Monthly Archives: April 2014

Impress Mom with this easy idea

Moms always appreciate it when you make them something, especially when it comes from the heart. What mother wouldn’t love chocolate dipped fruit for Mother’s Day?

Dipped strawberries are a huge hit, but if you want to be a little more unique, try dipping grapes, kiwi or cherries. All are delicious, so pick mom’s favorite and you won’t go wrong.

Kiwi Fruit Dipped In Chocolate

Here are a few methods Ghirardelli shared with us get the best chocolate for dipping:

Method 1:
Grate or chop the desired amount of chocolate. Place two-thirds of the chocolate in the top pan of a double boiler. Heat over hot, not boiling, water, stirring constantly, until chocolate reaches 110°–115°F.

Place the top pan of the double boiler on a towel. Cool to 95°–100°F. Add the remaining chocolate to the top pan, stirring until melted. The chocolate is now ready to be used…

Method 2:
Starting with a pound of broken chocolate, melt two-thirds of the chocolate over indirect heat, such as in the top pan of a double boiler. Melt just until the chocolate is liquid and smooth (at 110°–115°F). When it is smooth, add the remaining one-third of broken chocolate and heat again until the entire chocolate becomes smooth.

Pour the chocolate onto a marble or laminate surface. Using a spatula, scrape and stir the chocolate across the surface to smooth and cool it. When the chocolate cools to 80°–82°F, return it to the top pan of the double boiler. Place over hot, not boiling, water.

Heat and stir constantly, until it reaches 87°–91°F. Remove the top pan of the double boiler. The chocolate is now ready to be used…

Helpful Hints:
Do not heat above 130°F since chocolate, especially milk chocolate, is very sensitive to heat and will scorch or seize easily.

Be sure no liquid gets into the chocolate. This will cause clumping or seizing.

See original article by Ghirardelli here.

Perfect the Patty

Grilling season is officially here and we want you to be the grill master in your neck of the woods.  Blow your family away with best burgers in town.  Here are a few tips to make the perfect patty.

Perfect Patty

Pick up the right meat. 

Look for meat with at least 18% fat content regardless of the type of meat whether it be turkey, hamburger or lamb.  Lean and extra-lean meat can result in tough, dry burgers.

Keep the meat moist. 

Dampen your hands a little before you start making your patties.  This will keep your hands from getting sticky, form the patties faster, keep the moist and prevent it from getting overworked.

Keep the patties cold. 

Keep your patties cold before you cook them.  Unlike other meats that tend to cook better when brought to room temperature, patties stay together and stay juicier longer if they are cold.  So keep those patties cold for as long as possible.

Only once!

Only flip your patties once.  If you are constantly turning your patties the meat will dry out and get tough.  On the other side, if you flip your patties too soon they will stick to the surface.  Here are some general guidelines for patty doneness: Rare = two minutes each side; Medium-Rare = three minutes per side ; Medium = 4 minutes per side and Well-done = five minutes per side.

Let the patties be! 

Don’t press the patties while you are cooking them.  When you press the spatula on each patty all you are doing is pressing the patty’s natural juices out.  Taking all the moistness and flavor with them.  Once on the grill the patties perfect themselves and stop pressing them!

Give it a rest. 

Like all meat, resting allows the juices that have collected on the surface of the meat redistribute for the maximum flavor and juiciness.  Let them rest for about 10 minutes and you should be good to go.

We hope these tips help you create the perfect patty this barbecue season. Thanks for stopping by to see what is “fresh” on the block.

Pack the Perfect Picnic

Spring has arrived and it’s time to enjoy the warmer weather and sunnier skies.  Make the most out of your spring and summer by eating outside and one of the most popular ways to dine outside is with a picnic.  Here are some tips on how you can prepare the perfect picnic.

Picnic Basket on Table

Keep it simple

  • Think finger foods and things you can eat cold or at room temperature.  Fried chicken, sandwiches, cut vegetables, ect.

Things to Avoid

  • Avoid ice cream, sticky puddings, and cakes – apart from that, they are fragile to transport wasps and other insects love them.

Keep it Organized and Light

  • Keep all your picnic foods organized in separate light containers.  Some picnic places may be a bit far from your transportation.  Bring plastic and paper utensils and dining ware to keep your picnic pack light and easy to carry.  .

