AUG
01

Hatch Chile Fest

HATCH CHILE FEST August 19-21

 

Sunset Foods is excited to announce that it will be hosting a Hatch Chile Fest August 19-21. Hatch Chiles are grown exclusively in Hatch, New Mexico and are famous for their unique flavor and well-balanced spiciness. Hatch Chiles are also exceptionally versatile and are an essential ingredient in a wide variety of authentic Southwestern dishes.

During the Hatch Chile Fest, Sunset Foods will be roasting fresh Hatch chiles outside three of its stores. Guests can enjoy the perfectly cooked chiles plain or can take them home to use in any recipe calling for green chiles. The roasting will take place from 11 am to w pm and will occur at Sunset’s Northbrook location on Friday, August 19th, at its Lake Forest and Libertyville locations on Saturday, August 20th, and at its Highland Park and Long Grove locations on Sunday, August 21st.

Sunset will also be preparing several dishes made with Hatch chiles during the event. These dishes include Hatch Pepper Jack Bread, Hatch Chile and Cheese Quesadillas, Hatch Chile Shrimp Relleno, and Hatch Chile Salsa. All of these delicious items and fresh Hatch chiles will be available at all 5 Sunset locations during the Hatch Chile Fest.

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AUG
09

Grilled Corn Salsa with Lime & Sea Salt Pita Chips

corn salsa and pita chips
Some people wait all year for corn season, and for good reason! Canned and frozen corn simply cannot compare to the flavor and texture of fresh corn straight off the cob. Still, plain grilled or roasted corn can get dull after a while. If you’re looking for a new twist on corn, give this fresh and exciting corn salsa a try. Sweet and savory, refreshing and just a tad spicy—this salsa has a little bit of everything. Make it with our simple homemade pita chips for a spectacular summer salsa scoop!
 
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AUG
01

Fresh Peach Crostini Stacks

Peach crostini stacks

This week’s recipe features sweet and succulent peaches, but not in a way you might expect. These elegantly simple crostini stacks are bursting with fresh summer flavor, require only a handful of ingredients, and can be prepared in minutes. Great as an appetizer or a light lunch, these slightly sweet yet delectably savory crostini stacks are a perfectly balanced summer dish.

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JUL
19

Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Candied Walnuts and Goat’s Cheese

Strawberry and Spinach Salad

With summer in full swing, fresh fruits and vegetables are ripe and delicious, and sweet, juicy strawberries aren’t just for desserts!  They brighten up this spinach salad and pair perfectly with crunchy candied walnuts, creamy, tangy goat’s cheese, and a beautiful homemade poppy seed dressing.  This salad is packed with a ton of bold, but complementary, flavors that will have you going back for seconds and thirds!

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JUL
12

Cherry and Vanilla Sherbet

Scoop of vanilla cherry sherbet

Almost nothing is as delicious and refreshing as ice cream on a hot, summer day. Unfortunately, ice cream isn’t ideal for those looking to eat lighter and to reduce the amount of fat in their diets. That’s where this incredible cherry vanilla sherbet comes in. This wonderful ice cream alternative is bursting with fresh cherries, and because it is made with Greek yogurt and soy cream, is a sweet treat that you don’t need to feel guilty about.

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JUL
03

Spicy Beef Tacos with Chunky Guacamole

Beef Tacos with Guacamole

Next time you’re in the mood for Mexican, make your own delicious tacos at home with this quick and simple recipe. Filled with the flavors of Sunset’s Certified Angus ground beef, spicy taco seasoning, crisp lettuce, fresh tomatoes, and chunky guacamole, these tacos are perfect for summer and are sure to add excitement to your next meal.

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22 Hits
JUN
27

Caribbean Spiced Chicken and Grilled Vegetables

Caribbean Grilled chicken and vegetables

When an island getaway just isn’t in the cards for your summer holidays, bring the flavors of the Caribbean right to your dinner table with this citrus and spice marinated chicken bursting with the zesty brightness of fresh ginger, orange, lime, and green chili. The chicken is paired with a delicious array of grilled vegetables. Together, the bold chicken and the colorful vegetables make a perfect summer meal that is as easy to make as it is to enjoy. If you listen closely, you just might hear the ocean as you dine!

