The March-April issue is now in stores, compliments of Kowalski's!
We know cooking isn't for everyone. Some people don't have time to cook. Others don't have an interest in it. Some lack practice (or patience!). As she explains on page 4, even Culinary Director Rachael Perron needs a break from making dinner every now and again. We get it. But we also get that many people who don't cook at home still want to eat at home.
Many of the foods you find in our markets reflect the understanding that most people can use a helping hand getting dinner on the table. Our Signature Solutions line from the Meat Department is a prime example. These ready-to-cook premium cuts start with our chefs' own recipes and are mixed, stuffed, breaded or marinated by hand to make meal-making super simple. Pre-cut fruits and vegetables from the Produce Department also make meal prep a snap – no more peeling onions or pitting mangoes. Our Grab & Go, Heat & Eat and other handmade convenience foods from the Deli Department are one of the fastest means to a quality meal at home. There's also delicious new meal from Dinner Pre-Paired and Local Crate, which promote practice and teach transferrable culinary skills and techniques, all while saving time in the kitchen.
Cooking, in any way it suits you, has a myriad of health benefits. Studies have shown that cooking may increase concentration, alleviate feelings of isolation, boost confidence and reduce negative thinking, so much so that cooking has even been used as an effective therapy for those suffering from depression and addiction. As you'll learn on page 3, local nonprofit Cookie Cart is using a working bakery as a means to teach valuable life skills to urban youth in Minneapolis and St. Paul. We're very happy to be able to help support their mission and hope you'll enjoy learning more about the good work they're cooking up in our community.
We're also cooking up something good in our own Shoreview bakery! Turn to page 5 to learn about some of the newer scratch-made goodies we're baking for you. If you're craving classic banana-based treats that taste just like Grandma used to make, you're in luck!
And as for luck, just in time for St. Patty's Day, we're exploring the most famous Irish beer – stout – and the hearty winter cheeses tailer-made for enjoying with it in this issue of At Home. Wine Director Brian Mallie and Specialty Cheese Director Joe Moore have teamed up again to suggest some perfect pairings on page 9.
As always, we love sharing the Joy of Good Food with you and look forward to seeing you in the stores!