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Check out our 3 Day Summer Sale this week- Tuesday, July 18, 2017

This week at Brookhaven Marketplace, we are featuring several items at deep discounts courtesy of our 3 Day Summer Sale. As part of the promotion, we wanted to tell you a little about some of these items, as well as offer a delicious recipe idea or two in the hopes you will find an excuse to sample every product on this list. Expect affordability and quality this week at Brookhaven Marketplace!

Features

Perdue Cornish Hens – 24 oz. pkg. - $1.99 ea.

Cornish hens are a cross between White Rock and Cornish chickens. The main difference between a Cornish hen and a chicken is size, with chickens (as we Americans know them) weighing twice to 2.5 times as much. Cornish hens also mature faster than chickens, reaching their adult size at around 28 days (a roasting chicken can take up to 50 days to mature). In addition, unlike chickens, there are a limited number of options for cooking Cornish hens due to their tiny size; roasting or grilling are your main options.

Suggested recipes

Apple-Glazed Cornish Hens

Citrus Chutney Glazed Cornish Hens

 

Ripe Avocados – $0.89 ea.

One of the most popular fruits on the market today, you don't want to miss out on this deal for avocados... You'll notice that we referred to the avocado as a fruit, not vegetable, which is a fact many people are unaware of as the avocado occupies a traditionally vegetable-like role in many recipes. They are frequently and most often served as part of a savory dish, such as guacamole, in pasta, or on sandwiches along with tomatoes and cheese. The buttery texture and mild flavor is delicious in a variety of ways – it's really up to you!

Suggested recipes

Avocado Pesto Pasta Sauce

Avocado Salsa

Guacamole

 

Fage Greek Yogurt – 17.6 oz. - $2.99 ea.

The main difference between regular yogurt and Greek yogurt is in the processing time. All yogurt is made the same way initially, but Greek yogurt is extensively strained to remove the liquid whey and lactose, producing a thicker-textured product. Greek yogurt is also higher in protein (almost twice as much per serving) than standard yogurt, and contains half the sodium and carbohydrates. Due to its thick texture and similar flavor, Greek yogurt can be used as a healthier substitute for sour cream in recipes.

Suggested recipes

Chilled Blueberry Soup

Beef Stroganoff

 

Sabra Hummus, assorted varieties – 10 oz. - 2/$3

Hummus is a creamy dip that originated from regions in the Middle East, and is comprised primarily of chickpeas, sesame paste or tahini, garlic and olive oil. This delicious dip is rich in fiber and healthy fats, and contains a surprising amount of protein. This makes hummus a wonderful go-to for anyone who wants to eat healthier, as it is the perfect replacement for many cream-based dips which are substantially higher in fat, cholesterol and carbohydrates. Hummus provides a number of essential vitamins and minerals as well, but are an especially good sources of folate and iron.

For those who aren't interested in consuming hummus as a dip, please note that it makes for a wonderful sandwich spread, as part of a pasta or salad dressing/sauce, or even as a component in soups.

Suggested recipe

Vegetable Wraps with Chicken and Hummus

 

Ace Bakery White Baguette – 12.5 oz. - $0.99 ea.

Baguettes are long, thin loaves of bread popularized in France and other French-speaking countries, but purportedly originated in Vienna. They are typically about two feet long with a crispy crust and softer white center. Some people will serve baguettes thinly sliced -- toasted or un-toasted -- with butter, jam, or olive oil as condiments. Baguettes are often served alongside a main course, such as pasta or roasted chicken, but they can also be used as an ingredient in more elaborate recipes. It's quite popular as a sandwich bread, sliced lengthwise and layered with a variety of toppings.

Suggested recipe

Stuffed Baguette

 

Flaxseed and Quinoa, Two Healthy Additions to Any Diet- Tuesday, July 11, 2017

As people become more and more conscious of their food choices, we are finding that many obscure and previously difficult to find food items are becoming more and more commonplace. For example, up until a handful of years ago, not many people had even heard of quinoa, let alone known of its many health benefits. The same is true for flaxseed meal, which is also experiencing a surge in popularity due to its nutritional properties -- especially its usefulness as a low-carb fiber source in many weight-loss diets.

