Grocery

Another Little Pizza my Heart

Any gathering can be a party with one simple ingredient – The Greene Grape Pizza Recipe! A homemade pizza is a great way to custom tailor your pie to your guests and a fun cooking activity to boot. Scoops and Sweets’ Housemade Pizza Dough streamlines the process while preserving the thrilling parts of pizza making: shaping your pie and picking your toppings! Some of our favorite toppings at the Greene Grape are fresh pesto, marinara sauce, roasted veggies, cured meats and charcuterie, our housemade mozzarella, aged parmesan, fresh basil, and our housemade sausages, just to name a few! – You can take it up a notch with this great pizza recipe for a grilled pie by our own Kelsey Werner!

Here’s our easy-as-pie guide to making your own pizza:

Ingredients:

  • 1 ball of our Housemade Pizza Dough (which makes two 12” round, thin crust pizzas)
  • All-purpose flour
  • Olive oil
  • Toppings of your choice

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees fahrenheit. If using a pizza stone, put it in the oven now to heat up as well

  1. Remove thawed dough from fridge and allow to sit at room temperature for about 1 hour. Use fresh dough within 5 days of defrosting.
  2. Prepare a clean work surface and lightly dust it with all purpose flour
  3. Remove the dough from the package and dust it with flour so it’s easy to work with.
  4. Press out the dough into your desired shape using your fingers.
  5. If using a pizza stone, transfer the dough to a flour or cornmeal dusted pizza peel, and continue to press out into a round shape. If baking in a pan, lightly oil a rectangle or round baking sheet and gently transfer your dough over and onto the sheet, and continue to shape as desired.
  6. Gently brush the edges of the dough with olive oil using your fingers or a pastry brush
  7. Add your toppings! As many or as few as you’d like, don’t be afraid to get creative!
  8. When the oven reaches 450, bake until bubbling, golden on the edges and crisp; about 20 minutes.
  9. Slice and enjoy!
Angela GelsoAnother Little Pizza my Heart
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Proud to be a part of Good Food

For us at Provisions, the surest sign of the start of summer is the New York Good Food Mercantile, an expo of mostly local food products that are as delicious as they are ethical; the Good Food movement is about prioritizing the stories behind our food. We’re proud to feature many of these producers in our store because we know that transparency in food production is important not only for our guests to make informed decisions, but for creating a more viable food system overall.

This weekend our buyers will head to the Good Food Mercantile in Greenpoint where we’ll be sourcing new products for our shelves and showing our support to many of our current local food producers, Raaka Chocolate, Crown Finnish Caves, Charlito’s Cocina, and Matzo Project to name a few!

As a proud founding member of the Good Food Collaborative, we are on a mission to build commerce and community between the people who make, purvey, and enjoy Good Food. 
Angela GelsoProud to be a part of Good Food
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Spread Shrub, It’s The Brooklyn Way

What’s shrub got to do with it? Shrub is not a bush, but a refreshing mixer perfect for summer beverages. Popular during America’s colonial era, shrubs were a means of preserving fruit flavors prior to the invention of refrigeration and industrially processed foods. But like many traditional recipes, shrubs are now making a comeback! Also known as drinking vinegar, shrubs are an acidulated syrup made from fruits, vinegar, and sugar. A versatile concentrate for cocktails and softdrinks, try a lime shrub with tequila for an easy margarita, or dilute a strawberry shrub with seltzer for a funky soda similar to kombucha.

We’re excited to showcase two shrubs this summer, both made near Washington DC. Shrub District infuses vinegar and simple syrup with locally grown fruits and herbs, and is sold as a concentrate. It can be combined with seltzer to taste, with or without your favorite spirit, and each bottle comes with unique recipes on the label. For shrubs on the fly, check out Element Shrub‘s newest line Shrub & Club. Though Element makes lovely syrups, this ingenious ready-to-drink shrub is pre-balanced with club soda right in the bottle. Delicious chilled straight or poured over ice with your favorite spirit!

If you feel like getting creative, both Shrub District and Element have even more fun recipes listed on their websites. Whether you enjoy a buzz or prefer a clear head on a hot day, shrubs are a refreshing, bright way to celebrate the best of Summer’s bounty!

Angela GelsoSpread Shrub, It’s The Brooklyn Way
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Notes From the Grocery Buyer’s Desk

Here’s a run down of whats new and notable on our shelves this week!

