Be Sure To Enjoy: Picnic Season!

The summer weather is in full swing and many of us know that here in Wisconsin, summer sadly won’t last long. Winter will be here before you know it, [cue Alfred Hitchcock’s, “Psycho”, shower scene music].What does that mean for us? It means to not miss a minute of the summer weather. This is an important time of year to get out and spend time reconnecting with friends and family.

One way to do that involves our specialty, great food! In particular, having a picnic. Sharing a meal has traditionally been a way to show trust, friendship and love to those you care for and a picnic combines a delightful meal with the great outdoors. You can’t really go wrong there.

As we wrap up July and head into August, remember to enjoy this last stretch of the picnic season. Here are some of HCM’s favorite basket picks to help get those wheels turning.

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We hope you utilize the rest of the summer and slow down, enjoy great company and of course, some great food never hurts.

Looking for more food ideas for planning a great outing? Stop by HCM and talk with our friendly staff. They’ll help you find just what you need.

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P.S. For a super recipe for fun, add some lawn games to the picnic.

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Cooking Tips from Chef Kate: Organization is a Skill

Utensils_FormReady for some more of Chef Kate’s helpful cooking tips? We thought so. That’s why Chef Kate has more quick tips to offer you this week to help you utilize your cooking time and to make your summer foods work best for you.

Ingredients & Prep:

“Organization is a skill! Make sure you’re always organized in the kitchen, it Neat and orderly Residential kitchenmakes for a better planned meal and execution.”

Cooking:

Here are some helpful tips that are perfect for the summer and picnic season —

1). “To make a fantastic sandwich, spread the dressing from corner to corner on the Smokey Orchard 043 edit2_Webbread. Every bite should be flavorful!”

2). “For a rich creamy dressing made healthy, sub half of the mayo with Greek-style yogurt.”

– Chef Kate, Hill Country Market

Have a cooking question for Kate? Feel free to submit your question in our comments section below!

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July Cheese and Wine of the Month

The summer weather is here and now it’s the perfect time to indulge in the bold and decadent flavors of the season. Enjoy great food with friends and family and make this summer one of your finest. We’ve chosen this month’s cheese and wine with the intent of spoiling you. So take a look and then stop in to get them and enjoy with loved ones.

Cheese of the Month:

Saint André Triple Creme Soft-Ripened Cheese

If summer is the perfect time to indulge in bold, rich flavors then Saint André Triple Creme does not disappoint. This French cheese, made from pasteurized cow’s milk, offers a deliciously buttery taste. If you’re looking to treat yourself this summer, this is one cheese you’ll want to have on your plate. Just listen to this dreamy description from Ile De France,

“As dense as pure butter and with the richest of flavors, the tongue-pleasing salty tang derives from the ocean air blowing through the pâturages of the Normandy coast. Produced in the shadow of the mystical island of Mont Saint-Michel, St. André cheese is just as breathtaking as the landscape of the surrounding Cotentin Peninsula” (Ile De France, St. André, www.iledefrancecheese.com).

In other words, yum. Be sure to pick up Saint André Triple Creme today.

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Wine of the Month:

Château Grande Cassagne Rosé

This Rosé, originating from France, will make a great addition to your summer table. Rosé wines are ideal to have on hand in the summer as you enjoy a variety of foods, often all at once. Maybe you’re having steak, seafood and salad at your next house party, so grabbing a delicious Rosé to keep the palate nice and balanced is a no-brainer. Adding a fruit bowl to that dinner? Try also adding some fruit such as raspberries, strawberries or orange to your Rosé to give it just the right touch. Château Grande Cassagne Rosé boasts tangy cherry and blood orange flavors with hints of spice. Just the right flavors to match the feeling of summer.

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*Please drink wine of the month responsibly. 

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New! July-August Calendar of Events

Enjoy the summer in style with exciting, Events on the Hill, from Hill Country Market, Breezy Hill Nursery, WildRoots Salon & Studio and Turning Leaf Acupuncture.

Check them out!

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Hard copy of our calendar of events is also available in-store at each location.

*Activity times for Kid’s Day to be announced on Facebook and Webpages:

Hill Country Market Facebook – www.facebook.com/HillCountryMarket

Hill Country Market Website – www.hillcountrymarket.net

Breezy Hill Facebook – www.facebook.com/BreezyHillNursery

Breezy Hill Website – www.breezyhillnursery.com

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