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  • Where did you shop on Small Business Saturday?

    November 24th was Small Business Saturday.  The people over at American Express began promoting small businesses about 3 years ago with their Annual Small Business Saturday.  As part of the promotion, American Express offered their card members a $25 statement credit for a single purchase made at a small business on November 24th.  They also offered small businesses free printed materials as well as advertising on social media sites to help promote Small Business Saturday.

    This year, we decided to have our first Small Business Saturday Tasting Event.  An invitation went out to all of our customers who are signed up to receive our monthly email newsletter.  If you would like to receive our monthly email newsletter, just visit our website and click on the "Join our Email" button to sign up on the left navigation bar.

    Customers who signed up for the Sampling Event were greeted by Jordan Parke and given a card for two of our milkshake samples: Strawberry and Pumpkin Pie.  Then the sampling began!

    Seven new jams and marmalades were available for sampling: Traffic Jam, Huckleberry Jam, Christmas Jam (Strawberries and Cranberries), Tropical Jam (Banana, Kiwi, Mango, Toasted Coconut), Red Raspberry Jalapeno Jam, TOE (Tangerine-Orange-Elderberry) Jam and Gooseberry Jam.  It's pretty difficult to pick out a favorite out of all those.  There are all very different and equally delicious.

    Did you know we have about ten different salsa flavors?  They range from very mild to super hot.  For this event, we offered a few mild ones like the Strawberry, Red Peach and Red Apple.  For those who like it hot, we offered the following salsas: Five Amigos Fire Roasted, Salsa Grande, and Mango Lime.  As always, the Strawberry Salsa is the clear favorite!

    The pickled tray was also a great addition.  Most people are afraid to purchase these items because they've never had them before.  In the tray we had Dilled Pickled Brussel Sprouts, Baby Beets, Dilly Beans, Marinated Mushrooms, Mild Pickle Okra, and Marinated Artichokes.  The favorite from this group had to be the Dilled Pickled Brussel Sprouts.  Not surprising to me because we have customers who buy it by the case!

    Early this summer we started carrying two flavors of Amish Granola: Apple Cinnamon and of course Triple Berry.  Granola is great to have on its own with milk as a morning cereal or as a topping for oatmeal or yogurt.  Our snack candy is now back for the Holidays!  Two new ones are the Sweet and Salty Mix and the Honey Crunch Mix.  If you like chocolate, then you'll love the Sweet and Salty Mix.  It's made up of peanuts, chocolate chips and sesame sticks.  The Honey Crunch Mix is my favorite.  It's made up of dried bananas, dried papaya, peanuts and sesame sticks.  :)

    It couldn't be a Tasting Event without these beauties!  Our Strawberry cookies and Strawberry Bread were also available for sampling.  Most customers are unaware that we sell refrigerated Troyer Amish products.  As such, Troyer Amish Butter, Cottage Ham, and Cheese Curds were also available for sampling.  Our guests were very impressed with the taste of our Troyer Amish Butter!

    Our guests did not leave empty handed.  Every guest left with a bottle of our Parkesdale Farms Pure Strawberry Syrup made with Plant City strawberries.  This syrup is wonderful on pancakes, waffles, ice cream and even on roasted pork!  In addition, as part of our Small Business Saturday promotion one of our guest won a free Gift Fruit package of their choice to be shipped for the Holidays.  We had such a great response from this event that we hope to have more in the near future.  Please remember to check our website and sign up for our monthly email newsletter!

     

  • Creamy Chicken Mushroom Pasta

    It seems like lately every dish I cook has mushrooms in it.  Luckily, everyone in our household likes mushrooms so as long as we have them at the market they'll be appearing in our food.

    You can use fresh button mushrooms or baby bella mushrooms for this recipe.  I've also used our Parkesdale Farms Marinated Mushrooms when we don't have fresh mushrooms available.  The marinated mushrooms are seasoned with spices, vinegar and red peppers.  They are really great just by themselves too.

    While we were at the market, my youngest daughter decided to pick out some fresh green beans.  Who am I to argue with a 4 year old? :) I love how she used her Easter bucket to bring home the green beans.

    This time I used green onions, but you can use any onion you like.  I like to cut the green tops to sprinkle over the finished dish.

     

     

    Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Pasta

    Ingredients (makes 4 servings):

    4 slices Troyer Thick Sliced Smoked Peppered Bacon

    2 garlic cloves (minced)

    1 ½ chicken breast

    1 bunch green onions (reserve green tops for garnish)

    1 cup Marinated Mushrooms (sliced) or 1 fresh mushroom package

    Fresh Thyme (1 teaspoon dried Thyme)

    ½ cup milk *

    2 tablespoon Troyer Butter*

    Salt

    Cut chicken breast into one-inch pieces and season with salt.  Cut bacon into small pieces and cook.  Remove bacon once cooked and reserve.

    Add chicken and minced garlic to the pan used to cook the bacon.  Sprinkle the chicken with thyme; add mushrooms and sauté for approximately 12 minutes.

    Mix milk and butter into pan until creamy consistency.

    Serve with pasta, add halved grape tomatoes and sprinkle with green onion tops.

    *If you want more sauce, double the milk and butter for a creamier, saucier dish.

  • Spinach stuffed chicken wrapped with Troyer Bacon

    It has been a while since the last time I tried making stuffed chicken breast.  In all honesty, I could never get the chicken breast flat enough to roll them up and keep them together while cooking.  It was always a complete gooey disaster.  After watching the cooking segment on Despierta America, I was inspired by their stuffed chicken breast recipe.  After you've taken all your frustrations out on the chicken breast, sprinkle with salt, pepper and dried oregano.  If you have fresh oregano, even better.  Due to my lack of planning, I had to use dried oregano.   The original recipe had more ingredients like corn and cream cheese.  We are not big fans of cream cheese, so I sprinkled shredded mozzarella and chopped spinach for the stuffing.

    After stuffing the chicken breasts, you roll them up and use Troyer bacon like a ribbon around the chicken breast.  I used two slices for each chicken breast.  Make sure to oil your baking tray so the chicken doesn't stick to the tray.

    Into the oven at 350 for 30 minutes.  While the chicken was in the oven, it was time to make the sweet potatoes.  At our home, we often prepare sweet potato fries by baking them.  I decided to use our "potato bags" to cook up the sweet potatoes in the microwave.  They come out super fluffy in less than half the time it would take to bake them!

    They are really easy to use.  All you do is wash your potato or sweet potato, wrap it in a paper towel, put it inside the potato bag and in your microwave it goes.  Depending on your microwave and the size of the potato, they should be done in 5 - 10 minutes.  Have you seen them at our market?

    Thirty minutes later, dinner was ready.  I had some left over yellow rice, so a quick spinach salad with avocado, cucumber and grape tomatoes finished this meal.

    The thick sliced Peppered Troyer bacon was a great addition to the otherwise "boring" chicken breast.  If you are more adventurous you can try it with the Cajun Troyer Bacon.  In the show, they topped the chicken breasts with salsa.  Sadly, I forgot that step.  I think next time I make this dish I'll remember to use our Five Amigos Roasted Salsa.  What's your favorite bacon recipe?

     

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