Some nutritional information

What's so special about quinoa? Quinoa's reputation as the epitome of natural health foods is well deserved. It's gluten-free, packed with protein, and contains all nine of the essential amino acids required by the human body for proper function. It's also high in fiber, B-vitamins, potassium and calcium, and vitamin E. A cup of quinoa contains 220 calories, 39 grams of carbs and only 4 grams of fat.

How is quinoa used? Quinoa is a versatile grain and can be used in a variety of ways. It can be consumed on its own (cooked, of course), or as part of a recipe. Most folks use it in a similar manner to rice or bulgar wheat; you can try mixing your favorite seasonings with cooked quinoa and using it as a stuffing. It also makes for a fantastic and filling salad, such as this Quinoa Tabbouleh or Tuscan Quinoa Salad.

Flaxseed (sometimes referred to as "linseed"), is a real powerhouse of a food. It's been shown to improve digestion, lower cholesteroal, help maintain hormone balance, and promote weight loss. Flaxseeds are also the richest plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids available, making it perfect for vegans and strict vegetarians who may have difficulty finding a source elsewhere. Flax is also high in fiber but low in carbohydrates, making it a filling option for folks on a diet. And, like quinoa, flaxseeds contain complete proteins, which means they have notable amounts of all nine essential amino acids. Two tablespoons of flaxseed meal contains 60 calories, 4 grams of carbs and 5 grams of healthy fats.

How is flaxseed used? Flaxseeds are most commonly used ground, as they are not easily digestable whole. Flaxseed meal can be integrated without issue into most recipes that use batters or doughs. You can expect to see flaxseed meal as an ingredient in many baking recipes (cookies and muffins especially), but you can also stir a tablespoon or two into yogurt, oatmeal, or your next smoothie for a little added fiber and protein. Interested? Try this recipe for Apple and Carrot Muffins or this one for Blueberry Pancakes. We also have a recipe for the kale lovers out there.

 

Our Miller Amish Country Marinated Chicken is Waiting!- Tuesday, July 4, 2017

This week we’d like to give a shout out to our new flavors of marinated Miller Amish chicken breasts. We've got something for every palate, including (but not limited to) Bourbon & Black Pepper, Sweet Chili, Caribbean Style Jerk, and Wild Garlic. Any of these flavors would be perfect for your grill, but this week we'd like to make some suggestions for main course recipes, sides, beverages, and desserts with our delicious Wild Garlic chicken breasts as the main focus.

Garlic is a wonderful to work with; it lends itself to all sorts of flavors and combinations, from savory to semi-sweet. It's one of those core ingredients that you really can't go wrong with; and as such, it's one of the easiest to pair with other foods for a quick and easy dinner.

First off, the Main Entree

So, how should you prepare your Garlic Chicken breasts? Given the season, we happily recommend that you grill the chicken. Why not spend some time outside and enjoy the weather? Grilling chicken is easy: In the case of our marinated chicken breasts, cook on indirect heat on your grill for 5 minutes per side. You want to achieve an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees F; the juices of the chicken should run clear when pierced.

If you've prefer to cook your chicken in your oven, preheat to 400 degrees F. Place the breasts on a broiler pan and bake for 10 minutes. Flip the chicken and continue baking for 10-15 minutes more, or until an instant-read thermometer reads 160 degrees F in the thickest part of the breast.

Another option for cooking you chicken is to pan fry. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Using a bit of olvie oil to prevent the chicken from sticking, cook for 4-6 minutes per side, or until you reach the desired 160 degrees.

The Sides

Depending on your particular taste, we have plenty of options to choose from. For those who want to purchase premade sides and only deal with cooking the main course, we've got lots to offer in our deli department. Come check out our Super Grain Salad, one of Brookhaven's own original recipes and a customer favorite; it would be an excellent complement for grilled or baked garlic chicken breasts.

If you'd rather make your own side dishes but you're looking for suggestions, how about a nice rapini salad? We have Ocean Mist rapini on sale, so now would be a great time to experiment if you have never had rapini before. We can even suggestion a couple excellent recipes to accompany your Garlic Chicken:

Rapini with Garlic  - For the true garlic lovers, why not double up on your favorite vegetable? This recipe also features crushed red pepper for a bit of heat.

Rigatoni ala Rapini - This can serve as a main course or side, but in this particular case we'd like to recommend it as a sidedish. Red sauces go wonderfully with chicken, grilled, baked or otherwise. And the addition or pasta means a fuller meal.

