Archive for May, 2010
Summer, Sweet Summer
May 20, 2010
Wisconsin is telling us it is time to get the grill out and enjoy the severe yet wonderful lack of snow we have to look forward to. As most of our customers notice from what resides in my deli case, I have a grill in my kitchen. I grill salmon, chicken, ribs, brisket, tempeh, asparagus, green beans, fruit, vegetables, and just about anything I can get my hands on. Grilling gives you another layer of flavor to appreciate in food beyond the usual barrage of seasonings, marinades, and spices. Salmon is just more special to me with those beautiful diamond grill marks.
Some awesome items soon to appear in the deli island are live soft shell crabs. (Learn how to clean soft shell crabs!)
In the restaurant world, chefs look forward to this special time of year around late spring when soft shells bust into the market. Generally, they are available only with large amounts of lead time and pre-ordering. We will have them available as long as we can get them.
Copper River salmon season was recently open for a very short 12 hours, making them a little harder to get, but we expect to have them available by the end of this week.
When I was on the west coast, something my friends and I enjoyed was the abundant events of wine and cheese tasting. So I decided to take advantage of the Friday night scene at Fresh Madison Market and do one of my own. It is free of charge; just walk in and come find me this Friday, May 21st, between 5:30pm and 6:30pm, by my cheese case and deli. Please remember that if you are going to sample wines I need to check your ID. I have a wheel of Comte Gruyere, a wheel of Rogue River Bleu, and a crate of Barber’s 1833 Vintage Cheddar that I have been dying to tear into—and I think this Friday night is the night. Try the Gruyere with some sexy bright white wines, and maybe even a Port or bossy Malbec with the Bleu and Cheddar.
Hope to see you there!Posted by Jeff Maurer
May 12, 2010
Now that the weather is turning warmer, grilling season has begun! Stop in today and come to our Meat Department where you’ll find a huge variety of meat and fresh seafood. We also have all of the “extras” you’ll need to make the perfect grilled meal!
Our meat case is stocked with Angus Pride® meat. When you choose any cut of this meat, you are guaranteed the meat will be tender and full of flavor. That’s because Angus Pride® uses only Angus beef, beef that’s known for its flavor and mouth-watering tenderness. Every cut is certified USDA Choice.
The best cuts for grilling are tenderloin, ribeye, t-bone, top sirloin and strip steak. Remember the best way to detect doneness is with a meat thermometer, stuck in the middle of the steak. Once taken off of the grill, internal temperature will increase 5-10 degrees. See Angus Pride’s® website for more grilling tips and recipes at www.anguspride.com.
You’ll also find a large variety of seafood in our seafood case. Salmon, shrimp, tilapia…all great fish for the grill! Don’t forget spices or rubs to make the seafood really tasty!
Spring also ushers in parties…graduation parties, family reunions, Memorial Day!. If you have a party or event coming up and you’re not sure what to make or simply don’t have time, we can help. Our Events Menu is now out and it outlines a sample of trays we have available. Or if you have a specific idea in mind, we can help make it come to fruition. All of our trays are made fresh for your event and are created by our in-house Chef Greg. He has had extensive catering experience and can help make your party a success.
You can download a copy of our events menu on our website or pick one up at our deli. Call (608-287-0000) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) Chef Greg directly and he will help you figure out serving sizes, trays and prices.
Be sure to check out great money-saving coupons we have on our website under our Weekly Specials tab. Keep coming back because we are continuously changing these offers. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on all of the store happenings, special offers and new product information.
Have a great spring!Posted by Jeff Maurer