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Time to break out our favorite summer recipes and begin shopping for Memorial Day weekend groceries for the unofficial beginning of summer. Most likely the weather won’t feel like summer but we won’t care because we will have some great food to enjoy. And there must be guacamole, right? One meal of the weekend will be a slow roasted beef brisket, simple to prepare and provides a great atmosphere to relax with some beer and wine while it’s roasting. To roast it slow and low heat you want to order an untrimmed whole beef brisket from our meat counter, trimming the fat would cause you to lose the moist and tender texture of the beef. A simple dry rub of equal portions of Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper and a small amount of paprika over the entire brisket. We’re going to roast in a roasting box but the … Continue reading

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Spring has finally arrived and with the good weather comes lots of outdoor weekend activities and not as much time to cook on the weekends, opening cabins for the summer and yard work leave little time to spend in the kitchen. Burgers are delicious and a simple solution, my favorite is our 1/3 lb. ground beef 85% lean patties, cooked on the grill with a slice of melted cheddar cheese and served on the cheddar onion buns from our bakery. Bubbies bread and butter pickle chips are a staple in our house and add a sweet and crunchy contrast to the burgers. Lucky’s mustards are another condiment that will add extra special touch to your burgers and brats! Our Homestyle Potato Salad is so delicious I don’t waste my time making it, and you can conveniently order ahead on line in a 1 gallon bowl (26-30 servings) for gatherings, parties, … Continue reading

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We’ve got Easter Ham on the brain, so we thought we’d offer up some fun recipes for the holiday or ideas of what to use your leftovers for!  Before we look at recipes, don’t forget to reserve your ham!  Our Own Premium Quality Bone-in Double Smoked Hams are ready to order for Easter! http://bit.ly/HamReserve   A classic Easter meal of ham doesn’t mean you have to stick with the basics, try our Root Beer Glazed Ham recipe. Perhaps Cranberry Maple Glazed Ham is more your style. Sides to go with your ham: An excellent twist on traditional mashed potatoes, this Smashed Potatoes recipe is a must try! Perfect for any gathering!    We have Fresh Green Asparagus and an exquisite recipe to go with: Lemon Parmesan Asparagus. Leftovers (or just for fun): Scalloped Potatoes with Ham   Ham Carbonara: Angel hair pasta mixed with ham, fresh parsley, and topped with parmesan!  Perfect for leftovers! … Continue reading

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It’s that time of year and we’ve got a handful of corned beef recipes for you to try out leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, and a few other goodies thrown in as well!   We’ll start things off with this Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe.  This is a pretty simple recipe to do with your crock pot, and can be finished in 4 to 6 hours on high, or 8 to 10 hours on low. Next up is our traditional recipe for Reuben Sandwiches!  For this we just need Pumpernickel Rye Bread, Swiss cheese, corned beef brisket (thinly sliced), sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, and butter. Following up the sandwich, we’re going to throw a fun twist on the traditional Reuben and look at our Reuben Casserole recipe!  Fairly similar to the previous recipe, but now we’ll add sour cream, evaporated milk, hash browns, onion, and garlic powder.   Same … Continue reading

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Fun and festive ideas for your very own Mardi Gras Party!  We’re a little North of the big festivities in New Orleans, but we can still have our own fun too!  First we’re kicking off with our new Kickin’ Cajun Dirty Rice recipe from Chef Melanie! Next up we have our Jell-O Shots complete with Mardi Gras themed colors! Our next dish is Sausage and Chicken Jambalaya, another classic Southern dish, perfect for any Mardi Gras themed party! Now we can’t forget about our desserts!  First up we have our traditional Paczki Donuts (Poonch Key)! These delicious treats are available at Festival Foods every year on the Monday and Tuesday of Mardi Gras only!  This year they are available Monday February 27th and Tuesday February 28th ONLY! Place your orders now! http://bit.ly/PaczkiDonutLimited Of course, it wouldn’t be Mardi Gras without King Cake, which is also available at Festival Foods on Monday February 27th and Tuesday February … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it will nearly be here before you can say, “pass the stuffing!” Life is busy, schedules are full and holiday entertaining can easily turn into last minute lists, shopping and meal prep. Thanksgiving dinner is known for the abundant variety of delicious side dishes just as much as it is the juicy turkey. To relieve a little stress and take a load off, we choose to let Festival’s deli team do the work to prepare our favorite side dishes so we can focus on getting the house cleaned and dressed up for the holiday! Let’s talk turkey – fresh turkeys are so convenient, no extra days of thawing required. The fresh turkeys at Festival are all natural with no added solutions and are non-basted and gluten free. You may reserve your fresh turkey online! Cooking a Turkey is the easy part and your … Continue reading