Not interested in rapini? We've got some perfectly ripe fancy eggplants on sale this week as well. Find them in our produce department at 69 cents per pound. For recipes, try a lovely Eggplant ParmesanGrilled Eggplant Salad, or Baked Eggplant with Sweet Corn.

Recommended Beverages

You really can't go wrong when it comes to beverages as far as chicken is concerned, but if you choose to serve your main course with any of the recommended sides, we suggest a good dry wine to accompany them. Whether you choose red or white wine is up to you, but we suggest a chardonnay. To make this a true no-brainer, we've got Sterling Chardonnay on sale this week, and we encourage you to give a try.

For the non-alcohol drinkers, we have a variety of soft drinks on sale, including Gold Peak Tea in 89 oz. Jugs – an ideal beverage for summer, especially when well iced!

Finally, the Sweets

Much of this article has been dedicated how to bring your dinner together, flavor-wise. We could stop here, but it would be wrong to ignore the best part of a good summer evening meal: dessert. Our produce departments are once again bursting with an abundance of fresh summer fruits, such as strawberries, cherries, plums, bananas, and watermelons. We have recipes for any and every occasion, whether it's a small meal at home or a cookout with friends. How about a good Strawberry ShortcakePlumb Crumb PieCherry Pudding Cake, or Banana Cream Cake, or freshly sliced watermelon?

Not interested in baking? This week you can get Brookhaven's original Banana or Zucchini Bread. Try either (or both!) today.

Keeping your meal on- or under-budget

The best about the above options is that you can put together a scrumptious meal for two or three people cheaply. One pound of garlic marinated chicken, plus 1 pound of Super Grain (side)Salad, plus a bottle of Sterling Chardonnay and a loaf of homemade Brookhaven Banana Bread will cost you just under twenty bucks.

 

Enjoy!

 

Food suggestions for your 4th of July cookout- Tuesday, June 27, 2017

One of the most exciting holidays of the year is next Tuesday, and we here at Brookhaven Marketplace would like to offer our assistance in helping you prepare for the big day. There's a lot to do and plenty to buy if you are planning on hosting a cookout or barbecue, so we understand if some of you are feeling a bit flustered... However, we'd like to point that our stores have everything you could possibly need for your event, from plates, plastic-ware and napkins, to main course food items and desserts of all kinds. Whether you want to cook from scratch or have us cater, we've got you covered. Rest assured, we're your one stop shop for everything 4th of July!

Now that we've made it abundantly clear that we're here to fulfill all of your holiday food (and related) needs, allow us to make some recommendations on what to serve at your party to help ease the burden a little further. Below you will find a series of ingredient and recipe suggestions for every course you intend to serve your guests.

Of course, the main reason everyone enjoys a good cookout is the entree, or entrees, being served. In addition to the usual hot dogs, brats and burgers, we've got some exceptional meat and seafood available this week at Brookhaven, including baby back ribs, top sirloin and strip steaks, grade "A" chicken breasts, jumbo shrimp, and tuna steaks. For those looking to use their rotisseries, we've also got whole cornish hens and chicken fryers.

Recipe suggestions:

"Hoot-n Holler" Baby Back Pork Ribs

Citrus-Glazed Baby Back Ribs

Garlic-Stuffed Sirloin Steak

Sirloin with Chimichurri Marinade

Grilled New York Strip Steaks

Mediterranean Grilled New York Strip Steak

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Blueberry Chutney Sauce

Chili Citrus Chicken Breasts

Red Chili Raspberry Barbeque Grilled Shrimp

Spicy Grilled Shrimp

Tuna Steaks with Onion Cream

Marinated Tuna Steaks

 

While everyone may be clamoring for the main course, you can't have a good meal without a selection of side dishes and appetizers. Brookhaven has an abundance of produce on sale this week, including ripe cluster tomatoes, organic romaine lettuce, sweet peaches, fresh corn and a variety of prepackaged salads, all of which are just begging to be used as ingredients in your favorite recipes. Of course, side dishes and finger foods should encompass more than just fruits and vegetables, thus we are also offering great deals on assorted deli items, such as sliced-to-order meats and cheeses for specialty platters, hummus, and fresh mozzarella (perfect for a delicious caprese salad). Head on over and see what else we have in store for you and your guests in our deli department!

