Seriously, if you follow me at all. you know I’m all about the food. I like to find it, buy it, prepare it, and, yes, eat it. I also like to make a gift of it. And Brothers Market is a place where the people like their food even more than I do. They care about the best sourcing, pricing and the best quality products and they want to know what people want – so, we as the consumers, get all the benefit of their hyper focused work. Already a win. Then you get to the store (any of their stores), and it is warm, welcoming and inviting – just like everyone who works there. I have seen every employee pitch in during a rush – people from all different departments and all areas of responsibility in the store, man the registers or gift wrap station or bag groceries.
I have been to hosted blogger events in both Medfield and the newly renovated Weston Market. Their stores have great food, customer service, and my fave, coffee bars with great seating. We were there to sample some of their delicious prepared food – I know, tough work if you can get it.
This Butternut Squash recipe is easily a new family favorite. Make it for your family, bring it as a side dish, for your next pot luck. You will be very popular. I should know. I use food to make friends all the time.
Making dinners that my whole family will eat has always been challenging – so many preferences! So, yes, I have always had picky eaters and, yes, I have often made more than one meal. Don’t judge. Now, with a newly minted vegetarian in the family, I have been hard-pressed to come up with creative, not-so-very-time consuming meals that pack the necessary nutritional punch.
For lunches, I make grain bowls with quinoa and brown rice as a base and add pretty much anything – roasted chickpeas, roasted peppers, hummus, tabouli and baked tofu. Add crunchy chickpeas or sesame seeds on top for a bit of crunch. Drizzle with tahini dressing. Still in search of the perfect recipe so chime in if you have one!
Inspiration provided by Whole Heart Provisions (our new favorite vegetarian/vegan go to place) and recipes from The Boston Globe’s Kara Baskin here.
Celebrate Italy at Brothers Marketplace
Since Brothers in Medfield is one of my all time favorite places to get delicious food anytime, when I was invited to a blogger lunch to celebrate Italy, I was immediately on board. Brothers is running a promotion through March 10th, Amiamo Italy, focusing on great prepared foods and products from Italy. The Eggplant Parmesan and Chicken Parmesan are wonderful and among their top-sellers. I tested both (again, I’m so nice like that), and it’s easy to see why. Delicious! Brothers also has a great coffee bar, soda shop counter, and some seriously amazing prepared foods – and while they are featuring Italian foods this month, there are always amazing sandwiches, a hot bar with comfort food favorites, and the bakery. Don’t miss grabbing a coffee and sitting at the farmhouse table with some of their delicious baked goods. You’ll thank me later.
So a group of bloggers and people from the local media got to sample oh-so-much-delicious food! What a lovely group! We learned about how Brothers finds new products and had a lovely lunch with a tour of the store. Absolutely unabashedly love this place. Is there a possibility for a Brothers in Newton? I can only hope – and keep asking the wonderful management team.
Recipe for the Zucchini Fritters as promised
So check out what’s happening at Brothers – it’s always something good!
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A Snow Day = A Hot Chocolate Day
Lindt Chocolate for me, please.
It’s true, there is a candy cabinet in our house. And while most of the time it is filled with random leftover movie or holiday candy, it invariably has a variety of Lindt Chocolate tucked in a bowl in the back. What? I’m not hiding it, exactly. More like saving it. For my own personal use. Don’t judge.
Happily for the family members who don’t know I hide chocolate, I was sent some Lindt Chocolate recipes and samples – yes, samples! The hot chocolate recipe is perfect for today – we thankfully did not get as much snow as other places and hunkering down is a luxury not a necessity. I’m thankful that my day includes the Sunday paper and a cup of hot chocolate. Here is a great recipe from Lindt Chocolate, and yes, I tried it out. You’re welcome.
Swiss Hot Chocolate from Lindt
- 2 (3.5oz) Lindt EXCELLENCE 70% Cocoa bars, chopped
- 4 cups milk (whole, 2%, 1% or skim – also nice with soy milk – I haven’t tried rice or almond but I be almond would be nice).
- 1 vanilla bean, split (I have some because I am supposed to make Vanilla Bread)
- 1 cinnamon stick (we have some on hand because of the holidays – but it’s good without, too)
- 3/4 teaspoon of whole black peppercorns (optional) (love this idea but made it without this time)
- Heat the milk with the spices in a saucepan over medium heat until it reaches almost boiling. (Do not let the milk boil fully.)
- Add the chopped chocolate and whisk until smooth.
- Remove from heat and let rest for 25 minutes (to release the aromas.) I did not wait 25 minutes.
- Strain the liquid and reheat before serving. (optional – we couldn’t wait)
Have a house full of kids just in from sledding or playing in the snow? Can’t wait? Have truffles? Heat a cup of milk in the microwave and drop in 3-4 truffles. Stir. Done. Seriously.
Thank you Lindt Chocolate for the samples and recipe ideas. For more ideas check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. They have a great Pinterest page, too.
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post but was sent samples to facilitate this post. All opinions are, and always will be, my own. And I do truly love this chocolate. But you knew that.