Earth Day Açaí Bowls

April 20th, 2016

This Friday is Earth Day, and we here at Pacific Merchants are celebrating with our responsibly forested Acaciaware® – the perfect display for these gorgeous and healthy açaí bowls.  

Earth Day is a day to celebrate and respect the beauty of our planet – and this fruity açaí bowl definitely shows off some of mother nature’s finest treasures! The açaí berry is not only incredibly rich in antioxidants – it also tastes wonderful blended into a thick frozen yogurt-like smoothie (…two of the many reasons açaí bowls have become so trendy as of late!)
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Learning to make açaí bowls at home will not only save you a few bucks, but will also be the perfect activity to celebrate Earth Day this year – especially if using fresh fruits from the farmer’s market! Plus, with the weather heating up, these frozen treats make for an undeniably refreshing and oh-so sweet afternoon pick-me-up.
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Earth Day Açaí Bowls

Serves 1.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pouch of frozen açaí purée
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 frozen ripe banana
  • 5 fresh strawberries
  • A splash of apple juice

top with:

  • Hemp seed granola
  • Almonds
  • Goji berries
  • Coconut flakes
  • Fresh fruit
  • A drizzle of honey

 

3 SIMPLE STEPS:

  1. Place the frozen açaí purée, pineapple chunks, mango chunks, banana, and strawberries into a blender. Pulse until the frozen fruit is broken down slightly.
  2. Slowly add in a splash or two of apple juice, just until the mixture comes together. *Be careful not to add too much! Blend until smooth.
  1. Pour the smooth and creamy blended açaí into an Acaciaware® bowl, decorate with your favorite toppings, and enjoy!

* (The key to a perfect açaí bowl is thickness: the blended açaí mixture should be thick enough to eat with a spoon!)

 

Oh, and Happy Earth Day!

 

Hangover Breakfast Pie

December 31st, 2015

Hangover Breakfast Pie on Acaciaware serving platter

Party poppers, top hats, confetti and champagne—the glamour and joy of New Year’s celebrations are a thrill. Some pay the price on the first of January, however. When all you want is to share a warming, home-cooked meal with your loved ones, you wake up to a splitting headache… How can you cure that hangover?

Good news! You can still enjoy a scrumptious brunch and impress New Year’s guests with minimal effort. Pre-prepare this Hangover Breakfast Pie recipe, refrigerate up to two days, and bake!  It is hangover-friendly and ready in minutes.  Serve your breakfast pie on gorgeous, Hawaiian-made Acaciaware® wood products for a simply elegant presentation.  Harvested and hand-crafted from non-endangered acacia wood, this fine set of specialty items creates an extraordinary New Year’s brunch without the hassle.  

After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and this pie is the ultimate cure. It warms the heart and strengthens the body.  Rich nutrients from the spinach, carbohydrates and vitamin C from the potatoes, as well as protein from the eggs help rejuvenate the body to start the New Year right.  For gluten-free guests, use a potato-based or a gluten-free pie crust.  Enjoy this wholesome recipe for years to come.

May you have a blessed (and hangover-free) New Year!

Cheers to 2016

 

Preheat: 400°F             | |              Prep Time: 30 minutes            | |             Bake Time: 25-30 minutes

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 premade piecrust (frozen aisle of most markets)
  • 1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 3 fresh sage leaves
  • 1/3 c onion, chopped
  • 1 small red potato, skinned and diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¾ c chicken sausage with coriander
  • 1 ball of fresh burrata cheese
  • ¼ c butter, melted
  • 4 eggs + 2 egg whites
  • 1/3 c whole milk (lactose-free substitutes are okay, but may taste off)
  • 1 handful of spinach

 

5 SIMPLE STEPS:

  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Toss onion, thyme, sage and potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper on the sheet. Roast in the oven at 400°F for 18 minutes.
  2. Unwrap and thaw the piecrust for 10 minutes. Pop in the oven with the vegetables for 3 minutes to soften. Using a fork, crimp the piecrust edge diagonally for the desired shape. Wave-like strokes create the most impressive look.

Hint: place the piecrust on another baking sheet for easier removal of the pie and use oven gloves!

  1. Heat sausage links in the microwave for 2 minutes uncovered or in the oven as directed.
  2. Whisk eggs, egg whites, milk, melted butter, and a hint of salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the bits of sausage.
  3. Line the bottom of the crust with the potato/onion/herb mixture, layer with a handful of spinach, and pour over the egg mixture. Cover the crust edges with tinfoil to reduce cracking of the piecrust.

Cover and refrigerate up to two days and/or bake in the center of the oven for 25-30 minutes.

 

Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales start Thanksgiving!

