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With the low temperatures we’ve had lately I want to hunker down and have a hot meal after work.  Chicken Apple Chili is my new favorite go-to meal!  It’s a bit non-traditional but is very easy to assemble, is light and refreshing, and is the perfect fall meal.  Plus, it comes together in just a few hours (set it and forget it) so you aren’t waiting 4-8 hours like traditional chili. The recipe can be found here. You need a slow cooker for this one-pot recipe.  Add all ingredients to the bowl of the slow cooker, except the apples, and stir together.  Cover and cook on high for 2 hours.  Serve with chopped apples on top.  Easy peasy! The only real effort you need to put into this recipe is chopping the veggies. I also like to use rotisserie chicken in this recipe.  It’s pre-cooked and reduced the amount of … 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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As long as we are hunkered-in attempting to stay warm during the Polar Vortex, we might as well plan that Super Bowl party! 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! Our Sweet Chili Boneless Wings are another very popular option and a nice alternative to the spicy Buffalo wings.   An easy to serve Slider bar allows your guests to customize their sandwiches. Most of the work can be done ahead and the shredded beef can hold in a crock pot for hours. Toppings could include: sliced jalapeños sliced banana peppers chopped onion sliced pickles … Continue reading

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Great grazing food to bring in the New Year must include some awesome dips and we created some tasty dips available to heat and serve from our Delis. Our dips are prepared fresh and sold in an oven-ready pan to heat and serve. If you’re in the mood to do your own dip from scratch we’ve included some pretty tasty dip recipes like this easy, but decadent  Warm Artichoke Dip for you to whip up and wow your family and friends. First up some of our take and serve dips. Our fresh Brie Dip is wonderful served with sliced baguettes or pita chips if you prefer. If you prefer a larger portion of the Brie dip that serves 20, you may order here on line. this quantity dip comes in a half gallon pail, ready to pour in your own pan for the oven. Our Buffalo Chicken dip is nice and … Continue reading

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  With Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans we thought a Muffuletta Sandwich might be on your menu. This recipe for Muffuletta sandwich with Olive salad is a hearty sandwich with lots of tradition, our recipe is for individual Mufulletta sandwiches but if you wish you can use a round loaf of bread and make one large sandwich and cut into servings. If you’re short of time we have The Griller, our 48 ounce sandwich and a winner with every crowd. An easy sandwich that is always a pleaser and one that you can make the night before are these Mini Ham Sandwiches, they are usually the first thing on our table to disappear!  If crockpot food is what you are looking for, this is a killer recipe for Pulled Pork Sliders. Big Rick’s is our preferred BBQ sauce to use for these sliders and most recipes because of the … Continue reading

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Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer and many of us celebrate with picnics, parties, weekend getaways and other popular summer activities over the holiday weekend. Food is what ties most of these events together so lets get busy and figure out what to serve! If you have weekend guests you don’t want to fuss with a complicated breakfast, best solution an oven breakfast that some of the work can be done the night before serving. This recipe for Bacon, Tomato and Cheddar Breakfast Bake with Eggs is perfect for beginning the day whether breakfast or brunch. Leave lunch up to our Deli team and pick up a couple of The Grillers for lunch, throw them on the grill for a short time and you have an awesome sandwich that you can enjoy between activities. After activity filled days you should plan on some appetizers. A staple for any … Continue reading

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On April 19 Festival Foods was honored to receive the “Minnesota Grown Retailer of the Year” award! Pictured is Minnesota Grown spokesperson Carrie Tollefson, Rod Borden Director of Produce and Jason Herfel Vice President of Fresh Foods at Festival Foods. As a small local business we understand perhaps better than the chain stores that our local farmers are an important part of their communities just as our stores and associates play an important role each community they are located.     While Whole Foods & other chains define local as “only products that have traveled less than a day (7 or fewer hours by car or truck)” our definition at Festival Foods is a lot closer to home. Here are some of the wonderful families and farms  that have provided our local produce for many years. Axdahl’s Garden Farm-Brian and Leslie, Stillwater MN Pahl Farm- Gary and Brian Pahl, Apple Valley MN … Continue reading

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  One item always on our shopping list at this time of year is Asparagus, we had it for dinner three times last week! Steaming and roasting the asparagus are my favorite methods to cook the Asparagus. Roasting is so simple just wash and trim the Asparagus toss to coat with olive oil and a tiny squeeze of lemon and sprinkle of kosher salt. Lay flat on a baking sheet and bake in a 375 degree oven for 15 minutes. Another simply delicious recipe is Grilled Asparagus Salad with Fried Eggs. Asparagus would be a wonderful side dish to many of our recipes included in our menu for the week. We thought we should highlight some foods around the store that you may not have tried yet: Piacci Fior‑di‑Latte, or “flower of milk,” offers delicate flavor, reminiscent of handmade fresh Italian Mozzarella. Perfect to toss with tomatoes and fresh basil for … Continue reading

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Our glorious spring weather disappeared quickly with a dusting of snow so we turned to some heartier dishes for this week’s menu. One of the dishes this week is Speedy Baked Ziti. I was a fan of the Sopranos on HBO and all of the characters loved Carmella’s Ziti and a dish that brought the family together for Sunday dinner so when I ran across this recipe in Food and Wine, I had to give it a try! Another recipe this week is our Southwestern Pot Roast, a very simple recipe for the slow cooker that we serve with  provides another great meal with leftover pot roast used for Shredded Beef Quesadillas, here is our video for the quesadillas. The perfect accompaniment to either of these meal is our recipe for Cilantro Lime Rice: Cilantro Lime Rice Ingredients: 1 Cup Basmati Rice – Rinse lightly in cold water, then cook … Continue reading

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What a wonderful time of year!  Time to explore wonderful foods of St. Patrick’s Day that help us usher out the long winter and celebrate the return of spring!  For the suggested menu this week we hope you find some fun items to share with your family and friends that even complement the leftover corned beef! Irish Soda Bread and Pumpernickel Bread – Made from scratch favorites fresh out of the ovens at Taste of Scandinavia!  For a limited time we are baking loaves of Irish Soda Bread.  If you have not tried it, it is definitely worth the try!  A heavier bread with currants that can be served at room temperature or toasted with butter.  Just a heavenly bread eating experience  most would not expect. If you are planning a party, you can order a loaf to reserve yours online by clicking here. Irish Cheeses are some of the … Continue reading

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