Kiley’s Oktoberfest Beer Picks

It’s that time of year again… Oktoberfest! Our resident craft beer expert, Kiley, has picked a few of his favorite beers to drink this fall: Warsteiner, Spaten and Hofbräu. Keep reading to learn more about these festive brews.

Warsteiner Oktoberfest Beer

Warsteiner Oktoberfest Special Edition • Sauerland, Germany
5.9% ABV
Produced in limited quantities every year during Oktoberfest, this special edition beer is mild and smooth with a unique hoppy aftertaste. Warsteiner uses quality hops, extra-soft water obtained from the Kaiserquelle (Kaiser’s Spring) and the best brewing barley to create this well-balanced beer. More Information Here. Continue reading

The History, Beer & Food of Oktoberfest

This festive celebration was established in October 1810 by Prince Ludwig of Bavaria in celebration of his marriage. Over 200 years later, year after year, the celebration is held at the same location. “Wisen” (the local term for the celebration) is a Bavarian event that has become a celebration of life not only for the Bavarians and all Germans but also worldwide, with some form of Oktoberfest event in breweries and cities around the globe.

Oktoberfest now lasts 16 days, beginning in mid-September and ending on the 1st Sunday in October. Major Munich breweries sponsor the event and up to 6 million attendees pack into mega beer halls and consume over 5 million liters of beer every year.

Keep reading to learn more about the characteristics of Oktoberfest beers and the foods that are traditionally served. Continue reading

7 Peachy Treats you should Definitely Make before Summer Ends

Summer is ending and so is the bounty of peaches. Before they’re gone for good, try these yummy peachy treats. We promise you won’t regret it!

Fresh Peach Sorbet

Fresh Peach Sorbet

No ice cream maker – no worries! With just 4 ingredients, you can make this delicious sorbet. See recipe here.

Peach Pecan Crisp

Peach Pecan Crisp

“Juicy peaches and toasted streusel come together to make one simple summery fruit crisp!” See recipe here. Continue reading

Cooking with Local Bloggers: Hatch Chile Edition!

Every year, we invite some of our favorite local bloggers to try our famous New Mexican Hatch Chiles. Here are a few of their recipes for you to try!

Stuffed Hatch Chilies with Scrambled Eggs & Bacon-Veggie Hash

Stuffed Hatch Chilies with Scrambled Eggs & Bacon-Veggie Hash
Try this hearty entree for your next Sunday brunch. See recipe here.

Corn Muffins with Hatch Chiles

Corn Muffins with Hatch Chiles

Create the perfect dinner muffin with Hatch Chiles and fresh corn kernels. See recipe here. Continue reading

Sweet Food Traditions for Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, a two-day celebration that begins in early autumn on the first day of Tishrei (the seventh month of the Jewish calendar). Rosh Hashanah begins the High Holy Days which end ten days later with Yom Kippur. It is a time for introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the previous year and planning changes to make in the new year.

Honey, apple, pomegranate and hala, table set with traditional food for Jewish New Year Holiday, Rosh Hashana

During the holiday, it is customary to refrain from bitter, sour and tart foods, and to eat foods that symbolize hopes for a sweet, pleasant year ahead. Keep reading to learn more about the traditional foods of Rosh Hashanah. Continue reading

Twice Baked Potatoes with Hatch Chiles and California Avocados

Original recipe by California Avocado Commission

Ingredients:
Makes 4 servings

4 large potatoes, baked
2 ripe, Fresh California Avocados, seeded and peeled
1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1 Hatch Chile, roasted, seeded, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup minced chives
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Hatch Chile powder to taste

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Continue reading

Introducing our New Grilled Cheeses, Mollie Melts

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You know what goes great with a foggy chilly San Francisco day—a Mollie Melt. Who doesn’t love an oozing tasty grilled cheese sandwich?

Our Executive Chef experimented to find the very best Mollie Melt flavor combos and then grilled these sandwiches to perfection. They’re now available at all Mollie Stone’s Markets locations except Sausalito.

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Have one of these masterpieces for your next meal:  Continue reading

Back to School Essentials for Packing Lunches

Summer is winding down and the kids are headed back to school. Make sure you’re sending your kids back to school packed with healthy lunches and snacks. We’ve got a few items in stock that’ll help make that happen:

1. PackIt Freezable Lunch Bags

You’ll never need ice packs for lunch bags again. These PackIt lunch bags have built-in freezable gel. Put the entire bag in your freezer overnight. By morning the bag will be ready to chill like a fridge and keeps healthy food fresh for hours. Keep your kids and their lunches cool with these cute PackIt bag.

2. Klean Kanteen’s Insulated Kid Classic 12oz Bottle

The perfect bottle to help you keep a variety of hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold efficiently and safe (for you and your planet). If you’ve been eyeing these popular Klean Kanteen bottles but haven’t made the leap yet, it’s time. The double-wall vacuum-insulated construction keeps beverages hot for 12 hours and iced for 40 hours! What are you waiting for? Continue reading

Hatch Chile Guacamole Eggs Benedict

Ingredients:
Makes 4 servings

(Melissa’s Guacamole)
2 ripe, Fresh California Avocado, seeded, peeled and diced
1 lime, juiced
1 Roma Tomato, ends trimmed: diced
1 clove peeled garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced
1 teaspoon Melissa’s Hot Hatch Chile Powder
As needed salt and pepper

(California Avocado Commission Eggs Benedict)
2 teaspoon vinegar
8 large eggs
8 whole wheat English muffins, split
1 cup crumbled queso fresco
As needed minced cilantro, for garnish Continue reading

New Local Products Worth a Try

Winner of a gold medal at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, this healthy granola was created by 3 friends and is produced in Sebastopol, CA.  It is wheat free, dairy free, and salt free, all natural and delicious.

Made from her grandmother’s recipe, San Rafael resident Kara Romanik has made some amazing pies.  Available as a whole pie or “pocket size”, they are free of preservatives.  Therefore, the pies are sold frozen and are delicious hot out of the oven.  Flavors of fresh strawberry, apple and pumpkin will be a treat.  I tried the pocket pie and it was tasty and not too sweet as some pies can be. Continue reading