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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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Fall weather calls for us to break out some hardier recipes and this fits the mission with some spicy sausage and delicious gooey cheese. Baked Ziti  Ingredients • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil • 3 cloves Garlic, minced • 1 whole Large Onion, diced • 2 lb. Italian Sausage • 1 can (28 oz.) Whole Tomatoes, with Juice • 2 cans (14.5 oz.) Tomato Sauce or Marinara Sauce • 2 tsp. Italian Seasoning • 1/2 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes • Salt And Pepper to taste • 1 tub (15 oz.) Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese • 1 to 1 1/2 lb. Mozzarella Cheese, grated • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese • 1 whole Egg • 16 oz. Ziti Or Mostaccioli, cooked until not quite Al Dente • Fresh Minced Italian Parsley Heat olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add garlic and onions and saute for several minutes, or until starting … Continue reading

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The cool and crisp fall weather has arrived much too soon but it’s perfect weather to begin cooking hearty soups and stews with fragrant herbs for your family meals or prepping some chili for a crowd to watch football. This is a classic Minnesota soup made with wild rice made especially easy if you use Rotisserie chicken from our deli, moist and full of flavor our Rotisserie chickens are useful as an ingredient in many recipes (think chicken quesadillas) as well as a main course. We call our recipe Minnesota Wild Rice Soup it has lovely rich flavor and one of my favorite fall recipes. Another of our favorite soups is Hearty Italian Soup made with our very own fresh Italian Sausage – available either Hot or Mild, easy to make for a quick meal during the week, we like to serve with a fresh baked baguette. Taco Soup is all the … Continue reading

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Whether or not you enjoy the sport of football, the Super Bowl is a great excuse to gather friends for a party and enjoy some great food! Let’s face it Chicken wings are a necessity on a party buffet. We prefer serving boneless wings, they’re neater to eat and no bones for the kids or pets to worry about. That doesn’t mean you need to make them yourself, our Delis make some spectacular wings. Serve the Buffalo version of our wings with this easy Steakhouse Blue Cheese dressing recipe! If you’re tired of Buffalo Wings on the menu, our Sweet Chili Boneless Wings are very popular and a nice alternative to the spicy Buffalo wings. Break out the bowls! A large pot of Chili is always a welcome site on a cold day and this hardy recipe is gonna score big with your guests and you can make it ahead of time so you don’t … Continue reading

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Easy meals are a necessity with a busy family. This recipe for Baked Spaghetti is easy and delicious! Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Uncover and bake another 10 minutes until cheese is brown. Let it rest at least 10 minutes and sit down to enjoy a wonderful meal with your family. 

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Looking at our weather forecast this week, it seems like we need to serve up some comfort food. In our house that is usually soup or a hotdish! Our Hearty Italian Soup doesn’t take much time but it is rich in flavor, majority of the flavor comes from our fresh Italian sausage; made only at Festival Foods, we prefer the “hot” version of sausage for use in the soup, whatever you do don’t forget the mozzarella for the topping.  Serve the Hearty Italian soup by itself or with a small green salad and a baguette; either way it is an easy dinner to put on the table. If you are looking for a new family favorite Taco Soup may just be the one. Serving the Taco Soup with fresh cut Avocado and some fresh sliced Cilantro along with some crunchy chips makes this extra special. Here is a tasty meatless … Continue reading

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Well we might not be invited but there’s no reason we can’t have our own fabulous “Governor’s Ball”. The menu by Wolfgang Puck for the 2013 Governor’s Ball is somewhat intimidating but there is no reason we can’t whip up some pretty fine fare in our own homes to watch the Academy Awards in fine-tasting style with friends. Rather than their shrimp fritters for an appetizer try our recipe for Beer-Battered Coconut Shrimp with a lovely light batter.   These Italian Sliders would really spice up the evening and make quite an impression, made with our very own fresh Italian sausage -made right in the store. Always on our table when entertaining is Chunky Guacamole and now a new favorite on our table is a Black Bean Dip, a spicy warm delight.   Buffalo flavor something is always on the table as well. For something new pick up some of … Continue reading

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We are kicking off a new menu this week, every night you can count on enjoying fresh prepared meals from our kitchen by our talented staff! Feeding your family great tasting food at a very reasonable price was the goal for our new program and we are thrilled with the results. On Sundays we offer our hot 8-piece bucket of Fried Chicken for $6.99 all day, our recipe for the fried chicken was perfected over thirty years ago! Our wildly popular Pot Pie Monday begins at 4 pm with our hot homemade Pot Pies for $4.99 each while they last! These have proved so popular, many guests call and reserve their pot pies. Tuesday’s menu happens to be my very favorite – hot out of the oven and ready to serve- Mom’s Meatloaf with Roasted Red Potatoes for only $9.99! Wednesday’s are heat & serve ready Lasagna Rollups, serves 2 … Continue reading

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Soup and chili feel just right for the change in seasons, a little heartier fare for cooler weather. Two of our absolute favorite soups are our Hearty Italian Sausage and Taco Soup. Try the Taco Soup with slices of avocado and fresh cilantro on top for a real treat.   We think our new Chili recipe is ingenious because it uses our own fresh Italian Sausage as well as ground beef for a rich wonderful chili. Check out our new video with “Chef” Ryan cooking up a batch. This recipe is a crowd pleaser!     If you are having people over to watch football or just for cocktails we have a simple appetizer recipe that seems just right in terms of comfort food, try this Killer Artichoke Bread recipe.   Cheers!

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We hope you enjoy our suggested menu this week, the menu includes several of our favorite comfort foods. If you are looking for a recipe for chuck roast we have the perfect solution Southwestern Pot Roast another slow-cooker recipe. Chef Ryan has a new video on Youtube to show you how easy this recipe is to make. If you are in the mood for chicken and looking for a side dish to accompany the chicken, what could be more Minnesota than Wild Rice? We thought it was time to share a recipe highlighting Minnesota’s official state grain. This is a delicious Wild Rice Casserole recipe that we wanted to share with you. Another reason beside this delicious recipe is the nutritional information below from mnwildrice.org that shows why Wild Rice might be a better nutritional option than rice.   One of favorite products at Festival is Lefas brand Extra Virgin … Continue reading

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