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3/21/2013
Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"  
~Robin Williams   
 Strawberries  Morels Fiddle Head Ferns New Potatoes
Something wild is going on out there in the fields and our gardens. Spring produce is bursting off the stalk and out of the ground. We have so much to look forward to. The fava beans are here, the artichokes are delicious, asparagus is local and fresh. 

Here is a list of spring produce that is either already on our shelves or will be arriving in the next few weeks. Go crazy!

Artichokes  
Bok Choy  
Fava Benas  
Fiddle Head Ferns  
Garlic Scapes  
Green Asparagus 
Green Garlic 
Green Tomatoes 
Morel Mushrooms 
Pea Shoots 
New Potatoes 
Radishes  
Rhubarb 
Spring Lettuce 
Spring Onion 
Strawberries 
White Asparagus 
Young Green Peas 
Niman Ranch
Vendor of the Month
Niman Ranch

All the things we really appreciate in our foods: a company with local roots, the most humane and strictest of pro­to­cols, and most of all fantastic flavor and freshness.

 

Niman Ranch began in the early 1970s on an eleven-acre ranch in a small coastal town just north of San Fran­cisco. The cattle were raised using tra­di­tional, humane hus­bandry methods and given whole­some all-natural feeds. Before long, Niman Ranch beef became a favorite in local gro­cery stores and at San Fran­cisco Bay Area restaurants. 

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Cel­e­brate the onset of the Spring season with fresh, local asparagus. We love it pre­pared so many dif­ferent ways: from simply steaming and serving with sea salt and butter, to roasting, grilling, in soups, potato salads, and in Asian dishes.Pencil-thin or thick green stalks, choose spears with closed tips and firm looking stems.

The local growing season ends around June, so fill up your basket and enjoy!

 

  Hot Cross Buns
Levain Baker
Makes 12 buns

Here is our favorite Hot Cross Bun recipe for those of you who can't wait till Easter week for fresh, out-of-the-oven Hot Cross Buns!

Hot cross buns are now traditionally served during the Christian Easter season, on Fridays during Lent and on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. However, their roots are rumored to have come from pagan spring festivals. Easter and the spring equinox all represent the season of renewal of nature in different traditions. What we now consider a cross symbol on top of hot cross buns was also originally a cross in honor of the moon for Egyptians and Greeks, a representation of a full moon and its four quarters to Romans. 

Ingredients 

2 ounces fresh yeast
2 cups lukewarm milk
1/4 cup honey
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced
3 eggs
4 1/2 cups high-gluten flour
Spice mix (recipe follows)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup dark raisins
1/2 cup golden raisins
Glaze (recipe follows)

 

 
  Golan Heights Muskato
Kosher Wines
Not your Grandma's Manischewitz
 
Things have evolved with kosher wines in recent years, and we couldn't be happier. Here are some of our top Passover picks. 

Golan Heights Winery
Cabernet Sauvignon
This balanced wine has ripe berry and cherry characters with attractive vanilla and oak notes.
Regularly $16.99 on sale for $14.99

Moscato
Lightly sparkling and refreshing. Enjoy this moscato as an aperitif or with desserts.
Regularly $15.99 on sale for $13.99

Barkan Wine Cellars
Chardonnay
A vibrant nose of peaches, guavas and pears. This chardonnay is balanced, and has a long finish with crisp acidity.
Regularly $13.99 on sale for $11.99

Pinot Noir
Soft tannins, fresh berry aromas with hints of black cherry and spice. 
Regularly $13.99 on sale for $11.99

Baron Herzog Wine Cellars
Merlot
A delicious merlot with aromas of red cherries, strawberry jam and spice. It has a rich mouthfeel and finish
Regularly $14.99 on sale for $12.99 

In This Issue
Springing
Vendor of the Month
What's Hot
Recipe: Hot Cross Buns
Kosher Wines
What's For Dinner Wednesday
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