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for Mother’s Day

Copywriter Chris Allen

This Mother’s Day weekend, millions of us will be crafting a tasty and thoughtful meal for the special moms in our lives.

Nobody smooths out my rough edges and inspires me to be a better man than my partner and the mother of my child. The least I can do is make her something delicious for lunch and dinner (which, of course, I will also eat and enjoy)! Besides, it’s another way to get inspired in the kitchen with fresh, delicious ingredients from our markets.

If you’ve got the gumption for a little more than some scrambled eggs and a flower served on a tray for breakfast in bed — which is awesome, don’t get me wrong — we’ve got what you need to make a full-on brunch or an elegant dinner at home with some great deals on our weekly sales vehicle known as Big Board Buys.

Thanking her Brunch-Style

A single strawberryA two-pound container of big, ripe, juicy, organic strawberries from Well-Pict is only $5.98. That’s a $4 savings and is more than enough for some late morning snacking. They pair really well with Champs Elysées, our private-label Brie, which is on Big Board for $7.01 off PER POUND! This pleasantly mild, double crème French import is perfect for spreading on rustic La Panzanella Croccantini crackers. Pair that with Our Own Blood Orange-Cranberry Spread and a bubbly mimosa made with fresh-squeezed orange juice. What a great way to make someone feel special!

Four servings of Easy Eggs Dungeness

Easy Eggs Dungeness

If you want to go in a slightly more decadent direction, check out our Featured Recipe of the Week, Easy Eggs Dungeness. We make Our Own Artichoke & Crab Dip fresh in our Seafood Markets with high-quality ingredients, and it’s an easy way to add incredible flavor and richness to simple sliced ham and eggs on English muffins.

Taking the Dinner Approach

In more of a dinner mood? Fresh halibut is also on Big Board at just $17.98 lb., a savings of $7.01 lb. You can grab a pack of those strawberries we talked about and top some grilled halibut fillets with our simple Fresh Strawberry Salsa. The chopped cilantro, mint, fresh lime and the mild, fruity tang of the berries pair nicely with the tender flakiness of halibut.

Fresh Strawberry Salsa over cod with a fork and a glass of rose wine in the background.

Fresh Strawberry Salsa over fish

But wait. There’s more. Isn’t it time Mom got her just desserts? Like a cake from Just Desserts in San Francisco (that pun couldn’t be stopped)? These cakes aren’t too fussy, just incredibly tasty, with classic, American-style varieties that are finished and decorated by hand. All made in a nut-free bakery. It’s a sweet ending to a perfect day.

So giving mom a nod of appreciation through food should be pretty easy – and don’t forget all the colorful flowers and already-planted flower pots we brought in for Mom’s Day, too!

Hoist a Pint for Seattle Beer Week, May 9-19

A Seattle Beer Week display at the end of an aisle at Central Market Poulsbo - at least six tpes of beer are included in the stack.

Beer, Wine & Spirits Manager Rick Petersen and his crew at Central Market in Poulsbo built this display of their favorite local brews for Seattle Beer Week.

The craft beer industry is exploding across the country and all that beer-loving enthusiasm is strong in Washington, too. You could visit a new brewery in Washington every day for a year and not run out of new bars to which to belly up (I dare you to stroll through Ballard without tripping over a new brewery). We also grow nearly 75% of the hops in the U.S. needed to brew all those frothy kegs, according to The Spokesman Review in Spokane.

Seattle Beer Week is the time when all the region’s beer masters come out to play. For the 11th year in a row, breweries from across the regions, not just Seattle, will host all manner of tastings, pub crawls and other events, some of them kid-friendly.

We love to offer shout-outs for our favorite local vendors whenever possible, and our Beer, Wine & Spirits managers are taking this opportunity highlight several of their favorite local beers. Expect great deals on Bodhizafa IPA from Georgetown Brewing Company in Seattle, Ziggy Zoggy lager from Silver City Brewery in Silverdale, traditional German-style gose — pronounced GOZ-uh — from Reuben’s Brews in Ballard, and much more. Have fun all my fellow imbibers!

Say Hello to our Cheesemongers!

Central Market Mill Creek cheesemonger Kellie Fagan goes over some of the finer points of what it means if a cheese is "earthy" with a customer.

Central Market Mill Creek cheesemonger Kellie Fagan goes over some of the finer points of what it means if a cheese is “earthy.”

After about a year of work and training, we officially have a highly skilled cheesemonger in all our Town & Country and Central Market locations. Each is passionate and knowledgeable about cheese and ready to share their knowledge with YOU!

We have a “Big Cheese Event” planned for each of our markets this year – and you don’t want to miss these. 

We kick it off Saturday, May 18, at Central Market Shoreline and on Sunday, May 19, we host the event at T&C Market Lakemont. Both are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You’ll be able to taste dozens of cheeses, from both local creameries and creameries around the world, and meet cheese makers. All our specialty cheese will be 25% off that day.

Our markets on Bainbridge Island and in Poulsbo will have their own Big Cheese Events in August, and then, in early October the event will take place in Ballard Market and Central Market Mill Creek. Stay tuned for specific dates!

Feeling intimidated about the difference between a French Brie and Fenugreek Gouda? Our cheese experts have the answers you need and the passion to help you find something delicious.

What does cheesemonger even mean? For us, it refers to a person who knows cheese and loves cheese and wants to share that! Whether it’s a soft, spreadable goat cheese, or a washed-rind cheese with some “funk” to it, our cheesemongers have a passion for learning about all of our 400-plus cheeses from all over the world and spreading that love to their own local customer community.


Cheese Corner

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

SPANISH MANCHEGO: Carpuela Artisanal Manchego is a raw milk, farmstead Manchego.

People often ask me what farmstead actually means. It’s simply a cheese that’s made on the same farm as the animals that provide the milk. In this case, Manchego sheep from the La Mancha region of Spain.
A wheel of Carpuel Artisanal Manchego

A dry, dusty, rock-filled terrain, these sheep are perfectly adapted for the region. Made with a traditional Manchego recipe using unpasteurized milk, the wheels are aged a minimum of nine months before shipping to the US. While the rind is not edible, the rich yellow paste is superb for small tapas plates, grating, melting, or cubing and pairing with Marcona almonds and quince paste.

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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