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Category Archive: seasonal

  1. Celebrating Family Recipes for National Grandparents Day

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    Sunday, September 13 is National Grandparents Day. Some of the best recipes come from our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. At Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods, we’re proud to use family recipes for our products.

    In honor of this day, we would like to share a Lebanese recipe from our CFO, John Zeheb, that has been passed down in his family for many years now. These delicious cookies are typically made during the holidays.


    Pictured is John and his Granddaughter, Kristen.

    Fruit Cocktail Cookies

    In A Mixer, Blend:

    Lebanese Cookies

    Fruit Cocktail Cookies

    1 cup shortening, 1 ½ cups sugar, 3 eggs, 3 tablespoons molasses, 1teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 teaspoon cloves and 1 tablespoon cinnamon

    Dissolve together:

    1 teaspoon baking soda, 2 tablespoons water

     Add 4 cups of flour, then blend.

    Add & Mix By Hand:

    1 cup chopped walnuts, 1 cup raisins and 1 17oz. can of fruit cocktail (no juice)

    Spoon cookie batter on cookie sheet, bake for 11 minutes at 375 degrees then enjoy!

    Do you have a favorite recipe that was passed on from your grandparents? Share it with us!

  2. Cake of the Month

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    As the name implies, our Ukrop’s Cake of the Month program will feature a different, seasonal cake each month. First up for July: WATERMELON!

    A three layer cake bursting with the surprising and refreshing taste of watermelon. Happy summer!



  3. Hot Cross Buns!

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    Our made-from-scratch sweet dough favorite is now available!

    Nutmeg, glazed fruit and raisins, finished with fondant icing…Hot Cross Buns are a seasonal favorite.

    Protestant England attempted to ban the sale of the buns by bakers but they were too popular, and instead Elizabeth I passed a law permitting bakeries to sell them, but only at Easter and Christmas…making them a seasonal favorite, quite literally!

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  4. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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    Did you know Colonial New York City hosted the first official St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1762, when Irish immigrants in the British colonial army marched down city streets? In subsequent years Irish fraternal organizations also held processions to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The various groups merged sometime around 1850 to form a single, grand parade. St. Patrick’s Day is now widely celebrated in the United States…you’re sure to see lots of green this Sunday, March 17!

    Killarney Jewel Cake - chocolate crème bundt cake with our traditional chocolate fudge icing, decorated with festive buttercream icing

    Killarney Jewel Cake – chocolate crème bundt cake with our traditional chocolate fudge icing, decorated with festive buttercream icing

  5. Favorite Valentine’s Day Treats

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    Happy Valentine’s Day from Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods! Our treats are perfect for sharing with your family and loved ones this Thursday. A long-stemmed rose cake, brightly-colored cupcakes, a cookie or pink rose cake with a special message…say “I love you” with a sweet treat from Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods! Available at MARTIN’S.

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  6. Celebrate Mardi Gras with a King Cake

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    The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple (symbolic of justice), green (symbolic of faith) and gold (symbolic of power). You’ll find them all on our Mardi Gras King Cake!

    Made-from-scratch cinnamon Danish dough, iced with white fondant, sprinkled with colored sugars and topped with a “baby” surprise. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

    The perfect centerpiece for your Fat Tuesday spread!

    The perfect centerpiece for your Fat Tuesday spread!

  7. Big Snacks for the Big Game

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    Preparing for the Big Game? Be sure to visit MARTIN’S for your favorite football party dips and spreads!

  8. Delicious Dishes – Holiday Sides

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    Complete your holiday meal with our signature side dishes. Save 10% when you pick up three at MARTIN’S today!

  9. Gather Around the Gridiron

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    Football season is already underway, and it’s a great time for families to gather around the gridiron.  Watching sports with your family can be an enjoyable experience as you cheer for your favorite teams, learn about historic moments in sports and spend quality time together!  It’s no secret that sports and food go great together, but watching a game doesn’t mean that you have to be on junk-food overload. 

     Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods prepares or makes a variety of great appetizers for small viewing parties with just the family—to big gatherings with friends and neighbors during major events. 

    Spice up your routine and add some of our great game-day “starters!” 

    • Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods Spinach and Artichoke Dip

    Enjoy a dip that’s a blend of spinach and artichokes combined with cheddar, Monterrey Jack and Parmesan cheeses.  Goes great with fresh pita, pita chips or water crackers; for an added touch serve it in hollowed-out artisan bread.  Chop the bread into cubes and watch it disappear!

    •  Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods Buffalo Chicken Dip

    Get your chicken fix without messy bones to clean up!  Our great-tasting buffalo chicken dip is made with all white meat chicken, cream cheese, ranch dressing and flavorful spices!  We’ve kicked it up with hot sauce and topped it with cheddar cheese!  Serve with fresh veggies!

    •  Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods 7 Layer Dip

    We’ve taken the guess work out with our hearty dip made with refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, black olives, shredded cheese and more!  Heat and eat and serve with our salsa and tortilla chips!

     Find these items are your local MARTIN’S store in our convenient pans that can be heated in the oven or the microwave!

  10. Super Bowl 2011 Party Ideas with Richmond Families

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    by Kate Willoughby Hall,

    We’re excited to celebrate with friends and watch Super Bowl XLV, and to get the kids in the spirit and prepare for our guests we had some fun preparing yummy snacks with Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods found at Martin’s stores. We’re sharing them here with you so you can create your own fun memories; please share your ideas with us, too!

    Fun with Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods cornbread

    Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods Cornbread and Gingerbread shapes: All that’s needed is a cutting board, fun cookie-cutter shapes and some delicious cornbread and/or gingerbread—we tried both. Kids choose their shapes—from footballs to a bunny rabbit—and cut out their own snacks. Voila!

    Cutting shapes with kids is easy with Ukrop’s Gingerbread and Cornbread

    Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods White House Roll individual sandwiches: to make the easiest and yummiest snacks ever, we let the kids choose what they wanted on their rolls. My little kid chose grape jelly, her big brother peanut butter, and our big boy chose cheese slices which we melted by slipping the sandwich onto a baking sheet under the broiler. They loved making their own choices!

    White House Rolls with kids’ favorites

    Ukrop’s Frosted Cupcake decorating: We took the Richmond-famous cupcakes (now known around the country!), undecorated, and made our own little masterpieces. Team colors would be a fun addition, although we chose valentine and pink as our little princess typically gets her own way in this arena.

    Each cupcake is a child’s work of art, starting with a vanilla Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods cupcake

    For decorations, kids can make their own paper football chains and even have a toss game where they “win” small prizes for having the longest throw outside before the big game—have fun with it!