Food

Where’s the Citrus?

Citrus season is here at last! You might want to citrus self down for this one, because despite some delays, we’ve got more citrus varietals than ever this year. They’re coming in so quickly and so fresh you won’t be able to find them on our website just yet, but they’ll be easy to spot in our store. Thanks to our rockstar Produce Buyer, Laura Rose Dailey, even the basics have a little something extra!

Basics like heirloom navel oranges from Rising Ranches in California, a small fruit operation that only picks tree-ripened fruit for the highest quality harvest. They’re bringing us other citrus, too, like iconic blood oranges, candy-sweet Cara Cara oranges, and lesser-known sour Sevilles. Sevilles aren’t your everyday snacking orange, known for their deep, bitter flavor traditionally used in marmalades. They bring real complexity, too, to classic citrus treats like key lime pie—use these in your custard instead for a fresh twist!

Rising Ranches isn’t the only farm supplying our produce department with uncommon citrus. Buck Brand Citrus, operating from Deer Creek Heights Ranch—also from California—is responsible for the massive pomelos you won’t be able to help but notice on your next visit. Not just any pomelos, either—these are African Shaddock pomelos, a strain of pomelos with all the bright flavor you expect, but noticeably lower acidity and sourness. Other easily noshable varieties lining our shelves include satsumas and staff favorite Sumo mandarins. Both feature a handle for easy peeling, whether the satsuma’s long shiny leaves or the Sumo’s hefty nub that matches its considerable size. Don’t count out limequats, either! A cross between limes and kumquats, limequats are a perfect balance of sweetness and mouth-puckering sourness you won’t want to put down.

Chefs and aspiring cooks alike won’t just want to try the Seville, either. Sorrento lemons (also known as Santa Teresa lemons), easily identified by their knobbly peel, are the lemon of choice for making limoncello liqueur, and Wine & Spirits is stocked up with all the clear spirits you’ll need for that project. Meyer lemons have earned their notoriety for being the perfect baking lemon, of course. You don’t have to make your own Earl Grey with Bergamot lemons, whose floral sweetness gives the tea its signature aroma, but we won’t stop you, either.

Reading through this, you might wonder: Why is it all coming from faraway California? Doesn’t citrus come from Florida? The answer is that a tough few growing seasons, coupled with Florida harvesting laws, means very little citrus is coming from Florida right now. Growers are hard at work recovering their groves, and some experts say that work is already starting to pay off. In the meantime, we’ll be supporting small ranches and farms where we can to bring you the zest of the season.

Carla Bueno-SandersWhere’s the Citrus?
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A Little Wellness Pick Me Up That Won’t Put You Down

Could your January use a little hair of the dog, a little boost, a little wellness? A cure for what ails ya might be in order after a December full of holiday parties, relatives, and a work life balance that might as well have been a see-saw. All you want to do is hibernate until spring! Making a list of resolutions feels trite; it takes on a different flavor, though, when you rename it self-care.

Maybe you’re cutting out dairy—don’t worry, we’ve got Oatly in stock, though Elmhurst also makes a range of great non-dairy milks. If you’re trying to chase away the last of a 2019 cold, Monfefo’s tried and true ginger and turmeric shots now come in glass bottles to reduce their plastic production. Turmeric is also known to boost joint health, but if you’re looking for a bigger batch than a few ounces, you can make your own healthful brew at home with Diaspora Co’s single-origin turmeric, sourced directly from the family farmers that grow it in India.

The most classic resolution, naturally, is starting a new exercise regimen. It can seem like most fitness-oriented food and drink is full of unpronounceable ingredients that only weigh you down. Your standard energy bar often feels like chewing on putty dipped in faux chocolate. Energy drinks come in colors not found in nature and can taste more like the factory they were bottled in. Luckily, we’ve got the goods to keep you moving and focused.

Pack your gym duffel, hiking pack or even just your everyday bag with dairy-free, gluten-free energy bars like O.W.L., Yes, and Kuli Kuli moringa bars—O.W.L., made locally, has been a cashier favorite for years. Ingredients like protein-rich peanut butter, coconut nectar, and noted super-green moringa will fortify you, while being so delicious you’ll be looking forward to snack time. For the more serious gym goers, Siren Protein Bites pack 12 grams of plant-based protein into every serving! Don’t forget to hydrate—our current pick is Recoup, a more natural take on energy drinks with revitalizing local maple water, and a healthy dose of muscle-soothing organic ginger that gives it a kick. You’ll want to pick up every flavor!

