That most wonderful time of year is truly upon us when we are making out our holiday shopping lists... and checking them twice!
At the top of my list will be Eggnog! This is how the holidays should taste. It has been a beloved seasonal tradition dating back hundreds of years. One drink will tell you why.
Here at Jungle Jim's in Natural Foods we carry a wide variety to please most any Foodie's craving. From organic to soy, there is an eggnog for everyone.
So while out shopping for everyone else this holiday season, stop by and treat yourself to one of these great traditional favorites!
Cheers to the Holidays!
Listen, I know I’ve been complaining a lot about the weather the last few weeks, but the snow never fails to take me by surprise. And it’s not the good kind of surprise, like getting cake when you weren’t expecting it or finding $20 in your coat pocket. It’s really unpleasant, like getting a bucket of ice water tipped over your head. Actually, it’s similar to getting a bucket of ice water tipped over your head in more ways than one, to be honest. Days where the temperature drops well below freezing and the clouds drop several inches of frozen precipitation into your life need some serious pick-me-up food, and for me, pick-me-up food is hearty, hot, and filling. So here’s a Remley-family classic for The Foodie Press: pot roast.
In putting together both this meal and this post, I was essentially informed that pot roast isn’t an absolute science, and that it’s incredibly customizable depending on your audience. For example, we put in a potato for every person that was going to be eating dinner tonight, plus two extra for the pot (hence 7 potatoes) since we’re firm believers in leftovers. Also, since I really like carrots, we added extra. So figure out what you like best and add it in! Having more people for dinner? Add more meat! You get it.
While our pot roast was cooking, however, I did manage to snap some shots of the snow so you can see just how well-deserved this meal was.
With the weather being as cold and miserable as it has been, this straight-from-the-family-kitchen pot roast definitely hit the spot. Hope it does for you as well!
So perhaps there is a bit of hyperbole in the above subtitle to this piece, yet indeed there is a bit of truth to it. To preface that statement though, viticulturalists had to get inventive when bringing French grapevines to the New World. Vitis Vinifera, the species of grapes we are most accustomed to (such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, etc.) were brought to the Americas, first by the Spaniards in the 16th Century, then by the French in the 17th Century. These attempts to transplant Vinifera grapes proved disastrous, as they succumbed to parasites and blight rather quickly. Ingenuity would win out eventually, as these intrepid viticulturalists would graft the Vinifera vines onto existing indigenous rootstock - vines of the local species Vitis Labrusca (grapes you may or may not have seen locally like Concord, Vidal Blanc, Chambourcin) - and thus, grape growing would be sustainably established.
These lessons would not be entirely forgotten, as in the mid-to-late 1800s the European wine community would experience something known as Phylloxera, a louse that would devour the rootstocks of Vinifera grapes, decimating vineyards all across Europe. Yet through the exchange of Labrusca rootstocks at the various nurseries in France and Austria, vintners were able to replant using Vinifera cuttings grafted onto Labrusca rootstocks, and thus - in a rather bold vantage point - Americans saved the world of wine. (I should note that this happened in the States after the turn of the 20th Century, and American vintners had to do the process all over again to bring back our wine industry from the brink.)
So in the spirit of all this regeneration, we celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday later this month with some incredible wines from right here in the U.S. of A.:
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Are you ready to have some fun with your friends and family this holiday season? If you're looking for something unique, a little weird and, shall we say... challenging, might we suggest coffee, gravy, wasabi - and though they're not pictured - dill pickle *candy canes?
You can find these in the International Department along with many, many other great, delicious and a likely a bit out there products from across the country and around the world!
How do you celebrate Holidays at the Jungle?
Elderberries have been used for centuries to support the immune system, as they are rich in vitamins, flavonoids, and antioxidants. Otherwise known as Sambucus, elderberry is a great addition any time of year, but especially in the winter. Studies have shown elderberries to be extremely effective against cold and flu viruses.
Known to have worked effectively on a variety of health problems, elderberries have commonly been used for the following ailments:
Elderberry - in liquid, capsule and other forms - can be found in the Herb ‘N Jungle at both locations.
Herb ‘N Jungle
One of the best parts of working in an international market like Jungle Jim’s is getting the opportunity to meet people from around the world and having them share bits of their lives with you. Which is exactly how we got this recipe for traditional Colombian hot chocolate; Caesar, from International Foods, shared with us how his family makes this delicious (seriously, it is so good) drink!
