Chill Out By Warming Up

Thanks to all who joined us for our Cheesy Saturday. Stay tuned – another fun event weekend is coming up in March – 21st and 22nd. More details to come.

It’s still freezing

While it looks like it might be warmer soon, we’re still thinking about what’s freezing here at The Country Cupboard. Have you peeked inside our freezer section lately? Bane Family Meats (no hormones, no GMO feeds, no antibiotics) have expanded their selection. Choose from beef, lamp, chicken and pork. If you don’t see the cut of meat you’re looking for, let us know, it’s probably available. Also in our freezer section is our frozen meals – try our Reuben, Ham or Turkey roll ups. Have you seen our choices of frozen meats? All beef franks, chicken patties, beef patties, Italian sausage, and sausage smoky links. We have frozen blueberries, strawberries, mixed berries, and pineapple. For your sweet tooth, try apple pie or coconut cream pie.

Our cooler section offers some cool items! Prepackaged cheeses, cheese curds, brown eggs from Cascade Gardens (local, free range, no hormones, no antibiotics), butter, and sodas. Also try our Trail bologna or summer sausages (no refrigeration needed).

Warm Up with Food

There’s nothing to warm those cold hands like a mug of hot coffee, hot chocolate, cappuccino or tea. Speaking of coffee, Vanilla Macadamia Nut – decaf – has arrived. Did you love the Christmas Cookie flavor? Me, too. It’s now available as Sugar Cookie in either regular or decaf. Warm up your stomach with this recipe below. This might sound a little unique, but it’s a favorite of ours. Eat the leftovers warm or cold.

Hot Fruit Salad

10 servings

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup butter, melted (use 1/4 c. if desired)

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 cans (15-1/4 ounces each) sliced peaches, drained

2 cans (15-1/4 ounces each) sliced pears, undrained

1 jar chunky applesauce

1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped

1/4 cup dried craisins

Don’t like apricots? We have a great assortment of dried fruits!

In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the sugar, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or until heated through.

In a hurry? Cut time by preparing on the stovetop. First, put dried fruit in a microwave-safe bowl and cover with water. Microwave on high, about 2 minutes, then drain. Combine all the ingredients in a large pot on the stove and cook on medium-low, stirring often until the mixture is piping hot.

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