Of course, there’s no one way to focus on health in the new year. So let’s drink—or eat—to your health in 2020, no matter what wellness trail you blaze.

Carla Bueno-SandersA Little Wellness Pick Me Up That Won’t Put You Down
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Making the Case for Leftovers

Ah, leftovers. Thanksgiving may have come, but it’s certainly not gone. A couple good heaps of mashed potatoes, part of a dish of stuffing, and a select few slices of pie are likely haunting your fridge, even if you plied your guests with takeout containers of food at the door. Most likely of all, there’s something like half a bird in your kitchen, earmarked for a week of turkey sandwiches and other quick lunch items. Before you hit that turkey event horizon, we’ve got a recipe—that you can double or even triple—from our very own Social Media maverick, Erin!

Leftover Turkey Curry

  1. Melt butter or ghee in a large, heavy skillet on medium-high.
  2. Add onion, Tikka Masala spice blend, tomato paste, garlic, and ginger. Stirring constantly, cook until fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Toss in cubed turkey, letting flavors combine, at least another minute.
  4. Pour in broth and bring to a simmer. Add coconut milk or cashew cream and reduce heat to medium. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Stir in scallions and cilantro; salt to taste. Serve over rice or m’smen.

*Cashew Cream

  1. Submerge cashews in cold water and soak for 4 to 8 hours or soak in boiling water for 30 minutes
  2. Drain and place cashews in a high-powered blender. Add enough water to just cover the cashews with a pinch of salt. Blend until creamy, at least 1 minute.

Made a beautiful turkey leftovers curry dish? Tag us @greenegrape and show us!

Carla Bueno-SandersMaking the Case for Leftovers
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All Soup-ed Up

A brisk day, a sweater and a big scarf, and a bowl of hot, delicious soup—just some of ingredients for a perfect fall day. While we may not be able to control the weather, we’ve got the most important part: Soup! Our neighborhood-famous soup is finally back, and our new Head Chef, Andrew Werblin, is excited to bring his recipes to your table. Look forward to classics like chicken noodle and French onion to ward off the cold. You’re sure to add some new favorites to your list, though, like spicy and sour chicken tom kha gai, or a hearty West African peanut stew!

Don’t forget to keep your soup card handy, of course—ten stamps will earn you a free soup, which could be just the pick-me-up you need as the days get longer. Ask your cashier for a card today!

Carla Bueno-SandersAll Soup-ed Up
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Gotta Blame It On My Juice

While autumn’s first day might still be a ways away on the calendar, sweater weather has definitely arrived! The neighborhood is filling back up as folks make their return from nearby getaways and far-flung adventures, and families are bustling to get their kids ready for the first day of school. We’ve got our own back to school list ready, from after-school snacks to lunchbox essentials to easy dinners, that are sure to make the grade with everyone! 

Juice boxes have always been a lunchbox staple, but this season we’re upgrading the juice game. You’ll want to keep an eagle eye out for Lumi Juice, a new collection of cold-pressed juices. These are made from organic ingredients like beets, cucumbers, grapefruit, and granny smith apples, just to name a few. They’re sure to power up anyone’s lunch, whether in the school yard or the office break room, as well as fuel workouts and early grab-and-go breakfasts. Need something with a bigger kick to it to wake you up, and maybe even keep playground cooties at bay? Try Lumi’s health shots—the jalapeño shot is bound to kickstart your brain, while bringing something new to the shots scene. 

If you’re feeling more than just thirsty, few snack combos are as classic as juice and cookies. Try satisfying your sweet tooth with Makabi & Sons shortbread sandwich cookies, new to our shelves. We just can’t stop munching on them! Made by hand by founder Eiman Behmanesh in LA, these cookies bring new meaning to thinking globally and eating locally, infusing flavors from afar into buttery cookies and smooth creme. It’s hard to choose between spicy chocolate and cayenne, smooth and aromatic earl grey, and earthy matcha with black sesame. Our best recommendation is not to choose at all and stock up! Whether you’re sneaking one into a lunchbox or hosting a weekend shindig, you won’t regret treating yourself. 

Check out our back to school selection here!

