Perfect for Parties – Crostinis

June 30, 2011
Jason in Bakery

Jason, Artisan Baker

With the 4th and 24th of July rapidly approaching, I’m sure you have a party or two planned, or have been invited to one. So, one idea of what to serve is our CROSTINIS, made from our baguette, olive oil, parmesan cheese, sea salt and garlic powder. Then they are baked until slightly crispy. They are very versatile, some customers will even eat them like potato chips, use them as a base for hor devours, or use them to hold our cheeseball from our delicatessen. Another favorite is placing a spoonful of the bruschetta from our produce dept. Bruschetta is red tomatoes, olive oil, sea salt, fresh basil and garlic. I think the Crostini and bruschetta were made for each other. Every party that I’ve hosted or have been to that has served Crostinis and brushetta has run out! Light, fresh and delicious. Come in and try a sample, then you will see that they were made for each other!

Why are some cholesterol medications taken at night?

June 29, 2011

Phil in Pharmacy

Phil, Pharmacy Manager

More cholesterol is made in your liver at night while sleeping. Most statin cholesterol medications are recommended to take at night for this reason and will work better if taken as directed. Cholesterol medications with niacin are taken at night so you will sleep through the flushing they can cause. For more information about your cholesterol medications, talk to your Harmons pharmacist.

Staghorn Fern – Antler Envy

June 27, 2011

Kristie in Floral

Kristie, Floral Manager

Okay . . . this is interesting. This unique specimen that we have recently encountered in our floral departments is so odd and yet so beautiful at the same time and surely fascinating.

This strange creature resembles antlers, fuzz and all. In the botanical world it’s called an epiphyte, meaning: a plant that derives it’s moisture and nutrients from the air and rain. It usually grows on another plant.

In its natural environment it grows on trees, sending its roots into the bark. It prefers temperatures above 60 degrees. (Don’t we all) It will be happy inside with bright filtered light, but prefers the shade under a tree or patio in summertime – morning sun is okay for this little fella. However, not so little in some of their environments where they can remain outside throughout the year, they can become very large.

For a twist this plant can be mounted on a piece of cedar drift wood and require very little care. I have seen these specimens growing this way and it is really fascinating. Check out these pictures, amazing! Hang it from the ceiling of a patio awning and it’s an immediate member of the family! More pictures are available at apartmenttherapy.com showing interior possibilities and exterior options. Really fun, and doable with any decor. How To’s are available at ehow.com for mounting instructions and care of your stag. A new addition to the taxidermy decor.

SOME MORE FACTS
Most Staghorn ferns are native to the rainforests in Africa, Tropical Asia and Madagascar. One species is present in South America. They reproduce primarily from spores on the underside of the fronds. The tiny spores blow in the wind and begin the cycle all over again.

So rather than traveling to Asia, take a trip and travel to any of your local Harmons Floral Departments to view these unique objects and pick one up for a new twist to your garden and decor and definitely a new topic of conversation. You will be the only one on your block to have one of these, until they see yours. Antler envy!

I am so doing this!

New hat for Emigration Market

June 25, 2011

During the normal course of renovation to the new Harmons Emigration Market, it was discovered the roof deck needed to be upgraded. In order to maintain the historical integrity of the building and the beautiful look of the wood ceiling, we wanted to keep with the tongue and groove panels. To do that we had to find someone who still handcrafted the tongue and groove planks that we needed. There are only a couple manufacturers in the country who do, and we found one in Washington who specializes in this detailed work to create our new custom roof deck. The new 20 foot long planks have arrived and are in the process of carefully being installed one by one.

Before the new roof deck could be assembled, the old one had to go away. Here is a short video of the quick and easy way to remove a tongue and groove roof deck.

Red, White and Blueberries

June 24, 2011
Derick in Produce

Derick, Produce Manager

Blueberries are the ultimate American fruit. Not only are they one of the few fruits native to America, this amazing fruit changes colors as they grow, starting out white then turn red and finally blue once they are ripe. How patriotic! Blueberries are at their peak volume and flavor just in time for Independence Day. Watch for the special pint and 2 pound packs to be hitting the shelves in July. Now is the time to break out Grandma’s blueberry cobbler recipes or your get your canning jars ready. So enjoy your Fourth of July with the true blue American fruit!