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JUN
13

BBQ Pork Ribs and Creamy Dill Potato Salad

Ribs and potato salad

Sticky barbeque ribs are one of the best reasons to get your hands and fingers dirty this summer, but even the perfect pork ribs need a delicious side dish!  This double dill potato salad is just the right combination of fresh herbs and creamy dressing, with the tang and crunch of red onions and dill pickles.  You can even pull out this recipe for the next backyard barbeque or poolside potluck, because it’s sure to pair well with any meat you’re throwing on the grill.

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JUN
06

Savory Italian-Style Sausage Skewers

Italian Sausage Skewers

Sausages are easy to throw on the grill and are always a crowd pleaser, but instead of the traditional sausage on a bun again, why not try something a little more sophisticated?  Serve these tasty sausage skewers as appetizers at your next summer barbeque, or just get the whole family involved for tonight’s dinner by letting them build their own skewers.  They don’t take much time or effort to assemble, but they’re stacked with gorgeous colors and bold flavors, from savory sausage, sundried tomato, and tortellini to soft bocconcini and fresh basil.  Delizioso!

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MAY
31

Saturdays Sizzle with the Thrill of the Grill

Every Saturday from May 31 to June 28, all who want to enjoy summer samples and master the art of a great backyard barbeque can find everything they need at Sunset Foods’ Thrill of the Grill Events.

The weekly events, held from 11 AM to 3 PM Saturdays at every Sunset Foods’ location will provide barbeque lovers the chance to sample the latest in all-natural meats, including brats, bacon sausage, chicken, beef, and ribs. Selected artisan food producers will be on hand to discuss the latest in grilling techniques, and not only will attendees be able to sample succulent grilled fare, but they can also find the perfect marinade, condiments, and sides.

Learn about the latest all-natural, nitrate and nitrite-free innovations in sausage with samples from Big Fork and Gilbert’s Craft Sausages, create the perfect steak with Certified Angus Beef, or pick up some Farmland All-Natural Smoked Ribs, which will be smoked on site. Poultry lovers can sample Miller Amish Country Chicken, or Bliniski’s casing-free chicken sausage.

Grill enthusiasts can enter to win a one of five Weber Genesis grills and $200 worth of Certified Angus Beef at Sunset’s Highland Park, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Long Grove, or Northbrook locations, where the Thrill of the Grill events are being held.

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MAY
31

Grilled Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Salad

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Craving spicy buffalo chicken wings with a creamy, tangy blue cheese dipping sauce… But don’t want the mess of sticky fingers or the hassle of deep-frying chicken? Well here’s an alternative you’ll be happy you found. We’ve taken the same delicious ingredients but placed them in a fresh, crunchy salad, and used tender, moist grilled chicken breast as a lighter, healthier choice. Okay, it’s a little indulgent, but salads don’t have to be boring. And the rich, contrasting flavors are sure to satisfy your food desire and wow your taste buds.

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MAY
24

Beef Burger with Bacon, Brie, and Caramelized Pears

Bacon Brie and Pear Burger

The burger is a barbeque classic but if you’re craving more sophisticated fare, this upscale twist on the humble cheeseburger is it! The recipe itself is simple to prepare but full of flavor with toppings — crisp bacon, arugula, creamy, melted Brie, and caramelized pears with just a hint of cinnamon — that harmonize together in surprising ways.

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21 Hits
MAY
16

Cajun Salmon with Mango Salsa

Cajun Salmon and Salsa

With summer on the way, it’s out with heavy comfort foods and in with light, vibrant dishes full of bright colors and fresh flavors.  This week’s recipe features sockeye salmon, known for its deep red flesh and considered to have the richest flavor of all the varieties.  Full of vitamin D and omega-3s, this wild Alaska salmon is a delicious and heart-healthy choice, containing even more nutrients than other kinds of salmon.

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28 Hits
MAY
09

Chocolate Graduation Cap Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream

Graduation cupcakes on a platter

Whether your graduate is earning a high school diploma or an advanced degree, such achievement calls for celebration, and these charming dessert treats are just the thing to cap your party off right. Rich chocolate makes these cupcakes delectably decadent, and the vanilla buttercream and edible mortar board toppers are sure to move you to the head of the class!