Recipe suggestions:

Peach and Strawberry Salsa – serve with chips or over grilled chicken

5 Layer Jalapeno Hummus Dip – serve with tortilla chips

Caprese Salad

Stuffed Tomatoes

Warm Zucchini and Tomatoes

Avocado and Romaine Salad

Romaine with Garlic and Walnuts

Grilled Sweet Corn

Summer Squash with Sweet Corn and Tomatoes

Green Beans with Sun-dried Tomatoes, & fresh Mozzarella

 

Last, but certainly not least, no cookout would be complete without dessert. Brookhaven Marketplace is featuring sales on several scrumptuous bakery items this week, with a huge selection of cakes, cookies, and pies to choose from. We've got Kimberley's cupcakes, Clyde's Apple Fritters, Knapp's Celebration cakes to name a few, and, as part of this year's Pie Fest, Brookhaven's Original Recipe 9" Natural Juice Pies. Varieties include: Apple, Peach, Rhubarb, Cherry, and Blueberry. For those with more adventurous tastes, we are also featuring a delicious Pina Colada pie.

Want to make your own desserts? We've got you covered there as well. Check out our produce department for fresh fruits, including cherries and the aforementioned peaches. We've also got sales throughout our baking and frozen foods aisles, so take a look around those areas for ideas and ingredients as well.

[Note: As a special treat, especially for your younger guests, you also have the option of setting up a create-your-own sundae bar. It may be a bit messy, but it frees you up from having to offer several different desserts of your own devising. The key is to offer at least two flavors of ice cream (chocolate and vanilla being the best go-tos) and several topping options, such as sprinkles, hot fudge, peanut butter, crushed cookies, sliced or diced strawberries or other fruit, and whipped cream.]

Recipe suggestions:

Deep Dish Peach Pie

Impossible Cherry Pie

Ice Cream Flag Cake

Strawberries and Cream with Apricot-Almond Cookies

 

Skirt Steak - a tasty treat for grilling when done correctly.- Tuesday, June 20, 2017

This week our lead meat feature is USDA Choice Beef Skirt Steaks. If you are not totally familiar with your beef cuts, a skirt steaks comes from the diaphragm muscle, located in the area just below the ribs on the cow. This long, flat strip of meat has incredible flavor, but has often been considered tough and unappealing to outsiders (except Texans, who swear by using skirt steak for fajitas). However, the secret to cooking skirt steak is, “High heat and quickly done.”

A lot of skirt steak recipes call for marinating the meat before grilling it, and because of its looser structure, skirt steak will absorb the flavors of the marinade quite well. There's no need to marinate it for more than 30 minutes or so, as the flavors will be integrated quite quickly.

So, fair warning, however: A skirt steak is very tasty, but the muscle is also quite tough. Proper cooking is important. The best way to cook it is very quickly over the hottest grill you can get.

A number of grilling experts even recommend cooking a skirt steak directly on the coals. They explain that this works because it’s important not to overcook a skirt steak. Cooking it directly on the coals gets the surface of the meat nice and brown very quickly, without cooking the inside of the meat for too long.

Another suggestion is to sear your steak in a cast-iron skillet, or under the broiler. Just make certain it is extremely hot and get it on and off the fire fast. Under no circumstances should skirt steak be cooked past medium rare. It'll be way too tough.

Once cooked, let your steak rest for 5 to 8 minutes and then be sure to slice it thinly against the grain. Because it's so long, your best bet is to cut it into shorter sections first and then slice those sections across the grain.

Hope we have you drooling… Here is a delicious skirt recipe to try on your family and friends.

Grilled Skirt Steak with Parsley Jalapeno Sauce

Preparation: 10 min. Cooking: 10 min. Total: 20 min.

  • 2 Tbsp. parsley, minced

  • 1 clove garlics, minced and mashed to a paste with salt to taste

  • 2 small pickled jalapeno chilies, seeded and minced (wear rubber gloves)

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil

  • 2 skirt steaks, about 1/4 lb. each, halved crosswise

Prepare barbecue. Combine first 4 ingredients and salt and pepper to taste in a bowl. Mix well. Season steak with salt and pepper to taste. Grill about 6” from hot coals, 3-4 minutes per side, or until desired doneness. Transfer to a cutting board and let stand 5 minutes. Cut into thin slices across the grain. Serve with sauce.

