor Day at our Outlet and Warehouse stores!  This weekend, from Thursday, September 1st through Monday, September 5th, you can enjoy an extra savings of 25% off all markdown items at our 3 outlet locations.  Product assortment ranges from Jams to baking mixes, grille sauces, dinnerware, bake ware and more!

Stonewall Kitchen Outlet & Warehouse Store Locations;

Avon Retail & Outlet Store
336 West Maine Street
Avon, CT 06001
(860) 674-8001

North Conway Outlet Store
2 Common Court, Unit #C14
North Conway, NH 03860
(603) 356-3342

Rochester Warehouse Store
7 Amarosa Drive, Unit 1
Rochester, NH 03868
(603) 994-1100

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Can't make it to any of our Outlet store locations to enjoy the extra savings?  Help us get to 10,000 fans and we will send our Facebook friends a promo code to use on your online purchase!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Back to school essentials for creating a fun and nutritious lunch!

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It is always a shock when the stores begin to stock their shelves with pens, notebooks and back to school supplies.  Somehow it manages to sneak up on us every year. Suddenly we wake up to cooler mornings, the days begin to get a little shorter and we begin to pack up the backpacks for school!  Sending your children to school with a nutritious lunch is important, but it is also just as important that they enjoy the lunch that is packed for them.  Here are a few of our favorite products for the school year;

Sandwich Ideas:
Peanut Butter and Concord Grape Jelly - For a traditional PB&J
- A Fall Favorite, Pilgrim Turkey Sandwich 
- For the nut free schools, Seedless Red Raspberry Jelly with Cream Cheese

Kid-Friendly Snacks:
- Honey Mustard Pretzels
- Sea Salt Crackers
- Baby Carrots with a side of Artichoke Spinach Dip
- Aged Cheddar Cheese Straws
- Sour Cream & Chive Potato Sticks

And everyone's favorite...dessert:
- For those with a Gluten Intolerance; Gluten Free Brownies or Gluten Free Cookies
- Chocolate Whoopie Pies
- Our new Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Also, if you are looking for more Eco-friendly ways to pack your lunches, check out the Recyclable Lunch Bags!   


What are your children's favorite lunch items for school?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

August Afternoon

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While we are hastily working to get things together for the upcoming holiday season, as in Thanksgiving and Christmas, not Labor Day, a recent after work bike ride reminded me it is still fully summer in Maine. A bright and sunny Friday afternoon lead me from the busy day at Stonewall Kitchen: around the corner, down the road and up the hill to another equally as busy place, Nubble Lighthouse http://www.nubblelight.org/  (Sohier Park) in August, where I took this picture from. I am told this is the most photographed lighthouse in the whole country and it is right around the corner from Stonewall Kitchen.  A reminder of how lucky we are to call this place home. There she sits, all content and peaceful watching over the Atlantic and leading the way for sea-faring vessels and tourists clad in plaid.

Around here lots of us stick around in the summer.  There really is no better place to be.  We are already in "Vacation Land" so our vacations usually mean enjoying being just where we are.  What about you, what fun mini-adventures did you enjoy this summer? 

It's not over yet! Be a tourist in your own backyard.  Happy Summering!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Rainy Day Recipe




The past few days have reminded us that summer may be coming to a (hopefully slow) end and fall will show it’s colors to us soon enough. With the recent rain, the damp and cool mornings make many of us around the office crave warm, gooey comfort foods –especially in the morning! For your next rainy morning, we recommend baking up a batch of our homemade sticky buns. The aromas alone will motivate you to relish the goodness offered by a late summer rain day! Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

Ingredients

• 1-1lb. Loaf of unbaked bread dough (found in your groceries frozen food section)
• 1 Tbsp. butter, melted
• 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
• 1/4 tsp cinnamon
• 3/4 cup Stonewall Kitchen Spiced Rum Butterscotch Sauce
• 1/4 cup pecans, chopped and toasted**

Directions

1. Thaw frozen dough according to package directions.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a deep-dish 9-inch pie plate.
3. Roll dough into a rectangle approximately 10 inches by 6 inches.
4. Brush surface of the dough with melted butter.
5. Combine the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over dough.
6. Roll up the dough forming a 10-inch long roll. Cut into ten rounds about 1 inch thick.
7. Sprinkle toasted pecans over the bottom of the pie plate.
8. Spread the Stonewall Kitchen Pure Maple Cream or Spiced Rum Butterscotch Sauce over the nuts.
9. Place the dough rounds, spiral side up, over the sauce. Let the dough rise in a warm place 30 minutes or until it doubles in size. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until cooked through and golden brown.
10. Remove from oven and cool 5-10 minutes. Turn pie pan over onto a serving dish. Serve buns warm.




Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Are you a pro marshmallow toaster? It's National S'More Day!

Somehow summer is sneaking away again and it's already August!  August here in Maine is such a beautiful month, we begin to welcome the cooler mornings while still enjoying the hot afternoons at the beach.  August evenings are often filled with enjoying friends and family by the fire...and trying not to light the marshmallows on fire!  I am no pro when it comes to marshmallow toasting.  Years of experience and still, they get all nice and brown and then poof; they are up in flames!