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28 Hits
MAY
03

Fruit and Yogurt Parfait with Maple Toasted Granola

Fruit yogurt and granola parfaits

Breakfast in bed is a Mother’s Day classic, and an extra special way to show you really care.  This year, instead of reaching for the frying pan or waffle maker, start the day off with this bright, fresh, and lighter breakfast option that tastes as gorgeous as it looks.  Creamy, cool Greek yogurt is layered with mom’s favorite fresh fruit and topped with crunchy, maple-sweetened homemade granola and a little lemon zest for a refreshing zip.

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APR
25

Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie

The dark chocolate pecan pie

Derby Day calls for mint juleps in silver cups, fantastic hats, and barbeque! Pecan pie is the perfect end to the charm of a Kentucky Derby themed party or meal.Try our healthier dark chocolate take on the classic pecan recipe. You'll love it so much, you'll make this updated traditional Southern dessert all year long!

 

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APR
18

Herb-Crusted Chicken Breasts with Lemon Pepper Green Beans

Herb crusted chicken and green beans

There are many simple ways to help our planet, and it’s not just about turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth or using reusable shopping bags.  Buying your food locally helps support your community and local economy, and also reduces the amount of pollution created when products are transported in from afar.  This Earth Day you can feel great about serving up a more sustainable meal with this recipe, featuring delicious, local ingredients, like Miller Amish Country chicken breasts and fresh herbs from The Herbal Gardens, all of which can be bought at your local Sunset Foods.

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APR
11

Hot Cross Muffins

The Hot Cross Muffins

Delicate and sweet, these hot cross muffins are a real treat and something different for the Easter Bunny to serve up this year. You can also experiment with different combinations of dried fruit or add in chocolate chips!

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APR
05

Chocolate Matzo Toffee Crunch

Crunchy Chocolate Matzo Toffee

 

Whether you’re preparing your own Seder dinner this Passover or attending one elsewhere, you might just start a new dessert tradition with this sweet matzo treat.  Crunchy toffee coated matzo and almonds are layered with rich semi-sweet chocolate to create a truly delectable and unique addition to your traditional Passover meal.

 

This week’s recipe: Chocolate Matzo Toffee Crunch

 

Why we like it:

 

This dessert is incredibly simple and requires just a few ingredients, so it doesn’t take a lot of time or effort, but will definitely become a new Passover favorite!

 

Ingredients:

 

2 cups coarsely crumbled matzo (approx. 4 sheets)

1 ¾ cups sliced almonds

½ cup unsalted butter

½ cup packed brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp salt

2 tbsp water

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.  Crumble your matzo into a large bowl (about 4 sheets for 2 cups).

 

Add your sliced almonds and mix them together.  Set the bowl aside for later.

Crumbled Matzos

 

To a medium-sized saucepan, add your butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract, salt, and water.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.  The color should turn golden brown, and the syrup will start to look frothy and bubbly.  Keep stirring for 1-2 minutes and then remove from the heat.

 

Heating the Brown Sugar

 

Immediately drizzle over the matzo and almond mixture in the bowl, stirring together as you go to incorporate all the syrup.

 

Mixing together the ingredients

 

Spread the matzo mixture evenly onto your parchment-lined baking sheet.  Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden and smelling like toffee.  Be careful to not let it brown too much.

 

Take the baking sheet out of the oven and turn off the heat.  Sprinkle the chocolate chips all over the toffee crunch.

 

Place the baking sheet back in the oven with the heat off and let sit for 1-2 minutes, until the chocolate chips look glossy and soft.

 

mixing the chocolate chips

 

Remove the baking sheet and, using a heatproof spatula, spread the chocolate chips into an even layer of chocolate on top of the toffee crunch.

 

Place the tray in the refrigerator and leave until the chocolate hardens completely.

 

Refrigerating the matzo

 

Break the chocolate matzo toffee crunch into pieces by hand.  Don’t go smaller than bite-size or it’ll just be messy to eat.

 

Breaking apart the toffee

 

Enjoy this delectable Passover treat; no utensils needed!

 

Pieces of delicious matzo toffee!

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MAR
22

Leek and Goat Cheese Tart

A leek and goat cheese tart slice

From the flaky, melt-in-your mouth pastry to the creamy, savory filling of tangy goat cheese with sautéed leeks and fresh thyme, you’d swear this tart could have come straight from a bistro in Paris if you hadn’t just made it yourself!