 

The only marinade you'll ever need- Tuesday, June 13, 2017

One of the best things about summer is the ability to cook comfortably on the grill, and one of the best methods of preparing meats for grilling is allowing them to soak in a nice, fragrant marinade for an hour or two (or overnight, if you want stronger flavors and more tender meat). Marinades are extremely versatile and can be made with a number of ingredients and spices to suit the kind of meat you are cooking, and your own tastes. While some variety of oil, usually olive, serves as a base for all marinades, it's up to the cook to determine what seasonings will work best for their protein of choice. Red meats, for example, are best prepared with a more strongly flavored marinade, typically including hot pepper and garlic, while fish benefits from lighter flavors and citrus.

This week, Brookhaven Marketplace would like to introduce our customers to "the only marinade you'll ever need", an olive oil-based recipe with a blend of fresh and dry ingredients that would be ideal for almost any type of meat, from steak and poultry to fresh fish. Please see the recipe card below or pages 4 and 5 of our ad for details and a complete ingredient list. Please note that this recipe should be used fresh (within 1-2 hours of being made) for the best results and flavor.

Why use a marinade when grilling?

For one thing, marinades help keep meat moist during the cooking process. Olive oil, featured in our recipe this week, is a light oil containing natural emulsifiers which penetrate the meat and help hold in the moisture. The oil, in turn, helps keep fillets or steaks from sticking to the grill and pulling apart during cooking.

The acids in marinades, stemming from the use of citrus juices or vinegar, also act as a tenderizer, breaking down proteins and reducing the toughness of the meat. However, take care not to over-marinate as this process can also result in mushy, unpalatable meat. It's also important to note that delicate meats, such as fish, can actually cook just from exposure to the acids, so never marinate for more than 20-30 minutes.

In addition to improving flavor, texture, and the cooking process as a whole, marinading also has one extremely important health benefit: What you may not be aware of is that marinating meat helps reduce the amount of cancer-causing compounds that form during grilling by up to 99%. These compounds are known as heterocyclic amines, and are produced when meat is cooked at high temperatures.

Now that you know a bit more about the advantages of using marinades, we hope you will give our special recipe a try. Happy grilling!

[info courtesy of thespruce.com & popsugar.com]

Featured recipe:

 

Earthbound Farms – the best in organic food- Tuesday, June 6, 2017

This week, we here at Brookhaven Marketplace would like to talk a little about one of the many organic brands that we carry: Earthbound Farms. Earthbound Farms, best known for their packaged salad mixes, is dedicated to growing, sourcing and selling only the best organic produce and other products, with an emphasis on quality and freshness that you rarely see elsewhere.

All of Earthbound Farms products are certified organic, which as we mentioned in last week's blog means that everything they grow meets strict production standards that are both environmentally-friendly and healthier for humans. "[Their] cultural, biological, and mechanical practices...promote ecological balance, conserve biodiversity and avoid the use of toxic and persistent chemicals and synthetic fertilizers, GMOs and irradiation."

Earthbound Farms got its start over 30 years ago. Owning one of the only farms that adhered to organic best practices, founders Drew and Myra Goodman initially had to fight an uphill battle to get their products taken seriously. At the time, organic produce was viewed as inferior and more often than not could only be found health food stores or small farm stands. However, the couple's "fundamental belief in living harmoniously with the land to bring more delicious, organic food to the world" allowed them to persist in spite of cultural and marketing challenges, and they eventually came to revolutionize the produce industry.

Earthbound Farms products

While they got their start selling organic raspberries and herbs, Earthbound Farms has grown to encompass all manner of organic produce. They offer packaged salads and greens, fresh vegetables and bunched greens, fresh and dried fruits, and an assortment of frozen items. Check their website for a complete list of their offerings.

If you haven't experienced Earthbound Farms delicious produce for yourself, then we encourage you to visit our stores this week as Brookhaven Marketplace is featuring Earthbound Organic Chopped Salad kits for just $2.99 ea. Pick up a couple varieties and pair with Marzetti Organic Dressings -- also on sale this week.

