Sunday, March 25, 2012

Chincoteague Vegetable Red Crab Soup – An Easter and Spring Favorite

Vegetable Red Crab Soup is the perfect starter for your Easter meal, an elegant alternative to cream based soups. The soup is a colorful combination of juicy crab meat, a kaleidoscope of fresh vegetables and a generous splash of seasonings. Not condensed, just heat and serve. Check out some ways we sell it: In a set of three 15 oz. tins, enough for a party of 12. For a thoughtful hostess gift, our Spring Favorites! gift basket includes several soups including Vegetable Red Crab as well as other gourmet tasty treats. Another thoughtful hostess gift is a Seafood Soups and Dips gift box. We have two varieties that include vegetable Red Crab Soup.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Easter Favorites From Virginia

Spring is here! Along with Spring, comes Easter. Easter Sunday is April 8, just a few weeks away. The Virginia Marketplace has everything you need for a gourmet Easter meal. For your Easter ham we recommend a Brown Sugar Cured and Spiral Sliced Ham or a Paula Deen Honey Ham . For something extra special try the Steamship Ham Roast. Start your Easter meal with gourmet Seafood Soup, Cream of Crab or Vegetable Red Crab Soup. To accompany your meal try Smithfield’s new side dishes, Cheesy Green Bean Casserole, Mac and Cheese or Sweet Potato Casserole. There are several varieties of
mouthwatering biscuits to choose from: 24 Layer Cream Cheese Biscuits, Sweet Potato Biscuits, Parmesan Herb Cream Cheese Biscuits or Sweet Potato Cream Cheese Biscuits. Try some Monastery Creamed Honey from the monks of Holy Cross Abbey, Berryville, Virginia on your biscuits.

Don't forget dessert! How about a Spring Loaf Sampler or a traditional
Egg-Shaped Cake from Rowena.

Looking for a hostess gift? The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg Easter Egg Bucket is filled with Virginia Peanuts and pastel egg-shaped Holland mints. Their new Happy Easter Basket is filled with gourmet specialties: Praline Peanut Clusters, Divinity, Pecan Gophers, Pralines, Chocolate Truffles, Chocolate Brittle, Jordan Almonds and more! The Spring Tin is decorated with daffodils and daisies and filled with chocolate covered Virginia peanuts.

Friday, March 2, 2012

March is National Peanut Month

Celebrate National Peanut Month! Peanuts are whole foods that contain a variety of vitamins and minerals, ample protein and beneficial unsaturated fats. All Virginia-type peanuts are known for their large size and crunchy texture and have been referred to as "the peanut of the gourmet." The Virginia Marketplace sells many kinds of Virginia Peanuts: salted, unsalted, seasoned, sweet, in-shell,boiled and chocolate covered.

Some special days in March are:
March 4 National Pound Cake Day We sell many flavors of pound cakes from Rowena’s in Norfolk,Virginia: Almond, Lemon, Chocolate, Chocolate Cappuccino, Mint Chocolate, Orange, and Key lime. We sell them in 40 oz. round bundts with and without curd sauces and 24 oz. loaves with and without curd sauces as well as some Specialty-Shaped cakes such as egg-shaped for Easter and some 10 oz. tea loaf assortments. There is also a Baby Bundt assortment with 6 flavors of pound cakes. Almond, Lemon and Chocolate pound cakes are available in sugar free versions.

March 8 National Peanut Clusters Day
Try some of these traditional Southern favorites taken to the next level from The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg. Using their extra-large hand cooked Virginia Peanuts, topped with a generous dollop of creamy smooth caramel and rich milk chocolate. You'll get crunchy and creamy - all in one yummy mouthful! Also a dazzling Tower of handmade nutty treats guaranteed to please any nut lover in your life that includes Milk Chocolate & Caramel Peanut Clusters.

March 9 National Crabmeat Day
We have crab cakes and crab balls as well as crab dip and a cheese ball kit. Our crab cakes are harvested from the Chesapeake Bay, washed and cooked within an hour of delivery, then handmade and frozen to ensure freshness. A fluffy blend of jumbo lump and backfin crabmeats are combined to impart the sweet flavor of the Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab. Blue Crab Bay Crab Dip Kit -After a decade of searching for the finest shelf-stable canned crabmeat to offer their customers, they finally found it! Premium crabmeat is packed in a gift box with Blue Crab Bay's own Crab Dip Blend. Entertain the easy way with Blue Crab Bay's Crab Cheese Ball Kit. The kit includes a tin of premium crabmeat, crab seasoning and a packet of crushed Crab House Nuts® (Extra-large gourmet Virginia peanuts cooked in peanut oil and seasoned with spicy Chesapeake Bay Seasoning). Check out all these great proucts in our Seafood section.