Irish Coffee

Since St. Patrick’s Day is on a Saturday this year, why not start your morning with an Irish Coffee.   Irish Coffee was invented back in 1939 by Joe Sheridan.

Here’s how to make it:


 1 shot of your favorite Irish Whiskey.

If your favorite happens to be a very expensive single malt then by all means,  pour away.  If you don’t have any Irish Whiskey at home (and yes you must use Irish Whiskey here),  we recommend Tullamore Dew. It’s a favorite among Irish whiskeys for its distinctive, accessible taste.

 

 

 

 

 

 Hot coffee.

Like whiskey, everyone has a favorite coffee.  We won’t even get started here on which coffee to use, just make sure it’s of a good quality.  If you like it strong, make an espresso or brew a good dark roast.  If you you like it lighter, perhaps just wave some coffee beans over a glass of hot water.

 

 

 

 

 Heavy cream.

Lightly whip the cream in a blender to a count of 12.  Pour over the back of a spoon to float on top of the coffee.  The cream on top keeps your coffee warm.

 

 

 

 

 

And of course, no cocktail is complete without a toast.  In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here are a couple of Irish toasts:

“May the luck of the Irish
Lead to happiest heights
And the highway you travel
Be lined with green lights.
Wherever you go and whatever you do,
May the luck of the Irish be there with you.”

“If you’re lucky enough to be Irish…
You’re lucky enough”

“Here’s to a long life and a merry one.
A quick death and an easy one.
A pretty girl and an honest one.
A cold pint– and another one!”

 

Sláinte – to your good health.

 

 

History of Irish Soda Bread

St. Patrick’s Day is March 17 and Mollie Stone’s helps you celebrate with our delicious , baked in-house Irish Soda Bread.

Why is Soda Bread synonymous with the Irish and St. Patrick’s Day? In the 1800s, bread in Ireland was made at home rather than in bakeries. Ireland was a poor country and so housewives had few ingredients on hand and most did not have ovens. The flour the Irish used was from soft wheat which is naturally low in gluten and does not interact well with yeast, the traditional leavening agent for breads.

Basic Irish Soda Bread is made with four ingredients:  flour, baking soda, buttermilk and salt. Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, was used for baking in the early 1800s by the Irish. No one quite knows how baking soda was introduced into Irish homes, but the combination of these ingredients and the ability to bake over an open hearth rather than an oven, worked well for Irish households. A cross was cut on the top of the loaf prior to baking, some say as a superstition to ward off evil spirits.  In reality, the cross helps the bread expand while baking and makes it easier to break apart.

Our version of Soda Bread adds butter and Raisins which make the treat so much more delicious. Traditionally these more indulgent additions were only used for special occasions. We think you should eat this special occasion bread every day!

Try some of our delicious Irish Soda Bread, sliced and toasted with some Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter.

Stock vs. Broth

 On these cold chilly days soup is a comfort food for many of us.  It’s convenient to open a can of soup you have in your kitchen, or pick up ready-made soup at our Deli but it’s also easy to make soup at home.

You can start with a base (broth or stock) and then add whatever ingredients you like.  When your shopping for your ingredients you may be looking at many options to start your soup…… stock, broth, bone broth….what’s the difference and which one should I buy?

Here’s a quick rundown on the difference between Stock and Broth (and bone broth).

Stock is a combination of water, animal bones, herbs, and vegetables simmered for many hours over a low heat.  The bones are usually roasted first to really bring out the flavor.  It is strained and used as an ingredient in another recipe sauces, gravy or soup. When chilled it is slightly thick and gelatinous.

Broth comes from cooking meat and the bones (think of the leftover meat and bones from your turkey dinner).    Broths are not cooked as long as stocks as overcooking would result in tough flavorless meat.

So if stock comes from bones and broth comes from meat, where does Bone Broth come from?

Bone broth is the hybrid of stock and broth.  Bone Broth is generally made from bones, which contain marrow, water, simmered with herbs and vegetables. It cooks for a few hours is strained and seasoned. It is a healthy beverage served warm. It can be used as a base for soup.

Mollie Stones’ has a selection of bone broth options in the refrigerated section of our Produce Department and a selection of stocks in cartons, cans and bases in our grocery department.

Our Deli Department has a large selection of soups to ward of the chill nourish the body or please the palate

If your feeling adventurous and want to make your own stock, stop by our Meat Department for some beef soup bones.

 

 

Why We’re Proud of Mollie Stone’s Supplements

By Tamira Franz, Director of Health and Nutrution.

Before we put our line of dietary supplements on our store shelves, we looked for a supplier that would meet our high standards.   After meeting with many manufacturers, we found a company with our values that we could trust with 90 years of manufacturing experience, resulting in consistent and safe products. Our supplement manufacturer has been owned and operated by the same family since 1925 and runs a facility that is certified organic by Quality Assurance International (QAI) and third party certified by the Natural Products Association.

Below are just a few reasons why we selected them to be our manufacturer:

• They followed cGMPs (current Good Manufacturing Practices) even before the FDA mandated that regulation for dietary supplement manufacturers.
• Raw materials and end products undergo various tests to ensure potency, purity, and disintegration. They use state-of-the-art technology to carefully screen each rawmaterial for quality and uniformity. They routinely inspect their materials and supplements for identity and potency.
• All their manufacturing procedures and standards for cleanliness are periodically audited by the FDA and meet FDA requirements.
• A complete testing laboratory is used to test for dangerous bacteria like Salmonella and E. coli, but also for gluten, melamine, and pesticides in botanicals. They also test for the potency of all nutritional ingredients before they can be used in products.
• They have a state of the art ICP-MS (Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrophotometer) to test for heavy metals.
• From their testing, we always provide a Best By date on the bottom of each bottle, thus guaranteeing the potency, purity, and freshness of our products!

