Sunday, May 22, 2016

Blue Crab Bay Sting Ray Bloody Mary Mixer for Father' Day

Blue Crab Bay Sting Ray Bloody Mary Mixer
Dad’s love Bloody Mary’s! Blue Crab Bay’s Sting Ray Bloody Mary Mixer is made on the Eastern Shore right here in Virginia. It has a nice twist with the addition of clam juice. It is great alone or as a cooking sauce.

You can get Blue Crab Bay Sting Ray by itself or in one of our Bloody Mary Gift Baskets. You can find the gift baskets in a special Bloody Mary Gift Basket section. Here are just a few examples:

Bloody Mary Brunch
Bloody Mary Brunch Basket also includes Byrd Mill Raspberry Pancake Mix, Puffenbarger Sugar Orchard Pure Maple Syrup, The Peanut Shop Virginia Peanuts, Southern Shores Crab Town Peanuts and Blue Crab Bay New England Clam Chowder.

Southern Gourmet Treasures
Bloody Mary Breakfast also includes three Byrd Mill Baking Mixes, Graves Mountain Apple Butter and Peach Brandy Preserves, Monastery Natural and Brandy Creamed Honeys and Puffenbarger Sugar Orchard Pure Maple Syrup.

Southern Gourmet Treasures also includes Byrd Mill Raspberry Pancake and Waffle Mix, Grave Mountain Peach Brandy Preserves, The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg Hot Southern Peanuts, Virginia Gentlemen Steak Sauce, Blue Crab Bay She-Crab Soup, Monastery Brandy Creamed Honey and Cabin Creek Roasters Colombian Supremo Coffee.

 Virginia Gourmet Treasures also includes Byrd Mill Cinnamon Muffin Mix, Graves Mountain Apple Butter, Pork Barrel Barbecue Sauce, The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg Virginia Peanuts, Cabin Creek Roasters Colombian Supremo Coffee and Blue Crab Bay She-Crab Soup and Crab Dip Kit.
A gift that includes Blue Crab Bay Sting Ray Bloody Mary Mixer makes a great gift for Father’s Day!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Sweet Ideas From Virginia for Mother’s Day

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8, 2016. Yes, Mom loves chocolate and flowers. Looking for something special, send Mom food she loves from Virginia. At the Virginia Marketplace we have classic favorites such as Virginia Hams and Virginia Peanuts as well as innovative and unusual tastes from the finest Virginia gourmet companies.

Since Mom's so sweet, send her some sweets to enjoy with her Mother's Day breakfast or brunch. We have Graves Mountain Apple Butter, Orange Marmalade and several Preserves as well as 8 flavors of Monastery Creamed Honey. They are available in assortments, in gable gift boxes and in gift baskets. We have gift baskets of all preserves, all creamed honeys and a mixture of preserves and creamed honey.
From the Heart
We also have gift baskets that include Byrd Mill baking mixes to accompany the preserves and honeys like either of our Fabulous Fruit Baskets or Fabulous Fruit 'N Brandy Basket.  Rise and Shine and From the Heart baskets also include the addition of coffee roasted in Virginia and Virginia Maple Syrup. Spring Delights gift basket gets even sweeter with the addition of Peanut Shop of Williamsburg Milk Chocolate Brittle Bites.
Virginia Spring Brunch Selections 
Assortments of Virginia favorites also come in gift boxes. Our Virginia Spring Gift Box includes Byrd Mill baking mixes, Virginia Maple Syrup and Creamed Honey to go on top, Milk Chocolate Brittle Bites and some coffee to wash it all down. Virginia Spring Brunch Selections Gift Box includes Raspberry Pancake and Waffle Mix and Strawberry Preserves along with seafood selections, Blue Crab Bay Crab Dip and Cream of Crab Soup, and Milk Chocolate Brittle Bites and coffee for dessert.

If it’s all chocolate Mom craves, here are some Chocolate Lover’s ideas: Chocolate Lover’s Sampler Gift Box, Dark Chocolate Peanuts, Milk Chocolate Peanuts, Milk Chocolate Brittle Bites, Milk Chocolate Almonds, Milk Chocolate or Dark Chocolate Cashews, Milk Chocolate Malt Balls, or White Chocolate Cashew Toffee.

Looking for more ideas, check out our Mother’s Day section…it’s easy to give Mom or send Mom some Love from Virginia! 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Comfort Foods

Smoked Country Sampler
Sausage Links
Spring starts on March 20, but there is still time to enjoy some comfort foods from Smithfield before winter is gone and spring arrives.

The Country Sampler

The perfect way to start the day...bacon, sausage, country ham or some of all of the above. Check out our Bacon and Sausage offerings: Country cured bacon slabs or slices, a country bacon sampler or a thick cut bacon sampler, country bacon slices with no sugar added or country sausage links. With so many choices, we made it easy to try some variety with The Country Sampler of country ham and bacon or the Smoked Country Sampler of bacon, ham and sausage.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Feb. 25, 2016 is National Chili Day

National Chili  Day is celebrated the fourth Thursday of February. This year it will be celebrated onh Feb. 25. There's nothing better on a cold winter day.

