Category Archives: Seafood

Well we’re back to that time of year again, Mardi Gras.  Unfortunate timing this year that Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day are backed up so close together, but we couldn’t resist doing some fun New Orleans recipes for you. First up, let’s get our cocktail game started.  We made our very own Hurricanes.  We simplified some of the more detailed recipes usually found.  All you need is mango passion fruit juice, lemon juice, lime juice, orange juice, white rum and dark rum.  These are strong drinks, fit for anyone ready to party Mardi Gras style! Starting with our appetizers we decided to do scallops with a sweet chili sauce.  A very simple dish, you thaw the scallops and simply dry with paper toweling, sear both sides, then serve with sweet chili sauce. Our main course was Jambalaya, though instead of Andouille Sausage, we used Festival’s Cheddar Chicken Fajita Brats.  It’s … Continue reading

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It’s that time of year again and our seafood sale is back!  Perfect for holiday entertaining, I’m here to showcase what we have on sale at Festival Foods and help offer some recipes as well, all in one convenient location! The Big Catch: First and foremost, check out our ad, running Wednesday November 29th through Wednesday December 6th for a complete listing of available products.  You will sea that we’ve got Cold Water Lobster Tail, Wild Jumbo Snow Crab, Tropical Large Lobster Tails, Colossal Red King Crab Legs, Wild Red King Crab Legs, Large Cooked Shrimp, Jumbo Uncooked Shrimp, Large Sea Scallops, Atlantic Salmon Fillets, Marinated Atlantic Salmon Fillets, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Wild Bay Scallops, Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Fillet, Shucked Oysters, Blue Point Oysters, Cultured Mussels, Our Own Cocktail Sauce, Cooked Shrimp, Uncooked Shrimp, Tail-on Shrimp, Tail-off Shrimp and MORE! We’ve got a large assortment of different recipes to … Continue reading

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I have a secret to share. Andrew and I both love fish but have never made it at home before. Can you believe it? Well, we were feeling ambitious last night and decided to try making grilled salmon. Turns out it was super simple to make! A friend recommended we use a grilling plank because it gives the fish great flavor so we bought Fire & Flavor Cedar Wood Grilling Planks. You can find these by the meat counter at Festival Foods. They are sold in a pack of 2 and you can use each one about 2-3 times before throwing away so you get a few meals out of them. They are perfect for cooking beef, pork, chicken, salmon, and other seafood so you aren’t limited to any one item. The tricky part is planning ahead. You need to soak the plank in water for about 1-2 hours before … Continue reading

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This is a crazy busy time of year with cookie exchanges, parties, potlucks, holiday celebrations and family gatherings and food is at the center of it all. There is no need to panic but planning is essential to keep stress to a dull roar so you can enjoy the festivities. A Christmas cookie exchange party is a great way to spend time with friends and family and the bonus is leaving the party with a wonderful selection of cookies! If you’re hosting you need some easy appetizer recipes or to make it super easy, serve a cheese board. We pinned some beautiful cheese boards to inspire you, even more inspiring is that our The Big Cheese event has begun with a perfect selection of products and cheeses to have available in the frig and pantry for cheese boards or easy last minute entertaining. A fabulous finger food appetizer is our Blue … Continue reading

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We’ve all watched some great movies this year and on Sunday evening we shall see which films and actors are awarded Oscars. Why not step up your menu and celebrate the year in film with some awesome food. We looked through our recipes and products to find some delicious and festive food for you to watch the Oscars. Seafood always seems right for a special menu. One of our favorites is Lump Crab Cakes from our Chef department, we sell them frozen and all you have to do is brown each side in butter and place on a baking sheet in the oven – delicious. Serve them with this simple recipe for Seafood Mustard Sauce as an appetizer course or main course. Large shrimp served with Festival’s fresh cocktail sauce is a wonderful appetizer treat and so easy to serve!   This Chilled Shrimp Salad recipe is a colorful salad course with … Continue reading

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A chilled seafood buffet is a delicious and colorful option for your holiday entertaining and much easier than attempting to keep food warm with open house entertaining, you can set the buffet and mingle with your guests. Be sure to keep all of your seafood iced and chilled on your buffet. Bubbles go well with seafood so think about serving a Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine along with your seafood spread. Lobster claws and King Crab legs served with a Seafood Mustard Sauce serve well as the main course, the lobster claws are pre-scored making them easy to open. Have plenty of seafood crackers and small forks on hand to get every last bite out of the legs and claws. Oysters on the half shell are always called for at festive occasions! Don’t forget the lemons and Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. Shrimp and cocktail sauce. Or…shrimp shooters Serve with our Festival fresh … Continue reading

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    It’s that time again – our seafood sale has begun and the quality and savings are amazing! Our ready-to-cook jumbo Lump Crab Cakes are a big favorite and better than most restaurants. Our recipe for Spicy Mustard Sauce is wonderful with these crab cakes and many other seafood items.   Our cooked Lobster Claws are already scored making them  easy to peel and eat! You can eat them hot or cold, serve them with our Seafood Mustard Sauce. Rock that holiday table with seafood and serve the Lobster Claws and some of our Colossal Alaskan King Crab Legs. Our jumbo uncooked shrimp are deveined and easy to peel and perfect for one of our favorite recipes Beer Battered Coconut Shrimp (they are heavenly). Serve along with our Cilantro Lime Rice. Remember to take time to enjoy the holiday season. Happy Holidays from all of us at Festival Foods! … Continue reading

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A sure sign of the holiday season – our Seafood Sale is off and running and there is an abundance of items that will find their way into my shopping cart over the course of the sale. An absolute favorite are the Lobster Claws from Maine, they are pre-scored making them very easy to crack open. They’re frozen and we prefer to thaw them out and serve them cold with this delicious seafood sauce, an elegant yet easy appetizer or an exquisite main course. Another family favorite are the Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes sold individually ready to cook, we prefer to serve these with a Spicy Honey Mustard Sauce. Surf and Turf is a favorite special meal during the holidays whether we use Lobster Tail or Alaskan Red Jumbo King Crab Legs with Beef Tenderloin. The Alaskan Red are the sweetest of all of the King Crab Legs and a very … Continue reading

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Fall has arrived and it’s time for some football!  Throw that beer in the fridge and start planning what football-friendly food to serve while watching the game. Make up some Game Day Pretzels for that crunch that every gathering needs, this is one that you need to make a couple of days ahead so plan accordingly. If the kids are watching the game with you it might be fun to make Sloppy Joe Nachos (the adults will love these too). Make our simple but tasty Sloppy Joe recipe, next make our Queso recipe, again really simple. Now you are ready to assemble your nachos. Layer a platter with tortilla chips and spoon your hot Sloppy Joe mix over the top of the chips and drizzle hot Queso over the top. Serve the remaining Sloppy Joes in buns and you also have plenty of Queso for dipping. Buffalo Wings seem to … Continue reading

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We have some beautiful salmon filets in our store this week and a recipe that is sure to please is Bacon Wrapped Salmon. This recipe uses Tom Douglas Rub with Love – Salmon rub as well as a Savu smoker bag. The salmon rub is brown sugar based  and this rub flavors “the best salmon in Seattle” at Etta’s restaurant, according to Northwest Palate Magazine. If you love easy clean up with the bonus of great taste you will love the Savu smoker bag. Our weekly menu also has another salmon recipe for Maple Glazed Salmon, another delicious option! As if we needed an excuse to eat salmon, here is an interesting article A Diet Rich in Fish May Help the Brain. The new Tide “pods” have just arrived in our stores, great pre-measured detergent so no messy cups to measure and spill. Another new item in our innovative bakery is … Continue reading

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