Carla Bueno-SandersGotta Blame It On My Juice
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We’ve Got Elote Time On Our Hands

While there are plenty of foods that are quintessentially summer, none are quite the simple pleasure of corn on the cob. Whether grilled in their own leaves or roasted hard over charcoal, enjoyed on its own merits or slathered in butter and seasoning, it’s an endlessly customizable meal; it’s never too hot for an ear of corn. Angela’s elote salad recipe brings a multicultural twist on a classic with K-Pop Kimchi Mayo, our new favorite condiment!

Ingredients:
6 ears of corn
1/4 cup K-Pop Kimchi Mayo Sauce
4 oz. cotija cheese, crumbled
1 bunch cilantro, chopped fine
Lime juice (to taste)
Salt (to taste)

Instructions:
Heat an oiled grill to medium-high heat and roast ears of corn for about 7 minutes, or until kernels are tender and all sides are roasted. Chop the kernels from their cobs, then combine and incorporate all other ingredients in a large bowl. Serve immediately, and enjoy your elote!

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Fit For A Foodie!

Give the gift of good food!

To find more of our favorite holiday staples, check out our round up of locally made wares in the Greene Grape 2018 Holiday Gift Guide!

It’s never the wrong time to buy gifts for friends and family, but with the holiday season in full swing, we’re all thinking of extra special treats and surprises to wow them. While you roll out a holiday feast, let us take the guesswork out of gifting with a collection of local and ethical goods sure to please even your pickiest relative, friend, or coworker.

Let’s start with cookies!

Holiday housewarming wouldn’t be complete without a tin of artisanal cookies. Unna Bakery may be in Manhattan, but they’re inspired by the traditional recipes of a Swedish grandmother. These ginger snaps and airy vanilla confections are great with afternoon coffee or tea and they come in a beautiful round tin box that’s perfect for storing odds and ends like buttons or loose change. Of course if you’d like to add to the cookie collection, we think that Fort Greene mainstay The Good Batch makes a pretty mean molasses cookie! Their holiday cookie pack includes an assortment of eight delicious cookies that are sure to pair nicely with a hot cocoa, eggnog, or Tom & Jerry.

And of course, speaking of local bakeries we would be remiss not to mention Hot Bread Kitchen!  Their sugar dusted German Stollen filled with nuts and dried fruits are lighter than fruitcake, but heartier than a panettone. This traditional treat can be served with mulled wine for dessert, and with coffee the next morning.

For savory food lover’s…

We recommend gifting practical gifts that boast something a little extra. Give a touch of sophistication to the cocktail lovers with Dashfire Bitters, four bold flavors to experiment with in an apothecary style bottle that look elegant long after Happy Hour is over. Mustard Co.’s Black Truffle Mustard will elevate any sandwich for the food connoisseur or mustard devotee. These truffles won’t break the bank!

This list wouldn’t be complete without a fancy box of chocolates.

Jon Good’s bon bons are exceptionally fantastic! These artistic candies are individually hand painted and filled with a delectable ganache that is out of this world. With flavors like bananas foster, fig, and bacon, these sweet molded chocolates are also inspired by the galaxy. Of course if, you’d prefer to stay on this planet, Bee Seasonal’s single origin mini honey jars are a celebration of the local flora in Brazil! With honey varietals like such as pink pepper, quince, and acacia, these pure honeys contain wild flavor profiles that are sure to inspire cheese plates, yogurt pairings, toast toppings and more.

Better than a gift card.

Some of us are hopelessly difficult to shop for, which is when a gift card might be recommended although we’ve got something better! Our Whole Animal Gift Cards are essentially like the ultimate meat subscription! This card allows the recipient to eat their way through all the primals of an animal. It’s our butcher’s guide to a crash course in whole animal butchery!

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Gobble-Up These Thanksgiving Pairings

There’s no time like the present to be menu planning for Thanksgiving! – And what better way to prepare for a celebration than with another celebration? Think of it like a cocktail party where the autumnal hors d’oeuvres will leave you inspired for your own holiday meal planning. Join us at Wine & Spirits for 3 free tastings in November where we’ll pair tastes of domestically made wines with samples of all the fixings and sides from our Thanksgiving Menu.

Choosing Sides

Our Annual All-American 6-Pack features American made wines in red, white, and rosé. You’re sure to find something for every wine-lover at your gathering. When picking wines, it’s also important to consider what you’ll be pairing them with.  Our tasting series is designed to give you the tools to find the perfect wines for your culinary supporting roles.

