Catering Your Next Event – MyShopWise.com

Not only can you order and have fresh groceries delivered to your door – we can cook and deliver the food for your next event!

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Backyard birthday? Baby shower?

We offer a full line of prepared foods, so you don’t have to including:

– Wraps

– Veggies and fruit platters

– Macaroni, Potato, Broccoli, Pasta salads and more!

– Sandwiches by the foot

– Salads

– Chips and Salsas

– Chicken, steak and other meats

– Deli meats and cheeses from around the world

– Pastas (such as rigatoni, lasagna and more)

– many many more!

 

We are currently updating our menu of full items to serve you better, but you can call us directly to custom order your next event. Our catering department will make sure to provide you with everything you will need! Call 516-385-3678 and ask for the catering department today!

To order, visit www.myshopwise.com

 

 

 

Getting Creative with Tomatoes

I say to-MAY-to you say to -MAH-to. It’s summer and there are tomatoes everywhere! Yum! But eating just plain tomatoes everyday can get boring, so we looked to find a creative new way to make a summer fresh tasty treat!

And what would be better than this?

Heirloom Tomato & Peach Salad

A fresh and delicious salad bursting with color!

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:
(Always use organic ingredients when available.)

2 heirloom tomatoes (or I used half of four different-colored heirlooms), cored and thinly sliced
2 ripe peaches, cored and thinly sliced
quarter of a red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup torn fresh basil
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. balsalmic or cider vinegar

Unusual Uses for Lemons

The lemon. Who knew it was so multi-purposeful? We thought it was fun when we learned you could make a homemade body scrub – but this infographic shows that you should order about 10 lemons to be delivered right now!! Big props to the website, http://www.rawforbeauty.com, for finding all these awesome ideas and combinding them into one amazing photo. Kudos, you just made our day – and I bet, our readers’ as well!

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Pickles

The Kitchen Daily always has some fun tips and interesting facts. Today, we saw they were talking about pickles, so of course they caught our attention! They have way more facts at the full article here – but here are some of the ‘fun facts’ we thought you might enjoy today!

First of all – did you know pickles date all the way back into the Middle Ages? Like 2400 BC ages!!! It is  even believed that the Mesopotamians were picklers and that we have been pickling ever since. That’s an A+++ history fact for you to share in class today.

Pickles were also popular with famous people throughout history – like Aristotle thought that “cured cucumbers” had great healing properties. Julius Casear fed pickles to his men as he believed that they offered physical and spiritual strength. Cleopatra, known for her good looks, believed her beauty came from eating ample amounts of pickles. Maybe we should all eat more pickles???

Time for Pickle Trivia!

1. Who brought pickling to “the New World”?

It was none other than Christopher Columbus! The explorer grew cucumbers in order to pickle them. In the 1500s, the area which is now New York City played host to the largest group of Dutch commercial picklers.

2. How Many Pickles Do We Eat?

Each year, Americans as a whole eat more than 2.5 million pounds of pickles, and, according to a 2009 Mental Floss article, the average American eats 8.5 pounds of pickles a year and dill pickles are twice as popular as sweet pickles.

3. How Long Does it Take To Make Pickles?

Pickles can develop at different rates depending upon the process used to create them. In the case of ever popular dill pickles, if they are made through a process of refrigeration (refrigerator pickles), they can be ready in just five days whereas fresh-packed pickles can take five weeks and fermented pickles, up to six weeks.

4. How Long do Pickles Stay Good?

According to EatByDate.com, pickles can stay good for one to two years past the date on the jar.

5. How to Make Quick Pickles

Here’s a way to make better-than-store-bought pickles in under an hour. The secret is pouring the hot vinegar mixture over slices of cold, crisp cucumber. These pickles have the perfect balance of sour and sweet—though closer to a “bread and butter” taste, they still satisfy the vinegar-loving pickle crowd. In our humble opinion, there’s no reason to ever buy another jar of pickles.

