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Knowlan’s Super Markets Wins Minnesota Grown Retailer of the Year Award Fifth Year in a Row April 26, 2016 – Vadnais Heights, MN –  The Minnesota Grown Program, in conjunction with the Minnesota Grocers Association, has named Knowlan’s Super Markets a 2016 Retailer of the Year. This marks the fifth consecutive year the Minnesota grocer has been chosen for the award, announced today at a special luncheon sponsored by the Minnesota Grocers Association. Knowlan’s operates six Festival Foods stores and two Knowlan’s Fresh Foods Stores in the Twin Cities metro area. The organization is unique in its industry for being family-owned and operated by Minnesota native Lauri Youngquist, its President and CEO.  Knowlan’s has been dedicated to supporting local farmers and other food producers since it started selling locally grown food products in 1905. “To be given this kind of recognition five years running is a reflection of our mission … Continue reading

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March 28, 2016 – Vadnais Heights, MN – Representatives from Knowlan’s Super Markets, Inc. have announced a new addition to the executive management team by naming Debra Brei to the role of Chief Financial Officer. In her new position Brei will be responsible for leading financial operations and activities for Knowlan’s as well as establishing and monitoring financial plans and budgets for the organization. Knowlan’s operates seven Festival Foods stores and two Knowlan’s Fresh Foods Stores in the Twin Cities metro area. “Debra Brei is an experienced financial professional with an impressive history of more than fifteen years public accounting experience combined with hands-on private accounting work,” said Lauri Youngquist, President and CEO of Knowlan’s Super Markets. “She has a successful track record of leadership and technical expertise, as well as a commitment to excellence. We are fortunate to have such an accomplished individual join our team.” Brei is a … Continue reading

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  It’s time to break out the recipes and figure out some food for the weekend and the weather is looking good for a little grilling and a Kansas City Strip Steak will do just fine. To cozy up with that, a recipe of warm potatoes, Cambozola, and salad greens with a lovely dressing. You’ll notice by clicking on that recipe link that we have updated our recipe site with some great time-saving features such as adding the recipe ingredients to the shopping list and setting your weekly menu while you’re choosing your recipes. Warm Potatoes and Spring Salad Greens Both your salad and side wrapped into one delicious dish to serve next to that steak that of course will be cooked to perfection. If your family and friends aren’t crazy about blue cheese, Brie or Camembert could be substituted in the recipe.  We love using The Little Potato Company … Continue reading

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This is a crazy busy time of year with cookie exchanges, parties, potlucks, holiday celebrations and family gatherings and food is at the center of it all. There is no need to panic but planning is essential to keep stress to a dull roar so you can enjoy the festivities. A Christmas cookie exchange party is a great way to spend time with friends and family and the bonus is leaving the party with a wonderful selection of cookies! If you’re hosting you need some easy appetizer recipes or to make it super easy, serve a cheese board. We pinned some beautiful cheese boards to inspire you, even more inspiring is that our The Big Cheese event has begun with a perfect selection of products and cheeses to have available in the frig and pantry for cheese boards or easy last minute entertaining. A fabulous finger food appetizer is our Blue … Continue reading

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 What’s not to love about sun-dried tomatoes, chicken, and pasta with a healthy kick of red pepper flakes! This dish comes together quickly with wonderful rich flavor, a perfect evening meal for a busy family. Let’s get cooking. Chicken Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes  Ingredients • 3 large garlic cloves, minced • 1 jar (4 oz.) sun-dried tomatoes in oil • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch cubes or larger • kosher salt • paprika • 1 cup heavy whipping cream • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving with the pasta • 8 oz. penne pasta • 1 Tbsp. Italian Seasoning • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, or more, to taste • Fresh Italian Parsley chopped fine for garnish Drain sun-dried tomatoes from oil; reserve 2 Tbsp. of this drained oil for sautéing. Season the cubed chicken with kosher … Continue reading

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Fall weather calls for us to break out some hardier recipes and this fits the mission with some spicy sausage and delicious gooey cheese. Baked Ziti  Ingredients • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil • 3 cloves Garlic, minced • 1 whole Large Onion, diced • 2 lb. Italian Sausage • 1 can (28 oz.) Whole Tomatoes, with Juice • 2 cans (14.5 oz.) Tomato Sauce or Marinara Sauce • 2 tsp. Italian Seasoning • 1/2 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes • Salt And Pepper to taste • 1 tub (15 oz.) Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese • 1 to 1 1/2 lb. Mozzarella Cheese, grated • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese • 1 whole Egg • 16 oz. Ziti Or Mostaccioli, cooked until not quite Al Dente • Fresh Minced Italian Parsley Heat olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add garlic and onions and saute for several minutes, or until starting … Continue reading

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It’s time to begin planning your menu for Halloween festivities!  If you and the kids are heading out to trick or treat, start them off right with an nice, hot meal appropriate to the holiday – we’re talking Mummy Meatloaf. Easy to prepare, just slice our meatloaf and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in the oven until an internal temperature of 160 degrees. While the meatloaf is cooking in the oven slice strips of your favorite white cheese that will melt easily. When your meatloaf is fully cooked wrap the white cheese and sliced black olives for eyes on the meatloaf slices and place on a clean sheet of parchment paper in a warm oven to melt the cheese slightly.  If doing anything but heat and serve before you go out trick or treating then perhaps our Ghoulash prepared and sold in our Deli may be … Continue reading

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The cool and crisp fall weather has arrived much too soon but it’s perfect weather to begin cooking hearty soups and stews with fragrant herbs for your family meals or prepping some chili for a crowd to watch football. This is a classic Minnesota soup made with wild rice made especially easy if you use Rotisserie chicken from our deli, moist and full of flavor our Rotisserie chickens are useful as an ingredient in many recipes (think chicken quesadillas) as well as a main course. We call our recipe Minnesota Wild Rice Soup it has lovely rich flavor and one of my favorite fall recipes. Another of our favorite soups is Hearty Italian Soup made with our very own fresh Italian Sausage – available either Hot or Mild, easy to make for a quick meal during the week, we like to serve with a fresh baked baguette. Taco Soup is all the … Continue reading

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It’s hard to believe that summer is already coming to an end and it’s time to begin planning the Labor Day menu for the last hurrah of summer. Small bites to share are a great option to bring for potluck gatherings on the holiday weekend or to serve for a family buffet dinner. One of the most tasty bites we can think of are Mini Ham Sandwiches, a sweet and savory mix of flavors and…you can prepare them the night before. If you’re in the mood to do some frying and serve some hot bites, Beer Battered Cheese Curds or Fried Cream Cheese Wontons are very easy to prepare and always a favorite with family and friends. The cream cheese wontons are simple to assemble with wonton wrappers, a small dollop of cream cheese and a little water to moisten the edges of the wrappers when you fold them up. … Continue reading

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Grab those groceries and sparklers and get ready to celebrate this holiday weekend! Fire up that grill and give our new Honey Lime Chipotle Chicken Sandwich a try, this chicken would be spectacular on a salad as well. It has a lovely smoky flavor with a kick from the chipotle. If its Red, White, and Burgers for you then we’ve got some delicious recipes.   Mouth-watering, big flavor is how we describe our Black Angus Premium Choice ground beef, Tickler Cheddar cheese and our own Festival Foods smokehouse bacon. We call it the Tickler Bacon Burger. The Cheese Sauce can be made the day before, chilled and then reheated and served, making this entertaining-friendly. For those looking for some options other than beef burgers we have a few ground chicken burger recipes that are very tasty, our latest ground chicken recipe is a Mexican Chicken Burger. A colorful chopped salad recipe … Continue reading

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