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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National Salad Month at HCM!

Today is the beginning of National Salad Month and as makers of some pretty tasty salads, we’ve decided to celebrate! Each week of the month of May, we’ll be featuring a delicious salad from our menu or a new creation of the week.

This week’s featured salad (05/01):

Margherita Salad

Romaine-Fresh Mozzarella-Tomatoes-Pesto and Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Wine Tasting and Cooking Demo Event: Recipe 1

First of all, we want to say thank you to everyone who came out for our Wine Tasting & Cooking Demo event on Thursday, December 10th. It was a fun night and we were so thankful you could join us!

As promised, we will be posting each recipe from the event over the course of the next week. So, whether or not you were able to make it out to the event, you can still enjoy the scrumptious appetizers we had by making them for your next party or gathering.

Moroccan Samosas:

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The Wine Tasting & Cooking Demo event recipes will continue to be posted here on our Blog, Facebook and Twitter page throughout the week of December 14th. You can also sign up for our e-newsletter by clicking here and we will be sending these recipes via email as well.

(Our e-newsletter is a combined letter with our sister company, Breezy Hill Nursery.)

Questions? Leave us a comment or email us at info@hillcountrymarket.net.

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New! November – December Calendar of Events

We’ve officially rolled back around to the holidays and it happened so fast! It can be an overwhelming time of year. Just know that Hill Country Market and the other businesses here on ‘the hill’ are here to help. We have some great events coming up to give you something fun and relaxing to do as the cold winter months and warm times with family and friends arrive.

Keep your hands busy and mind active by joining one of Breezy Hill Nursery’s, Holiday Container Workshops. Attend our Holiday Sparkle Event for a night of holiday decor and demos from Breezy Hill Nursery and a wine tasting with appetizers from Hill Country Market. Or, learn beauty and stress reduction tips from WildRoots Salon & Studio and Turning Leaf Acupuncture. There are plenty more events like these to join. So, grab some friends and family and make every day great this holiday season.

Check out these events and more below: (Click on the calendar to view larger)

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

Don’t forget to let Hill Country Market help you with the holidays. We have delicious, quality foods available for your holiday parties and gatherings. Order your holiday meats like turkey, ham and prime rib roast. Pick up some delicious house-made deli salads or baked goods to top off your meal.

Plus, find tasty treats to wow your guests. A great place to start is our wide selection of cheese. It makes creating a unique and beautiful cheese plate a breeze. And don’t forget drinks. Choose the perfect beverage for your event from our great selection of wine, beer and craft beer.

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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

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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

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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.

Sweet Pea Apple Wine:

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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

2015 Beer of the month

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

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