14 Romantic Ways to Celebrate
Valentine’s Day at Home
Romance is in the air – and Valentine’s Day is coming! Here are 14 Romantic Ways to Celebrate with your sweetheart at home this Valentine’s Day!
Say Yes to Chocolate!
You’ll want your favorite chocolates, of course. But why not get some NEW varieties too and create your own Valentine’s Day Chocolate Tasting for Two!
Dinner for Two from our Deli!
Buehler’s famous Dinner for Two is stepping up this year to provide an elite restaurant style meal for those who are celebrating at home. Our Prime Rib Dinner for Two includes fully cooked Prime Rib, mashed potatoes and gravy, garlic green beans, a mini loaf of bakery bread and two slices of chocolate cream pie – for $34.99. Yummmm!
Order online, call, or visit our deli to place your order.
Buehler’s Floral Department is always filled with beautiful flowers – but Valentine’s Day is our favorite time of the year. In fact, our florist encourage you to place your order early if you’d like delivery.
Of course, there is nothing sweeter than personally giving your love a beautiful bouquet! So stop in anytime! Our store will be overflowing with flowers for you to pick up through the holiday.
Explore the World of Wine
It only takes two (well, actually only one) to have a fun Wine Tasting Party. And selecting the wines is great fun. Whether you choose to go with a theme (like Italian Wines, or Sparkling Wines) or get adventurous and have a blind tasting, it’s sure to be a blast! Here’s a link to How to Host a Wine Tasting Party from Wine Folly for some ideas to get you started.
And of course Buehler’s Wine Department staff would be more than happy to help you pick out some special wines for your party of two!
Steak and Seafood Dinner
If surf and turf is a Valentine’s Day tradition, never fear, we have this easy recipe – thanks to Certified Angus Beef Chef Michael Ollier – just for you!
See his demonstration – and get the recipe – by clicking here.
Have you ever had Fondue?
Cozy up with your chocolate around a fondue pot and start dipping!
No fondue pot? No problem! Here’s a recipe from the Cooking Channel for Chocolate Fondue without a Fondue Pot.
Plan Some Post-COVID Adventures
Whether it’s a day trip, a short vacation or a worldwide cruise (well, maybe not that!) – it is fun to dream about the possibilities!
Take a Cooking Class in your own Kitchen
Our own Chef Ben has been demonstrating how to make lots of great dinners in our Cooking with Buehler’s series. Check out our RECIPES page, choose your favorite and cook something delicious together.
Of course feasting on your dish is a BONUS that comes with this adventure!
Enjoy your Favorite Movie….
What is your favorite movie? Does your spouse agree? Maybe you’ll have to enjoy two different movies together – or compromise on something in between. It doesn’t matter…. it just matters that you spend time together!
Did you know Buehler’s Bakery makes Tortes that are out of this world?
Yes! This Black Forest Torte is just one of a variety of tortes we offer. Of course this one is simply perfect for Valentine’s Day with all that chocolate and its plump red cherries!
Call our bakery and order one today for your special day!
Would you like Breakfast in Bed?
Kudos to you if you’re coordinated enough to eat breakfast on a mattress! Of course our croissants and yogurt parfaits are easy to eat in bed!
For a bigger challenge try French toast! LOL!
Chef Jonathon shares his special French Toast recipe.
What is a Charcuterie Board?
Usually it’s a board with cheeses and meats, but there are really no rules – are there? We’d suggest cheeses and chocolate – or just chocolate! But do what you want!
Do you have a favorite board game?
We like every one except Sorry, since Love is Never Having to Say “I’m Sorry” . . . .
If you have a Candle – You’re on your way to Romance!
Turn down the lights. Gather the candles. And have a beautiful Valentine’s Day!
Certified Angus Beef’s Chef Michael Ollier demonstrates how to prepare delicious Steak & Shrimp Scampi
Steak & Shrimp Scampi
- 4 Certified Angus Beef ® strip steaks, about 1 1/4-inch thick
- 5 teaspoons salt, divided
- 2 1/2 teaspoons fresh cracked black pepper, divided
- 1 teaspoon canola oil
- 1 pound shrimp (16/20-count), peeled and deveined, tail on, thawed
- 6 tablespoons butter, divided
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
- 1 lemon, juiced and zested
- Prepare grill by having two heat zones: 1) high heat and 2) medium heat with a medium cast iron pan placed on the grate.
- Pat shrimp dry with a paper towel. In a mixing bowl, toss shrimp with canola oil, 1-teaspoon salt and 1/2-teaspoon pepper.
- Season strip steaks with remaining salt and pepper. Grill over high heat 4-5 minutes per side or until they reach an internal temperature of 125°F for medium rare. Allow to rest, tented with foil, while preparing shrimp.
- Grill shrimp over high heat, 2 minutes on one side. While shrimp grill, add 4-tablespoons butter and garlic to the cast iron pan (over medium heat). Flip shrimp and grill 2 more minutes. Transfer to cast iron pan and stir in parsley and lemon zest; searing 2 more minutes.
- Remove from heat, stir in remaining 2-tablespoons butter and lemon juice until melted. Serve steaks topped with shrimp and drizzled with scampi butter.
Recipe courtesy of Certified Angus Beef
This recipe features fresh or frozen salmon with spiralized zucchini noodles, tiny tomatoes, and corn all tossed with your choice of homemade or prepared pesto. This delicious dish is elegant enough for company but easy enough for weeknight supper!
Pesto Salmon and Zoodles in Parchment
Makes 2 servings; Prep time: 10 minutes; Cook time: 15 minutes
- 2 small zucchini (about 4 cups spiralized) ends trimmed and washed (or purchase frozen zucchini noodles
- 1 cup corn kernels fresh or frozen and thawed
- 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
- 3 tablespoons pesto
- 2 salmon fillets, 4 to 6 ounces each
- sea salt/fresh ground pepper
- Garnishes: lemon slices, toasted pinions, fresh basil
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees (375 convection)
- Spiralize the zucchini. Add to a large mixing bowl.