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MAR
14

White Chocolate and Cranberry Blondies

White chocolate cranberry blondie bar

If you’re tired of making the same old brownies time after time and need a new recipe to add to your dessert collection, then these white chocolate and cranberry blondies are just the thing!  They’re deliciously sweet, but because they’re made with white chocolate, the taste is lighter and more subtle than classic brownies.  And don’t forget the cranberries!  They give a fruity, slightly tart bite to counteract the richness of the white chocolate, and knowing you’re getting some of your daily dose of Vitamin E doesn’t hurt either!

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MAR
05

Sausage and Herb Slow Cooker Lasagna

A slice of the sausage and herb lasagna

Tired of always using your slow cooker for the same few meals?  Why not use it to make lasagna?  This slow cooker lasagna is rich and tasty, filled with Italian sausage, three kinds of cheese, and a variety of classic herbs.  Not only is this dish so delicious, using the slow cooker is more energy efficient than the oven, and it can be left to cook all afternoon without having to check if your cheese is burning!

 

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MAR
01

BBQ Chicken Sandwich with Jalapeno Cilantro Coleslaw

Barbeque Chicken sandwich

There’s nothing better than a delicious twist on a classic dish, and this BBQ chicken version of a pulled pork sandwich definitely hits the mark.  The chicken is saucy and rich, slow cooked in the oven with onions and garlic, but it’s the freshly made coleslaw that will really make your taste buds tingle. The jalapenos add the heat, the cilantro cools things down, and a squeeze of zesty, fresh lime helps bring out all the brightness and vibrancy of these flavorful ingredients.

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FEB
21

Red Velvet Macarons with White Chocolate Ganache

Stacks of Red Velvet Macarons

Delicate, airy and sweet French Macarons are evocative of all the romance of Paris. This special red velvet version has a hint of chocolate flavor and is filled with a silky white chocolate ganache.

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23 Hits
FEB
14

Soft Vanilla Sugar Cookies with Strawberry Icing

Heart shaped sugar cookies with pink strawberry icing

Flowers?  Chocolates?  Giant stuffed teddy bears?  Try something new this Valentine’s Day and get creative in the kitchen with these Soft Vanilla Sugar Cookies with Strawberry Icing.  The cookies are sweet and simple, with the smooth taste of vanilla, and the icing is homemade with fresh strawberries to give it that gorgeous pink shade.  Delectable and so very pretty, these cookies are the perfect way to say “I love you” this Valentine’s Day.

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FEB
06

Cauliflower Crust Pizza with Caramelized Onion, Bacon, and Arugula

Cauliflower pizza with all of the fixings

Everyone loves a slice of pizza, but if you have a gluten allergy or wheat intolerance, ordering take out can be difficult. So why not make your own at home?  Not only is this cauliflower crust delicious, it’s also completely gluten and grain free!  And with a zesty homemade sauce and gourmet toppings like caramelized onions, crispy bacon, arugula, and creamy mozzarella, you’ll be glad you skipped delivery and made your own!

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FEB
01

Ginger Hoisin Meatballs with Thai Peanut Sauce

Hoisin Meatballs over rice

Meatballs aren’t just for putting on top of spaghetti, and these Ginger Hoisin Meatballs with Thai Peanut Sauce might just become your new favorites.  For a filling and comforting dish, these rich and saucy meatballs are delicious over a bed of jasmine or basmati rice, but with Super Bowl weekend upon us, they can just as easily be made as a pre-game appetizer, perfect for the hungriest sports fan.  Simply serve the meatballs freshly cooked from the oven with the sauce on the side for dipping.

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16 Hits
JAN
25

Spicy Beef and Sausage Chili

A bowl spicy chili

When you’re trying to please the whole family with dinner, this chili is a sure fire way to bring everyone to the table.  It’s full of delicious vegetables, loaded with savory meats, and packs a bit of a punch with its rich and fiery blend of spices.  It’s good enough to become your go to recipe for chili, and it’s easy enough to make again and again.  Best of all, it’s totally customizable, so you can play around with different veggies and meats, and try it milder or hotter depending on your taste preference.