Labeling
Our full disclosure labels list the details of each product’s contents. If you have special dietary needs regarding certain ingredients, we disclose information about artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives in addition to gluten and common allergens. The left panel of our labels contains documented educational information that helps you understand the ingredients and product.

Science-Based
We only offer dietary supplements with science behind the formulations. Our manufacturer has a team of scientific professionals (including chemists, microbiologists, and a registered dietitian-nutritionist) plus product development specialists to ensure scientifically sound formulas.

Eco-Conscious
Our manufacturer is dedicated to supporting green initiatives; they ship our supplements in boxes that use partially-recycled materials and recyclable crushed paper as packing material. The fully recyclable amber glass bottles are made from 35% recycled material, and the white plastic caps are also fully recyclable. Their promotional materials utilize post-consumer fibers. Their manufacturing facility makes use of natural skylights to save energy and provide a pleasant work environment, and they recycle all unusable computer hardware and equipment.

Vitamin Angels
Each year since 2006, our manufacturer participates in donating 11 million children’s multivitamins to the Vitamin Angels non-profit organization. Established in 1994, Vitamin Angels is the only non-profit organization in existence solely dedicated to providing vital nutrition to women and children in need internationally and domestically. Through its “Operation 20/20” campaign, they plan to eradicate childhood blindness caused by vitamin A deficiency worldwide by the year 2020. Over 30% of the world’s population suffers from micronutrient deficiencies. Both Vitamin Angels and our manufacturer believe every person has a right to basic nutrition.

Who wants to pay for the marketing and advertising costs of national brands? Our products do not include those extra costs. We hope you’ll choose Mollie Stone’s Market dietary supplements. When searching for natural, premium dietary supplements to promote overall wellness look no further than your local Mollie Stone’s Market.

A Fresh Start to 2018 with Earthbound Farm!

Happy New Year!

2018 is officially here. Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? I’m sure it comes as no surprise that the two most popular resolutions are to eat better and to exercise more (source: YouGov). While we’re all for a “new year, new you” mindset, we know how hard it can be to actually stick to your resolutions.

Earthbound Farm is making it easier than ever to keep you on a healthy track with their incredible range of organic produce. Bonus: Earthbound Farm also has a TON of recipes on their website! Check them out here. 

This week, we’re featuring one of our favorite Earthbound Farm recipes: Creamed Parmesan Power Greens!

Creamed Parmesan Power Greens
Prep time: 5 • Cook time: 10
Yields: 4 Servings

Rich and creamy power greens, blended with Parmesan cheese and a hint of nutmeg, will have your guests asking for seconds. It’s a delicious side dish with beef, pork, chicken or fish, and quick and easy to make.

Not a fan of creamed spinach? We’re not worried. This quick and comforting delight will make doubters think again and aficionados clamor for more.

Adapted from a recipe from Food to Live By: The Earthbound Farm Organic Cookbook by Myra Goodman

Steam the power greens in a steamer basket over boiling water until it wilts, about 1 minute.  Transfer the greens to a colander to drain and let cool.  Squeeze out any remaining water in the greens using your hands or wrap the greens in a dishcloth and squeeze.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat.  Add the flour and cook for two minutes, whisking constantly.  Add the milk and cream in a steady stream, continuing to whisk, and cook until the cream sauce thickens, another 2 minutes.

Add the power greens to the cream sauce and stir to combine.  Stir in the Parmesan cheese, nutmeg and cook until the greens are heated through, about 1 minute.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  If you are using breadcrumbs, place breadcrumbs in a small skillet and toast until golden brown.  Remove from heat and sprinkle toasted breadcrumbs on top of dish.  Serve hot.

Cook’s Note:  Steam the greens until they wilt — be careful not to overcook!

For more information or other delicious recipes, check out Earthbound Farm’s website!

 

Who’s Bringing the Bubbly?

Mollie’s Wine of the Week:
Montechiara Prosecco

Montechiara Prosecco

Can you believe it? We’ve made it through another holiday season and now it’s nearly time to bid adieu to 2017. Whether you’re hosting a grand soiree or staying at home to watch the ball drop from afar, our Wine of the Week is a perfect addition to your New Year’s Eve celebration.

In my mind, there’s nothing more fitting for a New Year’s Eve celebration than a chilled flute of refreshing and delicious bubbly.

Let us introduce you to one of our favorite sparkling options and our Wine of the Week: The Montechaira Prosecco.

The Montechaira Prosecco is a well-balanced sparkling wine from Veneto, Italy. It has citrus flavors and floral notes. This prosecco is Extra Dry, which gives it a more firm palate presence, good acidity, and bright freshness that makes it seem more like a Brut while lengthening the finish. It also pairs very well with appetizers, fish and white meats.

Did we mention that this prosecco is also an incredible value? At $11.99 per 750ml bottle, you can be sure to keep your guests feeling bubbly well into 2018!

From all of us at Mollie Stone’s Markets, we wish you a safe, healthy, and very happy New Year!

Get this item along with the rest of your favorite grocery essentials at Mollie Stone’s Markets or order delivery to your door through Instacart.

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