Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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Newsletter : Rooster Brother Coffee Roasters

The in-store coffee special continues this week with our Colombian NariƱo for $9.95 (regularly $12.00/lb). Exceptionally smooth and gentle, this is the perfect coffee for any time of the day.

We will be ordering Glidden Point oysters for Easter week. Some say these are the most succulent and delicious oysters in the whole wide world. If you are interested, e-mail by April 15th.

What is
Our take on a legendary bread, dating back to Roman times, baked from scratch daily in our bakery.

The ingredients are simple: flour, water, butter, eggs, sugar, salt and yeast. The process involves two days of forming and a long, slow, cool rise.

Hearty but light, rich and airy, you’ll love them for everything from a PB&J to a burger just off the grill. They freeze beautifully and are excellent toasted.

Bring a Bag, Feed a Family
So far, our “Bring a Bag, Feed a Family” program has raised $4,848.65 for Hancock County food pantries. Of this amount, $1,355.30 was contributed by Rooster Brother on behalf of people bringing their own bags to use for their purchases. $3,493.55 was given by customers as additional donations.

This amount has purchased $58,184 worth of food for our neighbors in need, since food pantries can buy $12 worth of food for $1.
Thank you for participating in this program!

Remember, with the magnificent La Marzocco espresso machine downstairs our baristas are standing by to pull you that perfect shot of our exclusive espresso blend or delicious Cappuccino, Latte, Mocha, Hot Chocolate, Chai Latte and more.

Tips from Pamela's kitchen "got onions to peel? Soak them in hot water for fifteen minutes and the skins will slide right off."
"Peeling ginger is a chore. The best method, taught to us by Helen Chen, is to scrape the peel off using the edge of a teaspoon. It doesn’t seem like it will work, but it really does - thanks Helen!"
"Want to get more juice out of a lemon, lime, or orange? Microwave for 15 seconds or less before juicing. You'll be amazed at how much more you get." To see more tips on our Facebook page, click here.

Have you tried our
Ultimate Chocolate Dessert?
We developed this flourless chocolate cake to celebrate Rooster Brother’s seventeenth anniversary. It was such a hit we had to keep making it. It’s fabulous with Fran’s raspberry syrup and a glass of Brachetto d’Aqui. It stores well in the freezer and keeps for at least a week in the fridge. To order, click here.

Brachetto d'Acqui is a unique red sparkling wine. Sweet and appealing, Brachetto may be enjoyed as a delicious aperitif, between-meal or after-dinner sparkler. Aromatic with a hint of rose petals and raspberries, Banfi Brachetto d'Acqui is perhaps the only wine in the world that marries well with chocolate, especially dark or bittersweet. Delightful, vivacious and aromatic, it can also be enjoyed with strawberries, fruit salads and a wide range of desserts.

For a long time we have carried what we believe are the finest peanuts available from The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg, Virginia.
NEW: 2 ounce shelled peanut packages, a perfect snack for on the go. For a sweeter bite we now have the 2 ounce Peanut Crunch Bar.

We also selected The Peanut Shop’s reformulated Wasabi Spiced Peanuts which they have packaged both by themselves and as a blend called YIN & YANG where they are mixed with Sweet Praline Glazed Peanuts. Or you can enjoy Sweet Praline Glazed Peanuts by themselves.

Traina dried fruits at Rooster Brother
As a California grower, sun dryer and packer, Traina Foods controls all the steps involved in producing sun dried fruit. Their products start with the finest naturally ripened California grown fruit. They are washed, sorted, cut and placed on redwood drying trays to dry slowly, naturally under the sun. The result is a brilliant, intensely flavored sun dried fruit packed with health benefits. All of Traina Foods' sun dried fruit is produced under a strict HACCP program and is Kosher Certified.

Now available at Rooster Brother: sun dried Bing Cherries, Dark Raisins, Golden Raisins, Pears, Apricots, Peaches and Black Mission Figs .

All hand made by us upstairs in our kitchen. We use only the best ingredients. We never add fillers or preservatives. There are six different varieties each crafted from authentic traditional recipes for that type of sausage.

Sweet Italian – Great straight off the grill or in sauces.
Hot Italian – Sweet with a kick.
Lamb – An Armenian recipe with bulgur and spices.
Chorizo – A very spicy sausage, like the Spanish chorizo fresco. Essential for meat-based paellas.
Andouille – The Cajun sausage used in gumbo. Ours is not smoked.

If you are going to grill our sausages, or any sausage for that matter, grill them slowly over low heat. Never prick them with a fork; that lets all the flavorful juices out. Cook to an internal temperature of 155 degrees, then wrap in foil and rest for five minutes.

New Item upstairs:
Doormats from Down East

Made from recycled lobster trap float-rope
Float-rope is used by lobstermen to tether multiple traps together on the ocean floor. The problem with float-rope is that it can entangle whales, which sometimes leads to their injury or death. Now, Maine lobstermen are required to replace float-rope with sink-rope. Finally, without an appropriate recycling outlet, hundreds of thousands of pounds of this turned-in float-rope could end up in Maine landfills.

With government funds, the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation purchases turned-in float-rope from Maine lobstermen. Then the rope is collected and turned into terrific, colorful and virtually indestructible doormats.

Monday-Saturday, 9:30-5:30; weekdays open at 7:30 AM downstairs.

Thank you for your support,
George, Pamela and the staff at Rooster Brother