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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.

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Surprise Dad with some homemade Bacon Candy for Father’s Day! We’ve been seeing Candied Bacon literally everywhere! It’s all the rage! One of our employees stumbled across this Bourbon Candied Bacon recipe by The Proof that she really likes and just had to share with the rest of the world. It seriously looks AMAZING. You can serve it at brunch with some waffle and eggs, or if you’re feeling like living dangerously, we’d even eat it on it’s own. Continue reading

Introducing Man Cave Meats


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started in the Minneapolis Farmers Market peddling a few styles of brats and burgers. Inspired by craft beer, they became the pioneers for the craft meat movement. They tested hundreds of recipes to find the perfect combination of unique flavors in the products you can find in our stores today.

More of a Double IPA than light brown water, Man Cave Craft Meats has become the “craft beer of the meat department.” A heavy emphasis is placed upon constant improvement and quality. Every recipe is repeatedly taste tested and consumed by every single employee from the CEO to the temporary interns. After production, each batch is checked in depth for quality and awesomeness.

Two summers ago a local Minneapolis grocery chain inquired about availability in retail stores. This retailer had heard about this craft meat booth that had become a staple of the market and decided to bring Man Cave Craft Meats into their stores. Today Man Cave has entered almost 3,000 stores nationwide including Mollie Stone’s Markets!

Even with all their success, they remain humble and still have the 10’x10′ tent at the Farmers Market. Keep your beginning close to heart, do what you love, love what you do—”In Meat We Trust.”

Find Man Cave Craft Meats at your local Mollie Stone’s today!


Introducing Pasture One Grass-Fed Beef Hot Dogs and Sausages

Parents, are you looking for something free of hormones, antibiotics, nitrates and all the unnatural stuff? We’re excited to announce that Pasture One grass-fed hot dogs and sausages are now available in our stores! They’re tasty, healthy, and kids love them. Pasture One just likes to say it’s beef as nature intended.

Pasture One brings together a group of ranchers that are able to provide high-quality, grass-fed and finished beef 365 days of the year.  The animals graze in open pastures.  The ranchers work hard to build healthy soil, productive grasses and a healthy ecosystem.  It’s a labor of love for these expert ranchers to raise the whole animal. They’re constantly developing new products and finding innovative (and delicious) new ways to serve grass-fed beef…hence their flavorful hot dogs and sausages!

Warm weather is on the horizon, so get ready to break out the grill!

What are you waiting for? Give these bad boys a try! Find all four flavors at your local Mollie Stone’s in the meat section:

The Pasture One Original Beef Hot Dog brings out the authentic flavors of grass-fed beef.  Mildly seasoned and flavorful, they are a true testament to why grass-fed beef is naturally tasty – throw them on the grill with all the fixings.

Cheese and Beef have always been great friends, which is why the Pasture One Beef Hot Dogs with Cheddar are an epic team.  Sharp cheddar cheese brings a twist to your average “cows-in-a-blanket.”

If your palate demands a little more ‘bite,’ the Pasture One Sausage with Cracked Black Pepper is the one for you. Taste the whole cracked peppercorns sprinkled in with the natural flavors of grass-fed beef.

Enjoy the smoky flavors of traditional Louisiana creole cuisine with Pasture One Cajun-Style Andouille sausages.  Great for a spicy jambalaya or Cajun stew.

Add these to any recipe! Grass-fed beef contains half the fat and less cholesterol than standard beef, and is loaded with healthy compounds like vitamin A, vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) which is best known for its anti-cancer properties.

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Indulge Local: Roberts Shamrock Brand Corned Meats


Made in San Francisco since 1910, Roberts Corned Meats is the oldest corned beef company in San Francisco! Savor the flavor of a great St. Paddy’s Day tradition: table tender mild cured corned beef brisket. Their corned beef is truly a cut above the rest in taste and in tenderness. The Dixon family’s Great Great Grandfather George Henry Roberts came to San Francisco from New Zealand and brought his corned beef expertise with him. George’s family had owned a corned beef business in New Zealand. It was the LAST thing he wanted to do in this new country when he arrived. But two things happened: first, he needed a job to support his family and second, when he saw the way corned beef was being processed here, he was surprised! When he tried to tell one of the butchers the way it was done in New Zealand, the butchers laughed at him and that is where the adventure begins. Deborah Dixon Ward and her brother now run the company—Roberts Corned Meats has now been in the family for 5 generations!

“Roberts Corned Meats would like to congratulate you on your 30 years in business. We are very proud to be in your stores from day one. The goodwill for the community is an extra added bonus. Good luck Mollie Stone’s!!!”
– Dixon Family, Roberts Corned Meats, Inc. Family owned since 1910

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10 Recipes to Bring Back the Crockpot

If you haven’t dug up grandma’s old crockpot yet, you’re missing out! Really though, the crockpot is this amazing cooking tool that let’s you set it and forget it. Why did it ever go out of style? Though not all of these are the complete “dump & go” recipes everyone’s been raging about, we think the little bit of extra prep work is so worth it!

1. Broccoli Beef

See recipe here.

2. Bolognese Sauce with Sweet Potato Spaghetti

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Recipe: Twice Baked Potato Casserole

This savory, cheesy and comforting Twice Baked Potato Casserole is the perfect supporting side dish for a Standing Rib Roast or Ham on your holiday table. The beauty of this recipe is that you can do all the prep the day before, then pop it in the oven before dinner while you enjoy the company of your guests.
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Potato Casserole

Tip: Everyone loves bacon. Cook up more than you’ll need for the recipe, and save it for later to enjoy in omelets or a salad.

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Roasts and specialty meats for your holiday table

Happy Holidays! Mollie Stone’s knows that a memorable holiday meal with family and friends is an important part of your holiday celebration. Our meat department has sourced a wide variety of incredible roasts and specialty meats for you to choose from.

Some of the most popular items can be reserved in advance on our website, while many of the others are available in limited quantities and must be ordered in advance by calling your nearest Mollie Stone’s.
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As always, please let us know if your are looking for something else and we will see if it can be specialordered. Keep reading to learn more about our selection! Continue reading

Turn Up the Heat with a Grilled Sausage, Hatch Chile & Veggie Sandwich

How do you make a scrumptious sandwich even better? Add Hatch Chiles! This particular combination of veggies and Mollie’s Housemade Italian Sausage can be enjoyed on its own or piled onto a warm French Roll.image

Learn how to prepare Hatch Chiles by roasting and peeling them to perfection. Then, get grilling with yet another fantastic Hatch Chile recipe.

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121 years later, Vienna Beef Hot Dogs remain an iconic summer snack

Nothing says summer like baseball games and hot dogs with all the fixings. Vienna Beef was founded over 121 years ago and is still going strong today with a family of brands created for those who love that iconic summer snack.

1893: Over 27 million people flock to the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago to witness the latest inventions, including the Vienna Beef hot dog, created by Austrian-Hungarian immigrants Emil Reichel and Sam Ladany.


1895: Emil and Sam open their first store on Chicago’s Near West Side at 417 S. Halsted Avenue.


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