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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Laura and I recently went camping with the family up on the North Shore and found ourselves making a fun variety of quick and simple yet delicious recipes!  We made a fair amount of food, so I’ll just hit you with the highlights. We arrived mid afternoon on a chilly/rainy day and after setting up camp and taking a short hike, it was time to make dinner.  We kept it pretty simple by grilling chicken with a side dish, where we sautéed potatoes, carrots, and onions in butter.  After eating dinner (and enjoying a few beverages) we were all ready for bed.   Breakfast was again, fairly simple with eggs, bacon and toast.  I had the enormously difficult task of buttering the bread, I’m like a surgeon with that knife.   After breakfast it was time for another hike, and fortunately, though a little damp outside, the rain held off. Then it … Continue reading

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Memorial Day weekend with friends or family at the cabin means it’s time to break out the recipes and get a menu together. We believe that for the hosts to enjoy the weekend as much as their guests you must keep it casual with everyone pitching in to prepare meals and cook together. We always plan for extra food because face it, if the weather is beautiful more company than planned are likely to show up and there’s never anything wrong with delicious leftovers. Just make sure you have plenty of refreshments to go around.   Stay hydrated, people! First up we have Fish Tacos with guacamole and Grilled Mexican Sweet Corn!  We used halibut for our recipe, as well as sour cream (Top the Tater Fiesta is a personal favorite), salsa, Big Rick’s Chipotle BBQ Sauce, and shredded cheese (obviously). We like to keep breakfast on the simple side by picking … Continue reading

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If you are anything like us, and love watching Game of Thrones on Sundays, then you might celebrate with a tasty meal to go with your viewing experience! For the last episode, we decided to go with a themed recipe and make something that you might find in Westeros, with some modern updates of course. We chose to make a Chicken Pot Pie fit for a king! The recipe we followed was for a 13×19 pan, but we modified it slightly to make it look like a more authentic Game of Thrones Pie. Don’t worry, this was not a Frey Pie (book reader joke). We followed the recipe available on our site almost completely, until we got to actual pie section. We decided to weave together bacon (around 10-12 slices, depending on thickness) to serve as the top of our pie. Then we placed the readymade pie crust into a greased pie … Continue reading

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Knowlan’s Super Markets Wins Minnesota Grown Retailer of the Year Award Fifth Year in a Row April 26, 2016 – Vadnais Heights, MN –  The Minnesota Grown Program, in conjunction with the Minnesota Grocers Association, has named Knowlan’s Super Markets a 2016 Retailer of the Year. This marks the fifth consecutive year the Minnesota grocer has been chosen for the award, announced today at a special luncheon sponsored by the Minnesota Grocers Association. Knowlan’s operates six Festival Foods stores and two Knowlan’s Fresh Foods Stores in the Twin Cities metro area. The organization is unique in its industry for being family-owned and operated by Minnesota native Lauri Youngquist, its President and CEO.  Knowlan’s has been dedicated to supporting local farmers and other food producers since it started selling locally grown food products in 1905. “To be given this kind of recognition five years running is a reflection of our mission … Continue reading

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March 28, 2016 – Vadnais Heights, MN – Representatives from Knowlan’s Super Markets, Inc. have announced a new addition to the executive management team by naming Debra Brei to the role of Chief Financial Officer. In her new position Brei will be responsible for leading financial operations and activities for Knowlan’s as well as establishing and monitoring financial plans and budgets for the organization. Knowlan’s operates seven Festival Foods stores and two Knowlan’s Fresh Foods Stores in the Twin Cities metro area. “Debra Brei is an experienced financial professional with an impressive history of more than fifteen years public accounting experience combined with hands-on private accounting work,” said Lauri Youngquist, President and CEO of Knowlan’s Super Markets. “She has a successful track record of leadership and technical expertise, as well as a commitment to excellence. We are fortunate to have such an accomplished individual join our team.” Brei is a … Continue reading

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  It’s time to break out the recipes and figure out some food for the weekend and the weather is looking good for a little grilling and a Kansas City Strip Steak will do just fine. To cozy up with that, a recipe of warm potatoes, Cambozola, and salad greens with a lovely dressing. You’ll notice by clicking on that recipe link that we have updated our recipe site with some great time-saving features such as adding the recipe ingredients to the shopping list and setting your weekly menu while you’re choosing your recipes. Warm Potatoes and Spring Salad Greens Both your salad and side wrapped into one delicious dish to serve next to that steak that of course will be cooked to perfection. If your family and friends aren’t crazy about blue cheese, Brie or Camembert could be substituted in the recipe.  We love using The Little Potato Company … 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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 What’s not to love about sun-dried tomatoes, chicken, and pasta with a healthy kick of red pepper flakes! This dish comes together quickly with wonderful rich flavor, a perfect evening meal for a busy family. Let’s get cooking. Chicken Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes  Ingredients • 3 large garlic cloves, minced • 1 jar (4 oz.) sun-dried tomatoes in oil • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch cubes or larger • kosher salt • paprika • 1 cup heavy whipping cream • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving with the pasta • 8 oz. penne pasta • 1 Tbsp. Italian Seasoning • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, or more, to taste • Fresh Italian Parsley chopped fine for garnish Drain sun-dried tomatoes from oil; reserve 2 Tbsp. of this drained oil for sautéing. Season the cubed chicken with kosher … Continue reading

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