NEW Events! September – October ‘Events on the Hill’ Calender

The fall season is here and so are great events from HCM and the other businesses here ‘On the Hill’ to celebrate! We have events planned for the months of September and October to help you enjoy everything there is to love about fall. Need something to do after you drop the kids off at school? Join us for a Fall Container or Wood Burning Workshop and give yourself some deserved relaxation and creative time. Enjoy new events like our Classic Cocktail Tasting and when you’re ready to get the family together, come celebrate Apple Fest and Harvest Fest with us.

We’d love to have you join us!

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Events listed above include those hosted at Breezy Hill Nursery, Hill Country Market, WildRoots Salon & Studio and Turning Leaf Acupuncture.

All businesses located at 7510 & 7530 288th Ave. Salem, WI 53168.

If an event asks for pre-registration, please do so as some events have limited space or require custom preparation.

For Breezy Hill Nursery events call 262-537-2111 (sign up with the Garden Center)

For Hill Country Market events call 262-537-4867

For WildRoots Salon & Studio or Turning Leaf Acupuncture events call 262-586-0199

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New! January – March Calendar of Events

The New Year is an exciting time to get a fresh start, try something new and set New Year’s resolutions. We hope this year you’ll make it a priority to join us for one of the many exciting events the businesses have happening here on “The Hill”. We’d love to have you join us!

We’re kicking off the New Year with some great events from Hill Country Market, Breezy Hill Nursery, WildRoots Salon & Studio and Turning Leaf Acupuncture. Check them out and sign up for one today!

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*Some of these events ask for pre-registration. Please call or stop in to sign up at least 24 hours prior to the event. These events often have materials, food, wine or other items that will need to be prepared per guest.

Let HCM and the other businesses here on “The Hill” add to a great New Year. Sign up for an event and join us in the fun. We look forward to seeing you!

Have a question about an event? Give us a call at 262-537-4867 or leave your question in the comments below.

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Cooking Tips from Chef Kate

Utensils_FormToday, Chef Kate has some quick, helpful tips for prep and cooking in the kitchen, including creating your own vinaigrette dressings.

Ingredients & Prep:

“Take the time to read the recipes thoroughly before you shop and begin the process. Doing so can help you get through the ingredient shopping more efficiently.” 

Cooking:

Homemade Wholegrain mustard vinaigrette by fresh ingredients

Homemade vinaigrette dressings have fewer ingredients and taste better than bottled ones. No need to whisk, just put all the ingredients in a sealed container and shake! The best thing about creating your own vinaigrette is that you get to control the quality of what goes in it. Plus, creating your own can often be more economical.”

– 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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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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Fresh Start: Care for Your Body

Today, we have some helpful tips from our neighbors at WildRoots Salon & Studio. Wildroots believes true beauty, health, and wellness starts within and reflects out. Their intention is to provide an encouraging and creative environment to bring enrichment to the lives of their guests and the community.

We asked Carli Schmaling, owner of WildRoots, to share something for the New Year that she finds is important to your health and in your life. These outward cares can help with your balance of inward and outward calm and relaxation.

New Year health and wellness tip from WildRoots Salon & Studio:

Our feet take us everywhere we need to go and they do so much hard work for us. Taking care of your feet can mean more to your overall care than you may think.

Did you know…

– When walking, each time your heel lifts off the ground it forces the toes to carry half of your body weight.

– The foot and ankle consist of 26 bones, 33 joints, and 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

– Your foot consist of  25% of the muscles in your body and if you don’t take care of them, it’s the equivalent to not working your upper body.

– Woman have 4x more foot problems as men.  High heels are to blame.

A good New Year resolution is to start taking care of your feet.  Paying attention to your feet can help prevent expensive and long-term issues in the future.  Pedicures and foot soaks are a good place to start. They will help protect your feet, minimize swelling, stop dryness and itching, and release endorphins.

Another tip: indulge yourself in body treatments now and then. Many of us often fear to indulge ourselves in things such as facials, massages, acupuncture and more. But giving yourself a moment every now and then to relax and focus on your body and mind can help in numerous ways. When you’ve taken a moment to care for your well-being, it can effect the way you handle everyday stresses, treat those around you and help you be productive and effective. (Budget an issue? When you can, set money aside gradually to save up so you can give yourself a day of relaxation.)

