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8/4/17 New Items

Cook’s Farms Sweet Corn (Okemos family farm)
Pork Skins
Grand Armory Crop Duster Beer (Made in Michigan)
Grand Armory Nutter Business Stout (Made in Michigan)
Grand Armory Mother Schmucker Raspberry Ale (Made in Michigan)
Saugatuck Oval Beach Blonde Ale (Made in Michigan)

Basil Plants – How To Care for Them & Using The Leaves

We just recently got in some pots of fresh, organic basil! This is perfect timing, since Michigan tomatoes are not far behind and the two are perfect culinary partners. It has been brought to our attention that while most people enjoy fresh herbs, they can be a little intimidating to use. So we’re going to share some basic tips that may make basil ownership a bit less daunting, as well as a few common uses.

First we’ll cover how to care for a basil plant. They are sun loving and the soil should be kept damp, but not too wet. If the plant gets too much water, it may show distress by the bottom leaves turning yellow. If it’s getting too little water, the leaves will start to look wrinkled and limp. Just give it a good dose of water and it should return back to normal. If you purchase the plant from us, you can either leave it in the pot and place it in a sunny window, or plant it outside. Basil does not like cold weather, so avoid cold air vents and, if you plant it outside, know that it won’t last through the first frost. Your plant will start to grow some flowers, and you’ll want to pinch those off. Once the plant grows flowers it will stop growing leaves, so removing the flowers will encourage your plant to continue growing.

Now for the exciting part – including it in your dishes! When you’re ready to use them, just pick a few leaves, rinse them off, and pat them dry. Brandy likes to lay them on top of each other and cut them all at once. You can cut them into thin strips or small pieces, whichever you prefer. Don’t use the stem, just the leaves. If you are having pizza delivered, or opening up a can of tomato soup, chop some up and sprinkle it on top. If you’re making a tomato sauce, for something like spaghetti, add about 1 tablespoon. We’ll share with you Brandy’s favorite way to use fresh basil – she likes to cut it into smaller pieces and mix with chopped mozzarella, tomatoes, fresh cracked pepper, salt, and a little olive oil. She will then serve the dish as a side, as a topping for French bread (brushetta style), or will use it to fill portabella mushroom caps to go on the grill or in the oven.

The nice thing about the basil plant is that the more often you pick leaves the more the plant is encouraged to grow. So stop in and pick up a plant to take home and discover for yourself how great fresh basil is!

8/5/17 Specials

Okemos Seafood on Ice Case Friday, 8/4/17, through Sunday, 8/6/17
Brandon’s Fresh Made Gluten Free Lemon Dill Salmon Burgers
Wild Caught Yellowfin Ahi Tuna Loin Steaks Sashimi Grade
Wild Caught Mahi Mahi Fillets Sashimi Grade
Fresh Wild Caught Swordfish Loin Steaks
Fresh Wild Caught Whitefish Fillets
Fresh U.K. Farm Raised Black Pearl Atlantic Salmon Fillets Sashimi Grade
Fresh Canada Farm Raised P.E.I. Blue Mussels
Fresh Farm Raised USA Little Neck Clams
Fresh Wild Caught Chesapeake Medium In-shell Oysters

 

 

 

 

Good Saturday, 8/5/17, through Sunday, 8/13/17
1. Fresh Ultimate Burger Blend 75% Beef/25% Pork $4.49 lb
2.All Natural Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $3.49 lb
3.Boneless Beef Eye of Round Steak or Roast $4.99 lb
4.Fresh Bratwurst or Fresh Beer Brats $3.99 lb
Good Saturday, 7/29/17, through Sunday, 8/06/17
1. Fresh Ground Beef Chuck $4.49 lb
2.All Natural Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $3.49 lb
3.Boneless Beef English Roast $4.99 lb
4.Boneless Beef Ranch Steak $4.99 – great with Mert’s Marinades To Go
5.All Natural Pork Steak $2.49 lb

7/28/17 New Items

Oh Mi Organics Gourmet Chocolate.  (Made in Michigan) All organic and gluten free and most are dairy free except for the chocolates containing goats milk caramel: chocolate, sea salt caramel, turtle, mint (St Johns mint), buttercup, aged bourbon cream, crème brulee, waffle cone, cookies & cream, monkey chunk, mocha

Back In Stock:
Dearborn Weisswurst (Made in Michigan)
Dearborn Canadian Bacon (Made in Michigan)
Dearborn Pea-Meal Bacon (Made in Michigan)
Dearborn Double Smoked and Applewood Smoked Bacon (Made in Michigan)
Ann Arbor Tortilla Factory Original Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips (Made in Michigan)
Lori Sancho’s Organic Garlic Bulbs (Grown in Michigan)
Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Bacon
Nueske’s Cherrywood Nitrite Free Smoked Bacon

Okemos Seafood on Ice Case Friday, 7/28/17, through Sunday, 7/30/17
Brandon’s Gluten Free Lemon Dill Salmon Burgers
Wild Caught Yellowfin Ahi Tuna Loin Steaks Sashimi Grade
Wild Caught Mahi Mahi Fillets Sashimi Grade
Wild Caught Sockeye Salmon Steaks Sashimi Grade

Good Saturday, 7/29/17, through Sunday, 8/06/17
1. Fresh Ground Beef Chuck $4.49 lb
2.All Natural Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $3.49 lb
3.Boneless Beef English Roast $4.99 lb
4.Boneless Beef Ranch Steak $4.99 – great with Mert’s Marinades To Go
5.All Natural Pork Steak $2.49 lb

Good Saturday, 7/22/17, through Sunday, 7/30/17
1. Fresh Ground Ultimate Burger Blend 75% Beef/25% Pork $4.49 lb
2.All Natural Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $3.49 lb
3.Fresh Bulk Mild Breakfast Sausage $2.99 lb – make into patties for a different spin on hamburgers!
4.Fresh Bulk Chorizo Sausage $3.49 lb – great for tacos – already has the seasoning in it!

