HCM Sandwich Picks for Fall

smokey-orchard-043-edit2_webSmokey Orchard:

This sweet and savory sandwich features Boar’s Head turkey, housemade apple chutney, smoked Gouda, bacon and lettuce.

Classy Grilled Cheese:

Who doesn’t love grilled cheese in the cooler weather? This grilled cheese will meet your finer fancies with provolone cheese, Havarti cheese, tomato, pesto, avocado and onion.

blue-moon_webBlue Moon: 

Our Blue Moon panini is not one to be missed! It features roast beef, housemade blue cheese butter and blackberry jam along with caramelized onions.

BBQ Chicken Panini Wrap: 

One of our newer additions to the menu, this panini wrap features BBQ chicken, spinach, red onion and Colby Jack cheese.

Want to see more from our menu? Take a look at the full HCM menu!

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Sweet Corn Season at HCM and the Benefits of Buying Local

Fresh Picked Corn on the CobIt’s that great time of year when freshly picked produce is in season, and you can find it here at HCM! We know local quality and great taste is important to you. That’s why we have produce grown right here by our sister company, Breezy Hill Nursery.

It doesn’t get much better than enjoying delicious veggies in the summer, whether they’re eaten fresh, grilled or sautéed. And having them locally grown is all the better.

Some reminders on the benefits of purchasing locally grown food:

Supports Your Local Community & Economy – When you purchase local food, you’re investing your money in what is important to you. You’re having a direct impact on what effects you and those you care about. In the big picture, you are supporting local families and businesses and boosting your local economy. Just a little bit of spending locally goes a long way! The stigma is out there that buying local means spending more, but this is not always the case. Food that is in season and has little distance to travel is often cheaper. If you are paying a bit more, it may benefit you to ask the question, isn’t it better to know that your money is going to build up your community and you’ll see it making a difference?

Connects You, The Customer – Purchasing local often gives you the opportunity to engage with and even build a relationship with those growing your food. You can have an impact on what you want to see as a customer and have greater knowledge about what you are purchasing.

Frankly, It Tastes Better. No really! – When food is fresh, recently harvested and didn’t have to travel long distances in preservatives and other packing materials, it simply tastes better. It also encourages you to eat what is in season and this benefits your body, greatly.

So, savor this time of year that the weather is warm, delicious local foods are in season and winter is still a distant thought. Find just what you need here at HCM and enjoy this time with friends and family. Make the cookouts great and the memories greater.

Sweet Corn – $5.00 for a baker’s dozen

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Other Veggies Grown By Breezy Hill Nursery Available:

Zucchini – 2 for $1.00

Cucumbers – 3 for $1.00

Jalapeno – $1.99/lb

…And more! Visit us today and support local.

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National Salad Month at HCM: Week 4!

2 Patio 2015_Web_LogoIt’s the final week of National Salad Month and we’re wrapping things up with an absolutely delicious salad you have to try. Stop by and enjoy it along with the beautiful weather and our outdoor patio. It’s the perfect combination!

Asian Salad

Marinated Pears-Teriyaki Chicken-Wasabi Peas-Shredded Carrots– Sesame Vinaigrette

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Plus, don’t forget about our fantastic salads that can be found on our menu, year round.

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National Salad Month at HCM: Week 3

National Salad Month continues with our salad special for the week of May 16 – May 22. If you haven’t already, be sure to stop in to enjoy our delicious salad of the week. It’s the perfect salad for the warming weather!

Mediterranean Salad

Lettuce & Spinach Mix-Kalamata Olives-Cucumbers-Feta Cheese – House-Made Mediterranean Vinaigrette

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National Salad Month at HCM: Week 2!

We’re continuing to celebrate National Salad month here with a new salad of the week. We love the combination of fresh raw veggies combined into a colorful array of a salad and we know you do too! So come celebrate with us! Try our salad of the week or any of our regular menu salads.

This week’s featured salad (05/09):

Chicken Taco Salad

Lettuce-Tomatoes-Shredded Chicken-Avocado and Cheddar Cheese

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Coffee Bar Specials: March

The weather is beginning to warm and exciting holidays like St. Patrick’s Day and Easter are here for the month of March. To celebrate, we have some delicious coffee bar specials to help you enjoy the season.

Try them with our freshly made baked goods, gourmet sandwiches or savory soups.

