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Shake Things Up with Cozumel Caesar Salad
Loyal Portola Valley Bianchini’s shoppers, Patrick and Karen, shared a delicious new take on the classic Caesar salad, which is said to have originated in Tijuana. While dining at Pepe’s restaurant on Cozumel Island, Patrick and Karen were treated to a table side preparation of this delectable salad. They loved it so much, they wanted to share.
Cozumel Caesar Salad
A yummy twist on the traditional salad
- 1/2 sourdough baguette
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt, to taste
- Ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced
- 2 extra large eggs
- 4 large cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Half of a 3.3 oz. jar anchovies, or one 2 oz. can
- Liberal amount of ground black pepper
- Juice of quartered lemon, not Meyer
- 3 generous shakes Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, more for topping
- 2 Romaine lettuce hearts
To make croutons: Slice half of the sourdough baguette into 1/4-inch slices. Pour the olive oil into a non-stick pan. Bring to medium heat and place the baguette slices in the pan. Lightly season with salt and pepper and add the garlic cloves. Flip bread slices when golden brown. Watch carefully because they can easily burn. Transfer to paper towels. Makes about 6 slices per person. The croutons can be made a few hours before the salad.
To make the salad: Coddle the eggs. Put eggs in cold water and bring to almost boiling. Cook more eggs than you’re going to use to get it right. Cook until the white just begins to solidify but the yoke is runny. Discard the whites and just use the yolks.
Using a garlic press, mince garlic cloves. Put the garlic in a bowl and add the extra virgin olive oil. Add half of the oil from the anchovy’s jar. Chop the anchovies into fine paste using a large knife. (Do not use anchovy paste.) Add a liberal amount of ground black pepper and the lemon juice. (If someone doesn’t like the taste of anchovies, some extra lemon juice cancels most of that flavor in their serving.) Shake in the Worcestershire, add the grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Add the coddled egg yolks. Beat the ingredients together with a fork. Taste it and if it’s too acidic, add a pinch of sugar.
Use the best romaine lettuce hearts, and only the hearts. Wash and dry. Place 6-8 leaves per person in a large flat bowl. Toss the leaves gently with the dressing. Place the romaine hearts onto two large, chilled plates. Garnish with shaved or grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and add the croutons.
Pure Chocolatey Goodness
For all those chocolate lovers out there, did you know that February is Celebration of Chocolate Month? That’s right, a month-long observance of all things chocolate. Do you have a favorite way to enjoy chocolate? Maybe a cake? Brownies? Cupcakes? Cookies? Soufflé? Or a simple chocolate candy like See’s? Did you know that See’s has been making premium chocolates and candies since 1921? It’s no wonder they’re a favorite for many chocolate lovers around the world. You can find See’s chocolate candy and many other fine chocolate treats at your local Bianchini’s. And be sure to look through our chocolate recipe collection for some chocolatey ideas.
It’s time to look through your cookbooks and bring out your recipe cards, because this Sunday, February 4th, is National Homemade Soup Day. There are so many soups to choose from; a simple chicken noodle to a robust vegetable, rich minestrone or a tasty three bean medley. Deciding which soup to make will be the challenge. For all the foodie historians, did you know around 20,000 B.C. is the earliest depiction of soup? Ancient pottery was discovered in China’s Xianrendong Cave, where it’s believed to have been used for soup preparation. Interesting to know that soup has been a part of humanity for so long. All that’s left to do to celebrate National Homemade Soup Day is to bring out your stockpot, Dutch oven or slow cooker and start cooking! Browse our soup recipe collection to get stated.
What’s on your Game Day Menu?
Are you ready for the NFL Conference Playoffs this Sunday, January 28th? Do you have everything you need to feed your football fans? Stop in and pick all the last-minute ingredients to create those game day favorites. We have some of the finest meats in town to cook up tender steaks, juicy burgers, flame-kissed kabobs, and beefy game-day chili. Game-day chili is a sure-fire crowd pleaser, it’s easy to prepare, easy to customize and perfect for football game parties. Grab some shredded cheese to top your chili and pick up Bianchini’s signature cornbread to serve as a side. And don’t forget about refreshments and beer! We have an excellent selection of local craft beers, national favorites and imports from around the world. Let Bianchini’s be your one-stop shop for all your game day needs. You can count on us to deliver the best of the best when it comes to meats. Bianchini’s was voted Reader’s Choice Best Place to Buy Meat. And be sure check out our chili recipe collection, we have it all, from 3-bean meatless chili to rich and hearty sirloin steak chili.
