Southport Grocery and CafeSouthport Grocery and Cafe http://www.southportgrocery.com Modern, Simple and Fun Food Experiences. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:45:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Southport Grocery and Cafe's Pink Grapefruit Marmalade http://www.southportgrocery.com/2015/07/22/pink-grapefruit-marmalade-citrus-party-time/ http://www.southportgrocery.com/2015/07/22/pink-grapefruit-marmalade-citrus-party-time/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:25:49 +0000 http://www.southportgrocery.com/?p=9381 all the way across the sky in mellow sweetness and nice grapefruit right out front.]]> We’ve got a few breeds of marmalade and still felt there was something missing. Maybe something with a touch of bitterness, a hint of spice, or maybe a bit of both? And so it was, our Pink Grapefruit Marmalade with pink peppercorns was born.

It’s double pink all the way across the sky in mellow sweetness and nice grapefruit right out front. Slivers of grapefruit pith make for a beautiful presentation on pork shoulder or whipped into cream cheese. The added lemon plays up the grapefruit features we know and love, and a touch of sugar brings everything into alignment. All of the ingredients are meticulously chosen: direct-sourced fruit, organic cane sugar, and the best pink peppercorns we could lay our hands on. We like it cooked it into shredded beef for tacos, whipped into frosting or just for punching up deviled eggs – it seem no matter what is tossed at our Pink Grapefruit Marmalade it’s in its wheelhouse. Get yourself a jar or two and experience what the noise is all about!

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Southport Grocery and Cafe's Horseradish Mustard http://www.southportgrocery.com/2015/07/14/our-horseradish-mustard-power-through/ http://www.southportgrocery.com/2015/07/14/our-horseradish-mustard-power-through/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 20:58:28 +0000 http://www.southportgrocery.com/?p=9371 What happens when you put the powerfully punchy profile of horseradish with a nice spicy mustard? Take a dip in our Horseradish Mustard to find out. It’s a nice little uppercut, that much is for sure, but it’s got the flavor to back up the power. We use two types of mustard seeds – yellow and dijon – to make the best of both shine, giving it the right backbone to the lovely horseradish. We sweeten it up a bit with a touch of sugar, add a bit of umami and savoriness with Arcade Brewery‘s Dubbeltime Belgian and enough vinegar to make it spreadable. We like this mustard coated on pork tenderloin, or as a glue to get breadcrumbs to stick to your baked chicken. Smear it thin on beef sandwiches, or power through a bag of pretzels – no matter how you attack this monster it’ll make a tasty meal or snack.

Pick up your jar, or two, from our shelves – or in our mustard trio – today and get in on some strongly delicious Horseradish Mustard.

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Southport Grocery's European Plum Preseves http://www.southportgrocery.com/2015/07/06/behind-the-jar-euro-plum-preserves/ http://www.southportgrocery.com/2015/07/06/behind-the-jar-euro-plum-preserves/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:31:57 +0000 http://www.southportgrocery.com/?p=9296 We’ve noticed only our ‘winning’ preserves garner most of the limelight, but we do a whole slew of canned goods that deserve a few words written about them just as much as those with special stickers. This, then, is the third in our series; a bit about it, its origins, and why it deserves its spot on our production calendar.

A lot of what we love in life informs us as eaters. Where we go, our family, and tastes we experience define our food palates – what we like, what we make at home, and the kinds of things we seek out on far-flung trips. It’s that last one we’ll focus on, falling in love with a local favorite: Plum Preserves.

It was while her time studying abroad in Australia that Melanie, our preservationist, found herself falling for a jar of dense spread – not Vegemite – but plum preserves. See, in the land down under, their ubiquitous preserves are plum and orange marmalade. Having toast and jam? Plum. Want something else on your waffle? Plum. And so it went, but not all loves last forever and her time on the island had to come to an end. Back home, Melanie ran into a problem. There wasn’t much in the way of plum preserves, and were buried deep in the ethnic sections of specialty grocers. When she took the reigns of preservation at our place, she knew right off that a plum preserve, to make any Aussie proud, had to be in the lineup.

And what isn’t to love? Our Euro Plum Preserves are made with all locally grown European style plums from our amazing fruit growers, who grow conscientiously as to make for the best fruit and keep the land in top shape for the future. This means the plums are cared for – bursting with flavor and juiciness – both something to hang your hat on when crafting our preserves. Great tasting food all starts with the best ingredients, and when you concentrate and preserve good produce it’s even more evident. Our Euro Plum Preserves have depth and flavor that many other plum preserves lack. Crack open a jar and spread the fresh scent of a fresh split plums. We love it shaken into martinis, or used in BBQ sauce, or just right on whole grain morning toast. Get yours from our shelves today, and taste freshness captured.

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Closed July 4th 2015 http://www.southportgrocery.com/2015/07/03/closed-july-4th-2015/ http://www.southportgrocery.com/2015/07/03/closed-july-4th-2015/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 22:04:03 +0000 http://www.southportgrocery.com/?p=9352 Just a quick note – we’ll be closed for the 4th this year – but will be open Sunday at 8am.