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Have a lucky and safe St. Patrick’s Day. (Don’t forget to wear green!) And have a great Easter with friends and family!

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Cooking Tips from Chef Kate: Mise En Place

Utensils_FormChef Kate has a wealth of helpful little tips that make a big difference in the kitchen. Take a look at this week’s helpful tips and try applying them to your kitchen experience.

Ingredients & Prep:

“Mise En Place…French word, (since I graduated from a French culinary school), meaning, get all your ingredients together and ready to roll!!!!!”

Cooking:

gemüsekorb“Anytime you use raw onions in a cold salad, guacamole, salsa, etc., be sure to rinse the onions under cold water first then blot or shake from a strainer to rid the water residue. This will get rid of the sulfurous gas that can make your salad or salsa taste too potent.”

-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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It’s Grill Season at HCM!

Last weekend kicked-off our grill menu season here at Hill Country Market. Now, every weekend from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, you can come enjoy your favorite grill foods. Our grill features local, quality meats full of great flavor.

HCM Grill Menu:

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Like variety? So do we! That’s why our grill menu will be changing up now and then throughout the summer. Plus, we’ll be adding veggies from our garden like our corn on the cob. You can now find our menu and grill menu on the left sidebar here on our blog so you can stay up-to-date on what’s new at the grill.

So come relax on our patio, enjoy tasty grill favorites and soak in the warm weather this weekend. We’d love to see you at the market!

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May Cheese and Wine of the Month

The weather is certainly warming up and we’re about to jump into summer, which means more time with friends and family to enjoy the outdoors and great food. If you’re looking for some delicious picks to bring to your next party, cookout, or just to enjoy on your patio, (warm sunshine, a cat or dog around, a candle lit, a bottle of wine and a delicious cheese to pair. Man, we love summer!), give our May cheese and wine of the month a try. Both this month’s cheese and wine have hints of the sea, which are sure to remind you of being on a beach far, far away.

May Cheese of the Month:

SeaHive, by Beehive Cheese Co.

This award-winning cheese is true to its name. Hand-rubbed with honey and sea salt, this delicious treat of a cheese is one you’re sure to enjoy. SeaHive’s flavors are well-balanced and made from the milk of Jersey cows in Northern Utah. Enjoy this smooth, creamy cheese with hoppy ales or a fruity white wine. SeaHive is now available in our cheese section.

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May Wine of the Month:

SeaGlass Riesling 2012

SeaGlass Riesling is deliciously balanced with sweet fruit flavors and floral aromas. This soft Riesling features hints of peach, pear and honey. Enjoy this west coast wine with seafood such as lobster and smoked salmon. It can also be paired well with spicy Asian dishes or ribs, as well as blue cheese. You can find SeaGlass Riesling in our wine section.

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These delicious picks of the month are available in-store now. Bring them home to enjoy with friends and family or as you relax after work.

Please drink wine of the month responsibly.

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Meet Chef Kate

Utensils_FormHill Country Market not only features a market with a unique selection of local, gluten free, and organic products, but also a deli/kitchen that creates delicious lunches every day. From tasty sandwiches, wraps and salads to custom-cut steaks and fresh deli salads, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Our wonderful kitchen staff is lead by kitchen manager, Chef Kate. Kate has a wealth of cooking experience and she’s ready to have us share some of her best cooking tips here on our blog. But before we do, we thought you might like to get to know her better.

Here’s a bit more about Kate’s background and how she came to join us at HCM:

Chef Kate’s, “LONG STORY SHORT”

Kate Coronado, the chef and manager of Hill Country Market’s kitchen, has been a part of the company since April, 2014. During her high school years, Kate developed an interest in cooking through her Home Economics class where they focused mainly on different areas of culinary arts. From there she has worked in many different restaurants starting from the front of the house, leading to the back of the house.

After many years of married life and being a stay-at-home mom, she finally decided that it was time to attend a french culinary school and achieve her degree. Since her graduation, she has worked at many fine establishments starting in the banquet kitchens of hotels, to fine dining and casual restaurants, and then gradually arriving at Hill Country Market as their chef.

Chef Kate emphasizes using fresh ingredients in her cooking. She also helps provide catering for corporate and private events, holiday parties, and for their monthly wine tasting events.

From her interest in cooking to managing a kitchen, Kate has come a long way to becoming what she has always desired. A Chef.

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Stay tuned for helpful cooking tips from the experienced Chef Kate, right here on our blog.

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