Friday, September 28, 2012

Great things are coming this Holiday Season - be sure you are up to date!

Did you receive our most recent catalog in the mail?  With summer now officially behind us, we are excited about the seasons and holidays ahead of us.  If you haven't received our catalog in the mail, be sure to sign up on our website.  Here is a quick preview.  We have a lot of great things coming over the next few months!

 
 
 

 
 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Perfect Pumpkin Party Treat

It seems like everyone is looking forward to all things pumpkin flavored!  Here is one of our favorite items to bring to a party during the fall months that is incredibly easy to make with just a few simple ingredients.

Pumpkin Spice Cheese Ball
Ingredients:
Directions:
  1. Combine the cheese ball spice packet with the softened block of cream cheese until combined.
  2. Form into a ball, cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight.
  3. Roll cheese ball in the sugar topping provided in the topping packet.
  4. Using the back of a spoon, indent the top of the ball and place a pretzel stick for the stem.  Using the front of the spoon, carve strips in the sides to create the pumpkin design.
Serve with Simple White Crackers, Sugar Grahams or apple slices for a perfect fall treat.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Host your own Pie Contest

September is here which means the fair grounds are gearing up for their annual festivals!  New England is home to some well known fairs such as The Big E in West Springfield, MA, where they welcome traditional and unique foods representing each state in New England.

One of the most traditional events at any Country Fair is the pie contest.  Pies of all different flavors and styles are submitted from people of all ages and if you are lucky enough to judge, you get a to try a little bit of everything.  As much fun as it is to view all of the pies at the contest, it would be much more fun to actually get to taste them, so why not host a pie contest at your own home?  We love this idea for a unique family and friend gathering.  The Pie Contest in a Box gives you everything you need to host your own County Fair style pie contest....and you get to be the judge!

The Pie Contest in a Box includes a Pie Contest Handbook that gives you the history of the pie contest and suggestions on categories and how to judge.  Most importantly, it also contains the official ribbons for the winners.  This holiday season, challenge your family members to see who holds the best family recipe.  If we were entering, we would opt for a traditional Wild Maine Blueberry Pie, or something a little different like this recipe for Banana Cream Pie!

Banana Cream Pie

Ingredients:
  • 3 TBS Corn Starch
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 2 cups banana puree
  • Whipping Cream
  • Graham Cracker Crust - store bought or home-made
  • Stonewall Kitchen Coffee Caramel Sauce
Directions:
  1. Sift together cornstarch and half the sugar, add egg yolks and mix well.
  2. Bring milk, vanilla and the rest of the sugar to a boil.
  3. Temper cream into yolks.
  4. Return to stove and whisk until very thick.
  5. Add banana puree to desired flavor and cool overnight.
  6. Pour into graham cracker crust
  7. Top with fresh whipped cream flavored with a drop or two or Almond flavoring or almond liquor.
  8. Drizzle Stonewall Kitchen Coffee Caramel Sauce over top.
 
What type of pie would you enter into a pie contest?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Blog Better Boston comes to York, ME

We are so excited that Blog Better Boston will host their first annual Food Summit at our headquarters here in York, Maine in October.  When approached by BBBos about the potential event, we knew it would be a natural fit.  The event is scheduled for Sunday, October 21st from 9:30am-4:30pm and will include a tour of our facility, seminars from industry professionals, including some of our own staff!

The workshops and sessions during the event will help bloggers brush up on some of their skills including;
  • Food Photography
  • Photo Editing
  • Recipe Development
  • Restaurant Reviews

In addition to the workshops and sessions, attendees will also get a tour of our manufacturing facility and enjoy a fantastic lunch in our Cooking School which will include;
  • Roasted Acorn Squash and Ginger Soup
  • Pan Seared Chicken Wrapped with Sage and Parma Ham
  • Lemon Garlic Buerre Blanc
  • Caramelized Fall Vegetable Medley
  • Fig and Pear Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream
There are limited spaces available, so be sure to check out the Blog Better Boston website and sign up.  We hope to see you in October!