When people ask “are you ready for football?” we all know they are really talking about the food. Tailgating has become somewhat of an art form full of delicious treats. So whether you stay at home, go to your family or friends, or hit the road for mid-field viewing, you’ll start the season off right with these tasty recipes!
Chunky Tomato Salsa (makes 1 bowl of salsa)
1 clove of garlic, very finely chopped
1 medium onion, very finely chopped
3 large tomatoes, very finely chopped
1 lime, juiced
1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander (sub 1 tsp of dried coriander)
½ tsp chili powder
3 pinches of salt & pepper
½ tsp cumin
Get the instructions here
Tip: For best results, leave for 30 minutes to marinate
Prep time: 15 min, Marinating time: 30 min, Ready: 45 min
Buffalo Chicken Dip
2 (10 oz) cans chunk chicken, drained
2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup Ranch dressing
¾ cup pepper sauce (such as FRANK’S Red Hot®)
1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 bunch of celery, cleaned and cut into 4” pieces
1 (8 oz) box crackers
Get the instructions here
Tip: Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly and make clean-up easier.
Prep time: 5 min, Cook time: 40 min, Ready: 45 min
Simple Turkey Chili
1-1/2 tsp olive oil
1 lb ground turkey
1 onion, chopped
2 cups water
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 (16 oz) can kidney beans – drained, rinsed, and mashed
1 tbsp garlic, minced
2 tbsp chili powder
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp ground cayenne pepper
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
Get the instructions here
Prep time: 15 min, Cook time: 45 min, Ready: 1 hour
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
6 cups crispy rice cereal
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
Get instructions here
Tip: Before measuring the corn syrup, coat your measuring cup with cooking spray–the syrup will pour easily out of the cup.
Prep time: 20 min, Cook time: 10 min, Ready: 1 hour 15 minutes
With summer here, we’ll take any sunny day (or hour) to jump outside and soak in the rays. We encourage you to take a break from your desk this summer and get outside on your lunch break with your co-workers. We live in such a stunning community, it’s hard to not find a bench and watch the waves roll whenever we can. Plus, it helps build a strong team, and it’s even a nice way to have a meeting once in a while. Make the most of your time outside and make sure you’re ready whenever the clouds decide to lift so you can jump on it!
Mason Jar Salads
It seems like anything in a mason jar is popular these days. Not only do mason jar salads make healthy lunch choices, but these are easy to transport and perfect for a lunch outside. Some of our favorite fixings are egg, bacon, spinach, shredded carrots, edamame, cabbage, beans, peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce. Wash and prep all your ingredients on Sunday so you can mix and match them to make several different salads available throughout your week. Don’t forget the dressing and fork! Once you’re ready to eat just dump in the dressing, shake it up and munch away.
Did you know we have Taco Tuesday in our deli? Grab a container, load up all your favorite toppings and head outside to our wall to break up your day. Tacos can be a fresh and delicious lunch option. Plus, you can make it healthier by skipping the tortilla shells and just going with fresh veggies and meat. Bonus points if you snag a picture of the Mt. Edgecumbe view and tag us on Facebook or Instagram.
We aren’t the only ones who love our fried chicken. We’ve been told it’s the best in Sitka, and it wasn’t by Captain Sea Mart. Our fried chicken and sides make for a warm, hearty meal whether you are lunching inside our café on a rainy day, sitting outside on a picnic bench or heading out on your boat to do some fishing. Wherever your lunch break takes you, don’t forget the chicken!
And, don’t forget the sunscreen! Even on an overcast day you can still get a sunburn. Here’s to warm days and warm nights this summer! Share your favorite lunch ideas in the comments below.
As gardening trends continue to rise in Sitka, Sea Mart is always at the forefront of supporting our community. Did you know that we purchase produce from local growers to supplement our shipments? We’re always trying to grow our community and support local where we can. With the warmer weather last year, several gardens in town were plentiful. Here are some tips on getting your Sitkan garden to grow well this summer.
- Start seedlings in your home, so you have a head start on growth once it warms up outside.
- Greens grow well here – think broccoli, cabbage, chard, and lettuce. They tend to be hardier and take the cooler temperatures in
- If you love carrots, plant green onions near them to keep the pests away. Plus, onions grow shallow, so they make great companions to deep-rooted
- Soil growers are also successful in our climate, so plant those potatoes!
- If you love herbs, try planting them in pots. Not only can you bring them inside on cool summer nights, but you can also keep them year round.
- Marigolds are well-known for keeping the bugs away, add them to the perimeter of your flower beds to keep your vegetables pest free.
- Be mindful about each plant’s growing window, we love using the Farmer’s Almanac as our guideline: https://www.almanac.com/gardening/planting-dates/AK/Sitka
- Seafood scraps are an excellent fertilizer for plants; add your scraps and compost into your compost bin to make a great food source for all your plants.
- Since we’re in bear country, be sure you’re using a bear proof composting bin just in case you do get any unwelcomed friends in your garden (this will help protect your vegetables too).
This is just a quick list of some fun tips to get you started as you begin planning out your garden. For more information, listen to Mollie Kabler and Kitty LaBounty during their garden show on KCAW- Raven Radio, from 8:30-9am, on Wednesdays through June. These two have so many tips and tricks. Plus, you can call in and ask questions!
Please remember, Sea Mart is always in support of local growers and encourages locals to stop by the customer service desk to see if we can purchase your veggies. Let us know what you’re planting in the comments below and please share any tips and tricks you may have as well!
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New Year’s resolutions often fail; studies show that only 25% make it past the first week. The good news is that January 1st isn’t your only opportunity.
What gets you through these short winter days and long winter nights? Does your family curl up by the fire and read books, maybe there’s a little competition around a board game or maybe you stock up on movies or have a Netflix marathon?
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, maybe you’re waiting for more snow to arrive so you can grab your cross-country skis and head outside or maybe you want to grab the kids and build a snow fort. The outdoors have so much to offer in town; it’s always a relief to take advantage of the sunlight, although it seems brief.
We asked our employees and they shared their favorite things to do:
Christy – Watch Netflix!
Angela – Ideally, it would be to build a snow fort, but we don’t have enough snow!
Tim – Drink hot cocoa!
Dennis – Hunt! Uh, I mean, cuddle with my wife and watch movies.
Ted – Get outside with the little ones, whenever we have snow to sled and play.
Whether you’re heading to Sitka Park to go sledding or curling up under a blanket to stay warm, enjoy every moment you can creating memories that will last a lifetime for your family. And, don’t forget the whipped cream and marshmallows for your cocoa!