BYO Corn Salad July 07 2017
This summer has already offered up a lot of great reasons to get creative in the kitchen. With the backyard barbeques and potlucks in store, I've been brainstorming new ways to use my pantry and bring something fun and wholesome along. This past July 4th holiday I kept things simple and made a sweet corn salad and utilized D.a.T Sauce, an incredible hot sauce by Louisiana's Don Abner Tabor, to add a spicy kick. It was easy to make, and the perfect side for the variety of meats that were fired up on the grill all afternoon.
5 ears of sweet, white corn; shucked and scraped
2 roasted red pepper fillets; slice into thin strips
1-2 tablespoons D.a.T Sauce; to taste
Salt, Pepper, and a dash of Five Extra Virgin Olive Oil to finish
-Warm a small amount of olive oil in a skillet over high heat. Add the corn and quickly toss to cook. The corn will be bright yellow in color when it is ready.
-Toss the corn and peppers into your travelling party dish.
-Finish with a squeeze of fresh lime juice and give it a good stir.
Getting Fancy at the Food Show June 30 2017
This past week the food scene took over New York when The Summer Fancy Food Show arrived at the Javits Center. In case you haven’t been the Fancy Food Show highlights amazing food products from around the world. I love going to see what is new and hot in the food world and to search out some amazing culinary artisans and products for our marketplace. This year’s show did not disappoint. There were two floors filled with food and there were not two booths that were the same.
I was able to check in with some of our current artisans at the show and find out what is new and exciting with them. I don’t want to give too much away but you’ll be seeing some new olives in the marketplace straight from Hellenic Farms. Hellenic Farms is an amazing importer and distributor of Greek foods and they took great care to keep the olives of the highest quality on the market. Tiny But Mighty Popcorn has an amazing new package design and also a new flavor of microwave popcorn! They also found a way to make the butter popcorn taste more buttery! The Matzo Project now has Matzo Ball Soup Mix available and they are debuting some chocolate covered Matzo in the fall. There is a lot of excitement to come with these great vendors.
I also had some time to explore and look for new gems amongst the many exhibiting at the show. Marshmallows, pretzels and cookies were among the favorite new lines I tasted. I also sampled a lot of different salsas looking for the perfect one. The show was filled with a variety of cold brew coffee options which kept me going as I marched through the many aisles. There is a trend currently of green or raw products. I also saw a lot of food produced for specific diets … paleo, gluten-free, etc. While it is amazing what they can do with some food ‘substitutes’ I definitely like to keep our products full of real ingredients. I’ll be sure to post about new products when they hit the marketplace. If you subscribe to our newsletter you’ll also be one of the first informed.
My legs and feet are glad the show is over. My taste buds are excited and my mind keeps imagining all the new gift sets we’ll be able to offer for your needs once the new products arrive. Until then….
College Football Season, We have Your Snacks Covered September 11 2015
College Football has begun and I’m sad to report my Purdue Boilermakers are starting the season with a loss. Hopefully they will turn that around next week against Indiana State. One thing that comes with football season are lots of Saturday afternoons spent watching the games. Even if your team isn’t winning you can always get excited about some delicious snacks during the game!
We are thrilled to welcome Tiny But Mighty Popcorn to the marketplace at Julie’s Beet. Tiny But Mighty Popcorn is an ancient heirloom popcorn grown in the great state of Iowa. Any Hawkeyes or Cardinals fans out there? The tiny popcorn has been preserved to stay small resulting in tiny kernels with an extremely thin outer hull. That means you have a delicious tender popcorn that won’t get stuck in your teeth! We are carrying Tiny But Mighty’s Microwave Popcorn, so in less than 4 minutes you’ll have the perfect snack ready for your crew. Try the traditional butter flavor or the sweet and salty Kettle Corn. Read more about Tiny But Mighty here.
Have a great weekend watching football and enjoying some delicious snacks.
Summer Salmon with FIVE Organic Olive Oil July 17 2015
When summer hits, I am constantly looking for quick and easy recipes that use the delicious produce available to us. Fresh tomatoes, corn, peaches… I just love summer fruits and veggies!!! I also like spending less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying my meals with family and friends. I found this recipe from FIVE Olive Oil and decided to give it at try. It is super quick and easy which makes it perfect for a week night meal. It is so delicious, I would be happy serving it to my finest guests.
Enjoy the recipe below and have a great weekend!
Baked Salmon with FIVE Organic Olive Oil, Lemon and Dill
Makes 4 servings
1 lb. salmon fillet, cut in to 4 pieces
8 fresh asparagus spears, ends trimmed
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
4 Tablespoons FIVE Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 fresh lemons (2 cut lengthwise in quarters, juice of 1 lemon)
1 bunch fresh dill
Salt and Pepper to taste
-Preheat oven to 390°F
-Season both sides of the salmon fillet well with salt and pepper
-In a medium baking dish, place salmon fillets skin side down, top with two dill sprigs per fillet and drizzle with lemon juice
-Add lemon wedges creating a circle around the salmon, top with asparagus and tomatoes
-Drizzle with FIVE Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
-Bake with lid off for about 15 minutes or until salmon is cooked through. If you prefer your salmon rare, cook for approximately 10 minutes.
There’s More than Corn in Indiana June 05 2015
While Indiana might be famous for the delicious corn produced there, the saying is correct. There IS more than corn in Indiana. But to tell you the truth, I’ve never been able to visit the state without having at least one ear of corn.
I’ve been in Indiana this week spending time with my family at the lake. It is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of New York City, quite the opposite in fact. Our days include playing in the sand, swimming a bit and going for boat rides. The highlight of my trip is always our visit to Sweet Corn Charlie’s. This is the produce stand from the local farm which produces the best corn you’ve ever tasted. I’ve seen my dad and grandmother argue about who got the freshest corn from Sweet Corn Charlie’s. It doesn’t really matter when you get the corn, it is always delicious!
This year, I am even more excited about our visit to the produce stand because I am hoping to find something for the marketplace. I never know where I am going to find the next food gem for Julie’s Beet and sometimes I find the treasures when I least expect it. The best part is the adventure of looking and tasting.