Less is more

  • Bring only a few items with you on your picnic.  Make sure these items are well prepared and there is enough to go around for all the picnicees.  Large amounts of a few items is better than small amounts of several items, this way everyone feels like the got some of each dish.

Put it all out there

  • Put all your picnic food out at once.  That is part of the fun of a picnic, is spreading all the food on the blanket and you can laze around picking from each dish.


  • Really think about how much food each person will eat.  Bring enough food for everyone to get their fill, but don’t bring too much so that you are packing it back with you.

Stay Cool

  • While you may envision your picture perfect picnic with a picnic basket, don’t be afraid to use cool bags.  These bags will help keep your food cold food cold and can be much lighter than a wooden picnic basket.

Pack smarter

  • Semi-Freeze small bottles of water, juice in the freezer so they are slushy before you pack your picnic.  These bottles can double as ice packs if you are taking cold foods and your drinks will be still be cold and refreshing when you reach your picnic place.

Don’t Forget

  • Don’t forget to bring sunblock and sunglasses for your sunny trip.  Napkins and or hand wipes are always a good idea, and most important don’t forget to bring a garbage bag.  You pack it in, you pack it out to keep your picnic spot perfect.

Thanks for stopping by to see what is “fresh” on the block.  We hope this helps make your next picnic perfect.

The Great Utah ShakeOut

Are you Prepared for Utah’s Great ShakeOut?


In the event of an emergency or natural disaster, would you and your family be prepared?

On April 17 at 10:15 a.m., our store will be participating in the Great Utah ShakeOut, a state-wide earthquake drill and emergency preparedness awareness campaign. (To find out more about what our store is doing, click here.)

Here are some basic tips on creating a family plan, as well as basic supplies that you should be prepared with. Don’t forget to stop by our store by April 18 and pick up safety guides from Be Ready Utah.

  1. Have a family emergency plan

In the event of an emergency, most cell phones will not work disabling communication with our friends and family. Having a family plan helps your family know where to meet and how to respond if an emergency takes place. For tips on creating an emergency family plan, click here: Create an emergency family plan

  1. Create a Grab-and-Go Kit

Create a back pack or to-go tote with basic emergency supplies. These kits are great to store in your car, at work, at home, or anywhere that you’re spending a considerable amount of time. Some items you may want to include would include: Snacks, first aide kit, water packets, flash light, pocket knife, matches, poncho, emergency blanket and more. For tips on creating your own grab and go kits, please visit: Create a grab-and-go Kit

  1. Know the Drill: Drop Cover and Hold On

It is important to practice your emergency plan and different types of natural disaster scenarios with your family. For more information on steps you and your family can take to be better prepared, please visit: Recommended Safety Actions

For more information on Utah’s ShakeOut, visit /Utah

Learn more about PLUS Rewards

Plus Rewards

It’s how a grocery store says thank you.

Plus Rewards isn’t another rewards program. It’s more like a thank you program. There’s no card. You don’t need to sign up to get our sale prices. And you never have to clip coupons again. It’s just exclusive sale information, thank you gifts and surprise discounts at the register just for shopping at Fresh Market.

Sign up today and get:

  • Additional national coupons available each week powered by Google
  • Notifications about upcoming events, promotions and sales (via SMS or email)
  • Information about recalls and other safety issues (via SMS or email)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Plus Rewards?

The Rewards program is a special way for us to give back and say thank you to our guests. There is no card to carry or scan to get the sales price and you never have to clip paper coupons again. With Rewards you get exclusive sale information, thank you gifts, surprise discounts at the register and rewards just for shopping at Fresh Market.

How do I become a member of Plus Rewards?

There are 2 easy ways to become a member:

  1. Sign up at the register. Tell the checker that you would like to become a Rewards member, give the checker your phone number and then go home and complete your profile online here.
  2. Sign up at the service desk – simply fill out a brochure or talk to our helpful and friendly staff.

Do I have to be a Rewards member to shop in the store and get your everyday sale prices?

No, you do not. Rewards is just a benefit, not a requirement. You are guaranteed to get our everyday low sale prices every time you walk into our store, whether you are a Rewards member or not.

Is Rewards available at all Fresh Market stores?

Yes. Rewards is available at all stores and all promotion points can be earned and redeemed at all stores unless otherwise specified.

What personal information will be requested and required to sign up?

You will be asked to share your name, phone number, email, address, month and day of your birthday and a few interests. Fresh Market and Associated Food Stores are the only parties that have access to your personal information. At no time will we share this information with other parties.