While the focal point of Thanksgiving may be the turkey, sides are an essential piece of the holiday puzzle. Whether you’re looking for a dish to bring to a dinner party or outsource some of your own cooking, we have a variety of dishes to choose from. Of course we’ll have plenty of omnivore friendly offerings, but the real star this year is our veggie friendly sides! Because when you’re feeding a large group, its hard to please everyone and we recommend leaving the meat to the turkey and the stuffing. Highlights from this year’s menu include: Maple Glazed Yams, Brussels Sprout Gratin, Mushroom-Leek & Walnut Stuffing, Cranberry Relish, and gravy made two ways! We’ll have both a traditional turkey gravy and a plant-based vegan gravy!

We want your holiday to be better than ever this year, and we want to celebrate it with you! Stop by any of these complementary events to get a taste for the holidays and set the tone for a season of good friends, family, and food.

Save the Dates!
Fridays: November 2nd, 9th, and 16th from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Greene Grape Wine & Spirits | 765 Fulton Street

 

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BjornQorn, get your BjornQorn here!

There’s no snack quite like popcorn! Dress it up any way you like or dress it down for a light and simple bite; it goes back almost 4000 years, and it helped save the film industry from the Great Depression. And while we always have room on our shelves for a variety of popcorn, there’s one popcorn that reigns in our hearts and our stomachs. We mean BjornQorn, of course, a uniquely flavorful vegan popcorn that we just can’t get enough of, in a charming bag designed by a local artist.

What sets BjornQorn apart isn’t just its seasoning of safflower oil and nutritional yeast, though its nutty, almost cheesy flavor and its high vitamin and protein content are certainly a big part of that. BjornQorn isn’t popped like any other popcorn, with kettles of organic corn swung out over mirrored basins on sunny days in upstate New York, no matter the season. It makes for crispier kernels thanks to the even heat of the sun; with no need for fuel, it keeps costs low, and with zero emissions, it keeps environmental impact even lower.

BjornQorn gets its name from cofounder Bjorn Quenemoen, son of Minnesotan corn farmers, and gets its solar mirror technology from other cofounder Jamie O’Shea. The two met at Bard College, where Bjorn was popping through the night to make popcorn with his family’s recipe. One very productive game of catch later, the two agreed to put food and technology together, and the rest is history. Now they strive to provide that same solar-cooking technology at “dirt cheap” prices, in Jamie’s own words, in places where energy is scarce, in partnership with those communities.

At the end of the day, though, the most important fact about BjornQorn is that it is addictively tasty. It’s one of our best-selling snacks for a reason, and we think you’ll find it hard to put the bag down.

Now Available For Delivery! – So sit back and binge watch your Netflix, we’ll bring the popcorn!

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Thanksgiving is so close, you can taste it!

There’s no time like the present to be menu planning for Thanksgiving! – And what better way to prepare for a celebration than with another celebration? Think of it like a cocktail party where the autumnal hors d’oeuvres will leave you inspired for your own holiday meal planning. Join us at Wine & Spirits for 3 free tastings in November where we’ll pair tastes of domestically made wines with samples of all the fixings and sides from our Thanksgiving Menu.

Choosing Sides

Our Annual All-American 6-Pack features American made wines in red, white, and rosé. You’re sure to find something for every wine-lover at your gathering. When picking wines, it’s also important to consider what you’ll be pairing them with.  Our tasting series is designed to give you the tools to find the perfect wines for your culinary supporting roles.

While the focal point of Thanksgiving may be the turkey, sides are an essential piece of the holiday puzzle. Whether you’re looking for a dish to bring to a dinner party or outsource some of your own cooking, we have a variety of sides to choose from. If you’re looking to spice things up, we’ll have Cornbread and Chorizo Stuffing, as well as a traditional Sausage & Sourdough. If you’re looking for vegetarian-friendly fare, as can be a challenge with the holidays, we’ll have Mushroom & Leek Stuffing made with shiitake, oyster, and trumpet mushrooms. We’ll have classic sides like Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Sauteed Green Beans, and more!

We want your holiday to be better than ever this year, and we want to celebrate it with you! Stop by any of these complementary events to get a taste for the holidays and set the tone for a season of good friends, family, and food.

Save the Dates!
Fridays: November 3rd, 10th, and 17th from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Greene Grape Wine & Spirits | 765 Fulton Street

 

Mike FunkThanksgiving is so close, you can taste it!
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