 

Buying Organic: Fruit- Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Organically raised or grown foods have become ubiquitous over the past few years as people have become more and more concerned with the idea of buying genetically modified fruits and vegetables, or meat that has been produced with the use of antibiotics or growth hormones. There are various reasons why some consumers are interested in avoiding these things -- some scientific and some strictly philosphical -- and while we here at Brookhaven are determined to provide as much variety as possible to all our customers, we understand peoples' concerns. We are happy to supply a range of organic products so that everyone can feel comfortable with the foods they eat.

This week, Brookhaven Marketplace is featuring organic strawberries and organic seedless grapes in our produce department. You may be wondering what it is about these items that qualifies them as organic...Well, it's pretty simple: Produce that is grown without genetic modification or the use of synthetic fertilizers, sewage or ionizing radiation are considered organic.

In addition to the above, it's best to buy organic strawberries and grapes because ordinarily they are two of the most heavily treated crops when it comes to pesticides. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), almost all non-organic grapes test positive for not one, not two, but upwards of 15 different pesticides. Likewise, in lab studies strawberries have often tested positive for close to a dozen pesticides. Although the effects of these chemicals on human health have not been extensively studied, animal studies have found a correlation between too much exposure and neurological and immunological damage, among other issues. For some folks, it's simply not worth the risk, even if confirmed adverse effects in humans are rare.

In addition to strawberries and grapes, there are a few other fruits that people are encouraged to purchase organic rather than from conventional sources -- namely apples, peaches and nectarines. These fruits also see heavy pesticide use and are considered less safe than other foods in that regard, even with heavy washing.

[info courtesy of ewg.org & eatingwell.com]

Get Grilling on Memorial Day- Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Memorial Day is this coming Monday, May 29th, and for many it marks the official start of the late spring/summer grilling season. The chill of winter is long behind us and while the weather may remain on the cooler side for a couple more weeks, it's plenty warm enough to bust out the grill and start honing our outdoor cooking skills.

This year, Brookhaven Marketplace would like to encourage our customers to try something a little bit different: Instead of just cooking the usual steaks, hot dogs and burgers on the grill, try expanding your repertoire to other foods -- particularly fruits and vegetables. It's unfortunate, but most folks have not given grilled vegetables and fruits a chance (with the possible exception of many peoples' favorite, corn-on-the-cob). The fact is, grilling is suitable -- and even encouraged -- for a variety of produce, including eggplant, peaches, asparagus, and watermelon. It's just a matter of learning the process and complementing with the right proteins. You really can create a delicious meal, including the main course and all the sides, using just your grill!

Produce grilling recommendations

[info courtesy of seriouseats.com & food.com]

Eggplant

Eggplant, while common, doesn't tend to be seen much at cookouts or picnics during the summertime. But the fact is, eggplant is perfectly suited to being grilled. Just peel the eggplant and slice into 1 inch pieces lengthwise. Baste with a bit of olive oil and cook over medium heat until tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve with a nice grilled steak or fish, such as salmon.

Want a a more advanced take on grilled eggplant? Try this recipe for Grilled Eggplant Salad.

Asparagus

Asparagus is one of the easier vegetables to grill. Like eggplant, only a little prep is required; just trim the tough end of each piece and coat in olive oil. Asparagus can be placed directly on the grill – no foil required.

Asparagus is great served with grilled steaks, fish, burgers, and pork chops. It's a very versatile vegetable! For a good beginner's recipe for grilled asparagus, check here.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes can be cooked in a couple different ways on your grill. You have the option of slicing them into wedges and cooking directly on the grate with a bit of oil, or you can slice and wrap each 'tater in foil and set the packet off to the side of the cooking surface until they are cooked through (turning every 10 minutes for about half an hour).

Sweet potatoes go best with red meat, such as steaks, but grilled chicken or a nice pork loin would work too.

Portobello Mushrooms

Rather than serving as a side, this mushroom variety actually makes for a great meat patty substitution. If you are trying to limit your intake of red meat but you don't want to give up your burgers, portobello mushroom caps are the perfect stand-in. Portobellos are known for the meaty texture, and virtually anything you might find on an all beef burger would go well with a portobello. Interested? Here's a recipe for Portobello Burgers.