November 24th, 2015

Hello again, and happy Thanksgiving! We’re psyched to announce that our Black Friday sale* is going to be running Thanksgiving day (11/26) through Cyber Monday (11/30) to give you optimal time to enjoy your family and still get in on the great deals.  Plus, with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday (we definitely qualify) and Cyber Monday, how can we not keep the sale going all weekend long?

Free shipping for the holidays

First of all, Free Shipping!  That’s right, all retail orders placed 11/26 through 11/30 qualify for free GROUND shipping. If you want it there faster, you’re going to have to pay. But you’ve got PLENTY of time until Christmas!

Promo Code $10 Off

Second, any retail order of our Acaciaware® is 20% off! The unique, hand carved wood pieces are great for gifting and for serving, so buy some for you and some for a friend. You’ll end up with beautiful serveware for the holidays and  your friend will get a gift they’ll cherish for years to come! Plus, a sale this good on Acaciaware® only comes around once a year!

Happy Holidays

We hope that you all have fun, happy and safe holidays, and that you enjoy your time with loved ones. We’re thankful to each and every one of you for being such devoted customers. Happy Thanksgiving!

*These deals are for retail customers only and are not combinable with other offers including our Newsletter Sign Up Coupon Code and blogger discount codes. Save that 15% discount for another time! Wholesale and commercial accounts do not qualify. If you order online and receive free shipping or free items, we WILL charge you for the shipping and we will NOT include those items on your purchase. Thanks for your understanding. Any questions? Call us at (888) 207-8999 or email [email protected].

Guilt-free Holiday Stuffing

November 23rd, 2015
Guilt Free Stuffing Recipe

Delicious and guilt free holiday stuffing recipe served in our acacia wood bowl is a sure winner.

 

 

The holidays can still be warm, indulgent and scrumptious, even without gluten and dairy.  A simple twist on this classic, holiday stuffing recipe does not sacrifice deliciousness for health consciousness. Serve your stuffing in natural Acaciaware® wood products for a simply beautiful presentation.  These eco-friendly, specialty wood items make a decadent Thanksgiving easy.

 

This recipe was a huge success—the light sweetness of the carrots and kick of flavor from the thyme completes this dish.  For the most wholesome, authentic taste, I would use Kitchen Basics® Chicken Stock or, better yet, boil a hen for a few hours. The jus from the chicken hen, with a touch of salt, can enhance the richness tenfold.  My grandma’s two famous tricks for making the most flavorful stuffing are 1) using homemade jus and, of course, 2) choosing a quality cornbread mix. Choose your favorite cornbread mix, and if you are cooking for gluten-intolerant guests, ensure there is no enriched wheat flour in the blend.  I use Bob’s Red Mill ® Gluten Free Cornbread Mix.

 

When preparing the cornbread, the Olive Wood spoon is perfect for folding the mixture.  Use an 8×8 dark-colored baking pan and bake it for 25 minutes—do not overcook.  Allow the bread to be partially undercooked in the center because it will be baked again in the 11×7-baking dish (with the vegetable mixture). The final stuffing should come out just right: not too dry, not too mushy, with crusty edges.  It crumbles and melts in your mouth!

 

What are you thankful for this holiday season?

 

 

Preheat: 375°F                                                | |                     Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 package of gluten-free cornbread mix (about 6 cups of cooked cornbread)
  • 1/3 c coconut oil (or canola oil)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ c coconut milk for mix
  • ½ c sweet onion
  • 1 c celery, chopped
  • 1 c carrots, diced
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 c Kitchen Basics® chicken broth
  • ½ c dry white wine
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½-1 tsp black pepper (I like it peppery)

 

If you are feeling playful, add 3/4 c dried cranberries and ½ c pecans to the batter before baking a second time.

 

Cornbread:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F, grease 8×8 pan with some melted coconut oil or coconut oil spray
  2. Melt 1/3 c coconut oil 1 minute in the microwave
  3. Combine eggs, coconut oil, and milk. Mix thoroughly with a Beech Wood spoon or use an electric mixer.
  4. Spread batter evenly in pan and bake for 25 minutes

 

Stuffing Vegetables:

  1. Wash and cut celery, carrots, sweet onion, thyme, and sage
  2. Heat 3 tbsp of coconut oil on low
  3. Add veggies, let simmer on low for 3-5 minutes
  4. Add salt and pepper
  5. Let simmer with 1 c Kitchen Basics® chicken broth, taste test
  6. Add ½ c dry white wine, simmer until reduced by half, stirring often (about 5-7 minutes, may need to increase heat)

 

Crumble baked cornbread in a large mixing bowl and add vegetable mix. Stir well, folding with a Beech Wood spoon, and bake in an 11×7 baking dish at 325°F for 30 minutes or until golden brown on top.