I don’t have access to a computer, how can I register?

If you do not have access to a computer at home, visit the service desk at any Fresh Market and they will be happy to help you.

How many emails will I receive each week if I sign up for Plus Rewards?

As a member of the program you will receive one email per week with sale items and other promotions. You will periodically receive other emails making you aware of special time sensitive sales, events or recall info. You will also receive an email any time you earn a Rewards offer.

Can each family member have their own Rewards account?

Yes, each family member can be a Rewards member. The best way to do this is sign up one family member, the person that will be the primary account holder. You can add other family members to the account under secondary users here.

How many Rewards cards do I get when I sign up?

When signing up you will not be getting a card because the Rewards program does not have a physical card. If you sign up for the program at the checkstand you will be given a temporary registration card that can be thrown away once your profile has been completed here.

What is the Rewards digital wallet?

The Rewards digital wallet is your own in-store savings account.

How can I see my Rewards digital wallet balance?

There are many ways that you can see your Rewards digital wallet balance:

  1. Your checker can tell you each time you shop, once your phone number is entered.
  2. Look at the bottom of your receipt – there is an up-to-date balance.
  3. Go online here and view your balance.
  4. Pull out your smartphone and visit here – this also works really well on your iPad, Kindle Fire, etc.

Can I “cash out” my Rewards digital wallet balance?

Think of your Rewards digital wallet as your own in-store savings account, you cannot be given cash from the account, but you can spend your balance on anything in the store.

What can I spend my Rewards digital wallet balance on?

Your Rewards digital wallet balance can be spent on anything in the store.

Can I use a portion of my Rewards digital wallet, or do I need to spend it all at one time?

That’s another cool feature of the Rewards digital wallet – spend it all at one time, or just a little at a time – it’s your choice and under your control.

When I redeem my Rewards offers or my digital wallet balance, why do I have to show ID?

For your protection we require ID when redeeming your savings from the Rewards digital wallet. That way, no one can use their neighbor’s phone number and redeem their neighbor’s balance.

What does real time access to my receipts mean?

You can log on to your Rewards account anytime and see your receipts here. Receipts are loaded to your online account about 15 minutes after your transaction in the store is complete.

Should I rely exclusively on the Rewards recall notification system to learn of any recalls?

We will notify you if a product you purchased has a recall. However, please do not rely solely on Fresh Market to provide recall information to you. Continue to watch the news and read newspapers to find out about recalls. Unfortunately, we are often not notified until after it reaches the press – we will, however, always do our best to keep you up to date and protect your family.


Your way to a simply delicious Easter Dinner

Being saddled with making Easter dinner can be a little overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be difficult.  These recipes will give you everything to wow this Easter Sunday without the work.

Ham and Asparagus

Easy Easter Slow Cooker Ham

What You Will Need:

  • 1 pre-cooked Spiral Cut Ham
  • 3 cups Western Family Brown Sugar
  • 1 Eight ounce can Western Family Crushed Pineapple
  • 3 Cups Maple Syrup
  • 3 Cups Pineapple Juice

What You Do:

  1. Place the ham in the bottom of your slow cooker.
  2. Pour in pineapple juice.
  3. Now, take brown sugar and rub on the sides of the ham.
  4. Empty can of crushed pineapple over ham.
  5. Pour maple syrup to make a glaze.
  6. Sprinkle more brown sugar on top.
  7. Cover and place on low for 4-5 hours.
  8. Baste with juices occasionally.

Roasted Asparagus

What You Will Need:

  • 2 Tbsp. butter melted
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 lbs. asparagus spears

What You Do:

  1. Preheat oven 450 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients except asparagus, stirring well with a wire wisk.
  3. Snap off tough ends (bottoms) of asparagus.
  4. Arrange asparagus in a single layer on a jelly roll pan coated with cooking spray.
  5. Cover with foil, bake at 450 degrees for 5 minutes.
  6. Uncover & bake 10 more minutes.
  7. Pour mixture over asparagus and toss gently to coat.
  8. Serve immediately.
  9. Makes 8 servings.

Thanks for stopping by to see what is “fresh” on the block.  We hope these recipes help you with your Easter dinner.


Peeps are a staple during the Easter season and here is just one more way to enjoy your favorite marshmallow friends.  Mix things up this Spring with this colorful twist on the classic s’more.

