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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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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New! April – June ‘Events on the Hill’

Spring is here and while the weather may not always be cooperating, we have some great events planned to help you enjoy the season.

Our Events on the Hill calendar for the months of April, May and June covers everything from the spring growing season at Breezy Hill Nursery to beer tastings and grill demos at Hill Country Market.

Get ready to enjoy spring color, the outdoors, relaxation and great company.

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If one of the above events requires pre-registration, please do so before the event date as it often means we have food or materials to prepare per guest or limited spacing for the event.

We look forward to having you join us!

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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.

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

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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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