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JAN
10

Pecan Walnut French Toast with Spiced Winter Punch

Frech Toast with pecan and walnut

Weekends are a great time for a leisurely family breakfast. Skip the complicated recipes and impress your clan with this decadent and gourmet breakfast that can be prepared the night before but will look like fine dining in the morning! This breakfast will look and taste like you spent hours making it, and better yet, will fill your kitchen with the delicious aroma of sugar and spice and wonderful winter baking.

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16 Hits
DEC
27

Winter Couscous Salad with Spicy Chicken

Chicken and couscous salad

Salad’s aren’t just for Summer, roast up your favorite winter vegetables in this versatile winter couscous salad made with roasted onion, pumpkin, sweet potato, sautéed spinach and pomegranate.

 

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19 Hits
DEC
20

Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Homemade Pesto

A bowl of Mediterranean Pasta Salad

The holiday season means work parties, potlucks, and family gatherings filled with an abundance of baked goods and high-calorie treats.  If you’re looking for a new recipe to become your go-to option for any occasion, this pasta salad is it.  Not only is this a dish you can throw together in no time and easily make for the masses, it’s also a great healthier option that doesn’t compromise on fresh, delicious flavor, and it’s so tasty that you’ll probably have your friends and family begging you for the recipe!

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DEC
14

Chili-Lime Chicken with Baby Spinach and Arugula

Chili-lime chicken and spinach

On those winter days when it feels cold and dreary and you just want to escape to a tropical island, try our recipe for Chili-Lime Chicken instead! It requires minimal time and effort, but will make your taste buds come alive with the flavors of zesty lime, creamy avocado, crunchy radish, cilantro, and a little added chili heat for good measure. It’s a versatile meal that can just as easily be served up on a bed of fresh greens for lunch or over a bowl of brown or wild rice for dinner.

 

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DEC
06

Roasted Lemon Chicken and Sausages with Rosemary and Garlic

Pan of roasted chicken with sausages

After a long day of work, sometimes cooking dinner is the last thing you want to do; thankfully, this one-pan oven meal gives you the delicious flavor you crave with very little hassle.  It doesn’t require any fancy knife skills or a lot of culinary prowess, so it’s a good choice for the cook who loves to make great-tasting food without having to follow complex recipes.  This dish is simple and rustic, a warm and comforting meal that’s packed with the rich, bold flavors of roasted garlic, fresh rosemary, and tart lemon.

 

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23 Hits
NOV
30

Apple Pie Bites

 

A plate of apple pie vites

Crunchy and sugar-coated on the outside with a warm, gooey apple filling, these bite-sized beauties are treats no one could resist. With a spiced apple filling, these indulgent little parcels are packed with flavor and make perfect finger food for a holiday party. Or try serving them at home warm with ice cream for an extra indulgence on a cold winter night!

This week's recipe: Apple Pie Bites

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16 Hits
NOV
22

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

 

A bowl of spiced butternut squash soup

Autumn is the perfect time to make soup.  The air is growing cool and crisp, the leaves are changing colors, and as winter draws closer, we yearn for savory, warm, and filling fare.  No doubt you’ve seen the grocery stores full of pumpkins and gourds and squashes, and now is the time to try this simple butternut squash soup recipe that is just bursting with wholesome ingredients and delicious flavor.

There are many varieties of butternut squash soup, but this recipe has a rich and complex flavor: tart green apple to balance out the sweetness of the squash, a touch of cayenne to give some heat, and a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg to give it that warm and comforting taste of autumn – the taste that just makes you want to eat it while curled up in front of a roaring fire, watching red and gold leaves slowly drifting off the trees outside.

This week’s recipe: Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

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NOV
16

Gingered Cranberry Sauce

 

Gingered Cranberry Sauce

Gingered Cranberry Sauce

Forgo the fuss this Thanksgiving with this super simple four ingredient cranberry sauce with a kick. Adding a touch of freshly ground ginger spices up this sauce and makes for a delicious adaptation of a Thanksgiving classic.

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18 Hits
NOV
02

North Woods Hearty Pot Roast

 

Slow cooked chuck pot roast

NORTH WOODS HEARTY POT ROAST

There’s nothing like a delicious, hearty beef pot roast to evoke the comforts of home. The keys to successful braising – also known as pot roasting – are low heat and a tightly covered pan to achieve unbelievable tenderness. And be sure to include the browning step as it packs a bonus layer of flavor.