Texas Toast

June 22, 2011
Dave for Gluten Free

Dave, Gluten Free Advocate

One thing I have struggled with since I started eating gluten free is that everything you prepare for dinner is very time consuming since you are basically making everything from scratch. I don’t know about you, but for my family that gets even more difficult in the summer time. It seems that there is so much more going on like baseball games, yard work, and just simply enjoying the weather. For most people the solution is simple, stop by your favorite fast food place and pick up a burger or a bucket of chicken, but for someone with celiac disease it’s not that simple. First of all, if there is something on their menu that is gluten free there is a very high probability of cross contamination and a general lack of knowledge that often leads to unintentional mistakes. I was recently eating at a chain restaurant that does have a gluten free menu. When I placed my order I was filled with confidence thinking that since they have this gluten free menu they must be educated about what gluten is, but sadly when my order came out of the kitchen there was a big piece of texas toast right on top of my steak. I wasn’t angry, mistakes happen, but if it can happen at a place with a special gluten free menu I figure it can happen anywhere. So, the alternative is to make it at home and take it with you. I like to take our Harmons rotisserie chicken and remove the bones, cut it in to bite sized pieces, and toss it in a nice green leaf salad with onions and bell peppers – it only takes five minutes to prepare and the end result is delicious and satisfying.

So you can make healthy quick gluten free meals it just takes a little creativity, and some thinking out side of the box.

Favorite quick and healthy weeknight meal

June 20, 2011
Jessica

Jessica, Registered Dietitian

As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, I find I don’t want to spend all night in the kitchen — I’d rather be enjoying the great outdoors for as long as possible. So when it’s 8 pm before I finally get around to making dinner, I want something quick, light, and healthy. Lately, my go-to meal is a versatile pasta dish adapted from the May 2011 Italy Issue of Bon Appetit Magazine. I love that I can use whatever fresh veggies I have on hand. This is really great if you have a garden too — you can pick fresh veggies as they are ready and have a different dish each time you make it. Because there are so few ingredients in this dish, the key is to use high quality, fresh ingredients.

Delicious and Healthy Pasta
Keep in mind, I’m not a chef, so this won’t be the most technical recipe . . . a little of this and a little of that Continue Reading »

We made cheese!

June 17, 2011
Shauna in Cheese

Shauna, Cheese Monger

This week I was able to do one of my favorite things; go make cheese with Beehive Cheese Company. All of Harmons’ cheese mongers were invited to make one of their newest cheeses, Teahive, a cheddar rubbed with Earl Gray tea.

Beehive Cheese Company has only been around for seven years but what a seven years. Partners Pat Ford and Tim Welsh make award winning cheeses with their own twist. The most famous of them is Barely Buzzed, a cheddar style cheese with a espresso and lavender rub. This wonderful cheese won best flavored cheddar in 2007, 2008 and 2009 at the American Cheese Society’s annual competition. My favorite of their line (so far) is Full Moon, an a award winning raw milk cheddar. Their new cheese, Teahive, will be available during the holidays exclusively at Harmons.

If you have never tried Beehive cheese come on in and just try a sample. Their cheeses are amazing, buttery, nutty and some of the best balanced cheeses out there.

Pat, Tim and their families are so welcoming every time we visit. Some of the best people I know. If you ever come to the Farmer’s Market and see their cool camp trailer, stop and chat for a minute. I think that you will agree with me.

Challah bread waffles

June 16, 2011
Jason in Bakery

Jason, Artisan Baker

As I was pondering what I was going to blog about, I recalled that I haven’t talked about the challah bread much. Challah bread is made with flour, water, eggs, butter, yeast, salt, milk and sugar. Looking at the ingredients, I probably don’t have to tell you how delicious it tastes. Those of you who are loyal challah bread consumers already know how delicious it is when you make it into french toast, but last week I tried a new twist on this wonderful breakfast item. I prepared it like I always do, in my egg mixture I put nutmeg and cinnamon, then instead of using a frying pan I used my waffle iron. The flavor and texture was completely different, slightly crispy. Plus, you also get terrific pockets for the syrup to hang out in. Does anyone else use this method? Or do you prepare it a different way? I am interested in your feedback.

Safety first with new fireworks laws

June 15, 2011

Changes to the Utah Fireworks Act will affect the sale and setting off of fireworks in our state this year. Aerial cake fireworks are now legal in Utah and you will be able to purchase them at all Harmons locations. To make sure you understand exactly what you are purchasing, store associates attended a safety and education meeting at TNT Fireworks last night. They learned all about the features of these new types of fireworks allowed in Utah and what makes an aerial cake different from a fountain. The newly legal aerials can shoot up to 150 feet in the air, yet are designed to come down cool.

To make sure you are educated about these new products, the aerials will be kept separate from the standard fireworks. This is not being done to restrict your access, but rather to ensure that you are being fully educated on the difference with these new types of fireworks. We want to make sure you are having a good time while maintaining a safe environment for you and your family. Continue Reading »