Sunday, February 28, 2010

Blue Crab Bay Soups and Chowders

Blue Crab Bay makes five delicious seafood soups and chowders.

New England Clam Chowder - A smooth and creamy New England style clam chowder with corn, potatoes, and bits of hickory-smoked Virginia ham added for a true regional flavor. Add milk or ream and heat and serve.

Eastern Shore Clam Chowder is All Natural! This condensed clam chowder is a spicy and flavorful version of a traditional clear broth soup. Made withour tomatoes or milk. Contains ocean clams, fresh vegetables, herbs, pepper and sea salt. Add water or vary with milk or tomatoes.

Crab Norfolk Chowder - Blue Crab Bay combines delicate Blue Crab meat with bits of hickory-smoked Edwards' Virginia ham, potatoes and corn to create a sensationally smooth and creamy chowder. Just add cream or milk.

She Crab Soup - Considered one of the most elegant of all Southern soups! A creamy bisque style soup flavored with the delicate meat and roe of the Chesapeake Bay's Blue Crab. If desired, sprinkle with extra nutmeg, add additional dry sherry or garnish with fresh crabmeat. Just add milk or cream.

Cream of Crab - Perhaps the ultimate comfort food of the Chesapeake Bay region! Cream of Crab soup is accented with Chesapeake Bay Style Seafood Seasoning giving it a slightly spicy flavor. Traditionally served at elegant dinners, its rich and creamy consistency is highlighted by the flavor of crabmeat. Just add milk or cream.

These soups and chowders are sold individually in a set of three cans and in samplers of four of the cream soups or try all five in a sampler that includes Eastern Shore Clam Chowder. She Crab Soup, Cream of Crab Soup and several samplers are available in a Blue Crab Bay award winning seafood themed gift pack. The gift pack can be gift wrapped if you like. We also sell Blue Crab Bay soups and chowders in seafood gift themed gift baskets and in other Virginia Marketplace gift baskets and in a gift box with Blue Crab Bay seafood dip kits.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Seafood Soups from Virginia

The cold winter weather is a good time to enjoy seafood soups. The Virginia Marketplace offers seafood soups from two companies: Chincoteague Seafood Co., Inc. and Blue Crab Bay. We hope you enjoy the seafood soups, chowders or bisques that you select as much as we do. This is a three part blog:
Part 1 Who the companies are
Part 2 Blue Crab Bay Soups
Part 3 Chincoteague Seafood Soups, Chowders and Bisques

Chincoteague Seafood Co., a local family-owned business has sucessfully operated boats and processing facilities in Chincoteague and Atlantic, Virginia, located just south of the Maryland line. Chincoteague is nationally known as the home of quality seafood, particularly clams, crabs and oysters.

The company was started in 1955 when Bernard Rubin, the founder and current Chairman, began selling their clam chowder to restaurants in New England under their originial Cape Cod label. In 1969, as a result of a clam supply problem in the northeast, he searched for a new location and opened a processing facility in Atlantic, Virginia to take advantage of the area's abundant supply of high quality clams. In 1974, as a result of of company growth, the second processing facility was opened in Chincoteague, Virginia and also became the corporate headquarters. Their newest venture, completed in May 2001, was the acquisition and move into a brand new office facility and distribution center in Parsonburg, Maryland (outside of Salisbury, Maryland).

Their product line can best be described as a "gourmet" quality line that is competitively priced and is "Naturally Sea-Licious". They cut no corners on quality and the results can be seen in their finished products. Today, they sell their products to restaurants, colleges, hospitals, other institutions, and retail customers throughout the United States. Their uncompromising recipes are based on fresh, high-quality ingredients, and provide a home-made authentic taste and presentation. They use no MSG, preservatives, artificial preservatives, artificial colorings or artificial flavorings in our soups. They have expanded their product line over the past few years, including their newest items, Crab and Cheddar Soup, Shrimp Bisque, and Lobster and Cheddar Bisque, in order to meet the growing demand for diversity in consumer tastes.

They have been awarded the American Taste Award of Excellence certificates on their New England Clam Chowder, Manhattan Clam Chowder, Lobster Bisque, Cream of Crab Soup, and Vegetable Red Crab Soup. Check out all the Chincoteague Seafood Soups, Chowders and Bisques: She Crab Soup, Cream of Crab Soup, Vegetable Red Crab Soup, Crab and Cheddar Soup, New England Clam Chowder, Manhattan Clam Chowder, Corn Chowder, Lobster Bisque, Shrmp Bisque, Clam Bisque and Lobster and Cheddar Bisque.

In 1985, Blue Crab Bay founder Pamela Barefoot had an inspired vision of what a business could be. From her seaside farmhouse kitchen she imagined a company that would put the tastes of the Chesapeake region on the map, be a protector of the environment and provide stimulating and fun employment for citizens of her rural community. Surrounding herself with foods from the Chesapeake, a functioning stove, a list of contacts and boatloads of imagination and determination, Barefoot got to work. Sales exploded, awards rained plentiful, and the number of employees mounted. Barefoot began distribution of other products, including foods and gift items.