We start off with plenty of sweets…

Chunky Pig Popcorn – Twice candied Niman Ranch bacon with Vermont maple syrup flavor this popcorn that won’t stick to the back of your teeth!  

Billington’s Demerara Sugar – This is from an old school sugar company from England, who created Wholesome Sweeteners back in 2001, the company that makes our corn syrup. Demerara is a crunchy, golden brown sugar with a sticky texture and rich aroma. The large sugar crystals make for a crunchy topping on desserts and create an eye catching swirl in yogurt or porridge.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream is back! In five flavors: Ndali Vanilla, Milkiest Chocolate, Salty Caramel, Brown Butter Almond Brittle and Pistachio & Honey.

Coop’s Microcreamery Salted Caramel- This brand also makes a vegan chocolate sauce, and we’re excited to have both on the shelves. The jars are characterized by their melted wax top that looks like it’s been dipped in the delicious sweet sauce. The chocolate is even scented! The product itself is made by a family company. No GMOs, no gluten, no reason not to indulge to your heart’s content!

Salty Road Salt Water Taffy- These wonderful Brooklyn based candy mavens have introduced two new flavors! Pumpkin Pie Taffy, made with real pumpkin and spices, and Chocolate Chews, deep, dark chocolate and sea salt chewy candy.

Ethereal Confections – Lovely chocolate confections made in Woodstock, Illinois, including a sugar free bar, truffle-like chocolate “meltaways” and chocolate covered pretzels that are gluten free.

Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory– zzang Karamel Krunch and Peanut Crush candy bars- Delicious candy bars with simple ingredients that you can actually pronounce!

Askinosie Chocolate– 60% Dark Chocolate with Peanut Butter – made with the crunchy peanut butter from another Greene Grape shelf standby Big Spoon Roasters- we love it when our vendors collaborate!

A little something savory… 

Roberta’s Pizza – New flavor, The Baby Sinclair. This is their next level flavor, dinosour kale, with cheddar, parmigiano and Calabrian chiles.

And one new product that we can’t define! 

Lark Fine Foods Scourtins – This variety from one of our longstanding cookie suppliers is making their grand return after a few years. Their shortbread cookies are studded with oil cured olives. Yes, olives in cookies. Sweet and Salty. They’re really delicious and adult.

Meg ChristmanNotes From the Grocery Buyer’s Desk
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I Got It For My Mama!

We have a number of ways you can treat the moms, mothers and mamas in your life this Sunday!

Send her some love- we’re offering a special Mother’s Day Gift Basket that can be shipped nationwide or picked up right here in our shop!

Make breakfast in bed- create a custom menu with all of her favorite treats, or look around for suggestions at each of our counters.

Decorate a coloring page– our beautiful Mother’s Day coloring pages are available at the registers. Get creative, get expressive and don’t be afraid to color outside the lines!

Pick up some flowers– we will have gorgeous fresh bouquets available from Stem and for those looking for a more lasting gift, take home a paper blossom branch by local artist Bespoke Brooklyn.

We’re wishing a very Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful mom’s we see each day here at the shop!

 

If love is sweet as a flower,

then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” —Stevie Wonder

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Celebrate Earth Day the Brooklyn Way

Join us as we work to build a Greener Grape!

We’re kicking it off this Saturday at Habana Works’ Annual Earth Day Expo!
We’ll be stationed at this celebration of urban environmentalism at Habana Outpost between 11am-2pm.

Learn from our agriculture expert, Mickey Davis, what it means to be a sustainable farm. To help explain some complex ideas, we’ll have a host of coloring pages (for kids and adults alike) that break it all down. We’re also calling all crafty foodies to join us at our “Ugly Produce Decoration Station.” Afterwards, come by our shop and explore all of the Sustainability Do’s and Dont’s that we practice every day!

Then come in on Earth Day – Wednesday, April 22nd – as we give back to the neighborhood and promote earthy friendly shopping habits with a free re-usable bag give-a-way all day!

We’d like to give many thanks to our community here in Fort Greene- we’re working hard to help create a greener future and we couldn’t do it without all of you.

Greene GrapeCelebrate Earth Day the Brooklyn Way
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Supporting Local Farms… from Afar!

With Earth Day around the corner, we have been taking stock of our environmental impact. The most basic way to make sure our carbon footprint stays low is to support local farms businesses whenever possible. But in order to provide pantry staples year round, we sometimes need to go outside of that 250 mile radius. Let’s look at two staples, rice and beans, and consider how companies we source from can keep us committed to supporting small and sustainable farms!

