Autumn is Here

September 22nd was the First Day of Autumn. It’s time for Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Crisp Air, Scarves and Cozy Sweaters, Falling Leaves with Warm Colors, Pumpkin Pie…and of course Football.

Autumn Football

Need a new and different dip for that football game? Here’s AJ’s twist on a crowd pleasing Buffalo Chicken Dip…

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Buffalo Chicken Dip
• Makes: 16 servings
• Serving Size: 1/4 cup dip
• Yields: 4 cups dip
• Prep: 15 mins
• Slow Cook: 2 hrs 30 mins to 3 hrs (low)
Ingredients
• 3 cups chopped cooked chicken*
• 1 8 ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese, cubed
• 1 8 ounce carton light sour cream
• 1 cup Buffalo wing sauce
• 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese or shredded Monterrey Jack or cheddar cheese (2 ounces)
• 1 Envelope AJ’s Garden Ranch dry salad dressing mix
• Assorted chips and dippers, such as celery and/or carrot sticks
Directions
1. In a medium bowl combine the first six ingredients (through dressing mix). Transfer to a 1 1/2- or 2-quart slow cooker.
2. Cover and cook on low for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Stir before serving. Serve with dippers.

*For cooked chicken, preheat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves; reduce heat to medium. Cook 15 to 18 minutes or until done (165 degrees F), turning occasionally.

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Exciting News Here at AJ’s!

We have exciting new happenings here at AJ’s Edible Arts, Inc. with many changes around the corner.

As many of you may know, we attended the 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco this past January. We were successful in making some very lucrative contacts! As a result, we are now selling our Natural line of Walla Walla Sweet Onion Mustards to a German company called Vom Foss under their own label in their U.S. stores. Vom Foss has 30 stores throughout the United States as well as 100s in Europe. The first shipment left our warehouse last week.
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The other and more significant contact we made was with a Master Broker. Through his knowledge and contacts Juli was introduced to a brokerage firm in the Pacific Northwest. She teamed up with them and introduced our Natural line of Walla Walla Sweet Onion Mustards to several major food chains. We received word today our first big commitment is with Fred Meyers of Krogers. In the near future they will be carrying AJ’s Mustard for the Natural Foods section in their Washington stores. Other grocery chains that will be following suit with commitments are Super 1, Market of Choice, and Family Foods, just to name a few.

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We are very excited and proud about these changes and looking forward to see what else is in store for us. We want to thank all of you, our loyal customers, because without you these new big steps would not have been possible.

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National Garlic Day April 19th

National Garlic Day

National Garlic Day is celebrated annually on April 19. This day is about the awareness of the many uses of garlic, known as nature’s wonder drug. Garlic is a species in the onion family. Used by humans for over 7,000 years, garlic is native to central Asia and has been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. For cooks the world over, garlic is the food equivalent of freedom. It’s has transformative properties that, even in small doses, will enliven, enrich and elevate. Served raw, the bulbous plant packs a pungent punch. Roasted, its flavor mellows, turning sweet. It can be sauteed, pickled and powdered. Garlic is claimed to help prevent heart diseases and certain cancers. It is also thought that it might help to fight off coughs and colds. Some believe garlic will ward off evil spirits.
It’s not to be lived without.

That being said, on this “special Garlic Day” why not give some of AJ’s Walla Walla Sweet Onion Mustard with Garlic a try? Perfect day for a Quick Beef Stroganoff with a little of our garlic mustard.

Quick Beef Stroganoff

1 Tbl Vegetable Oil
1 Pound boneless Beef Sirloin Steak OR Beef Top Round Steak, 3/4-inch thick (about 1 steak), cut into thin strips OR 1 Pound Ground Beef
1 Medium Onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1 Can (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup 3/4 cup Milk
1 to 2 tsp AJ’s Walla Walla Sweet Onion Mustard with Garlic
1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1/3 Cup Sour Cream
4 Cups whole wheat or regular Egg Noodles, cooked & drained
1 Tbl chopped Fresh Parsley

• Heat the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook until well browned, stirring often. Remove the beef from the skillet. Pour off any fat.
• Reduce the heat to medium. Add the onion to the skillet and cook until it’s tender.
• Stir the soup, milk, mustard and black pepper in the skillet and heat to a boil. Stir in the sour cream. Return the beef to the skillet and cook until the beef is cooked through. Serve the beef mixture over the noodles. Sprinkle with the parsley.

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National Chip and Dip Day!

It’s National Chip and Dip day!

One of our favorite dips is our Salsa Seasoning Mix.

AJ's Salsa Seasoning Mix

We’ve put a new twist on an old favorite using our Salsa Seasoning Mix in…

 

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Hamburger Corn Pone Pie

1 ½ lb                    Ground Beef

½ Cup                   Onion, chopped

1 pkg                    AJ’s Salsa Mix

½ tsp.                   Salt

2 tsp.                    Worchestershire Sauce

1 can                    Diced Tomatoes

1 can                    Black Beans or Kidney Beans, drained

1 box                    Jiffy Corn Bread mix

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Spray bottom and sides of approx. 9”x9” or 10”x8” casserole dish.

Brown meat and onions, drain and add AJ’s Salsa mix, salt, diced tomatoes and Worchestershire sauce.  Cover and simmer on low for approx. 15 minutes.

Add Black Beans and pour into prepared casserole.

Mix up corn bread according to directions and pour on top of meat mixture.

