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01 Jul

FREE Groceries Winner!

Posted in 70 meals one trip to the store, Contest Winners, Smart Ingredients on 01.07.10 by Smart Ingredients

Congratulations Betsy Watz, our June winner of FREE Smart Ingredients, and a FREE copy of the 70 Meals, One Trip to the Store cookbook. Betsy’s groceries will be delivered to her doorstep tomorrow morning, and a copy of the cookbook is in the mail. With the groceries she receives, she will be able to make any one of the recipes in the book — any night — with what she has on hand. Betsy, we all look forward to hearing how the best dinner plan around worked for your family.

In the meanwhile, what’s everyone planning on making for the holiday weekend? We realize that grocery shopping during holiday times is different than your “average” week, so for this week, take advantage of the sales, and don’t plan on overdoing it for your barbecue or family get-together. This is one holiday where simple, good old American basics are just what fits the bill, and the stores know that…. you should be able to find hamburger buns and all the fixins priced right. Also, berries are always priced right this time of the season. Check out the Recipes section on our website for Red, White & Blue Stuffer Burgers, Red, White & Blue Fruit Skewers and many other simple recipes that will make your 4th a success.


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27 May

Memorial Day Recipes

Posted in Holiday Recipes on 27.05.10 by Smart Ingredients

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Thanks to no snow days here in the Midwest this year (a rarity!) Memorial Day means more than just a day off in honor of remembrance. This year, for us and for many, it truly kicks off summer as schools wind down and/or let out. As you remember our troops, whether with a family gathering, or a barbecue following a memorial parade, we bring you some easy, but delicious and fun Red, White & Blue recipes and picnic recipes for your event.

Red, White & Blue Skewers

  • Wood skewers
  • Blueberries (as large and firm as you can find), approximately 40
  • Firm watermelon (3/4-inch squares), approximately 40
  • Feta, or other white block cheese, approximately 8 ounces, cut into small cubes

Thread berries, melon and cheese onto skewers, repeat until all but one and a half inches of the skewer are full.

Red, White and Blue Stuffed Burgers

Ingredients (serves 8, and is easily doubled or tripled)

  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 2 cups diced cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely diced white onion
  • 8 hamburger buns
  • toppings of your choice
    Season beef with seasoning. Form into 16 thin patties. Combine tomatoes, cheese and onions. Place a small scoop in the center of each of 8 patties, and flatten out. Top with remaining patties, and crimp edges . Grill to desired doneness, being careful when turning.


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