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      The Perfect Charcuterie Board

       From beautiful wood & marble serving boards to artisanal market staples, we've got everything you need in the store to put together the perfect charcuterie board! Check out some of our suggestions below for a delicious snack board!

       

      How to build a Charcuterie Board

      • Board Size: This recipe is a guide to fill up a board about the size of a baking sheet. If you want to use something smaller or larger, just keep that in mind and scale the variety and amount of food you need accordingly.
      • Prep Before You Build: Cut up cheese, breads, veggies, or fruits first. Make sure everything you want for the board is out so you can pick and choose easily. You also don’t want to forget something, especially if there’s no room left on the board anymore. 
      • For Gluten-free Guests: Make sure either all the components are gluten-free, or place the items that do have gluten in separate bowls apart from the main charcuterie board.
      • Pack the Board: The prettiest charcuterie boards are loaded with goodies and look abundant, so fill it up!
      • Don’t Forget the Utensils: Have a few small sets of tongs scattered about, make sure anything in a bowl has a small serving spoon, and add cheese knives if you choose not to pre-cut the cheese.
      • Don’t Pack It with Bread: Bread and crackers take up a lot of room. Display a few on the board but just put the rest in a side bowl or plate so people can grab more.
      • Remember the Wine! Wine and charcuterie boards are a natural pairing, so don’t forget to add a bottle of wine or two to your shopping list. I love a crisp sparkling wine or a lambrusco during happy hour, which also pair well with cured meats and cheeses.  

      Ingredient Suggestions

      • 1 to 2 SpreadsDips, Hummus, Tapenade, Whole-grain mustard, Whipped cheese, Pepper jelly, Salted butter
      • 2 to 3 Cheeses: 
        Soft: Brie, chèvre, camembert, fontina, Saint-André
        Hard or Semisoft: manchego, Gruyère, Comté, aged cheddar, fontina, gouda
        Crumbly: blue, aged goat, Parmesan
        - Marinated or Flavored: marinated feta, marinated fresh mozzarella, herb-and-garlic cheese
      • 2 to 3 Meats:
        Cured and Sliced: salami, ham, prosciutto, serrano, Spanish chorizo
        - Pâtés and Terrines
      • 2 to 3 Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: Small grape clusters, Berries, Sliced apples or pears, Quartered figs, Cherry or grape tomatoes, Sliced cucumbers, Sliced or quartered radishes, Edible flowers for decoration
      • 2 to 3 Breads and Crunchy Things: Crackers, Sliced bread, Crostini, Pita chips, Nuts, Corn nuts, Pretzel chips , Crunchy breadsticks
      • 1 to 2 Sweets: Dried fruit, Honey, Fig jam, Chocolate pieces, Membrillo, Guava paste
      • 1 to 2 Briny Things: Olives, Cornichons, Pickled vegetables

      Baked BBQ Chicken Wings with Galena Canning Co.

      Visit your local Peace Marketplace “Home Store & Artisanal Market” featuring GALENA CANNING COMPANY BBQ sauces!  
       
      Here’s an easy, but delicious, baked BBQ Chicken Wings recipe. This recipe is for baked BBQ Chicken Wings, so you don’t have to worry about deep frying them. This makes prep and clean up a breeze so you can spend more time with your guests and watching the game! Pairs well with our AUGUST HILL Chardonel (white) or Chambourcin Reserve (red) wines! 

       

      Ingredients: 

      • 32 chicken wings 
      • 1 teaspoon salt 
      • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 
      • 1 1/2 cups Galena Canning Company barbecue sauce 
      • 1/4 cup vegetable oil 

       Instructions: 

      1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
         
      2. In a large bowl toss the chicken wings with the vegetable oil, salt and pepper then line up on the baking sheet in a single layer.
         
      3. Bake until wings are crispy and browned for 50-60 minutes.
         
      4. Remove the wings and add them to a large (clean) bowl and toss them with the barbecue sauce, then bake them for an additional 5 minutes  

      Winter Bucket List

      We're in the thick of winter, finally with a good snowfall under our belts. But, sometimes, it's nice to be reminded of our favorite parts of this season, especially after all the dust settles from the holidays. So, check out some of our winter bucket list items. Tackle one or a few, or even create your own, but we hope you enjoy the rest of this beautiful winter!