Her first brand, Blue Crab Bay, Co., featured original products like seasonings for crab dip and gift packs wrapped in weathered fishnet with seashells. In the late 1980's, on the strenght of the addictive "Clam Dip Blend", the customer base escalated geographically and her small company began exhibiting at national trade shows. Blue Crab Bay offers an extensive product line of specialty foods and gifts, internationally recognized for their signature blue labeling, handsome packaging and unrivaled taste. The handsome packaging even gained the attention of Hollywood set directors. Kitchen cabinets were stocked full in an opening shot of Julia Roberts' film "Sleeping with the Enemy."

Blue Crab Bay Co.'s coporate culture continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to the environment to the environment and its rural Eastern shore community. Each year, employees energetically plan and execute charity events. The company supports various organizations including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore, and The Nature Conservancy.

Check out Blue Crab Bay Soups and Chowders: She Crab Soup, Cream of Crab Soup, Crab Norfolk Chowder, Eastern Shore Clam Chowder and New England Clam Chowder

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Great Byrd Mill Baking Mixes

I recently blogged about enjoying Byrd Mill Raspberry Pancakes and Steamer Hot Cocoa on a winter day as the snow falls. Byrd Mill makes some other gread breakfast/brunch mixes we sell as well. In addition to Raspberry Pancake and Waffle Mix, we sell Cinnamon Muffin Mix and Lemon Blueberry Scone Mix. The Raspberry Pancake and Waffle Mix goes well Monastery Creamed Honey ( I suggest Raspberry, Brandy, Almond or Natural) or Preserves from Graves Mountain (I suggest Seedless Red Raspberry, Strawberry or Cherry). The pancakes also go well with our Virginia maple syrup. Cinnamon muffins go well with Apple Butter from Graves Mountain or Monastery Cinnamon or Almond Creamed Honey. Lemon Blueberry Scones go well with Monastery Cinnamon, Lemon, Brandy or Natural Creamed Honey.

These are only recommendations of what we enjoy with them, so be creative. Visit for these goodies and more.

Here's the history of Byrd Mill: The Tradition of Byrd Mill began in 1740. Young Patrick Henry visited the mill often, bringing corn, wheat and buckwheat from his father's nearby plantation. Byrd Mill continued in operation at its originial site until 1968 when an untimely fire bought an end to production in the original building. Byrd Mill now located in Ashland, Virginia manufactures some of the finest gourmet mixes available while still offering many of those old tyme products.

Monastery Creamed Honey comes from Holy Cross Abbey, which is a monastery of the Cisterian Order of the Strick Observance (Trappists) sheltered by the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Graves Mountain Lodge is nestled deep in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Syria, Virginia. Graves Mountain Lodge established a cannery in 1980. They use family reciped to make their old-fashioned preserves unmatched for their quality and goodness. They cook their preserves in open kettles. The batches are kept small and each product is made as needed. They use the finest quality fruit, pure cane sugar and all natural seasonings in creating a product they feel as as good as "Grandma used to make."

The Maple festival in Highland County is coming in March. Take a step back in time to Highland County, "Virginia's Switzerland." Travel back roads and mountain byways to the annual Highland Maple Festival. Held on the 2nd and 3rd weekends of March, the Maple Festival has been an annual event in Highland County, Virginia, since 1958. Each year, thousands of visitors are drawn to this unspoiled, rural region of Virginia to celebrate the "opening" of the trees and observe the process of maple syrup-making. Sugar camp tours provide a unique and educational experience that portrays a rapidly vanishing way of American life.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Virginia is for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is coming up. "Virginia is for Lover's" so why not send along Virginia food with your love for Valentine's Day!! The Virginia Marketplace has much to offer for Valentine's Day. For the chocolate lover we have chocolate covered peanuts in tins and gift sets, chocolate covered almonds, chocolate covered cashews and chocolate peanut brittle. Another favorite for chocolate lovers is the Chocolate Lovers Basket. We also have double delicious chocolate pound cake and even sugar free chocolate pound cake from Rowena's gourmet cakes. From Smithfield there is Red Velvet Cake, Peanut Butter Brownie Cake, Southern Truffles and Double Gooey Chocolate Cake. There's Hot Cocoa for something chocolate and warm.

For something red there's Blue Crab Bay Sting Ray Bloody Mary Mixer to mix with alcohol or use as a cooking sauce. Here are recipes that you might enjoy using with it. I enjoy the shrimp and pasta dish and the scallop dish using Bloody Mary Mixer. Graves Mountain Strawberry and Cherry preserves are red and sweet.

For someone special we have a gift basket, From the Heart! filled with Byrd Mill breakfast mixes and an assortment of sweets: Monastery lemon creamed honey, Graves Mountain Apple Butter and Orange Marmalade and Puffenbarger Sugar Orchard Virginia Maple Syrup.