Ingredients

1 ¼ lb pickling cucumber, trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 ½ tsp salt
1 cup cider vinegar
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup slivered onion
2 cloves garlic, silvered
1 tsp dill seed
1 tsp mustard seed

Directions

1. Place cucumber slices in a colander set in the sink. Sprinkle with salt; stir to combine. Let stand for 20 minutes. Rinse, drain and transfer to a large heatproof bowl.

2. Meanwhile, combine cider vinegar, white vinegar, brown sugar, onion, garlic, dill and mustard seed in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Pour the hot liquid over the cucumbers; stir to combine. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes to bring to room temperature.

To Make Ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 10 days.

Spring Clean Your Kitchen

Is your kitchen still looking dark and dreary from winter? It is preventing you from creating masterpieces like Rachel Ray? Maybe it’s time to spruce up and spring clean your kitchen! Just a couple little tweaks like new sponges, some fresh flowers, or pretty soap can brighten up your favorite room in the house (wink wink). We came across this AMAZING article from The Daily Meal, that give you 70 – yes SEVENTY- ways to add some color to your kitchen! Check it out here –

70 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Bloom

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What’s in Season? Asparagus!

Cali and Mexico are having a good Asparagus season, generating a thicker crop this year – but don’t be fooled that is is too tough to eat, this asparagus crop is delicious and is cooking up great! Packed with lots of vitamins and nutrients, Asparagus just brings Spring into full effect this month.

Some facts on Asparagus:

– It is a rich source of folic acid (containing about 30% of the Daily Value in about 6 spears!) And those 6 spears only host about 20 calories so you can much as much as you like for dinner tonight!
– It is also a good source of Vitamin A for healthy vision and Vitamin K, which assists in blood clotting

– DYK it is a native of the eastern Mediterranean region, and has been eaten by humans for at least 3,000 years!

– newly planted Asparagus takes 3 years to be harvested (it takes that long for the root system to develop)

– Ancient Greeks used Asparagus as a pain reliever for toothaches.

Broiled Asparagus with Cotija Cheese

 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and peeled (if desired)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces Cotija cheese, grated or shredded

Procedures

1. Preheat broiler to high. Arrange asparagus in a single layer in a foil-lined broiler pan or rimmed baking-sheet. Drizzle with oil and shake to coat evenly. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil 2-inches from element until tender and well charred, about 8 minutes total, shaking occasionally, and sprinkling with cheese 1 minute before finished. Serve immediately.


How to Freeze Herbs

Looking for an easy way to preserve the fresh taste of summer herbs? Make frozen herb cubes!

1. Start by rinsing your fresh herbs.

2. Cut off all the long stems.

3. Chop chop chop! (The easiest tool for this is a mezzaluna, if you don’t own one yet and do a lot of cooking, you might want to invest in one!)

4. Spoon into each ice cube tray cube.

5. Add either water or olive oil to the cubes – depending on how you will use them for cooking in the future. Personally, we prefer olive oil!

6. Freeze for at least 24 hours to set.

7. Pop out and store in a freezer bag until you need them!

Did You Know – You Can Create And Save Grocery Lists Online?

msw groceryMyShopWise.com is dedicated to making sure your online grocery shopping experience is exception and simple – and your delivery is fresh, on time and just as your ordered it.

We are constantly updating our website with new user options to make your online shopping experience better – such as our on-site grocery list option.

Once signed in, you have the option to view you last order, more recent orders, or a specific list and/or favorites from within the site! You can view what you ordered last time and even see if those items are now on sale! Very cool, right!

Maybe you have a signature desert you always make for family get-togethers and holidays. Now you can create a list called “my famous carmel apple pie recipe” that can host all the ingredients, so the next time you go to make it,  you can just open the list and order all the ingredients in one click! How quick and simple is that!

If you haven’t tried our grocery list option, try it out now —-> let me create a grocery list!