      • Weekend road trip - Soak in all the midwest has to offer in the winter with a snowy weekend road trip. Maybe it's a ski trip, or a weekend in a quiet little town. Check out some of our favorite road trip spots.
      • Try a new recipe - While we're likely spending a bit more time in the comfort of our own home, it might be nice to refresh some things in the kitchen with a new recipe. Whether it's for a dinner party, or a dessert for two, browse your favorite cook books or check out some seasonal magazines for new things to try!
      • Organize & purge your closet - Take a day to rifle through your closet and purge any items that just don't seem to be worn anymore. The organization will leave you and your space feeling refreshed for the year!
      • Read a new book - Head to your local library and check out some new must-reads! There are always great suggestions and great books to add to your list! Cozy up on a snowy day with a fresh new read!
      • Spend time outside - Even though these winter days can be a bit brutal, it really does make all the difference in the world getting some fresh air. A walk around the block. A winter hiking day (The frozen waterfalls at Starved Rock are beautiful this time of year!) Or maybe even some backyard roasted marshmallows over a fire! Make it a point to try and get outside once or twice this season!

      Here's to 2022 and a great rest of the season!

      Winter Wine Guide

      A Great Go-To

      When in doubt, a great winter style is a pinot noir. With it's light/medium body and red fruits, it's a wine that often pairs fantastically with any number of meals you may find yourself whipping up this season!

      Store suggestion: August Hill Winery Chambourcin "A smooth and timeless dry, red table wine made from Illinois-grown Chambourcin grapes. This medium-bodied wine is similar in style to a light pinot noir with its upfront fruit character and aromas and flavors of blueberry and dark cinnamon."

      Charcuterie Pairing

      If your table is instead filled with delicious charcuterie bites, lean into a medium/full bodied red wine. This will round out the pairing of a lighter snack and a heavier, bolder wine.

      Store suggestion: August Hill Winery Ginocchio "Ginocchio XIII is our thirteenth vintage of this wine. This wine is made from a premium blend of Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Frontenac grapes. Aged in oak barrels, this medium-bodied dry wine has notes of raspberry, black pepper, cherry, vanilla, cedar and plum."

      Bring on the Bubbles

      New Years Eve may have passed, but that doesn't mean 2022 isn't worth celebrating a little more. Bring on the bubbles all month long. Winter is a great time to play with celebratory wines and the sweet treats we're all still indulging after the holidays.

      Store suggestion: August Hill Winery Mardi Gras "Mardi Gras! Celebration! We have taken one of our most popular wines, Sweet Catawba, and added bubbles. This sweet, bubbly wine is sure to bring out the fun all year long."

       

      Pumpkin Recipes to Try this October

      It's the perfect time of year to bring on the pumpkin recipes! We've grabbed a few fun ones to try out whether its the main course, a little pumpkin side, the dessert, or a yummy morning coffee! Check out the recipes below.

      Click here to jump to the full recipe & for instructions!

      Pumpkin Butter by Joanna Gaines

      Here's what you'll need:

      • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
      • 1/2 can pumpkin puree
      • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice extract
      • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
      • 1 tablespoon honey

      Click here to jump to the full recipe & for instructions!

      Ginger Pumpkin Pie by "Country Living Magazine"

      Here's what you'll need:
      For the Crust
      • 10 oz. gingersnap cookies (about 45 cookies)
      • 1/4 c. packed dark brown sugar
      • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
      • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
      • 5 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
      For the filling
      • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
      • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
      • Pinch ground cloves
      • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
      • 3/4 tsp. ground ginger
      • 1 (15-ounce) can pure pumpkin
      • 1 1/4 c. half-and-half
      • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
      • 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
      • Sweetened whipped cream, for serving and chopped candied ginger, for garnish

      Click here to jump to the full recipe & for instructions!

      Pumpkin Spice Latte by "Bon Appétit"

      Here's what you'll need:

      • 2 3-inch cinnamon sticks
      • 1 ½-inch piece fresh ginger
      • 3 whole cloves
      • 1 cup canned pumpkin purée
      • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
      • ½ cup heavy cream
      • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
      •  Large pinch of kosher salt
      • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
      • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
      •  Espresso, steamed milk, and ground cinnamon (for serving)
      Click here to jump to the full recipe & for instructions!

      **Store extra: stop by and snag some of our handmade pumpkin granola!