Monday, November 30, 2009

Garden Fresh Market will Partner with The Salvation Army to Participate in The Angel Tree Program

At GFM we pride ourselves in being a grocery store for our community. We feel that it is so important to get involved with our community and participate in programs such as The Angle Tree Program from The Salvation Army.

Each store will be participating in this great program- and here's how it works:

Each store has a Christmas tree adorned with Paper ornaments. Each ornament is printed with the name, age, clothing size, shoe size, gift request and a code number. GFM customers are then able to "adopt" their angel, which essentially means that you will be helping this "angel" have a better holiday.

After adopting your angel and purchasing a gift for them, you can bring it back to GFM and we will drop their present off at the Salvation Army.

Help Garden Fresh make a difference. Help a child in the community, and make their holidays unforgettable. For more information please contact any of the stores, and ask to speak with the manager.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Adi's Herbed Thanksgiving Turkey

Here is a GREAT recipe for a Thanksgiving Turkey. If there is one thing we look forward to every year at Garden Fresh, it's when Adi dons the chef's apron and makes this delicious treat. ENJOY! And HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

Adi’s Herbed Thanksgiving Turkey

Large Deep Roasting Pan with Cover
4 Parsnips Washed and sliced thick
18lb Turkey
3 Turnips Washed and cut in chunks
Half Bulb Fresh Garlic Minced (about 5 cloves)
5 Large Carrots Washed and Sliced Wide
1 cup extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Celery Root Washed and cut in chunks
2 tbsp white Pepper
2 Parsley Root Washed and Chopped with Leaves
1 leek chopped
1 chopped onion
1 celery Heart Washed and chopped with leaves
3 tbsp. Salt
3 tbsp chicken base
4 Sweet potato sliced thick
1 butternut squash sliced thick

Preheat oven to 325°F. Remove wrapping from turkey and bags in cavity. Remove any stray feathers and wash turkey very well (inside and out) with cold running water. Pat dry. Mix garlic, olive oil, pepper, paprika and salt. Rub all of the mixture inside and outside of the turkey. Place turkey in roasting pan with breast side up and wings turned back. Arrange medley of vegetables around turkey. Add 4 cups water or turkey / chicken stock. Cover and place in oven for 3 hours, remove cover and continue to cook till thermometer reads 165°-180°F or till all juices run clear (about half hour more). Let stand 15 min before carving.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Two Recipies for the Price of one!

Our first recipe comes from GFM Donna's Deli Chef, Donna Pieracci and is a delicious Crunch Onion Pork Chop. The second recipe comes from Maria Karahalios who is GFM's Produce Partner. You can find all of the ingredients for both at your local Garden Fresh Market- and would go GREAT with some homemade french fries- or sweet potato fries. Sweet Potatoes are on sale this week for $.49/lb!

Crunch Onion Pork Chops INGREDIENTS:
~6 pork chops (1/2 inch thick)
~1 can (6 oz) fried onion crumbled
~1/4 cup flour
~2 eggs beaten

Combine flour and crumbled onion. Dip pork chop in beaten egg and coat with fried onion mixture and place on a baking sheet. Baked at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until pork is no longer pink.

Maria's Cole Slaw INGREDIENTS
~1 head Savoy Cabbage shredded
~1 bunch parsley chopped
~1 red onion chopped
~1 cup mayonnaise
~1 juice from 2 lemons (on sale this week 4/$1.00)
~1 tsp. salt
~1/2 tsp. pepper

Toss all ingredients, serve and enjoy!!!

For Dessert, you can try some fresh baked Cuisine de France Brownies ($.89 each this week) or a Skinner Coffee Cake ($2.99 this week).

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Grocery Shopping Tips from the Pros

Many people roll their eyes when they realize it's time to make a trip to the store. But there are a few things that you can do to ensure that your shopping experience is great. So- clean out your fridge, and let's get shopping!

Firstly, it's important to do your homework. A knowledgeable shopper is one who saves time, money and frustration. Take a few moments at home to survey your pantry and write down what you need. With a proper shopping list, you can be sure to reduce the amount of trips to the store. Also, have a look at this week's ad. Make sure to also jot down the products you want that are on sale. This will help you save money at the check out. During the week, if you see you're low on things, write it down. This will help you when it comes time to getting into the store. Also- it might help to plan out your meals for the week. This will take the stress off of you when the kids ask "What's for dinner?". You'll already know what to tell them, and furthermore, you'll have written it down, put the ingredients on your shopping list, and be prepared! Take your shopping list with you- and STICK TO IT!

Secondly, eat BEFORE you shop. Ever make a trip to the store on an empty stomach? BAD IDEA! Everything looks good when you're hungry! To save money (and calories!) make sure that you're stomach isn't grumbling while you're walking through the aisles.

Another way to save is to try store brands. Our Amor line of groceries is tough competition to your favorite brands, and for a GREAT price! This is an excellent way to cut costs. We have store options for nuts, fruits, frozen meat, pizzas, rice- and once you try it, you'll love it!

Look for un-advertised specials. Garden Fresh strives to be your local store with the best deals in town. Quite frankly, there just isn't enough room in our advertisement for all of our specials! This is great for you as a shopper, because it gives you more varieties, and more opportunities for saving! Look for the orange "Special" signs or yellow "Manager Special" tags for more in-store specials.

When buying produce- know what's in season. Our store owner, Adi Mor, is constantly saying "Don't extend your seasons!". Although this seems like common sense, if you really think about it, his produce motto speaks VOLUMES! If you're buying produce in season, it will be better priced, and it's taste will be unforgettable.

And finally: use your rewards card! There are always opportunities for further savings, and prize give-a-ways. Right now we have our Turkey Give-A-Way, so be sure to rack up those points!!!

Enjoy your shopping experience!

Sammy's Best Beef Stew

Here is a nice warm comfort food for the upcoming cold fall days! This recipe should serve 6-8 people. We'd like to thank Shimshon Yitzhk, the Chef at GFM Kosher Korner for this tasty meal. You can visit Shimshon and taste some of his other delightful creations at the GFM Northbrook location.

-2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2 onions chopped
-3 Idaho potatoes, peeled and cubes
-3 carrots slices
-1 bunch celery sliced
-1 cub sliced mushroom
-1 can diced tomato
-1 quart beef broth
-2 cloves garlic minced
-1 tablespoon fresh oregano chopped
-1 tablespoon fresh thyme chopped
-1/2 teaspoon paprika
-1 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon pepper
-1/2 cup red wine
-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Saute onion in olive oil, add beef and brown. Add spices, red wine, beef broth and the rest of the veggies. Simmer slowly on low heat for at least 1 hour.