Friday, September 30, 2011

Perfect soup recipe for the fall season: Pumpkin Soup


One thing that I find myself looking forward to every summer is soup season, also known as fall.  Soup mixed with pumpkin?  Even better!  Enjoy this quick, easy, fantastic autumn recipe that warms you from the inside.

Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients:
Directions:
  1. Heat olive oil or butter in a saucepan. Add onions and cook until translucent.
  2. Add potatoes and chicken broth to saucepan; cover and bring to a boil.
  3. When potatoes are fork tender, puree potato-onion mixture with cooking liquid in food processor or blender.
  4. Return mixture to saucepan. Stir in contents of 1 jar Stonewall Kitchen Maple Pumpkin Butter, and half and half. Reheat gently. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fall is here!

Pumpkins, cool nights, spiced cider, how can you not love fall? While I'm always a little sad to see our short but sweet summer go there is something so invigorating about the fall season.

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Don't you just want to go out and carve a pumpkin? Halloween has got to be one of the most fun holidays around.

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Do you have a costume idea for Halloween yet? Nope? Me neither. Maybe our Halloween products will give you some great ideas. However, even before Halloween, I love to just enjoy the changing seasons. I relish my last chance to get out to the farmers markets.

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Don't forget to stop by your local farm stand to grab some of the great fall produce like this sweet corn and brussels sprouts. All of the photos that you've been seeing in this post are or Zach's Farm in York, Maine.

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Speaking of Zach's, did you know that they have a huge corn maze? It's open from noon until 6PM with flashlight tag from 7-10PM!

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Good luck finding your way back out of here!

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Hopefully I've inspired you to go out and enjoy fall to the fullest. I know I will be!

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And, don't worry...summer will be back next year! If you're not lucky enough to be near a farm like we are we'll share a taste of fall with you!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sandwiched between two foodie cities; a little history and our staff's favorite local restaurants

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Portland, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, home to two of Stonewall Kitchen’s Company Stores, were recently included in Foodsnall.com’s Eight of the Best American Small Towns for Foodies. We were delighted, but not at all surprised, to hear the news. Thousands of food-loving tourists and loyal locals visit our stores in these cities each year, and the York, Maine company headquarters and flagship store is sandwiched (pun intended!) right in between. We love being part of the food culture in the New Hampshire seacoast area and Southern coast of Maine!


In honor of this recognition, we thought you’d enjoy learning more about our Portland and Portsmouth stores and some of our staff's favorite restaurants in these fabulous foodie towns.

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Portland, Maine is often cited on those "Best Towns to Live in Now" lists and rightfully so. An eclectic and charming mix of a busy fishing port (New England's third largest) and art galleries, cobblestone streets, historic buildings and modern boutiques. The Stonewall Kitchen Company Store is located in the Old Port on Middle Street, in the middle of Exchange Street; a bustling quaint area of shops, galleries, and amazing restaurants.

A few of our staff favorite restaurants in Portland include;

  • The Salt Exchange - Offers seasonal plates using local suppliers
  • Havana South Restaurant - American Fine Dining with a Latin Flair
  • Grace - a restaurant created in an old church, great menu and atmosphere
  • Fore Street - A favorite for after work appetizers and drinks
  • Otto - a casual pizzeria with fun toppings such as White Bean, Sausage, Herb & Red Flake
Portsmouth, NH

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Portsmouth, NH is one of the oldest settlements in the United States. This historical fishing community has had its share of colonial upheaval and a modern revival to make it one of the most desirable cities on the Seacoast. Maintaining much of its early historic charm, Portsmouth is full of enchanting shops and great restaurants (leading contender for the U.S. city with the most restaurants per capita). The Stonewall Kitchen Company Store at 10 Pleasant St. in downtown Portsmouth offers a unique shopping experience.


In Portsmouth, you can usually find our staff enjoying these local restaurants;


We would love to know what your favorite restaurants are in Portland, ME and Portsmouth, NH are!

Friday, September 9, 2011

It's Apple Season here in New England; Apple Crisp Giveaway!

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As we begin to welcome Fall here in New England, we also begin to look forward to visits to the Apple Orchards.  Somehow, you always manage to leave with more apples than you could eat in a month.  As you are walking out you notice the perfect apple here, and the perfect apple there, and before you know it your bag is overflowing and you find yourself wondering what you should make first; apple crisp, apple pie, apple sauce? 

This fall, we want to make baking a little easier for one of our lucky blog readers.  Our Apple Pie filling tastes just like you picked the apples and spent hours in the kitchen, so you can save the freshly picked apples you worked so hard to gather and enjoy them as is.

What you will win:

One (1) Jar of our Apple Pie Filling

One (1) Box of our Oatmeal Crisp Topping

How to Enter:

Mandatory: What is your favorite apple product or apple recipe?

Additional Entries:
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  • Blog about our products and send us the link!
  • Re-tweet this giveaway daily.  Feel free to copy/paste:
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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 (this will not be published).  Winner has 48 hours to reply and claim their prize.

Giveaway ends on Monday, September 12, 2011 at 12:00pm EST. 
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize.  US Residents only, please no employee entries.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Savoring Summer with Good Food and Friends

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Another Maine summer is coming to an end, and with that we say goodbye to evening bike rides, visits to the Farmers Market and long, lazy days by the shore. School is already back in session for many kids and with that comes the challenge of scheduling leisurely get-togethers with friends and family.

As a last hurrah to the season, I recently hosted a casual dinner party using a variety of Stonewall Kitchen salsas and dips. Taking stock of my pantry for inspiration, I found jars of Peach Salsa, White Bean Dip and Spicy Corn Relish. These delicious toppings combined with locally grown tomatoes (near perfect this time of year) would make the perfect accompaniments to a crowd-pleasing taco bar. Catering to the tastes of everyone would be no problem, offering both grilled shrimp and seasoned ground turkey with various cheeses, veggies and tortillas. A side of black beans sautéed with fresh cilantro and lime rounded out our end-of-summer celebration, with just enough spice to keep us warm through the Maine winter.

Even the most inexperienced cook can look to Stonewall Kitchen for inspiration in the kitchen. Our products pair perfectly with meats, cheeses, breads and seasonal vegetables, and a quick glance at the jar’s label will feed your creativity. This last weekend of summer, take it easy and let our products take the lead.

Peach Salsa Shrimp Tacos

Ingredients:
  • 2 Tbsp. light olive oil
  • 1 Pound large (21-30 count) raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 6 corn taco shells
  • 2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • Stonewall Kitchen Peach Salsa
  • 1/3 cup Manchego or Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add shrimp, salt and pepper and cook until shrimp are pink and become firm, about 1-2 minutes per side
  3. Reduce heat to medium and add chili powder, lime juice and garlic.  Cook 1-2 minutes, stirring once or twice.
  4. Bake taco shells on baking sheet 4-5 minutes
  5. Layer lettuce, shrimp, Peach Salsa, cheese and cilantro in the taco shells.  Serve immediately 
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What’s in your cupboard? How will your menu keep the relaxed summer vibe all year long?