Hot chocolate is a staple in every Colombian home, and it’s made with Colombian chocolate, making it more rich and less sweet than what we’re used to seeing in America.
This drink is best served in smaller cups, since it’s so incredibly rich! Try topping it with some fresh whipped cream, or for a more authentic flair, queso fresco. Now, we know what you’re thinking; cheese in my hot chocolate? No thanks! But the salty flavors mix perfectly with the rich sweetness of the hot chocolate.
We know what we’ll be drinking when the temperatures dip back down this weekend!
(Thank you to Caeser for your expertise in writing this article, and to the Cooking School at Jungle Jim’s for helping with the preparation.)
For the first time ever, Gourmet Galeria is introducing a Wusthof Build Your Own Block Set. From their most popular Classic collection, you select four knives that are most practical for you.
With the set you will receive a walnut counter block, pull-apart cooking shears, and a honing steel – everything you need to enjoy the fine experience of Wusthof cutlery. The traditional Wusthof 7-piece Classic block retails for $593, Gourmet Galeria’s price is $299.99. For even more unbelievable savings come in and check out the Build Your Own Block Set. What a fantastic opportunity to own Wusthof or gift it to someone special. Our team is here to work with you on your selections. This is a limited-time offer so don’t wait too long.
Be sure to mark your calendar for December 10th (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) for our annual visit from our favorite sales reps. Fairfield and Eastgate will have demos, register-to-wins, savings on selected merchandise, and a department full of wonderful gift ideas. Ed Bartush from Wusthof will be at Fairfield on Dec. 9th and at Eastgate on Dec. 10th for complimentary knife sharpening. We hope you will join us for this fun-filled day.
We’re still cooling off after this year’s 10th Anniversary Weekend of Fire, but we want to make sure that those of you who attended, and anyone who didn’t get a chance to check things out, can still get your hands on the best of the best (as voted by WOFX attendees). This week, we’re going to highlight the top 3 BBQ Sauces!
It’s almost time for non-stop holiday parties and celebrations, so we think bringing any one of these award-winning salsas along with you is going to kick things up a notch (and make you the hit of the party, of course). So check out this year’s WoFi winners for Best BBQ Sauce!
Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Weekend of Fire X WoFi Awards! Be sure to check out our next installment for the Best Hot Sauces as voted by you at Weekend of Fire X!
Jungle Jim’s “Pepperologist”
Imagine, if you will, a truly terrible company holiday party. Your shoes are hurting your feet; that creepy person from accounting keeps staring at you; there’s an endless string of terrible Christmas music playing in the background, and you’re already certain that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer will be stuck in your head until at least April; not to mention that you spilled RED WINE on your boss fifteen minutes into the night.
So to avoid the disaster of your evening, you refill your wineglass (this time with white; it’s much less dangerous) and go hide in the corner by the refreshment table. It is there that you discover the most devastating thing of the entire ordeal: the cheese board is a scattering of stale, crusty cubes of weak cheddar along with some warm grapes and bland saltines. The horror.
Here at The Foodie Press, we can assure you of a few things about the holiday party we would throw (and if we were throwing one, you’d definitely be invited): 1. we would definitely not have any sort of dress code that would require painful shoes, 2. forget the season and the traditions, we have a strict no-Christmas-music policy, and most importantly, 3. we’d have an awesome cheese board.
Our Amazing Cheese Board:
Our board would also have a dash of charcuterie, some flavorful crackers (no stale saltines for us), a handful of fresh grapes, plus honey and some quince paste to pair with our saltier cheeses.
The diversity in flavors and textures would make you want to hide in the corner all night with our cheese board, and our boss would probably be right there with you, both of you sipping on red wine (or maybe white because you really can’t be too safe).
So what would you put on your cheese board?
A staple at many holiday celebrations, cookies (of any variety) are a welcome treat. Appetite spoilers they might be, most everyone enjoys having them to snack on before dinner, or afterwards as a part of dessert.
In our International Department, you’ll find more cookies than you can handle (though you’re welcome to try!), so we thought we’d introduce, or reintroduce, you to some of our favorites: Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread Cookies.
Found in a set of festive tins and variety packs, these mini shortbread cookies are simple, yet delicious, and one of our personal favorites (there’s always an open tin somewhere for us to snack on.) Keep an eye out for Santa, Snowman and Soldier tins, as well as boxes with assorted shapes and sizes of these awesome, tasty cookies!