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We hope these tips from WildRoots Salon & Studio help as you continue your resolutions for the New Year.

Anytime you’d like to share a tip, recipe, or a delicious food to add to the table, leave us a note in the comments. We’d love to pass along what you’d like to share to other readers.

If you’d like to read our other “Fresh Start” posts they are listed below:

Fresh Start: New Year’s Resolutions

Fresh Start: Food for the Mind

Fresh Start: “Making a Change”, Interview with Turning Leaf Acupuncture

Fresh Start: Nutritious Black Bean Soup Recipe

Fresh Start: Salsa-Braised Kale Recipe

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Fresh Start: Salsa-Braised Kale Recipe

Some fresh ideas are always welcome at the New Year. Here’s a tasty, (and healthy), Salsa-Braised Kale recipe to enjoy. Not into kale? Give it a try! You may be surprised.

Nutritional Value: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, Potassium.

Yum Value: Extremely Tasty.

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If you’d like to read our other “Fresh Start” posts they are listed below:

Fresh Start: New Year’s Resolutions

Fresh Start: Food for the Mind

Fresh Start: “Making a Change”, Interview with Turning Leaf Acupuncture

Fresh Start: Care for Your Body

Fresh Start: Nutritious Black Bean Soup Recipe

Have a recipe you’d like to share? Please do! We’d love to hear from you.

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February Cheese and Wine of the Month

It’s certainly February with frigid temps and snow storms. Luckily, here in Wisconsin, we know the way to enjoy these rough wintry days. Enjoying a tasty cheese and great bottle of wine is one of our favorite ways to relax in the winter. So, here is Hill Country Market’s pick of cheese and wine for February to help with the winter blues.

February Cheese of the Month:Purple Haze Cheese with Wine

Cypress Grove Purple Haze

If you’re looking for a unique spin on cheese, look no further than Cypress Grove’s Purple Haze cheese. Purple Haze combines flavors of lavender and wild fennel pollen. This award-winning goat cheese packs a flavorful punch and is a delicious addition to a fresh salad with berries and toasted pecans. It’s also a great one to experiment with pairing options and have fun using it to develop unique culinary creations.

February Wine of the Month:

Aquinas Pinot Noir

February Wine of the MonthThis well-balanced Pinot Noir is sure to become a favorite. Aquinas aptly describes their Pinot Noir as having, “aromas of cherry reduction, strawberry, vanilla and subtle clove notes. On the palate, this medium-bodied wine is full of fresh cranberry flavors with intricate notes of raspberry tart and toasted marshmallow,” (www.aquinasnapavalley.com). In other words, this Pinot Noir is pretty much delicious. It’s also a great wine to serve with a variety of dishes. To enjoy some great pairing flavor, try it with dishes that involve fennel, mushroom, fresh veggies, or goat cheese.

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You can find this month’s cheese and wine in-store. Simply look for the wine of the month and cheese of the month labels or feel free to ask one of our employees to point them out.

We hope you are able to take a moment to enjoy a great wine and cheese to scare off any of those winter blues and warm up with some delicious flavor!

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Fresh Start: Food for the Mind

Hill Country Market's Homemade SconesThe New Year is always a great time to think about where you may want to make some changes in your life. Today, we teamed up with our neighbors at WildRoots Salon & Studio and Turning Leaf Acupuncture and want to talk a bit about some food for the mind.

All of us at Hill Country Market believe in the importance of eating well and being conscious about where our food comes from and we know many of you do as well. In this series we’ve already talked about how eating fresh and local can make a significant change for how your body feels day-to-day. [Click here for that post].

But we also realize that feeding your mind is just as important. In our society, we’re obsessed with constantly being on the move. We’re always trying to move faster and we’re often told that being busy is a sign of importance and doing hard work.

But the hard work can actually come from feeding our minds in healthy ways to make ourselves the most efficient and uplifting versions of ourselves. So here are some of our tips for taking a breather, and slowing down to improve yourself and make a healthier you.

1. Reading. Whether you read a great piece of fiction to escape to another world or a thought-provoking piece of non-fiction, reading can be a way to relax, refocus, and learn something new. Reading can help force your mind to pull out of all the overwhelming information you may be dealing with. That way, you can return to your work with a refreshed mindset.