Bake for approx. 20 minutes or until corn bread is golden browned.

Serve with a dab of sour cream and enjoy.

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Celebrate on International Women’s Day

 

 

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International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

“The age of a women doesn’t mean a thing.
The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles!”

How will you mark the day?

Yet let’s also be aware progress has slowed in many places across the world, so urgent action is needed to accelerate gender parity.
Leaders across the world are pledging to take action as champions of gender parity.

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National Wine Day – February 18th

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Today, February 18th is National Wine day…take a moment, sit down, relax and enjoy a glass of your favorite wine with a little of our Cheese Ball.  What a way to enjoy the moment.

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AJ’s Holiday Turkey Cranberry Wreath

 

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AJ’s Turkey Cranberry Wreath

2 pkgs       (8 oz. each) Refrigerated Crescent Rolls
½ Cup       Mayonnaise
1 to 2 Tbl   AJ’s Original Walla Walla Sweet Onion Mustard
¼ Cup       AJ’s Plum Catchup
2 Cups       Turkey, cooked and chopped
½ Cup       Celery, chopped
½ Cup       dried Cranberries
1 Cup          Swiss Cheese, shredded
½ Cup       Walnuts, coarsely chopped
1                  Egg, separated

1) Preheat oven to 375°F. Unroll crescent dough; separate into 16 triangles. With wide ends of triangles toward the center, arrange 8 triangles in a circle on large round pizza pan or round stone. Corners of wide ends will touch and points will extend beyond edge of baking sheet. Match wide end of each remaining triangle to wide end of each outer triangle, press seams together (points will overlap in center, do not seal).

2) In medium bowl, mix together mayonnaise, mustard, plum catchup. Add turkey, celery, cranberries and cheese. Using medium scoop, scoop filling over seams of dough, forming a circle.

3) Coarsely chop walnuts and sprinkle over filling. Beginning in center, lift one dough triangle across mixture. Continue alternating with outer strips, slightly overlapping to form wreath. Tuck last end under first.

4) Separate egg, beat white lightly and brush over dough with pastry brush.
Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Yield: 10 servings.

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New Favorite Side Dish for Family Gatherings this Thanksgiving!

We at AJ’s Edible Arts want to send warm wishes to all of our customers for a Happy Thanksgiving.

Want to try a new “family favorite side dish” for this Thanksgiving?

We have the perfect recipe for you…

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WARM BALSAMIC GREEN BEANS with WALLA WALLA SWEET ONION MUSTARD

TOPPING:
½ cup   Slivered Almonds
1 Tbl      Butter
1 Tbl      Sugar

BEANS:
3 Tbl      Butter
¼ Cup   Onion, chopped
2 tsp       Garlic, finely chopped
1 lb         Fresh Green Beans, trimmed and cut in half
1 tsp       Salt
½ tsp    Pepper

SAUCE:
2 Tbl     Honey
1 Tbl      Balsamic Vinegar
1½ tsp  Walla Walla Sweet Onion Mustard w/Red Bell Peppers
Directions

TOAST almonds in an 8-inch nonstick skillet with butter and sugar over medium-low heat until golden and caramelized (7 to 10 minutes). Spread onto waxed paper to cool.

BRING a large pot of water to a boil over medium heat. Add the beans and blanch them for 2 minutes. Immediately remove the beans from the water and add them to an ice bath to stop the cooking process. Drain.

MIX honey, vinegar & mustard in small bowl and set aside.

COOK onions and garlic in a 12-inch skillet with 3 tablespoons butter until softened (3 to 5 minutes). Add green beans, salt and pepper; cook until crispy tender (8 to 10 minutes). Stir in honey, vinegar, mustard mixture; continue cooking until sauce thickens and beans are well coated (2 to 3 minutes).

PLACE beans into serving bowl; top with caramelized almonds.

Prep time: 10 minutes Total Time: 35 minutes 8 – ½ cup servings

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Saturday, August 1st – National Mustard Day celebrates the “King of the Condiments”.

Mustard is a must have for hot dogs, sausages, and a wide range of sandwiches. Its an important ingredient in many recipes, too.
When it comes to condiments, Mustard is among the most popular. When it comes to longevity, mustard is unrivaled. It has literally been in use to spice up meals for thousands of years. To retain it’s status, mustard has not stood still. Rather, it has diversified. It’s not just yellow anymore. There’s a growing selection, including Honey Mustard, Bold and Spicy, Sharp and Creamy, Dijon Mustard, and of course AJ’s Walla Walla Sweet Onion Mustard. Take a trip to your refrigerator, and you will probably find two or three different types of mustard. A trip to the grocery store, will reveal even more selections.

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Summer Time is Picnic Time

and what goes better at a picnic then Fried Chicken?
We’ve put a little twist on this all-time favorite by using our Original Walla Walla
Sweet Onion Mustard as part of the coating. How can it get better than this, you ask?
Well, use YOUR favorite flavor of our mustard and enjoy the mouth watering goodness.

AJ’s MUSTARD FRIED CHICKEN
Chicken, skinned, washed and drained.
½ Cup AJ’s Walla Walla Sweet Onion Mustard – any flavor
3 Tablespoon Water
Salt
Pepper
Flour
Mix mustard and water in bowl, set aside. Pat chicken dry with paper towel, salt and pepper to taste. Coat chicken with flour, liberally
dip chicken pieces in mustard, coat again with flour and fry about 30 minutes (until done) in oil.
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