Most historians agree that the earliest written description of chili came from J.C. Clopper, who lived near Houston. While his description never mentions the word chili this is what he wrote of his visit to San Antonio in 1828:  "When they [poor families of San Antonio] have to lay for their meat in the market, a very little is made to suffice for the family; it is generally cut into a kind of hash with nearly as many peppers as there are pieces of meat--this is all stewed together.”

In the 1880s, a market in San Antonio started setting up chili stands from which chili or bowls o'red, as it was called, were sold by women who were called "chili queens." A bowl o'red cost diners such as writer O. Henry and democratic presidential hopeful William Jennings Bryan ten cents and included bread and a glass of water. The fame of chili con carne began to spread and the dish soon became a major tourist attraction. It was featured at the World's Fair in Chicago in 1893 at the San Antonio Chili Stand.

By the 20th century chili joints had made their debut in Texas and became familiar all over the west by the roaring ‘20s. In fact, by the end of that decade, there was hardly a town that didn't have a chili parlor, which were often no more than a shed or a room with a counter and some stools. It’s been said that chili joints meant the difference between starvation and staying alive during the Great Depression since chili was cheap and crackers were free. 

In 1977, chili manufacturers in the state of Texas lobbied the state legislature to have chili proclaimed the official "state food" of Texas “in recognition of the fact that the only real 'bowl of red' is that prepared by Texans.” 

Here’s a recipe for a unique version of chili made with Blue Crab Bay’s Sting Ray Bloody Mary Mixer which is made with clam juice:Jim's Bloody Mary Chili
·    1 lb. ground turkey
·    2 c. Sting Ray® Bloody Mary Mixer
·    2 15 oz. cans chili beans, drained
·    12 oz. jar roasted red peppers
·    6 oz. can tomato paste
·    large yellow onion, diced
·    3 cloves garlic, minced
·    2 tbsp. olive oil
·    1 tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
·    salt and pepper to taste

In a medium pan, heat olive oil. Sauté onion and garlic until golden brown and remove from pan. Brown turkey in pan, season with salt and pepper if desired. Add onion and garlic back to the pan. Add all other ingredients except cilantro. Cook on low heat, stirring occasionally, for at least half an hour or until flavors develop. Prior to serving, stir in cilantro or use as a garnish. Serve with your favorite toppings, such as sour cream, grated cheese, hot peppers, etc. Serves 4 to 6. 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Jan 24 is National Peanut Butter Day

Snowy Days

January 24 is National Peanut Butter Day. January is the first full month of winter. In Virginia, we are once again waiting for snow. It’s time to start planning for a wintry snowy day. That is why National Peanut Butter Day is in January.

The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg All Natural Peanut Butter is just that - peanuts and maybe a pinch of salt. It is available for all tastes, smooth, crunchy or salt free. We’ve chosen The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg All Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter for our Snowy Days Gift Basket and Snack Attack Gift Box, both with handy items for a cold, winter day. Both also include Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Peanuts

A delicious way to enjoy your Peanut Butter is covered in Milk Chocolate.The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Peanuts are crispy roasted peanuts covered in creamy peanut butter and double dipped in milk chocolate

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

New Norman Rockwell Merry Christmas Labels from Virginia Diner

Give the gift of nostalgia and simpler times with Virginia Diner’s NEW Norman Rockwell licensed Merry Christmas Peanuts.

The Norman Rockwell painting for the 36 oz. Salted Virginia Peanuts label was originally published in the December 14, 1929 edition of the Saturday Evening Post.

The Norman Rockwell depiction of Santa Claus from 61 years ago on the 40 oz. Virginia Diner ButterToasted Peanuts was originally produced when the Virginia Diner was celebrating its twenty fifth anniversary.

The 18 oz. Virginia Diner Salted Virginia Peanuts features an iconic Norman Rockwell painting that appeared in 1949, the twentieth anniversary of the Virginia Diner. 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Red Rocker Cashew Toffee with White Chocolate for the Holidays

For the Holiday Season we are excited to have added Red Rocker Cashew Brittle with White Chocolate to our gift baskets. Crunchy, roasted cashews are perfectly blended in buttery toffee. Gourmet white chocolate is melted over the top and then generously sprinkled with more delicious cashews. It's no wonder this original recipe is their top seller. ITts soooo good!!

 Red Rocker Candy, LLC started as a desire to make the best toffees and brittles as gifts for friends and family turned into the fulfillment of a life-long dream. This Virginia’s Finest Company is guided by the old-fashioned values of family, quality, goodness and customer enjoyment. Their products bring back the flavors and sentiment of times-gone-by when • it was acceptable to eat a rich treat • it was paramount to use only the finest ingredients • and making something by hand still meant something.

Red Rocker Candy is now based in the small Virginia town of Troy. Each batch of candy is hand-made in their facility using only the finest ingredients: pure butter, the best nuts money can buy, and the best chocolates available on the market. In August, 2015 Red Rocker Candy was in VIRGINIA Living magazine’s August feature about candy making in Virginia. Near the end of the month VDOT posted the Red Rocker Candy logo on highway signs on Interstate 64.
Holiday Snack Attack

Some of the gift baskets we have added Cashew Toffee with White Chocolate to include Holiday Snack Attack, Snow Day,Gingerbread Magic, and Holiday Brunch Delights.