We hope you have a safe and wonderful holiday!

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Southport Grocery and Cafe's Carrot Marmalade http://www.southportgrocery.com/2015/07/03/carrot-marmalade-two-hearts-become-one/ http://www.southportgrocery.com/2015/07/03/carrot-marmalade-two-hearts-become-one/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 17:45:25 +0000 http://www.southportgrocery.com/?p=9333 Our preservationist is like a lot like other artists, trying to twist and edge out a flavor profile that compliments, heightens, or changes the preserve. This came into play when a Bon Appetit article was stumbled upon years ago and got us thinking – how could we put our spin on Carrot Marmalade?

We use our Orange Marmalade as a base to launch into adding heaps of thin sliced carrot strands then add a splash of spices, and what comes out the other side is what our Preservationist calls carrot cake in a jar. Open a jar and it’s carrot-ness is immediately obvious, but upon tasting it’s a meandering of lemon, carrot, orange, grapefruit and splashes of floral perfectly layered and delicious. Our Carrot Marmalade is light with little nibbles of goodness, it’s spreadable and the perfect texture. It’s light bitterness goes great on ice cream or pound cake, but also has made a great pork chop glaze or in breakfast sandwiches.

Get a jar of our Carrot Marmalade – a melding of two tastes that make one completely tasty spread – and start eating out of season!

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Our Cranberry Mustard – A Finishing Combo http://www.southportgrocery.com/2015/07/02/our-cranberry-mustard-a-finishing-combo/ http://www.southportgrocery.com/2015/07/02/our-cranberry-mustard-a-finishing-combo/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 19:14:09 +0000 http://www.southportgrocery.com/?p=9337 We kind of got this thing about mustard. We make and love each of our mustards with immense care. Our Cranberry Mustard is one of those, we just can’t stop loving it.

It’s cranberries and mustard sitting in a tree, well jar, and getting along swimmingly. It’s not a heavy-handed over-sweet cranberry, but the pairing of real local cranberries that bring a bright acidity and cranberry tartness right up front. The mustard then follows suit and calms the flavor ocean with nice earthy whole grain – giving our Cranberry Mustard a toothsome texture. Spices included are very light, kisses of chili flake match wits the rest of the rack. The Cranberry Mustard is amazing with fruited sausages – complimenting all the notes and lending a bright note to any encased meat would be remiss without. The mustard gives turkey sandwiches the leg up as well as makes the a great baked pork tenderloin. The cranberry acts more like a backdrop, it’s not a light touch more of a broad brushstroke then lifting the mustard into the spotlight. It’s a thing a beauty.

Get your jar of Southport Grocery Cranberry Mustard on our shelves and get a taste for our love of mustard.

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Southport Grocery's Orange Marmalade http://www.southportgrocery.com/2015/07/01/our-orange-marmalade-citrus-beautiful/ http://www.southportgrocery.com/2015/07/01/our-orange-marmalade-citrus-beautiful/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:36:39 +0000 http://www.southportgrocery.com/?p=9332 A standard orange marmalade may live out its life cycle either in the back of your grandmother’s fridge or in a small blister pack at a nearby breakfast franchise. We love citrus and the real flavor of a good marmalade. It’s a standard spread in the UK, where they hold world-renowned marmalade-only competitions. A good marmalade is powerfully citrus forward, easy on the pectin, and just a kiss of bitterness. We tried our fair share of marmalades over the past few years to hone our palates, and always made sure we were doing it right. We make sure we are always making the perfect marmalade. We think we’re doing a great service to the farmers we direct source from. What we make here won’t get lost in the back of the fridge, but chowed down – eaten and spread.

Our Orange Marmalade is everything we like about the best marmalades pulled into one jar – it spreads like any good preserve, has nibble-able strands of orange rind, smooth grapefruity bitterness and bright citrus flourishes that makes English Muffins sing and cookies jeer. Grab a jar for the fridge and one for the cupboard and start eating out of season, available now on our shelves.

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Southport Grocery's Pickled Cherry Bombs http://www.southportgrocery.com/2015/06/29/pickled-cherry-bombs-spicy-versatile/ http://www.southportgrocery.com/2015/06/29/pickled-cherry-bombs-spicy-versatile/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:11:01 +0000 http://www.southportgrocery.com/?p=9326 In the late summer, when the markets seem to reach a fever pitch, it’s right then that hot peppers make their debut. We love all kinds of local peppers, but have a special place in our hearts for the simple beauty of cherry bomb peppers. They are nicely sweet at first bite and powerful with heat when raw. When pickled though, they even out – creating a soft glow of warmth and the perfect amount of sweetness. Our pickled cherry bombs are great for a punched up boost to tacos, or chopped up and mixed into cream cheese, or taking the picking liquid for bloody mary’s. They come in handy to keep in the cupboard or fridge for those times your eggs need a little oomph or your sandwiches are feeling a bit drab. They are a favorite of staff and sure to be one of yours with one bite.

Get them in your life and start eating out of season, available on our shelves.

