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Savor Summer Flavor
and Beat the Heat, Too

How’s everyone doing with this Northwest heatwave? If the heat is getting to you, cool off with our sale on summer lagers and rosé wines, and pick up some slow-smoked St. Louis-style ribs from our Deli so you don’t have to light your grill this weekend. Here are some other ideas to take your mind off the thermometer.

En Garde for Swordfish

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Grilled Swordfish Puttanesca

Now is the time to indulge in succulent swordfish! Fresh wild swordfish steaks are on Big Board Buys at $13.98 lb. – an awesome fish at an awesome deal. Firm and meaty, swordfish steaks are ideal for the grill. The rich and mildly sweet flavor works well with marinades and sauces, or you can simply brush with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and grill three to four minutes per side. Our recipe for Grilled Swordfish with Puttanesca Salad does this hearty fish justice. By the way, as with all our seafood, this fresh swordfish is sustainably harvested from well-managed fisheries. Read here for more info about our commitment to sustainable seafood.

Best Cherry Tomatoes Ever

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Summer Spaghetti with Tomatoes

Our favorite cherry tomatoes on the planet are from Durst Organic Growers in Esparto, Calif. Available only in summer, they’re bright and sweet with true tomato flavor in their pretty little packages. The Dursts’ grow nine varieties, each with a unique color, shape and flavor profile. As Joe our produce guy says, always pick up an extra pint because you’ll probably eat half on the way home. We also love these because the Dursts value and respect every employee on the farm, and pay them well for their work. These organic tomatoes would be perfect for the swordfish recipe noted above, or our much loved Summer Spaghetti with Fresh Tomatoes. You’ll also find them in our Caprese Salad on our Salad Bar.

Balsamics are the Bomb

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We have all sorts of balsamic vinegars in Bulk Foods that are worth a try – we even have bottles with our own logo and tag line!

Do your palate a favor and try our flavored balsamic vinegars from Bulk Foods.

These artisanal, cask-aged vinegars from Modena, Italy, are the ultimate way to add jaw-dropping flavor to your favorite summer foods.

Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar brings rich berry flavor to salads, fish, poultry and vanilla ice cream.

Ripe peaches are crushed and fermented then blended with white balsamic for our Peach White Balsamic. Drizzle it on a salad with leafy greens and fresh goat cheese.

Rich and sweet caramelized onions play off the slight sourness of aged vinegar for Glazed Onion Balsamic. Try this one on grilled veggies or meats.

 

 

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Cheese Corner

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

Shauna HowellCheese Corner

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

When crusty bread smeared with ooey-gooey cheese is “just enough” for a meal, try one of my favorites—Brebirousse d’Argental. Don’t let the red-hued rind fool you; this is not a washed rind (stinky) cheese, rather a soft ripened sheep’s milk cheese from France with a touch of natural annatto on the rind. It’s complex and interesting enough to satisfy the cheese snobs among your friends, and still approachable enough for Aunt Mary. Brebirousse literally means red sheep. Now you have a party factoid.

 

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