This week's recipe features lean Certified Angus Boneless Chuck Roast which is on sale for $3.49 lb. through Wednesday, November 6. Pot roasts from the chuck are perfect for braising, a moist heat cooking method that tenderizes the meat. In addition to the mouthwatering results, beef pot roasts are a nutrient-rich source of 10 essential vitamins and minerals, including protein.

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OCT
19

Spooktacular Spider Cookies

 

A plate of Spider cookies

Pumpkins are all around us, and there’s a chill in the air. That means Halloween is fast approaching! Short on time with all the costume making and party preparations? Never fear – this week’s recipe delivers on flavor and convenience. Whip it up in no time flat – with the help of a box mix, we confess, but you don’t have to share that little secret!

This week’s recipe: Spooktacular Spider Cookies

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OCT
05

Banana Bread

 

A loaf of vegan banana bread

If you or someone you love follows a Gluten-Free diet, you won’t want to miss this amazing event! Today at the Highland Park Sunset Foods, we’re hosting a Gluten-Free Expo with over 40 gluten-free vendors. Stop by and sample some of their delicious products – and pick up favorites to take home.

While preparing for the expo, we thought what could be better than to experiment with some of these vendors products in our kitchen? We were thrilled with the results – and we are certain you will be too! This week’s recipe was easy to whip up and made the entire kitchen smell phenomenal! And would you believe, it’s gluten-free and vegan?!

This week’s recipe: Gluten-Free, Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

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SEP
27

Homemade Soft Pretzels

Plate of homemade pretzels

Every year around this time, we wish we lived closer to Germany so we could celebrate the 16-day-long festival of beer, sausage and pretzels that is Oktoberfest.

If you can’t jet off to Germany, we’ve got the next best thing right here. This week, the chefs at Sunset Foods show you how easy it is to whip up a batch of soft and delicious pretzels in your own kitchen. Serve with your favorite mustard and beer, and you’ll be transported across the ocean.

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SEP
20

Spiked Teriyaki Wings

Plate of the teriyaki chicken wings

Fall is here, folks, and that means football season! We love game day Saturdays and Sundays. It’s a perfect excuse to feast on our favorite bar snacks, while drinking our favorite beers. If only there was a bar with our favorite couch and chairs…
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SEP
13

Jicama Salad with Pomegranate-Lime Dressing


Jicama Salad in Pomegranate Dressing

When we’re in a hurry to run errands, we tend to stock up on the usual suspects at the grocery store. This week, we challenge you to put something new and unexpected in your cart. And we have just the weeknight recipe to spark this change.

We love salads year-round, but especially at this time of year when so much amazing produce can be found in store. Sunset Foods’ very own Mary Kay Gill offers a spectacular weeknight salad recipe that showcases an abundance of delicious produce – some you’ll recognize and some you have probably walked past without giving it a second glance. That all changes today!

This week’s recipe: Jicama Salad with Pomegranate Lime Dressing

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SEP
07

Grilled Susitna River Coho Salmon with Peach Salsa


Grilled Salmon topped with Peach Salsa

See if you can say this three times fast… Oncorhynchus Kisutch. That's the scientific name for Coho Salmon and this week we’ve whipped up something extra special for your dining pleasure – a sassy summertime salsa, featuring the lovely peach, "Queen" of the summer fruits, paired with Coho Salmon flown in fresh from the Cook Inlet of the Susitna River in Alaska.

We simply can't get enough peaches around here! Lucky for us, Illinois and Michigan hit a bumper crop…and they are delicious. You can enjoy this salsa on its own with your favorite tortilla chips, but we especially like it atop grilled salmon.

This week’s recipe: Grilled Susitna River Coho Salmon with Peach Salsa

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21 Hits
AUG
31

Bacon and Date Wrapped Shrimp with Cilantro Lime Sauce

 

Bacon wrapped shrimp in cilantro lime sauce

Labor Day is a great opportunity to have one last summer soiree as we prepare for fall and the fun of football tailgating. This week's recipe is a party-perfect crowd pleaser that can be prepared in a snap. So, whether it's Labor Day or Game Day, forget about work for a few hours and arrange a date with some shrimp and bacon. Your guests will be wowed from the first bite.