Garlic Butter Trout in Foil

Ingredients:
1 pound trout fillet (optional – remove skin)
2 tablespoons butter
½ lemon, juice squeezed
1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon parsley, minced (optional)
Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Directions:
This recipe can be made for the oven or for a grill.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees or preheat grill to medium-high heat.
Spray a sheet of aluminum foil with cooking spray and place the trout fillet in the center.  Fold up all 4 sides of the foil.  Season trout with salt and pepper and then squeeze juice from half a lemon over the fish until covered.
Melt butter, stir in fresh minced garlic, and drizzle over the trout until evenly coated.  Top with fresh minced parsley.
Fold the sides of the foil over the trout, covering completely, and seal into a closed packet.
Place directly on oven rack or grill grate and cook until cooked through and flesh flakes easily, about 15-20 minutes.
Optional step for the oven – open the foil exposing the top of the trout and broil for the last 4-5 minutes, for a browned top.
Serves 2
From prep to table 30 minutes

7/21/17 New Items

New Holland Poet Craft Beer (made in Michigan)
Founders Redankulous Red India Pale Ale (made in Michigan)
Fresh Gluten Free Black Bean Garden Fresh Vegetable Burgers (made at Mert’s)

7/21/17 Specials

Okemos Seafood on Ice Case Friday, 7/21/17, through Sunday, 7/23/17
Farm Raised Black Pearl Atlantic Salmon Sashimi Grade
Farm Raised Rainbow Lake Trout Fillets
Wild Caught Monkfish Fillets
Brandon’s Gluten Free Lemon Dill Salmon Burgers
Wild Caught Yellowfin Ahi Tuna Loin Steaks Sashimi Grade
Wild Caught Mahi Mahi Fillets Sashimi Grade
Farm Raised Little Neck Clams

Good Saturday, 7/22/17, through Sunday, 7/30/17
1. Fresh Ground Ultimate Burger Blend 75% Beef/25% Pork $4.49 lb
2.All Natural Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $3.49 lb
3.Fresh Bulk Mild Breakfast Sausage $2.99 lb – make into patties for a different spin on hamburgers!
4.Fresh Bulk Chorizo Sausage $3.49 lb – great for tacos – already has the seasoning in it!

Good Saturday, 7/15/17, through Sunday, 7/23/17
1.  Fresh Ground Ultimate Burger Blend 75% Beef/25% Pork $4.49 lb
2.Fresh Ground Beef Chuck $4.99 lb
3.All Natural Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $3.49 lb
4.Boneless Beef Ranch Steak $4.49 Great with Mert’s Marinades to Go!
5.All Natural Fresh Cut Pork Steak $2.29 lb

7/14/17 New Items

Clancy’s Hot Sauces (Made in Michigan) hot, mild, extra hot
Fully Cooked Medium Stone Crab Claws
Palacios Cured Spanish Chorizo – authentic from Spain – mild or spicy
Honey Mustard Pepitas Brazils Nuts (Made in Michigan)
Mama C’s Hot Creole Sauce (Made in Michigan)
Usinger’s Skinless Fully Cooked Knackwurst
Remember to always look for the green Made in Michigan tag to know it’s made in our great state!

7/14/17 Specials

Okemos Seafood on Ice Case Friday, 7/14/17, through Sunday, 7/16/17
Fresh Wild Caught Spanish Mackerel Fillet
Fresh Wild Caught Great Lakes Whitefish Fillet
Fresh Wild Caught Soft Shell Crabs (Last of the Season)
Wild Caught Fully Cooked Medium Stone Crab Claws
Fresh Wild Caught Dover Sole Fillets
Fresh Whole Sockeye Salmon (head off)
Wild Caught Yellowfin Ahi Tuna Loin Steaks Sashimi Grade
Wild Caught Mahi Mahi Fillets
Farm Raised Little Neck Clams

Good Saturday, 7/15/17, through Sunday, 7/23/17
1.  Fresh Ground Ultimate Burger Blend 75% Beef/25% Pork $4.49 lb
2.Fresh Ground Beef Chuck $4.99 lb
3.All Natural Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $3.49 lb
4.Boneless Beef Ranch Steak $4.49 Great with Mert’s Marinades to Go!
5.All Natural Fresh Cut Pork Steak $2.29 lb
Good Friday, 7/7/17, through Sunday, 7/16/17
1. Boneless Beef Eye of Round Steak or Roast $4.99 lb
2. Fresh Ground Ultimate Burger Blend 75% Beef/25% Pork $4.49 lb
3. All Natural Bone-In Pork Shoulder Roast or Pork Steak $2.29 lb
4. All Natural Boneless Pork Shoulder roast $2.79 lb

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