Party Food

Jarcuterie

As we continue to navigate the challenges presented by the pandemic, the desire to have safe gatherings is still on our minds  The pre-pandemic potluck spreads with their casseroles, pots of soup, and other shared dishes seem to lack the usual appeal. Thankfully, avoiding shared plates of food doesn’t necessarily mean saying goodbye to the charcuterie board. Thanks to this fun, single-serving spin on the classic, known as “jarcuterie”, you can serve up all of your favorite trappings of a traditional charcuterie platter at your next COVID-safe gathering. You’ll find some of our favorite jarcuterie fodder in the weekly sale from May 19th – 25th, including local Maplebrook Farm Ciliegine, so grab some skewers, a few jars, and get your jarcuterie on!

King Cake

Mardi Gras/Carnival season officially began on January 6th or the “Twelfth Night,” also known to Christians as the “Epiphany,” and culminates on Tuesday, March 1st – a day affectionately known as “Fat Tuesday”. While there are many traditional Mardi Gras dishes to enjoy during this time of feasting and revelry leading up to Lent, none is quite so ubiquitous as the king cake.

The rich history of the king cake dates all the way back to the Middle Ages with the first known king cakes baked in Europe in celebration of the Catholic Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day on January 6th. The French brought the cake with them to the Gulf Coast region of the United States in the 1870s, and it has since become synonymous with American celebrations of Mardi Gras. The first Mardi Gras celebration in America took place in 1703, when a group of French soldiers held an impromptu celebration in the settlement of Mobile, Alabama.

While there are many regional variations, Mardi Gras king cakes found in most American bakeries are traditionally crown-shaped brioche-style confections decorated in royal colors of purple, green, and gold representing justice, faith, and power, respectively. They also typically contain a token of good fortune hidden within the cake, bestowing the recipient with luck and prosperity and the responsibility of providing the king cake for the next year’s festivities. This token is often represented as a bean, pea, or plastic baby.

You’ll find many of the ingredients needed to prepare your own Mardi Gras king cake in our weekly sale from February 24th – March 2nd, so it’s a perfect time to give this traditional treat a try! 

Hot Layered Bean Dip

It’s Super Bowl season and regardless of your sports fan status, we think you’ll love diving into this hot and cheesy dip recipe. It comes together in about 20 minutes and features a handful of ingredients from the February 10th – 16th weekly sale, so it’s easy on the budget, too!

Pork Dumplings

If you find pork dumplings from your favorite take-out spot irresistible, just wait until you taste this homemade version! Pork dumplings, or jiaozi, are the quintessential dish of Lunar New Year celebrations and these have everything you want in a dumpling: plump and nicely chewy, filled with tender pork, flavored with fresh ginger, green onion, and sesame oil. Lunar New Year, Chinese Chunjie, Korean Seollal, Tibetan Losar, and Spring Festival all describe the celebration that begins with the first new moon of the lunar calendar and ends on the first full moon, 15 days later. This year, many will hold celebrations on Feb 1. The Lunar New Year festival is thousands of years old, and today nearly 25% of the world’s population participate in this celebration. 

Because of their resemblance to gold ingots, making and eating dumplings during Lunar New Year celebrations is a way to express wishes of prosperity and fortune in the coming year. Making dumplings is also a group effort, so Lunar New Year celebrations are good times to get the whole family involved in making — and eating! — several batches. Whether you’re celebrating the Lunar New Year or stocking your freezer for a busy month ahead, these dumplings should definitely be on your list. You’ll find many of the ingredients in our Lunar New Year-themed weekly sale from January 27th – February 2nd, so it’s a perfect time to give them a try!

Classic Shrimp Cocktail

Throwback food is all the rage these days, offering a dose of much-needed nostalgia to help us weather these challenging times. Our Weekly Sale from December 23rd – 29th features everything you need to whip up a batch of classic shrimp cocktail and we think your holiday guests will enjoy diving into this retro holiday hors d’oeuvre!

Spotlight on Trois Petits Cochons

We’re shining our Co-op Spotlight this week on one of the most awarded specialty food companies in North America-  Trois Petits Cochons!  Les Trois Petits Cochons has produced award-winning, all-natural pâté and charcuterie since 1975 by crafting small, handmade batches using only the finest high-quality ingredients. Their full product line is 20% off for member-owners from December 16th – 22nd – just in time to pick up something special for your holiday feast. Read on to learn more about this company that has been producing high-quality, hand-crafted products for over 40 years!

Heritage:

Trois Petits Cochons first opened its doors as a small charcuterie in New York City’s Greenwich Village in 1975. Founded by two French chefs who met in Africa while gallivanting across the globe, they decided to open in the bohemian Village, and with the help of an American backer – the third piggy – the shop was born. It has since grown to become the leader in the pâté and charcuterie industry, offering a complete line of artisanal pâtés, mousses, terrines, sausages, saucissons, smoked meats, and other French specialties. Their products have garnered a long list of SOFI awards, earning great respect in the culinary world.

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Mission:

 

Three Little Pigs is on a mission to create more enjoyable, everyday moments through casual, well-made charcuterie that is as fun and easy to enjoy as it is high-quality and delicious. They are committed to continuing the tradition of making delicious, authentic, and quality pâté and charcuterie for their customers. 

 

Environmental Commitment:

The team at Les Trois Petits Cochons is committed to sourcing and producing the highest quality all-natural specialty food products in a responsible and sustainable manner.

They believe in:

  1. Transparency – Customers should be able to know where their food comes from and be able to buy from companies committed to sustainable animal husbandry. 
  2. Trust & Relationships  – They believe in partnering with those who can make the best product in the most responsible manner. They personally visit all of their major suppliers, the majority of whom are family farms, to make sure they are upholding the standards set by Les Trois Petits Cochons.
  3. Local – Les Trois Petits Cochons always begins their search locally. Many of their suppliers come from within 100 miles of their production facilities, but sometimes to find that special ingredient they need to go further afield, including to France where they source many of their ingredients like wild mushrooms or espelette pepper.

Be sure to check out the fabulous collection of recipes on their web page!

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Maple Cinnamon Hot Cocoa

We invite you to put on your favorite holiday tunes, find a cozy seat next to your fireplace or holiday tree and sip a cup (or two!) of this decadently delicious maple cinnamon hot cocoa. It might be just the thing you need to summon your holiday spirit in full force. Cheers!

Sausage Cheddar Balls

Classic retro comfort foods are making a grand comeback, which comes as no surprise as we navigate these challenging times. It seems that we’re all seeking those feel-good nostalgic foods that make us feel like a kid again. With this in mind, we’re bringing back this classic hors d’oeuvre just in time for holiday parties. You’ll find most of the ingredients you’ll need in our Weekly Sale from December 9th – 15th, including local King Arthur flour, McKenzie’s sausage, and Cabot shredded cheddar. 

Cherry Strudel

Our weekly sale from September 30th – October 6th celebrates the culinary traditions of Oktoberfest, and an Oktoberfest celebration isn’t quite complete without a cherry strudel for dessert! You’ll find frozen tart cherries in the weekly sale display and this recipe will help you roll them into a decadently delicious strudel!

Summer Pasta Salad

Looking for a cool meal for a hot summer night? Or a tasty make-ahead dish to take to a summer potluck? This pasta salad combines fresh, local summer veggies & local pasta with tangy dressing, olives, and feta for a perfectly balanced summer meal. Many of the ingredients are featured in our weekly sale from July 8th – 14th, so this one’s easy on the wallet, too! Feel free to be creative with veggie add-ins. This is the kind of salad that can be built around just about any veggies that are abundant in your garden (or the local farm down the road) this time of year.