Cooking with Fire
and Platters that Party

Copywriter Chris Allen

Oh, boy! Summertime is here and the eatin’ is easy. It’s one thing to shop for delicious food for you and the family on a casual Sunday afternoon. But when the weather starts to get good, it seems like there’s a party, barbecue or graduation every other night! Who can keep up?

Well our Market Fresh Party Platters have you covered. The biggest food lovers from our Food Service and Deli departments have come together to curate the absolute best of the best from our Markets, beautifully arranged and ready for whatever you’re up to, be it an elegant dinner party or a casual Saturday night with your food-loving friends.

The cover of our new Party Platters brochure - showing three of the options available - Antipasto, Fruit and Mediterranean.

The cover of our new Party Platters brochure.

Our Party Centerpieces are the “rock stars,” so to speak, with premium selections of Charcuterie, Antipasto, Specialty Cheeses and Roasted Vegetables sitting oh-so-pretty on handsome wooden boards. Each board serves about 35 to 40 guests. I guarantee you’ll get compliments.

We also carry delicious, classic collections of fresh salads, mix-and-match sandwiches and fresh fruit and veggies trays. Simple finger food doesn’t get any better! Got a gaggle of young ones and teenagers coming to the barbecue?

Dodge all that endless hot dog grilling with our Sandwich Makings platter, featuring fresh-baked artisan breads, the highest-quality sliced meats and cheeses, and all the toppings you need. Seafood lovers on deck? Our premium Smoked Salmon and Lox and succulent Prawn Platters make it easy to impress and pamper them with delicious flavors. Plus we have plenty of fresh-baked pastries, cookies and brownies to make sure nobody’s sweet tooth gets ignored.

Click here for more information on all our Market Fresh Party Platter selections, including ordering details, or visit any of our Delis for more information (please place your order 48 hours in advance).

And be on the lookout for our Market Fresh Party Platter brochures in our Delis, and be sure and check out our ad in the newest edition of Edible Seattle magazine, too. We’re excited!

Lots of fruit and grilled food like steak and corn, a glass of wine and the logo "Cooking with Fire" and the headlie "Celebrating our favorite grilling foods."Cooking with Fire This Summer — Join Us!

I don’t know if it was the second-straight winter of record-setting rain fall we had, but we’re just really excited about grilling this year. All month we’re calling out some of our favorite grilling foods and accompaniments all across our markets.

Follow your Market on Facebook, or look for signs in your market, calling out our special outdoor grilling events where you can see and taste some of our favorite grilling foods.

So be on the lookout for our “Cooking with Fire” logo – where you see it, you can know it’s tagging one our favorite foods or ways to cook with fire this summer.

Our Summer Eating “A” List

Here’s a short list of some the delicious summer foods we’re highlighting through June:

Our Own Salmon Burgers:  Made fresh daily in our markets with flavorful ingredients from our Seafood Market.

Our Own Gourmet Burgers: Made in our Meat Market with beef ground fresh daily. Try all our delicious flavors!

Our Own Pork Sausages: Made in our Meat Market with our own freshly ground pork. Quick and easy summer grilling!

Our Own Grilling Sauces: Made especially for us with high-quality ingredients. A quick and easy (see a secondary theme here?) way to add versatile flavor. Perfect for an overnight marinade or slathering over your favorite grilling foods.

Son of a Gun Seasonings from Spice Hut in Bellingham: These custom-blend barbecue seasonings make excellent, versatile dry rubs for quick and easy cooking. Add flavor and panache to all your grilling favorites.

Brioche and Ciabatta Buns from Macrina Bakery: The best sausages and burgers deserve the most tender and buttery buns, don’t you think?

Cowboy Hardwood Lump Charcoal: Lights faster and burns hotter than regular briquettes. Adds smoky flavor to your favorite grilled foods. No lighter fluid needed!

Copper River Sockeye Running Full Speed

Two weeks ago, I talked about how the first Copper River salmon run was a bit on the slow side this year. That’s especially true for the King salmon. But there’s good news! We’ve got plenty of amazing Copper River Sockeye salmon to enjoy this week. So much so that we’re featuring it on this week’s Big Board Buys for just $17.98 lb. That’s a savings of $7 lb. on some of the finest salmon available on earth!

Not sure if you’re ready to take the plunge with seafood this fancy? I’ve pulled a few salmon recipes from our extensive archive that’ll steer you in the right direction. When it comes to food as flavorful as Copper River salmon, I like to let the natural flavors do most of the heavy lifting.

Two salmon fillets on a cedar plank, barbecued to perfection.And with our Simple Summer Salmon recipe — deftly demonstrated by Moe Eveland, our Culinary Manager at Central Market in Shoreline — the bright flavors of fresh dill or tarragon and lemon zest really bring out the best of what this fish has to offer.

Looking for a recipe with a little more heft? Take a peek at our Salmon with Dijon-Basil Butter recipe and fire up the grill!

Or if that picture above makes your mouth water, you might want to try our Plank-Grilled Salmon recipe (we have the planks, too) – literally salmon, a plank, olive oil and salt!

It’s supposed to be a rather cool weekend but that little sun is peeking out from behind a cloud on my weather app, so we can take it up a notch by letting our Big Board help create a refreshing Sunday morning treat. Take $3 off a package of fresh, sweet raspberries from WellPict — just $4.98. And get two packs of Little Rae’s Scones for just six bucks. That’s one heck of a tasty breakfast or brunch for two for a little more than $10!

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Cheese Corner

Our very own cheese whiz, Shauna Howell, offers up a cheese worth discovering.

Cambozola Black Label: With its creamy Brie texture and light hints of blue, you’re probably already familiar with Blue Label Cambozola.

The Black Label is the sassy big sister from Champignon out of Germany. It has more aggressive blue streaks throughout the triple cream paste, and the soft gray mold on the exterior adds a layer of nuance to the flavor. Extra aging in a cool cellar gives this cheese a dense creamy texture that coats your tongue like butter.A closeup of Cambozola Black Label cheese.
In fact, I liken it to a delicious blue butter and love to use it on steaks or to melt over pasta.

It’s delicious with a drizzle of honey over the cheese and a cold glass of bubbly in hand.

Chris Allen is a copywriter and assistant marketer with Town & Country Markets. He’s a former contributing editor, radio anchor and producer, and an Air Force veteran. He’s also mastered the art of chopping red onions with one hand while sipping a dry Tempranillo in the other.

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