Today is the day to show your toasting skills, it is National S'More Day.  As much as children love to enjoy s'mores, we know that the adults love them just as much!  Here is a fancy twist to a summertime classic that everyone will enjoy, and you can do them right on your grill so no marshmallow toasting needs to be involved!
S'more's  (the Stonewall Kitchen way)

Ingredients:
Directions:
For the Grill:
  1. Stack s'more: Graham cracker, marshmallow, chocolate bar, fudge sauce, graham cracker
  2. Wrap all in aluminum foil and place on top of a hot grill for about 10 minutes
  3. Peek to make sure chocolate is melted
  4. Enjoy!
The Traditional Way:
  1. Get your bottom graham cracker and top it with the piece of chocolate bar. 
  2. Toast the jumbo marshmallow over the open flame of the fire.  If you are a marshmallow toasting master, brown slightly.  Or if you are like most people, blow out the flames as quick as possible!
  3. Place onto pre-assembled graham cracker & chocolate bar
  4. Top with a spoonful of Raspberry Liqueur Hot Fudge Sauce
  5. Top with the second graham cracker
  6. Grab a napkin and enjoy!
Do you have a favorite twist to a s'more that makes them special?  If so, please share, we would love to hear your ideas!

If you don't have the time to make a traditional s'more, try out our S'Mores Brownie Mix!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Charity Pancake Breakfast & Giveaway!

***Update***
We Have a Winner!
Random Number 8.8

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Congratulations Carole!  We will be contacting you for your mailing information and we hope you enjoy your pancakes and cookbook since you could not be here with us!
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pancake breakfast 2010Last years Charity Pancake Breakfast was a huge success and we are excited to do it again tomorrow!  People waited in line for an amazing breakfast of Farmhouse Pancakes served up by the founders of Stonewall Kitchen, Jim Stott and Jonathan King, and got to choose their toppings from various syrups, fruits and more.

Tomorrow, Saturday, August 6th, we will be hosting the Charity Pancake Breakfast again and we hope you can make it!  The cost is $5.00 per adult and $3.00 per child, with all proceeds going to the York Community Food Pantry and the Youth Enrichment Center at Hilton-Winn Farm.
This year, Jim & Jonathan will be at the event signing cookbooks and with every cookbook purchase you get a free 16oz Farmhouse Pancake & Waffle Mix! 
We want to be able to include our readers from across the country who can't make it to our event by giving away a free signed cookbook and a 16oz Farmhouse Pancake & Waffle Mix to have your own Pancake Breakfast at home!
What you will win:


How to enter:

Mandatory: Give us your best guess as to how many pancakes we will be flipping and serving tomorrow!
Additional Entries:
  • Share our Facebook Page with your friends on Facebook.  Once we hit 10,000 fans we will be sending out a 20% off coupon code for online purchases!
  • Follow us on Twitter: @stonewalkitchen
  • Blog about our products!  Mention your blog URL in our comments section
  • Re-tweet this giveaway daily.  Feel free to copy/paste:
Pancake Giveway
@Stonewalkitchen http://bit.ly.WT6wt, Please RT

Remember, each extra entry must be left in a separate comment.  A winning comment will be chosen at random.  If an email, twitter handle or other way to be contacted is not included the winner will be announced and asked to comment back leaving their contact information.  (The winner's comment with contact info will not be published).  Winner has 48 hours to reply and claim their prize.
Giveaway ends on Monday, August 8, 2011 at 12:00PM EST.  Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize.  US residents only, please no employee entries.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Want to save 20% on your online order? - "Like" us on Facebook!

UPDATE:  We have reached 10,000 fans!

Receive 20%off your online order, exclusive for our Facebook Fans.
Online offer valid for 24 hours, until 1:59PM EST September 30, 2011
Enter code FANS20 at checkout

Sale items are excluded.
Offer valid online only on in-stock merchandise only.  Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.  Offer excludes shipping charges, gift/ecards, Specialty Food Club, cooking classes, sale items or prior purchase.  Excludes Corporate and Wholesale, future ship orders

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Do you want to save 20% off of your next online order?  All you have to do is "Like" us on Facebook!  Once we hit 10,000 fans we will be sending out an exclusive coupon code just for our fans.  Head on over to our Facebook Page and click the "Like" button.  We love to keep our fans up to date with photos of our favorite foods, lots of recipes and our new products.

The coupon code will be posted at noon the day after we reach 10,000 fans and will be valid for 24 hours once posted on your online purchases.  Be sure to check back often to make sure you don't miss it!

Want to get your savings faster to stock up on grill sauces and marinades before grill season is over?  Scroll to the bottom of our Facebook Page and click "Share" (shown below) to tell your friends about us.  Thanks for being a fan!

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Behind the scenes in the Photography Studio

Hello blog readers! Did you have a nice weekend? I sure did. It was perfect beach and BBQ weather here in New England. The same 'relaxing-with-friends' feeling that we were going for in these photos.

Did you ever wonder how we make photographs like these? I photograph for our website and catalogs here in our in-house studio. I was thinking that you, our blog readers, might enjoy a snapshot showing behind the scenes on a photoshot. Below is what the studio looked like when I was shooting these summer entertaining photographs.

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I'm lucky to be able to shoot in a studio that has great access to natural light so I can mix the window light with our studio lighting. And yes, we did have a big tree branch in the studio that day! Steve, one of our merchandise buyers, and I thought that it added a little touch of outdoors to the photo. What do you think? If enjoy this behind the scenes blog post let us know and we'll show you some more behind the scenes looks here at Stonewall Kitchen.