 

We carry many varieties of Rancho Gordo beans. While they travel from California to get to us, the company’s commitment to growing heirloom beans and working with local growers is without comparison.

Heirloom varieties are important for preserving genetic diversity and they also remind us that our food doesn’t have to look uniform! The Rancho Gordo-Xoxoc Project creates a market for small farms in Mexico to grow heirloom beans indigenous to their areas. These beans also taste amazing! You’ll find a creaminess and earthiness in each bag that is impossible to replicate out of a can.

 

Lotus Foods brings us rice from afar in order to support small and family farms in areas of the world where rice as a commodity crop leads to overproduction and damages local environments and economies.

By providing market incentives for small sustainable farms in these regions, Lotus Foods creates a system that encourages environmentally friendly growing practices. The heirloom varieties of rice that we carry come from Indonesia and China. Volcano Rice has a dark color that reflects the high concentration of minerals such as magnesium and zinc, found in the volcanic soils where it grows. Forbidden Rice comes from a farm that uses a System of Rice Intensification that reduces water use while boosting production.

 

So try out an heirloom bean or two, marvel at their colorful complexity, enjoy a bowl of Volcanic Rice and stay tuned for more info on our sustainable buying practices. It’s not always easy being green, but we’re getting there one bite at a time!

 

Read more about Rancho Gordo here

Read more about Lotus Foods here 

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Kelso Beer and Bee’s Knees Food Co. Tasting

This Thursday 4/24 from 5p-7pm at Provisions we are proud to be hosting a collaborative tasting from Kelso Beer and Bee’s Knees Food Co.  Some of you have probably had a taste of Kelso’s beers, brewed in Clinton Hill, at your local, well last year they starting canning their Pilsner and Nut Brown Lager, using a mobile canning truck.  Bee’s Knees Food Co. is a Chicago based maker of roasted nuts designed as the perfect bar snack, these are nuts designed to be paired with beers, so much so that each package has beer pairing recommendations printed on them.  Pop in and have a snack and a sip!

Greene GrapeKelso Beer and Bee’s Knees Food Co. Tasting
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#ProvisionsPix Instagram Contest!

For one week, March 24-31, snap a shot of your best RAMEN dish, for a chance to win a $10 PROVISIONS GIFT CARD, and have your photo featured on our web site!

How to play:

*Make a dish featuring SUN RAMEN NOODLES, and take a photo.

*Hashtag #ProvisionsPix and tag us at @GreeneGrape

*Hashtag the main ingredients so you can share your recipe! For example:

#provisionspix  @greenegrape #ramennoodles #miso #porkbelly #chickensausage #zucchini #lemongrass #eggplant #blacksesameseeds #duckegg

*Get the most “likes” by Monday, March 31, and you win – simple as that! Enter as many times as you like!

Need some inspiration? Start with our house made Pork Tonkotsu Broth or Chicken Broth, and then visit the butchers or our dairy cases for some proteins and eggs. Add in your favorite vegetables, and top it off with your favorite seeds and spices.

We’ll change the ingredient every month, so keep a look out for April’s #ProvisionsPix contest.

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Which Came First, The Duck or The Egg?

Springtime is finally starting to poke its head, and with it brings some of the tastiest eggs we’ve ever seen.  Arcadian Pastures, the farm that raises our delicious pork also brings us loads of eggs twice a week, and now we’re excited to offer their Duck Eggs! With richer yolks with a higher yolk to white ratio, these slightly larger elliptical beauties are perfect for making lighter meals like quiches, but they’re also better than chicken eggs for pastries, too.

Speaking of lighter meals, we’re excited to be stocking Ramen Noodles from famed Sun Noodle, who’s been getting a load of press lately. If you’ve become smitten with the craze as much as we have, you’ve tasted their noodles – Sun supplies most of the restaurants in this city! Now you can design your own soups or mazemen (soup-less style), whether you make your own stock or use our house made chicken, or take home our butcher’s house made Pork Tonkotsu broth. Stir in some South River 3-Year Barley or White Miso, a gurgle of Wan Ja Shan Tamari, and a handful of fresh Baby Greens – and maybe a poached Duck Egg?

Greene GrapeWhich Came First, The Duck or The Egg?
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