Zucchini

Unlike some of these other options, zucchini is frequently found at cookouts. However, most people tend to incorporate zucchini into over-baked casseroles rather than cooking them on the grill. Like sweet potatoes, however, zucchini holds up very well on the cooking grate, so long as the pieces are large enough to avoid falling through. The best method is to simply slice smaller zucchinis in half lengthwise and lay them across the grate horizontally. Here is a recipe for delicious Grilled Zucchini.

Serve your grilled zucchini with steaks, or fish such as salmon or tuna.

Watermelon

While not typically used as a side, watermelon – grilled watermelon, in particular -- is a great accompaniment for pretty much anything you're likely to make on the grill. Believe it or not, it tastes less sweet when grilled, which is why it can be served as part of the main course rather than just dessert. Simply slice the watermelon, grill until just softened, and cube (optional). Serve with a sprinkling of salt and pepper.

Peaches

Much like grilling watermelon, cooking peaches on the grill reduces their sweetness factor. This makes them ideal for some types of salsas or chutney where other savory and spicy ingredients are used. However, grilled peaches are truly exceptional when used as part of a dessert. They can be grilled and served with ice cream or custard, or incorporated into a delicious topping for other confections. Grilled peaches are also exquisite on their own drizzled with a bit of honey or maple syrup, or sprinkled with cinnamon and brown sugar.

Try this recipe for Glazed Grilled Peaches and see what the fuss is about!

Pineapple

Grilled pineapple is one of summer's best treats and is becoming increasingly popular at cookouts and barbecues here in the States. It can be found on the grill alongside pork chops or chicken breasts, and frequently makes an appearance as one of the elements of sweet and savory summertime shish kabobs. Just core and slice your pineapple, and cook for a few minutes per side. The type is seasoning you choose should contrast the pineapples' native sweetness; try something spicy like hot pepper sauce for a rich, tangy flavor. If sweetness is your preference, try this recipe for basic Grilled Pineapple Slices, and serve with jumbo shrimp or pork chops.

 

Introducing the new, all natural line of Boar's Head deli meats: Simplicity- Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Brookhaven Marketplace has always been proud to provide our customers with the finest quality deli meats and cheeses. Among those, one of our most popular brands, Boar's Head, has always been front and center in our deli cases; they offer some fantastic, great-tasting products, all of which are of the highest quality. They've set a standard for themselves far out-stripping many other modern deli brands, and their newest line, Simplicity, is no exception.

The Boar's Head Simplicity line consists of natural, minimally processed deli meats, which contain no artificial colors, fillers or byproducts, and are also antibiotic-free. In addition to these features, all Simplicity products are:

  • Gluten-free

  • MSG-free

  • Contain no trans-fats from partially hydrogenated oils

  • Are derived from animals who've been humanely raised on a vegetarian diet

Currently, we are offering our customers four different Simplicity deli meats: All Natural Oven Roasted Beef, Roasted Turkey Breast, Uncured Ham, and Applewood Smoked Uncured Ham.

The Boar's Head All Natural Oven Roasted Beef has no artificial ingredients, is minimally processed and raised without the use of antibiotics or hormones. This top round roast beef is coated with salt, pepper, garlic and dehydrated horseradish root then slow roasted for exceptional flavor.

The All Natural Roasted Turkey Breast is oven roasted to perfection with sea salt and organic sugar. Gluten-free. Cut into thick slices (like a cutlet) and serve on a hearty wheat roll with lettuce and a spread of all natural cranberry sauce and mayo.

The Simplicity All Natural Uncured Ham is gluten free with no preservatives, and contains no nitrates or nitrites, except those naturally occurring in sea salt & celery powder. Cut in thick slices and serve on a hearty wheat roll with lettuce and tomato.

Last but not least, the All Natural Applewood Smoked Uncured Ham is also gluten-free with no preservatives, contains only naturally occurring nitrates/nitrites, and, like it's un-smoked cousin, comes from animals that were raised with no added hormones. Experience the great smoky flavor with no artificial ingredients. Enjoy for breakfast with scrambled eggs.

 

While we can't emphasize enough just how wonderful these meats are, we understand if you may require a little more convincing. To help promote the Simplicity lineup, all of our stores will be hosting a tasting for these new Boar's Head products. The schedule is as follows...

Mokena 5/20/17 from 9 AM to 3 PM.

Darien 5/21/17 from 9 AM to 3 PM.

Burr Ridge 5/22/17 from 10 AM to 4 PM

We hope to see you there!