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The Story Behind Apricot Preserves http://www.southportgrocery.com/2015/06/19/behind-the-jar-apricot-preserves/ http://www.southportgrocery.com/2015/06/19/behind-the-jar-apricot-preserves/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:01:09 +0000 http://www.southportgrocery.com/?p=9257 We’ve noticed only our ‘winning’ preserves garner most of the limelight, but we do a whole slew of canned goods that deserve a few words written about them just as much as those with special stickers. This, then, is the second of those; a bit about it, its origins, and why it deserves its spot on our production calendar.

Apricots don’t always get the love they deserve. Apricot preserves are usually an imported product and while they may be spectacular, they are much too hard to come by. North American made apricot preserves are usually stuffed full of anti-browning preservatives, or thickeners, or not enough apricot flavor – they just could be so much better. So we made it our place to do so and give the apricot the love they deserve.

Our preservationist, Melanie, has had apricots in her life for a long time. They hold a strong significance to her childhood as well as her journey into the culinary world. It started with her family holidays – her maternal grandmother would give her an otherworldly chocolate covered version and her father’s grandmother would make an Austrian shortbread jam bar, lovingly referred to as “nut bars”. So the positive memories are quite strong with all things apricots. Once Melanie started cooking professionally, her family requested she recreate the nut bars, whose recipe was lost with her great grandmother’s passing. Melanie tried to find apricot butter in a jar, but they were always lacking – she felt then it was up to her to craft a preserve that was up to the level of the cookies in her childhood memories.

Our Apricot Preserves are particularly awesome because they are really orange, full of flavor, and don’t contain any artificial ingredients or preservatives – we let the heat, pH and sugar do the heavy lifting. It has everything to do with freshness of the fruit, getting the most recently picked, processing them quickly and in the most flavor conscious ways possible to make an apricot preserve that tastes like a fresh cut apricot. Not an easy task – but one we think is well worth it. Find out for yourself by getting a jar of our childhood memories, our Apricot Preserves.

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Southport Grocery's Father's Day Gift Guide http://www.southportgrocery.com/2015/06/17/2015-fathers-day-gift-guide/ http://www.southportgrocery.com/2015/06/17/2015-fathers-day-gift-guide/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 15:33:43 +0000 http://www.southportgrocery.com/?p=9299 Dads are pretty cool folks. They were there to tell us to ‘walk it off’, make fart jokes with, and have a tea party when we asked nice enough. He loves tasty food, be it meat, bacon, or a stiff drink. Let’s get dad something delicious this year! So in that spirit, we asked our resident dad to pick a handful of his favorite and break down why he’d want them for Father’s Day.

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Ramp Mustard

“Ramps are pretty great – like an onion and garlic had sweet babies and spread them across this great land of ours. It’s stuffed with a ton in the jar with mustard and made magic once again. It’s got Temperance’s Root Down – a delicious porter – in it too. What’s not to love? I like it on sausages, or sandwiches, or… well really a lot of stuff. Dads will love the Ramp Mustard.”

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Spice Heist

Spice Heist is pretty great local company run by the nicest people – plus they make great spices. I’m keen on the BBQ rub because I’m – admittedly – a BBQ novice, so having something to dash on my ribs to make me look & taste pro is all the better.”

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Gaslight Coffee Roasters

Gaslight is turn-key amazing coffee. They roast their beans to make it in anything – espresso, drip, aeropress, cold brew, whatever – and it tastes amazing. They are for sure a favorite around here. It’s nice to share with my wife or squander it all on myself when I buy a bag.”

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Co-Op Hot Sauce

“Ubiquitous. If your father’s day gift doesn’t include Co-Op hot sauce – and your dad likes spice – you are doing it wrong. Some are quite hotter than others, so check the back with their little flame-o-meter to make sure it fits dad’s level of excitement for the fire.”

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Hey Boo Caramel

“Personally, I love caramel. I’m lactose intolerant though, so I have been stuck without it for a very long time. Hey Boo‘s Coconut Caramel is everything I remember and more, it’s got a pinch of salt and is rich as all get out. Heat it up and drizzle on (vegan) ice cream or on pie right out of the oven. It’s a so good. My son loves it too.”

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Bittermilk cocktail starters

“I like cocktails and treating myself to a drink, or my better half to one. There is real work required to do it up right usually. Bittermilk did all the heavy lifting for me and bottled it up. Whisky sour, old fashioned, all kinds of easy drinks with simple ratios await.”

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Jake’s Giard

“I’m biased, sure. Jake’s Giard. My name is slapped across the front. I love the stuff though, nicely mild with a whole heap of (very important) crunch. It’s the best on pizza – frozen or otherwise – and great when making a spicy pasta salad. Great stuff.”

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Sweetwood Jerky

“What dad wouldn’t love fancy beef jerky for Father’s Day? A beer and some Sweetwood jerky. Maybe some quiet too, that’d be ideal.”

Get these all of these from our shelves just in time for Father’s Day. Want them all in a Father’s Day basket? Just let us know, or you can handpick your own gift basket, or let us put together one just for your dad by our basket pros. And to all Dads out there: Happy Father’s Day.

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