This week's recipe: Bacon and Date Wrapped Shrimp with Cilantro Lime Sauce

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AUG
24

Chicken with Grilled Peaches and Arugula Salad


Chicken and Grilled Peaches

School may be back in session, but summer is here to stay…for a while at least. While the temps are up, we’re taking advantage of every opportunity to be outdoors, manning the grill. So this week’s recipe pays homage to that summertime tradition, with a sweet new recipe you have to taste to believe.

Peaches are at their prime right now. And we’re crazy about them! We were staring at a beautiful basket of the fuzzy orange-pink orbs, wondering…could we? (Grill them, that is.) The answer, a very exuberant YES!

This week’s recipe: Chicken with Grilled Peaches and Arugula

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AUG
16

Green Rose Biedermeier Bouquet

Rose and Biedermeier BouquetIn the prime of summer, it would behoove us to share tips about another of nature’s ample wonders – flowers! Not for eating, for admiring. We’ve been giving food a lot of attention – understandably, we are a grocery store after all. But there are many other aspects to entertaining that are equally deserving of time on this blog. Take flowers, for example.

Flowers have the power to set the tone, change one’s mood and complete your room décor. Whether as the focal point, or an accent, flowers radiate positive energy.

In the early 1800s, Austria introduced an arrangement to the world that remains popular to date – the Beidermeier. Once a favorite in noble homes, this arrangement is now commonly relegated to wedding tables and other formal occasions. But we see no reason to bring the Beidermeirer home again. The Florists at Sunset Foods will walk you through the steps to replicating this stunner yourself.

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22 Hits
AUG
10

Secretly Healthy Chocolate Cupcakes


Platter of Healthy chocolate cupcakesHave you met the newest addition to the culinary team at Sunset Foods? Michelle Garcia knows a thing or two about using wholesome ingredients in baking to produce delicious confections. She’s not only the former owner and founder of Bleeding Heart Bakery, Michelle is an award-winning pastry chef who has been featured on the Food Network. We couldn’t be more excited to have her join our talented crew!

It seems like desserts have been getting a bad rep lately. With the rise in gluten intolerance among people, and a trend towards healthier eating, people are less likely to give in to a little sweet indulgence at the end of a meal. But there’s good news for sweet tooths – this week’s recipe from Michelle lets you have your cake and eat it too – literally!

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24 Hits
JUL
27

Watermelon “Pizza” with Crab and Arugula Salad

 

A plate of Watermelon Pizza with Arugula

When the mercury runs high during summer, it's nice to prepare a dish that doesn't involve turning on the oven. This week’s weeknight recipe is perfect for nights like that. It combines some of the season’s star produce, and just the right amount of shellfish for protein. And best of all, you can throw it together in 30 minutes or less. So what do you say, let’s get cooking!

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JUL
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Summer Pasta with Figs, Pancetta and Basil

 

A bowl of fresh summer pastaThink pasta is too heavy to eat in the summertime? This week’s recipe for Summer Pasta with Figs, Pancetta and Basil will have you singing a different tune.

We have Chef Jaime Laurita to thank for this wonderfully light, fresh and flavorful dish. Chances are you’ve purchased his wines from Sunset Foods. On a hot day such as this, a cold glass of Chef Jaime’s Bello Boy Moscato or Perfect Prosecco would be the ideal accompaniment as you whip up this dish!

Chef Jaime Laurita

Like all our weeknight recipes, it comes together in no time. And as always, you can find all of the ingredients at your local Sunset Foods. So get your grocery list together and follow us to delicious.

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Crab and Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Homemade Guacamole


Crab and Shrimp taco with fresh guacamole

Craving more quick and easy weeknight menu ideas? We’ve got you covered. This week, we’re taking the cooking al fresco, because with weather as nice as this, you’ve gotta be outdoors!

This week, we’re whipping up Grilled Shrimp and Crab Tacos, served with homemade guacamole. Your friends will be clamoring for invites to this fiesta…but it tastes so good, you might not want to share!

As always, you can pick up everything you need for this weeknight meal at your local Sunset Foods. So get your grocery list together and follow us to delicious.

This week’s recipe: Crab and Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Homemade Guacamole

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