 

Serve and enjoy with cranberry sauce.

 

– Sophie Wix


 

Shown in Image: Acacia Wood Round Calabash Salad Bowl and Basic Olive Wood Tool Set

Fall Table Photography Contest – 2015 Edition

November 10th, 2015
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Dear Followers,

Autumn is upon us once again, and to celebrate a beautiful  fall season, and our love for bringing people together at the table we’re hosting our  #pmtcFallTable contest once more this year for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to our store. Here’s how to enter:

1. Visit any of our social networks (links in header) and #regram the Pacific Merchants fall table photo pictured above.

2. Tag @pacificmerchant in the photo.

3. Want a better chance at winning? Hashtag all your fall food and table photos with #pmtcFallTable to earn an extra contest entry.

It’s time to get creative with your fall food and table photography! We can’t wait to see what you come up with. Contest runs November 10th through November 26th 2015. We’ll #regram our favorites, and announce a winner November 27th. Winner will be chosen at random.
Let the #pmtcFallTable games begin!

Sweaters, pie, and pumpkin spice lattes,
Team PMTC

*Fall Table Contest valid for retail customers only. Contest closes November 26th 2015 11:59PM. Please note that any entries submitted through a private social media account will not be seen by us, and thus will not count as an entry.

The Beauty in Simplicity

November 5th, 2015
Simple Herb and Olive Oil Dip Featuring Acacia Wood Bowl and Cheese Board

Simple Herb and Olive Oil Dip Featuring Acacia Wood Bowl (K0009)  and Cheese Board (AW49102)

Fall is finally upon us and the evenings have grown chilly. But that does not have to mean the end to those romantic picnic dinners with that special someone. As the nights grow cold and the sky darkens earlier each day, you can just take the picnics indoors with this simple and quick olive oil dip recipe!

Wine, cheese and bread are a staple of those summer nights under the stars, and you can compliment the beauty of that simple meal with a bread dipping oil recipe that will soon become a true addiction for you and your beloved. Using just a few simple herbs you have around the kitchen you can whip up this accent to your sourdough or french bread in mere minutes.

Just a few everyday herbs is all it takes!

Just a few everyday herbs is all it takes!

How Simple is This?

1 tbs oregano

1 tbs basil

1 tbs fennel

1 tbs rosemary

1/2 tsp sea salt

a pinch of thyme

a pinch of red chili flakes

1/2 cup olive oil

Serve up in one of our acacia wood bowls with cheese, bread, fruit and wine and you have a stunningly easy, yet sophisticated picnic dinner in for two.

Serve on our beautiful placemats to prevent dribbling oil on the table!

Serve on our beautiful placemats to prevent dribbling oil on the table!

Serve, dip, enjoy!

Shown in images: Acacia Wood Round Calabash Bowl, Metallic Ash PlacematAcacia Wood Cheese Paddle12″ Olive Wood Corner Spoon

Fall Into the Woods: Trail Mix Recipe

August 31st, 2015

National Eat Outside Day falls on the last day of August. And speaking of fall, autumn is rapidly approaching. If you want to get specific, the fall equinox this year lands on September 23rd at precisely 4:21 a.m.
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Lemonade for Days

August 14th, 2015

Photo source: See Vanessa Craft

Lemonade is proof that magic is real. What other explanation is there for how a sour fruit can be transformed into a sweet concoction (sugar, I know, but let me dream).  While we love the traditional water-sugar-lemons mixture, we decided to delve further into the wonderful world of lemonade. Lemonade is usually associated with summer, but there’s no reason it cannot be enjoyed year-round. We’ve rounded up our favorite lemonade recipes that you can enjoy any season. Kids, now you can keep your lemonade stands open 24/7!
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Happy Birthday Julia Child

August 12th, 2015

Bruce (company president) assisting Julia Child at a special Bristol Farms cooking class back in the early 80s

This Saturday, August 15th, would have been Julia Child’s 103rd birthday.

Any chef worth his/her salt knows who this legendary, remarkable woman is and her profound contribution to the culinary world.

“Always remember: If you’re alone in the kitchen and you drop the lamb, you can always just pick it up. Who’s going to know?” – Julia Child

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Double Trouble Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

August 6th, 2015

“Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn and caldron bubble.”
Macbeth (or Harry Potter if you’re so inclined)

Now that I’ve planted this earworm in your head, let’s talk about The Great British Bake Off (GBBO). GBBO is a show on BBC One where the UK’s best amateur bakers compete to be dubbed the best amateur baker. Season 6 recently began, and in celebration I present thee with a new recipe that will make you the best baker of your clan.

Seriously, this recipe checks off all the boxes.
Chocolate? √
Minimal clean-up? √
Delicious? √
Healthy? √
Chocolate? √
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