Hope everyone had a great Holiday Weekend. We'll be here all summer to help you with your next BBQ ~ Let lucy's do the cooking!
Every year the owners and managers at Lucy’s venture into the city for The Fancy Food show, which is exactly what it says on the tin: A Fancy Food Show. Thousands of vendors from all over the world come to this event to show case their products. Some companies are brand new, just dipping their toes into the vast food world while others are fully submerged companies that have been successful for decades.
One day at this event isn’t nearly enough time to try everything, but we do our best to get the full experience. This year we tried many new and unique types of food including, tofu jerky, hemp popcorn, dried fruit, salmon seasoning, salt and peppers, chocolate and of course loads and loads of cheese. The variety of food at this event is staggering, so it’s always good to cleanse the palate between samples.
We left the show with both our bellies and our minds stuffed to the brim. We walked off our new ideas through the beautiful Pride Parade and left New York fully satisfied. Included are some of the pictures from the Fancy Food Show and our day in New York. Keep an eye out for the new products coming to Lucy’s soon!
One of the best parts about working in the ever growing food industry is getting to try new products on a regular basis. All over the world people are making things that have never been done before, as well as individualizing age old recipes. While we don’t always get to travel the globe in search of the next big thing, weekend getaways have become a hunt for delicious and locally grown products. From the Berkshires, to Pennsylvania and all the way up to Vermont, the North East has got some amazing stuff that you can’t find in your everyday grocery store. And when the ingredients and labor are local it’s a win win for the environment and the consumer.
A few products sold at Lucy's include:
LES COLLINES– Berkshires - Delicious and uniquely flavored Jams
MELINDA MAE – Connecticut –Soft cheese
FIRST FIELD – New Jersey – Ketchup made with fresh Jersey tomatoes
ECLAT– Pennsylvania – European inspired Chocolate
SMACKAROONS – Pennsylvania – Chocolate and Ginger flavored Macaroons
LENKA BARS – Pennsylvania – Handmade Granola Bars
BAYLEY HAZEN BLUE – Jasper Hill, Vermont – Award winning Blue Cheese
ROOTS & BRANCHES – North Carolina – Deliciously crafted crackers
BIG SPOON ROASTERS – North Carolina – The best nut butter you've ever had. Period.
Lucy’s Kitchen and Market prioritizes using the freshest ingredients. It matters to us that the food we offer is high-quality, and often local. Zone 7, a business specializing in freshness and locality, provides us with farmed products ranging from produce to eggs. The benefits to eggs from Nature’s Own Farm (in place of commercial eggs) are endless. Chickens raised free-range on farms are healthier than those who lay factory eggs, which naturally makes their eggs more wholesome. Free of restrictive cages, farm chickens have the opportunity to spend time outdoors with ample space and sunlight, supplying them with Vitamin D and other nutrients that factory chickens lack. Chickens on Nature’s Own Farm are not given antibiotics or growth hormones. Visually, yolks from farm-raised chickens have a more vibrantly orange color, whereas factory ones are pale yellow and less sturdy. Plus, the coop to carton to plate time for farm eggsis dramatically less than commercial eggs. Check out our Facebook page for a video of Nature’s Own cleaning their eggs!
Here at Lucy’s, we’re welcoming the new year with a variety of authentic Italian tomato products. Rooted in southern Italy, La Valle has been successfully growing, harvesting, and selling San Marzano tomatoes for over 60 years. La Valle’s tomato cans are available in three different sizes here at Lucy’s, perfect for any quantity of sauce or soup. Our house-made tomato sauces at Lucy’s Kitchen are made consistently with La Valle tomatoes. We find that the flavorful, high-caliber taste of La Valle’s tomato products pairs excellently with the fresh pasta made right here in Lucy’s Kitchen. Because of this ideal combination, every Sunday we offer a free pound of house-made fresh cut pasta for any container of Lucy’s tomato sauce purchased. How often is a bargain also delicious?!
We recommend using La Valle tomato products to make tomato sauce or minestrone soup. Here is a reliably spectacular recipe for the soup:
Ingredients Preparation Instructions
¼ cup olive oil 1. Sauté the onions and garlic in olive oil.
5 onions 2. Add the remaining vegetables, spices,
3 tbsp minced garlic tomatoes and parm rind.
3 cans puréed plum tomatoes 3. Leave the pesto, pasta and beans for
6 carrots the end.
2 bunches celery 4. Heat for 1 hour until everything is
6 large potatoes, peeled and diced cooked.
6 zucchini, diced 5. Add the remaining ingredients. Cook
3 red peppers, diced the pasta separately.
2 cans cannellini beans 6. Correct seasoning.
2 cups chickpeas 7. Remove rind and bay leaves.
½ green cabbage, shredded
1 lb small pasta
½ cup basil pesto to finish (secret ingredient)
Salt & Pepper
2 tbsp thyme
2 tbsp basil
2 tbsp oregano