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.

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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April Cheese & Wine of the Month

With the weather quickly warming up, we think it’s time for your food to as well. This month, we’ve selected a cheese and wine with warm coloring, flavors and excellent quality. Take a look and inspire your taste buds this April.

This month’s cheese pick is from Moondarra Cheese. Moondarra is an Australian based company known for quality, fresh ingredients and innovative flavored cheeses. Their honey and pistachio cheese is no exception. This quality cheese is rolled in honey and covered in pistachio. With a smooth, creamy texture, it’s the perfect spreadable cheese for a party or gathering.

Moondarra Honey & Pistachio Cheese

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Looking for a spin on traditional wine? Try our wine of the month, Sweet Pea Apple Wine. This wine is a refreshing detour from traditional grape wines. With the fresh taste of Washington apples, natural peach and hints of blackberries and strawberries, Sweet Pea features a crisp and clean finish, similar to a Riesling. It’s the perfect kick-off to spring and the upcoming summer. Grab this light and fruity wine, some friends, and enjoy a relaxing evening on the patio.

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Thanks for following and be sure to pick up our cheese and wine of the month the next time you shop at HCM!

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April Beer of the Month

This month’s beer is an award-winning I.P.A. brought to you from Dark Horse Brewing Co. Located in Marshall, Michigan, Dark Horse Brewing Co. not only produces downright great quality beer, they work hard and have fun doing so. With unique labels and a straightforward approach to their beer, it’s certainly worth a taste.

Crooked Tree India Pale Ale

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Stop in and pick up our beer of the month, Crooked Tree India Pale Ale, today.

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Reminder: HCM’s Monthly Wine Tasting Tomorrow!

There’s still time to sign up for our popular monthly wine tasting. Enjoy an evening out, relax, taste wines from Wisconsin, and enjoy delectable appetizers created by our kitchen. We’d love to have you join us!

Bring a friend, (or a few), and come out to the market!

Wine tasting with appetizers: Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. Event is $15/person. You’ll also receive a coupon for $5 off in the store for the evening. Call 262.537.4867 to sign up. *Must be 21 or older to attend.

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We hope to see you there!

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New! March Beer of the Month

At Hill Country Market, our beer and craft beer selection is continuing to grow. So, we feel it’s only fitting to now feature a beer of the month!

If you haven’t stopped in to check out our new and growing craft beer selection, it’s certainly worth a stop. Do you have a particular beer you’d like to see in the store? Let us know by commenting here on our blog, on our Facebook or Twitter page, or when you’re next in the store!

Meanwhile, we hope you get a chance to try this month’s pick!

March Beer of the Month:

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March Cheese and Wine of the Month

We’ve finally made it to March, which means spring weather will soon be on it’s way! In preparation for the warmer weather and flavors of spring, we’ve chosen a tastefully fruity combination for our cheese and wine of the month. You won’t want to miss these delicious flavors.

March Cheese of the Month: 

Clawson, Sunburst, White Stilton with Dried Apricots

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This tasty, mild, White Stilton cheese is coupled with sweet pieces of dried apricots. The combination creates a delightful sweetness which makes this an ideal dessert cheese.

Sunburst is made in England and is created with milk from local farms.

Pairing Sunburst with a favorite white wine is an ideal way to relax at the end of the day.

March Wine of the Month:

Arona, Sauvignon Blanc

Arona_Sauvignon BlancWebWith hints of passion fruit, citrus, and pineapple, this New Zealand wine is sure to delight. It’s a well-balanced wine that you can enjoy with seafood or chicken dishes as well as salads and appetizers. Arona’s unique and complex flavors have made this a popularly known wine that is great for a quiet night on the patio or to share at a party or gathering.

Arona is also a certified sustainable wine.

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Stop in today and get these wonderful flavors to enjoy and remind you of the coming spring season!

You can find our cheese and wine of the month in-store. Just look for the wine of the month and cheese of the month labels or ask an employee the next time you’re in.

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Now Available at HCM: Craft Beer

Hill Country Market is proud to announce a new expansion to our beer section! We now offer a growing selection of craft beer. Stop in and check it out, find a favorite, or try something new.

We’ll be continuing to grow the selection and would love any recommendations of craft beer to add. Please feel free to leave a recommendation in our comments.

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We’re also pleased to announce that we’ll be featuring a beer of the month, just like how we share a tasty cheese and wine of the month with you. Follow us today to stay in the know on our beer of the month and more!

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Hooray for February Latte Specials!

There’s still time to enjoy this month’s espresso based drink specials. Made with Wisconsin local, Anodyne Coffee, and full of delicious flavor, we’re sure you’ll find one you love.

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We’re happy to provide you with a quality tasting pick-me-up!

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