Friday, June 20, 2014

I Scream, You Scream.....


The warm temperatures of summer are a perfect excuse to enjoy a nice, cold, refreshing treat at any time of day!  Ice Cream is one of our favorite summer treats - we have so many great little ice cream shops here in Southern Maine, but sometimes, building your own sundae at home is just as fun as going out!

There is no skimping when it comes to our sundaes.  For a base, we always go with a premium ice cream, such as Gifford's Old Fashioned Vanilla.  Next, we warm up a little chocolate sauce such as Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Sauce or Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce and drizzle it over the ice cream.  Occasionally, we'll even add a drizzle of caramel sauce!  A dollop of fresh whipped cream and a sprinkling of fresh fruit such as strawberries or a crunchy topping such as chopped nuts finish it off! 

Grab a spoon and dig in!



Thursday, June 12, 2014

Why Did the Turtle Cross the Road?



One of the most noticeable perks of working at the York corporate headquarters is the beauty of the location itself. Visitors and employees often marvel at the great care and thought put into the planning, building and visual presentation of our offices and facilities. Incorporating colorful gardens and tasteful landscaping, the entire campus seems to fit seamlessly within the natural backdrop of the area.



Right next to the offices is a quiet, open wetland area teeming with native creatures of all sorts. Employees on the second floor get an exceptional view of the comings and goings of Canadian geese, ducks, muskrats and small birds of all types.  The one resident who seems to get the most attention is a very large snapping turtle. He/she is often seen basking in the sun’s rays in the middle of the pond or plowing its way through the forest of cattails that line the edge of the property.



Yesterday, for reasons unknown, Mr./Ms. Snapping Turtle decided to take a stroll and head out toward an adjacent grassy area across the street. Despite the cars coming into or leaving our driveway, the turtle was determined to get to its destination and a few drivers even paused to let the wayward reptile cross in relative safety.



Luckily, some quick thinking members of our Merchandise team saw the events unfolding and “escorted” the turtle from a safe distance and made sure that he/she made it to the other side safely and was out of harm’s way.

Thanks, Guys! 
 

Friday, June 6, 2014

National Doughnut Day Giveaway

Today is National Doughnut Day!
From grandmother's kitchen to the local corner bakery, everyone seems to have a favorite recipe. You can now make wonderfully light, mouth-watering doughnuts in your own kitchen with this Stonewall Kitchen doughnut mix. They require no added yeast and are baked, not fried for less mess and fat! 


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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Recipe: Black Bean Burger featuring our new Cilantro Lime Aioli

When summer hits, we tend to find ourselves eating hamburgers often - at cookouts, events and even at our own house.   Although they are delicious, we love to change it up a bit and have a vegetarian option instead.  We love this new recipe for Black Bean Burgers.  These are an incredibly easy and a tasty alternative to your typical cookout fare!


Black Bean Burgers – 4 burgers or 8 sliders

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa (approximately 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa cooked in 1/2 cup water)
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed, drained and mashed with a fork
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons red bell pepper, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Stonewall Kitchen Cilantro Lime Aioli, plus more to top each burger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil for frying
  • 4 large or 8 small buns
  • 4-8 lettuce leaves
  • 4-8 slices of tomato
  • 1 avocado sliced

Directions:

  1. Combine cooked quinoa, beans, egg, bread crumbs, onion, bell pepper, 2 teaspoons aioli, garlic, salt, cumin, and pepper in a food processor. Pulse several times to combine. Form into patties. Allow to sit for 10 minutes before frying.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Cook burgers approximately 6 minutes per side. Gently turn burgers and continue to cook until golden brown on both sides.
  3. Place burgers on the bottom of each bun. Top with aioli, lettuce, tomato and avocado. Serve immediately.