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Memorial Day is to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military. Many people celebrate Memorial Day in many different ways. Parades and picnics, barbeques with friends and family, going to the lake, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial beginning of summer. Nothing brings family and friends together like food so some delicious crowd food and a little menu planning is a must so you can advise your guests what they should bring. Our tradition is to go to the lake for the holiday weekend and preparing as much of the food ahead of time as possible will make packing much more simple than hauling spices and cupboard staples you may not have at the cabin. One of my favorite crowd-feeder recipes is a citrusy slow-roasted pork to make Cubano sandwiches. You can roast and shred the pork ahead of time and then heat the … Continue reading

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Our own premium quality Double Smoked (to perfection) Bone-In Ham has been an Easter holiday tradition for many families for years. Our ham is twice smoked over hard wood and fully cooked, simply bake covered with foil in a  325 degree oven for approximately 15 minutes per pound until the ham reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees. If you prefer to glaze – try this yummy Cranberry Maple Glaze recipe! Our five pound pans of Au Gratin or my personal favorite – Cheesy Potatoes made in our Delis complement that awesome double smoked ham or Prime Rib or Leg of Lamb! These and many other holiday favorites are available for order on line to make your meal planning easy. If you’re thinking warm and brunchy for Easter the eggsperts in our Delis make a delicious Egg Bake in either Sausage & Cheese or Southwestern, sized just right in either … Continue reading

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Any good American holiday, like the Fourth of July revolves around food and our favorite on the center of the plate for summer is the burger! First up is a trifecta of flavors with our Black Angus Premium Choice ground beef, Tickler Cheddar cheese and our own Festival Foods smokehouse bacon. We call it the Tickler Bacon Burger, easy to prepare but mouth-watering, big flavor. The Cheese Sauce can be made the day before, chilled and then reheated and served, making this entertaining-friendly. For those looking for some options other than beef burgers we have a few ground chicken burger recipes that are very tasty, our latest ground chicken recipe is a Mexican Chicken Burger. A colorful chopped salad recipe that tastes like summer is our Mexican Chopped Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing and we think it’s a perfect salad to accompany  the Mexican Chicken Burger. The Fourth of July … Continue reading

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A little culinary nod to St. Patrick’s Day and the festivities with a recipe that includes potatoes, sauerkraut and corned beef – just not so traditional, a Latke Reuben.  So simple to make, no need to make your own hash browns because Alexia Hash Browns (frozen foods)  are wonderful! We doubled the recipe because we were serving a larger group so we used two packages of the Alexia potatoes. First you will want to prepare the hashbrowns in two batches for both sides of the latke. Cook them following the directions on the back of the package in a skillet until slightly crisp as they will crisp up more later in the oven. For this recipe, you want to cook them on one side and then flip only once to cook the other side. Flip them as one piece or in sections, whichever you are most comfortable with. An easy way … 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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Gearing up for some summer fun festivities for the 4th of July weekend and food as always plays a big role in the festivities. Overnight guests require a breakfast plan and we have an easy solution with our Sausage and Ricotta Frittata recipe. Our “Chef” Ryan  video shows how easy the prep is. Bring on the dogs for a fun take on lunch, how about a hot dog bar with a variety of different hot dog options such as a Sweet Chili Thai Peanut Hot Dog There are more fun hot dog suggestions from The Noble Pig. Pulled Pork for sandwiches is easy to prepare ahead of time, serve on some fresh rolls with some cole slaw for a taste good easy meal. If you’re looking for something easier on that consider our fully-cooked pulled pork from our Deli, just heat and eat! Our family style salads, sides catering offer … Continue reading

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One of the great things about good food is that it can bring the whole family together not only eating it, but also making it! There is a great deal of discussion about childhood obesity associated with soft drinks and snacking at home yet over 32 percent of American’ Caloric intake is food prepared away from home and accounting for 41 percent of their food budget. Until we get back in the kitchen and begin preparing meals and snacks with fresh ingredients we will not solve the problem of childhood obesity. Cooking together will teach our children essential skills for life and it’s a terrific way to spend some quality time together as a family and is far easier on the budget than eating out. What better meal to celebrate the beginning of warm weather than grilling kabobs with everyone participating in preparation, assembly and cooking. The meat used in … Continue reading

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Our Premium Quality Double Smoked Bone-In Ham has been a holiday tradition for many families. Our ham is twice smoked over hard wood, it is fully cooked so you may simply bake covered with foil or lid at 325 degrees for approximately 15 minutes per pound to an internal temperature of 140 degrees. This video featuring Festival team members Ray and Jason explains the advantages of purchasing and serving a premium quality ham. If you prefer a glaze on your holiday ham this is a fabulous recipe for Cranberry Maple Glazed Ham. I recently saw this recipe in Bon Appétit magazine for Easter Ham with Golden Breadcrumbs and Madeira Sauce and it sounds delicious so I plan to prepare this for our holiday dinner. Regardless of the recipe you choose for your ham, the perfect accompaniment is our Cheesy Potatoes, all you need to do is pop them in the oven! Leftover ham from your dinner … Continue reading

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A fine stew seems appropriate for this time of year! Even more so a Beef Stew with Beer and Paprika, a recipe from The Pioneer Woman. Made even better by our lean stew meat, well-trimmed by our expert butchers.   Source: thepioneerwoman.com via Festival on Pinterest   Irish Soda Bread  – Handmade from scratch and fresh out of the ovens at Taste of Scandinavia. A heavier bread with currants that can be served at room temperature or toasted with butter,  a heavenly bread eating experience! Some lovely Kerrygold Reserve Cheddar, one of our favorites,  comes only from the finest milk of Ireland’s grass-fed cows. If you’re not a fan for Corned Beef and Cabbage, perhaps a Rueben Sandwich is what this celebration calls for! Try this crockpot Corned Beef and Awesome Rueben Sandwich recipe. Corned Beef not a favorite? Try this fine Irish Beef Stew (don’t forget the Guiness)!

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It’s time to start getting that plan for the Thanksgiving dinner menu together! First things first, how are you going to prepare the turkey? We suggest our Apple Cider-Brined Roasted Turkey recipe, an incredibly moist and flavorful turkey to serve for the holiday. On our Thanksgiving Menu, traditional stuffing is a must and our recipe for Grandma’s Savory Herb Stuffing is an easy recipe that would make Grandma proud! If you love wild rice, our Savory Wild Rice Stuffing recipe offers a little twist on tradition. Another side dish recipe that is “sweet” to complement your savory items is our recipe for Sweet Potato Praline Casserole. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving dinner without mashed potatoes and gravy and one of our favorite gravy recipes is our White Wine Turkey Gravy. We like to say that we offer options for all kinds of cooks. We offer the highest quality ingredients for those … Continue reading

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