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Bone Broth Benefits

Looking for little ways to make your holiday dinner better for you but don’t want to veer too far from tradition?  Subbing out an ingredient here or there could add nutrients without sacrificing flavor.  One such substitution—bone broth.  This might sound like a Halloween prank rather than an addition to your delectable Thanksgiving dinner, but don’t be fooled by the name! There are no bones in this broth; it was simply created by steeping them in hot water for several hours, releasing valuable nutrients.

Bone broth is high in minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorous.  Too many probiotics got your belly in a bind?  Or is your tummy just a little queasy from holiday foods in general?  Bone broth can help as it’s high in gelatin which is said to help seal up holes in the intestine.  This can help with several digestive issues (going too much, too little, or just having a type of food not really agree with you).  Your joints can also benefit from a good dose of glucosamine and collagen, which has other added benefits like helping your skin, hair and nails.   So, whether you’re looking for better holiday options, or a new beneficial beverage to sip on, bone broth just might be a perfect fit.

Classic Beef Stew Recipe

Start fall off right with this classic beef stew from our friends at Certified Angus Beef.

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds Certified Angus Beef® chuck roast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 3 large carrots, diagonally cut in 1-inch pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 pounds Yukon potatoes, peeled and cut in 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley

Instructions:

  1. Remove top rack from oven and preheat to 325°F.
  2. Season beef with salt and pepper. Put half of oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Just as the oil begins to smoke, add half of beef evenly spaced. Brown on most sides and transfer to a plate. Add remaining oil, sear remaining beef; remove from pan.
  3. Add onions, carrot, garlic and tomato paste. Stir over medium-high heat, scraping brown bits from bottom of pan, 2-3 minutes. Add flour and stir to combine. Add red wine, scraping bottom of pan, then reduce heat to medium low, simmer until syrupy, about 5 minutes. Stir in beef, beef stock, bay leaves and thyme. Return to a boil, again scraping sides and bottom clean; put lid on Dutch oven and place in the oven. Cook for 2 hours.
  4. Add potatoes and rosemary and continue to cook, covered, until potatoes are tender, approximately 1 hour. If needed, add additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve, garnished with fresh parsley.

Macey’s Spotlight – Jill Hoppie

Jill Hoppie isn’t afraid to go the extra mile for guests. In fact, it’s one of her favorite things about working at Macey’s. She’s had plenty of experience in her five years at Macey’s on Highland Drive. Jill is currently a butcher-block supervisor and previously worked in the bakery there. She loves her team and the fun they have working together, but interacting with guests makes her day. She does her best to remember names and looks forward to seeing the regular shoppers who come in daily.

“I like going the extra mile for people. I like helping,” said Jill. “I’ve made life-long friends with some of our frequent guests. I know about their family, they know about mine. They bring me Christmas presents and always make sure to say hi when they’re in the store.”

One guest experience really stands out to Jill. The family had already finished their shopping before they remembered they needed something from the butcher block. They couldn’t wait for the item to be cut and seasoned, but really wanted it. Jill took the order and delivered it to their home shortly after. Her extra efforts made an impression on the family and now they’re good friends with Jill.

“Jill is a great part of the Macey’s on Highland Drive team,” said Alan Russell, Jill’s store director. “She’s always willing to help, is reliable, very friendly, and a great person to work with. The whole team just loves her.”

Favorite Macey’s Product: The fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.

Tip for Shopping at Macey’s: “Come in with an open mind and ready to experience all the new products and services.”

Soup It Up this Season

Have you heard of adding chocolate to chili?

Is it nuts to add almonds to tomato soup?

What about coconut milk in your chicken noodle?

At our store, we’re souping it up this winter with tips, tricks and weekly deals to help you build a better bowl. Plus, we have all the sides to make your meal amazing.

Here are some of our favorites:

Chocolate Chili

Chocolate is added to chili for the same reason it is added to Mole’ sauce: it lends body, color, and flavor. A typical recipe calls for two squares of bittersweet chocolate or one to two tablespoons of cocoa powder. Either will give your chili a wonderful flavor boost. Chocolate can be added to almost any recipe including this one from Full Circle Market. http://fullcirclefoods.com/fc_recipes/turkey-chili/

Coconut Curry Chicken Noodle

Chicken noodle soup is a winter-time favorite that warms the heart and soul. Put a spin on the classic with coconut milk and curry. One to one and a half cans of coconut milk and two tablespoons of curry make for an absolutely delicious change up.

Sweet Potato Soup with Blackberry Sauce

Sweet potatoes are seeing a rise in popularity due to their health benefits and flavor. Blackberry sauce is the perfect complement to the silky, smooth taste of sweet potatoes. Simply stir in a spoonful to two to taste and your bowl will be ready to go.