Enjoy a Piece of History with Fage Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt has been around for thousands of years. In ancient Greece, it was called oxygala, which translates to sour milk. The basic production of Greek yogurt has changed very little over the centuries. Fermented milk is strained to separate the whey from the curds, resulting in a thick and creamy yogurt that has a distinctive tangy flavor. Fage has been making their Greek yogurt for nearly 100 years. Starting in 1926 when the Filippou family owned a dairy shop in Athens, Greece. By the 1990’s, Fage began exporting their products to the United States and the Greek yogurt craze kicked off. Fage’s dedication to delivering the finest yogurt available is why they were voted the Best Greek Yogurt by Bon Appétit magazine. Claiming Fage was the clear winner due to its luxuriously creamy texture and deeply rich and crisply tart flavor. If you’re a lover of all things yogurt, check out our yogurt recipe collection, there’s a little bit of everything inside from cookies to smoothies, macaroni salad to muffins.
Get Nutty for Peanut Butter Day
We’re very excited to celebrate National Peanut Butter Day, this Wednesday, January 24th. There are so many ways to enjoy the nutty spread! Spread it on a sandwich with jelly, smear some across morning waffles, blend it into a smoothie, serve as a dip for apples, or make a homemade peanut butter sauce for stir-fry. Did you know that Bianchini’s has its own fresh ground peanut butter? And we make it with just one ingredient, peanuts. Our fresh ground peanut butter contains zero added sugars, oils or salt. And it contains 10% more of the daily recommended values of fiber, protein, copper, magnesium and vitamin E. It’s pure peanut butter deliciousness! Browse our peanut butter recipe collection for some kitchen inspiration.
Nothing Beats Fresh Squeezed Juice
Did you know that today, January 15th, is Fresh Squeezed Juice Day? To celebrate this healthy occasion, Bianchini’s has our signature Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice ready and waiting for you to enjoy. We select and squeeze dozens of oranges every day to make our fresh squeezed orange juice. It contains no preservatives, zero additives, just all-natural 100% orange juice. One sip and you’ll taste the difference! Our fresh squeezed orange juice is bright, naturally sweet, and utterly flavorful. It’s like taking a bite of a perfectly ripe orange!
Create the Tastiest Game Day Burgers
Who’s ready for the NFL Division Playoffs this weekend? GO NINERS! Do you have your game day menu all set? Stop by Bianchini’s this week to pick up everything you need to create the ultimate burger spread. Stop by our meat department to find high-quality, premium ground meats for tender and flavorful patties, farm fresh produce for toppings, a wide selection of sauces for drizzling, and all the seasonings and spices to add that special touch to your burgers. Bianchini’s was voted Readers Choice Best Place to Buy Meat, so you can count on us to have the finest meat selection in town. Browse our burger recipe collection to find our all-time favorites and maybe a new favorite.
Time for a Cup of Tea
Whether you’re a tea connoisseur or just dipping your toe in, January is the perfect time to enjoy a hot cup of tea, because it’s National Hot Tea Month. Since people have been drinking tea for centuries, it may come as no surprise that it’s the second most widely consumed beverage in the world, just behind water. According to legend, in 2737 B.C., Chinese emperor Shen Nung was sitting beneath a tree while a servant was boiling drinking water when leaves accidently blew into the water. The emperor, being a renowned herbalist, decided to taste the infusion and loved it. Whether you love a mild green tea, a robust English breakfast, or a bright herbal tea like hibiscus, stop in this week to find a tea that suits your tastes at Bianchini’s.
Healthy Choices to Begin Your Day
In honor of National Oatmeal Month, Bianchini’s has a special offer, get 20% Off Bob’s Red Mill Oats and Oatmeal. Oats and oatmeal are low fat and low-calorie breakfast options for healthy eating. They give you the energy you need to get through the morning and help keep you full until lunch. And best of all, they’re fully customizable to suit your tastes. Add fresh fruit, chopped nuts, or your favorite nut butter for extra flavor. Or create a wholesome oat bar to enjoy on-the-go as a nutritious snack. Did you know that a bowl of oatmeal has been shown to lower cholesterol? It’s also been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer due to oatmeal’s natural high fiber content. Oats and oatmeal are one of the foundations of Bob’s Red Mill. Bob and Charlee Moore were inspired to create a healthier life for their family by feeding them wholesome, natural foods with whole grains. By chance during a walk one day, they happened upon an old feed mill that was up for sale. Taking a chance, they purchased the mill and launched Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods in 1978. Check out our oatmeal recipe collection for some yummy ideas you can try at home.