What You Will Need:

  • 1 pack of Peeps
  • 4 graham crackers split in half
  • 1 king size chocolate bar

What You Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Place piece of chocolate on graham cracker half
  3. Place Peep marshmallow on top of chocolate.Smeeps 1
  4. Repeat steps till you have used all your ingredients
  5. Place graham crackers, chocolate and peeps in preheated oven
  6. Bake for 3-5 minutes
  7. Remove from oven and let them cool
  8. Enjoy!Smeeps 3


Thanks for stopping by to see what’s “fresh” on the block.  We hope you enjoy this deliciously gooey creation!

Win a chocolate lover’s dream this Mother’s Day!

For every $10 you spend on Ghirardelli Chocolate products from April 7, 2014 to May 7, 2014, you’ll automatically be entered to a Ghirardelli Gift Basket. At checkout, just make sure to give the cashier your phone number so your PLUS account will be entered to win.

Ghirardelli Basket

If you haven’t signed up for PLUS, you can do so by asking any of our friendly employees.

No purchase necessary. To read promotion Terms and Conditions, click here.

Win a set of Pass of all Passes


For every $15 you spend on Frito-Lay snack products from March 31, 2014 to May 21, 2014, you’ll automatically be entered to win a set of 5 Pass of All Passes.  At checkout, just make sure to give the cashier your phone number so your Perks account will be entered to win. With great deals on Frito-Lay products every week, entering couldn’t be easier.

For more information on the Pass of All Passes and to see how and when it can be used click here.

If you haven’t signed up for Perks, you can do so by asking any of our friendly employees.

No purchase necessary. To read promotion Terms and Conditions, click here.

Gluten-Free Recipes

Originally posted on bistroMD.  You can see the original article here

A gluten-free diet has become a popular trend in recent months but some people don’t even know what gluten is and the benefits of eating gluten-free.

Gluten is basically a special type of protein that is found in foods such as cereals, certain grains, and wheat. One of the main purposes of gluten is to keep the elasticity intact in foods during the fermentation phase of food production. Gluten makes bread “chewy,” and prevents other foods from having a sticky, doughy-like texture.

In recent years more people have been diagnosed with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, the idea of a gluten-free diet has been recently researched by physicians from all sides of the nutritional spectrum, including weight loss specialists, bariatric physicians and dietitians.  A gluten-free diet can have a variety of health benefits, such as improving cholesterol levels, promoting digestive health, and increasing energy levels, if you have a gluten intolerance.

Since a gluten-free diet has so many benefits we posted three easy gluten-free recipes your whole family will love. Even if you’re not on a strict gluten-free diet give these recipes a try and let us know what you think.


Homemade BBQ Pork Sandwiches

1 (14 ounce) can beef broth

3 pounds boneless pork ribs

1 (18 ounce) bottle barbeque sauce


  1. Pour can of beef broth into slow cooker, and add boneless pork ribs. Cook on High heat for 4 hours, or until meat shreds easily. Remove meat, and shred with two forks. It will seem that it’s not working right away, but it will.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Transfer the shredded pork to a Dutch oven or iron skillet, and stir in barbeque sauce.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until heated through.

Gluten Free Cornbread

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 ½ cups lukewarm water

¼ cup vegetable oil

1 ½ cups fine cornmeal

1 cup millet flour

1 cup rice flour

¼ cup white sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a 9×9 inch baking pan.
  2. Whisk together the eggs, water, and vegetable oil in a bowl until evenly blended; set aside. Stir together the cornmeal, millet flour, rice flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a separate large bowl, and make a well in the center. Pour the liquid mixture into the well and stir just until combined.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake in the preheated oven until golden and the top springs back when lightly pressed, about 20 minutes.

Magic Cookie Bars

Cookie Base:

2 cups white sugar

2 large eggs

2 cups peanut butter


¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips

¾ cup dark chocolate chips

½ cup chopped raw almonds

1 cup flaked coconut

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 9×13-inch glass baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Mix sugar and eggs together in a bowl until smooth; stir in peanut butter until well blended. Pour peanut butter mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until cookie base is partly cooked, 8 minutes.
  4. Layer semisweet chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, pecans, almonds, and coconut onto the cookie base. Slowly pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over the toppings.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until coconut is slightly brown, about 30 minutes.
  6. Cool completely before removing cookie bars from pan. Peel away parchment paper and cut into small squares using a sharp knife.