 Tomato Soup with Almonds

Almonds are the most popular nuts in the United States. A favorite of health nuts and fitness fanatics, almonds have become famous for their versatility and health benefits. The unique nutrient combination of almonds — plant-based protein, fiber and monounsaturated fats, plus key nutrients like vitamin E and magnesium — help make them a welcome addition to most diets. Adding a handful of sliced almonds to your favorite tomato soup will add texture, nutrients and flavor.

Green Pea Soup with Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is known for its calciumpotassiumprotein, zinc, and vitaminsB6 and B12. Adding a half cup of plain, low-fat Greek yogurt to green pea soup provides creaminess without the calories of heavy cream.

Leftover Lovers

Many leftovers make great additions to either homemade or store-bought soups. Rice, leftover vegetables, last-night’s pasta or leftover chicken, beef or pork can all add nutrients and flavor to your cold-weather classics.

Ramped-Up Ramen

Ramen noodles, yes, the college-student’s standby, has seen a satisfying resurgence of late. While there are dozens of ways to put a twist on ramen, one of our favorites is to add a sesame peanut sauce. As the noodles cook, put sesame oil, peanut butter, honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, minced garlic, and grated ginger in a bowl.  Relieve some stress by giving the mixture a good whisking until it becomes a smooth, consistent sauce. Mix it in the soup and you’ll cure your craving for takeout in a jiffy.

Ice Cream Soup

Okay, this might be a stretch, but hear us out. You know those last few spoonfuls of ice cream, the ones that typically signal the end of your splurge? Rather than go for another bowl, simply add freshly chopped frozen fruit for a frozen treat that can’t be beat. One of our favorites is raspberry lemonade sherbet from Red Button Vintage Creamery. It’s tart flavor partners with fruit add ins for a “soup” that truly satisfies. Here are some other flavors to consider http://www.redbuttoncreamery.com/ice-cream-flavor-list/

Soup It Up this Season

Have you heard of adding chocolate to chili?

Is it nuts to add almonds to tomato soup?

What about coconut milk in your chicken noodle?

At our store, we’re souping it up this winter with tips, tricks and weekly deals to help you build a better bowl. Plus, we have all the sides to make your meal amazing.

Here are some of our favorites:

Chocolate Chili

Chocolate is added to chili for the same reason it is added to Mole’ sauce: it lends body, color, and flavor. A typical recipe calls for two squares of bittersweet chocolate or one to two tablespoons of cocoa powder. Either will give your chili a wonderful flavor boost. Chocolate can be added to almost any recipe including this one from Full Circle Market. http://fullcirclefoods.com/fc_recipes/turkey-chili/

Coconut Curry Chicken Noodle

Chicken noodle soup is a winter-time favorite that warms the heart and soul. Put a spin on the classic with coconut milk and curry. One to one and a half cans of coconut milk and two tablespoons of curry make for an absolutely delicious change up.

Sweet Potato Soup with Blackberry Sauce

Sweet potatoes are seeing a rise in popularity due to their health benefits and flavor. Blackberry sauce is the perfect complement to the silky, smooth taste of sweet potatoes. Simply stir in a spoonful to two to taste and your bowl will be ready to go.

 Tomato Soup with Almonds

Almonds are the most popular nuts in the United States. A favorite of health nuts and fitness fanatics, almonds have become famous for their versatility and health benefits. The unique nutrient combination of almonds — plant-based protein, fiber and monounsaturated fats, plus key nutrients like vitamin E and magnesium — help make them a welcome addition to most diets. Adding a handful of sliced almonds to your favorite tomato soup will add texture, nutrients and flavor.

Green Pea Soup with Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is known for its calciumpotassiumprotein, zinc, and vitaminsB6 and B12. Adding a half cup of plain, low-fat Greek yogurt to green pea soup provides creaminess without the calories of heavy cream.

Leftover Lovers

Many leftovers make great additions to either homemade or store-bought soups. Rice, leftover vegetables, last-night’s pasta or leftover chicken, beef or pork can all add nutrients and flavor to your cold-weather classics.

Ramped-Up Ramen

Ramen noodles, yes, the college-student’s standby, has seen a satisfying resurgence of late. While there are dozens of ways to put a twist on ramen, one of our favorites is to add a sesame peanut sauce. As the noodles cook, put sesame oil, peanut butter, honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, minced garlic, and grated ginger in a bowl.  Relieve some stress by giving the mixture a good whisking until it becomes a smooth, consistent sauce. Mix it in the soup and you’ll cure your craving for takeout in a jiffy.