2. Doing a breathing exercise or taking a yoga or workout class. We all know that some form of exercise is imperative throughout the week. The difficulty comes in finding the time. When you’re feeling too busy and overwhelmed, there isn’t going to be a moment of, “Ah, now I have time to exercise”, somewhere down the road. You will have to make that time happen. Making the time to exercise and focus on you is important and in the long-term, will make you healthier and more energized. You can then accomplish more of those busy and overwhelming tasks of your day. You may need to remove something of less importance from your schedule or set more boundaries with work or home. By doing so, you can make sure to have a small window each day to focus on you and your mental and physical health.

Bonus Tip: Watch more than two hours of tv a day? The average American watches about four+ hours per day. Try eliminating an hour or two from your tv time to do a breathing exercise in silence somewhere in your home or to exercise. Or have a day or two a week where you don’t turn the tv on at all and focus on you instead.

3. Celebrating fun “holidays”. This is a small and relatively easy one to do. There are many calendars that can be found online that feature not only major holidays, but some of those fun and often wacky national days such as, “National Donut Day” and many, many more. Keep a calendar of those days near your desk and find ways to celebrate them with your coworkers, friends and family, or just for you. They are a good reminder to have some fun in life. Remember, you only get to live each day once. Finding something small like this can keep your fun-side and positivity a priority each day.

Here is one of those sites —-> http://www.holidayscalendar.com/holidays/weird/

4. Have a European style meal. Setting aside more time to eat and do so in an enjoyable way can be a big deal for your mental and physical health. Spend time sitting with friends and family and chatting. Or take time for yourself at a meal and give yourself more time to enjoy your meal. Try eating in smaller portions and spread them out over a longer meal time. When we eat quickly, we often eat more since our body and mind don’t have enough time to register how much we’re eating. Eating slower gives your body and mind time to digest the food and register that you are full. You’ll often find yourself eating less, but actually feeling full. Another variant of that is to eat in the reverse order of our common culture. Often, we eat a small or no breakfast, a decent lunch, and a large dinner. But your metabolism slows as the day wears on. Try reversing that schedule. Make time to eat a larger breakfast, (which will kick-start your metabolism), eat a decent sized lunch, and then a smaller dinner when you get home.

5. Spending time in nature. Spending time outdoors can help you refocus on bigger things and relieve you of a bit of stress. It also gives you a visual break if most of your day-to-day schedule involves being in an office or working from home. Combine the great outdoors with some of the above mental and physical health tips and you’ll be in a great place.

We hope these tips help as you pursue your New Year’s Resolutions. If you’d like to read our other “Fresh Start” posts they are listed below:

Fresh Start: New Year’s Resolutions

Fresh Start: Nutritious Black Bean Soup Recipe

Fresh Start: “Making a Change”, Interview with Turning Leaf Acupuncture

Fresh Start: Care for Your Body

Fresh Start: Salsa-Braised Kale Recipe

 

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Fresh Start: Nutritious Black Bean Soup Recipe

Cuban Cuisine: Black Beans SoupLooking for a tasty, health-conscious recipe to enjoy this year? Check out this black bean soup recipe.

Nutrition and Vitamins: Iron, Potassium (15% daily value), Vitamin C (15% daily value), and Folate (22% daily value)

 

Black Bean Soup – approx. 4 servings

1 tbsp canola oil

1 small onion, chopped

1 tbsp chili powder

1 tsp ground cumin

2 cans (15 oz) of black beans, rinsed

3 cups of water

1/2 cup prepared salsa

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp lime juice

Optional garnish:

4 tbsp reduced-fat sour cream

2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook about 2-3 minutes, stirring often until the onion begins to soften. Add chili powder and cumin. Stir for 1 more minute. Then add beans, water, salsa and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove soup from the heat and stir in lime juice.

Next, transfer half of the soup to a blender and puree, (Please remember use caution when pureeing hot liquids). Stir the puree back into the saucepan.

Add optional garnish of sour cream and cilantro and enjoy!

If you’d like to read our other “Fresh Start” posts they are listed below:

Fresh Start: New Year’s Resolutions

Fresh Start: Food for the Mind

Fresh Start: “Making a Change”, Interview with Turning Leaf Acupuncture

Fresh Start: Care for Your Body

Fresh Start: Salsa-Braised Kale Recipe

 

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