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Kretschmar®, Festival Foods of Minnesota and Country Music Star Easton Corbin Team Up to Support Make-A-Wish® LISLE, III. (October 21, 2016) – Kretschmar® Premium Meats & Cheeses has partnered with Festival Foods of Minnesota and country music star Easton Corbin to donate $1,000 to Make-A-Wish® Minnesota. Kretschmar made the donation in St. Paul Monday as part of its Legendary Wishes campaign, which helps Make-A-Wish grant wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses. Three-time American Country Award winner Easton Corbin invited 16-year-old cancer survivor Miranda and her family backstage before his performance. Corbin presented a donation of $1,000 to help Make-A-Wish Minnesota grant future wishes just like Miranda’s, her wish to visit Hawaii will be granted in two weeks. “It was an honor to present Make-A-Wish Minnesota with a check for $1,000 to help bring more wishes to life,” said Corbin. “I’m proud to show my support for this cause. This is … Continue reading

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One of our favorite meals to order at a restaurant is Lemon Chicken and we thought we were up to the challenge to make our own for Sunday dinner. On Sundays Andrew, Laura, and I tend to cook more time-consuming recipes that time doesn’t allow with busy weekday schedules, we enjoy a little wine or beer while we cook and just enjoy hanging out together. No one part of this Lemon Chicken recipe is difficult, you must marinate the chicken for 30 minutes in the frig before you begin battering process and it takes some time to fry the chicken in small batches so that it cooks perfectly. We made a big batch because we love leftovers! This also allows time for beverages and good conversation. We use an electric deep fryer to fry the chicken but you may easily use a heavy pan on the stove top, we heat … Continue reading

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If Frank’s Red Hot sauce is one of your favorite pantry items, this recipe for Spicy Chicken Meatballs will instantly become a favorite meal! Although very simple to put together, the sauce has such depth of flavor your family may believe it took you hours to make such a delicious meal. When I suggest this for dinner, no one turns these meatballs down as an option for dinner when I suggest them. A side dish of Cilantro Lime Rice complements these meatballs well and a simple recipe to make as a side dish. This recipe is delicious as a main course but you can also use this recipe to make what we would call a Banh Meatball sandwich using a baguette, sliced in half and spread with mayo and mustard, a little carrot sliced matchstick size, sliced jalapeno,and cilantro leaves. One of my favorite foods is spinach artichoke dip so … Continue reading

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Our rule of thumb for feeding a crowd is to keep it simple and ask for help (and provide refreshments)! Whether holidays or just a weekend at the lake with friends and family, food is at the center of all of the festivities, cooking and preparing the meals together makes it all more special. Our welcome for guests is a hot pot of coffee,  fresh fruit, sweet rolls, muffins, or donuts, perfect grab and go food so everyone can enjoy the outdoors with no fuss. During the summer watermelon and blueberries are our favorite fruits to serve. Our fourth of July weekend celebrations also included a gotcha party for grand puppy Bear, so we used some new colorful kibble bowls as some of our serving dishes. Lunch was a fun smorgasbord with pulled chicken sliders using Festival’s Shredded Chicken sold in party pails and Beer Cheese Sauce (recipe) or Honey Mustard … Continue reading

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