Ice Cream Soup

Okay, this might be a stretch, but hear us out. You know those last few spoonfuls of ice cream, the ones that typically signal the end of your splurge? Rather than go for another bowl, simply add freshly chopped frozen fruit for a frozen treat that can’t be beat. One of our favorites is raspberry lemonade sherbet from Red Button Vintage Creamery. It’s tart flavor partners with fruit add ins for a “soup” that truly satisfies. Here are some other flavors to consider http://www.redbuttoncreamery.com/ice-cream-flavor-list/

Wide Awake Coffee Texas Brownies

Be the hit of the party with this instant favorite!

Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 1/2 C. Butter
  • 1/2 C. Shortening
  • 1 C. Strong Brewed Wide Awake Coffee (or Hot Water)
  • 1/4 C. Dark Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1/2 C. Buttermilk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla
  • 2 C. Flour
  • 2 C. Sugar

Frosting:

  • 1/2 C. Butter
  • 2 1/4 Tbsp. Dark Cocoa
  • 1/4 C. Milk
  • 3 1/2 C. Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl combine flour and sugar.
  2. In a large saucepan combine butter, shortening, cocoa, and coffee (or water).
  3. Mix well and heat to boiling.
  4. Pour into the flour and sugar; mix well.
  5. Add the buttermilk, baking soda, eggs, and vanilla. Mix well.
  6. Pour into a well -greased cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until done.
  7. While the brownies are baking make the frosting.
  8. In a large saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa, and milk; heat to boiling and mix well.
  9. Mix in the confectioners sugar and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  10. Pour warm frosting over the brownies as soon as you take them out of the oven.
  11. Cool; cut into 48 bars.

 

Season to Share Kicks Off

Food brings people together, but for many families in Utah, figuring out where that food will come from is a challenge. We’re excited to announce the start of our annual Season to Share food drive to benefit Utah Food Bank’s Mobile School Pantry program. This program brings healthy food right to the playground of more than 66 schools across the state, making it easy for children and their families to get the items they need.

Participating is easy. Simply purchase an icon at the checkstand now through December 24. You can donate any amount and all proceeds will go to Utah Food Bank and families in need. We appreciate your support and know that together we can make a difference in our communities.

Macey’s Opens New Store in Holladay

We’re so excited to announce the opening of our newest Macey’s in Holladay just in time for the holidays! This store is different than other Macey’s with a variety of new offerings like an in-store restaurant and Starbucks along with Macey’s classics like the Kong Kone, Macey’s Anywhere online shopping, and tons of local products.

Celebrations will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 1 with our ribbon cutting ceremony. Following that, we’ll have product samples, giveaways, and more!

Saturday is the real party starting with giveaways at 6 a.m. We’ll also have a cinnamon roll walk, trivia contest, samples, and a meet and greet with Kong and his princess friends. We’ll also have great deals and of course a Kong Kone eating contest! Check out the full list of activities and times below. We can’t wait to see you there!

Grilled BLT Sandwich

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup vertically sliced red onion
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp white cheddar cheese or other cheese of your choosing
  • 8 (1 1/2-ounce) slices hearty white bread
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 8 (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato
  • 6 slices center-cut bacon, cooked

Instructions

  1. Heat a large, nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add 1 cup onion and garlic; cook for 10 minutes or until tender and toasty brown, stirring occasionally.
  2. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons cheese over each of 4 bread slices. Top each slice with 1/2 cup spinach, 2 tomato slices, 2 tablespoons onion mixture, and 1 1/2 bacon slices. Sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons cheese; top with the remaining 4 bread slices.
  3. Heat skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Place sandwiches in pan, and cook for 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cheese melts.

Charcuterie 101: Get to know this popular and delicious pastime

The popularity of charcuterie, the branch of cooking devoted to prepared meats such as bacon, ham, sausage and more is expected to continue throughout the coming year. For those of you just getting started, we’ve compiled some of our best sources for information about the exciting world of charcuterie as well as details about some of our local favorites. Read on to get started!

Hormel/DiLusso
Our partners at Hormel, makers of DiLusso, provide their best charcuterie tips and advice.
Click here to learn more.

Columbus Meats
Raise the bar at your next gathering by building the perfect charcuterie board with help from our friends at Columbus Meats.
Click here to learn more.

Beehive Cheese
Add delicious slices of local flavor into your charcuterie sharing. (It’s not only scrumptious, it’s also a great conversation piece.) Here’s an overview of the many cheese options available from the Utah producer.
Click here to learn more.

Heber Valley Cheese
Here’s another of our local favorites. Heber Valley cheese has a local lineup that makes the perfect addition to your charcuterie board.
Click here to learn more.

For more information, or to try a sample, visit our store’s meat and cheese area today.