- Add the corn and tomatoes, and 2 tablespoons of the pesto. Season with a tiny amount of salt and fresh ground pepper. Toss thoroughly to combine.
- Rub the remaining tablespoon of pesto on the salmon. Season lightly if desired.
- Using tongs, add half the vegetable mixture to the center of the parchment paper. Top with a salmon fillet. Fold in edges of parchment to create a little envelope – or, if you have it, use parchment paper bags and roll down the top. Place on baking sheet in the preheated oven.
- Cook 15 minutes. Open one bag if uncertain to check for doneness
- Cut an X on the top side of the bag, and using a large spatula lift the contents on to a plate. Pour any accumulated juice over the top.
- Garnish as desired with lemon slices, basil, and toasted pinions. Enjoy!
Source: Seafood Nutrition Partnership; Recipe developed by Tamara Andersen of Beyond Mere Sustenance
Select Seafood and Show Your Heart Some Affection
February is Heart Health Month
February is the month of love, and this includes showing yourself a little affection by adopting lifestyle habits that keep your heart healthy and going strong. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends adopting healthy eating habits, 150 minutes of moderate physical activity every week, and maintaining a healthy weight as guidelines. Heart-healthy eating habits include choosing fruits and vegetables at every meal and snack, adding in nuts and legumes, opting for vegetable oils and lean proteins, and consuming more whole grains.
Seafood Helps Keep Your Heart Healthy
The AHA also recommends eating non-fried fish and seafood more frequently, ideally two times a week. Buehler’s is here to help you achieve this goal, offering a variety of fresh, frozen, and canned options throughout our stores. Consider these Healthy Living tips to add more seafood to your weekly recipe routines:
- Try a new take on family favorites. Seafood fits perfectly into your family’s favorite meals. Try salmon burgers, shrimp stir fry, or shrimp tacos. Add canned tuna to a Caesar salad.
- Seafood at breakfast? Crab and old bay seasoning are amazing in scrambled eggs. Try leftover salmon, pesto, and goat cheese in a Sunday morning frittata.
- Opt for high omega-3 options. Certain types of fat, called omega-3s, are known to positively impact heart health. The best sources of omega-3s are fish like mackerel, trout, tuna, salmon, sardines, anchovies or pollock and shellfish including oysters, crab and mussels.
- Use lean cooking methods. Grilling, baking and broiling are cooking methods that keep fish and seafood lean and aligned with heart-healthy eating habits. If Santa dropped an air fryer under your tree this year, you might want to try our Air Fryer Sweet and Sour Salmon recipe as this kitchen appliance is a great method for lean cooking.
- Learn more. Check out our Ultimate Guide to Buying Seafood and Ultimate Guide to Cooking Seafood for your own master class.
Heart Healthy Seafood Recipes
Seafood = selfcare! Eat something delicious while protecting your heart with these recipes. The American Heart Association recommends two servings of non-fried fish every week for heart health.
White Fish Burrito Bowl with Pineapple Salsa
Panko Crusted Cod with Corn, Tomatoes and Basil
Heart disease is 80-90% preventable with a combination of healthy eating habits, exercise and maintaining a healthy weight. Buehler’s is here to help you achieve heart health with tasty products found in all our food departments.
Soy Ginger Marinated Barramundi
- 12 oz package of Barramundi Filets (2-3 portions)
- 1 oz of cooking oil
- 3 Tbsp soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- ½ Tsp minced orange zest
- 1 Tbsp orange juice
- 1 Tsp chopped garlic
- 1 Tsp grated fresh ginger
- ¼ Tsp chili flakes
- Pinch of salt
- Combine all marinated ingredients into a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
- Place barramundi into the marinade. Marinate for 2 hours.
- When you are ready to cook, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a sauté pan over medium high heat and add oil. Sear fish on both sides and place onto a lined pan and bake for 5-7 minutes or until the fish reaches and internal temperature of 145 degrees.
- Use the remaining marinade to make a delicious sauce: Pour remaining marinade liquid into the sauté pan, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for approximately one minute to slightly thicken.
- Serve with your favorite accompaniments such as steamed vegetables and rice.
Chef Ben demonstrates how to make what is perhaps the BEST Chili ever! Bourbon, BBQ and Bacon Chili is loaded with great ingredients.
Bourbon, BBQ, and Bacon Chili
- ½ LB chopped bacon
- 1 ½ LB ground beef
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 1 diced yellow onion
- ½ cup bourbon
- 15 oz can tomato sauce
- 2 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 Tsp kosher salt
- ¼ Tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 cups water (be liberal and add more if necessary)
- 15 oz can kidney beans
- 15 oz can pinto beans
- 15 oz can sweet corn
- ½ cup BBQ sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cheddar cheese, shredded
- Sour cream
- Yellow onion, minced
- Heat stock pot over medium high heat, and render bacon until almost fully cooked.
- Add ground beef, onions, and garlic to stock pot. Cook until ground beef is cooked through, breaking up the beef as you are cooking.
- Drain some fat from the meat if you feel it is necessary, and deglaze the pan with the bourbon scraping the bottom of the pan to maximize flavor. Cook for 2 minutes.
- Turn the stock pot onto low and add tomato sauce, chili powder, salt, water, and cayenne pepper. Simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour adding additional water if the chili becomes too dry.
- Drain and rinse beans, and add to the stock pot with the corn. Simmer for 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add BBQ sauce, and salt and pepper if desired.
- Garnish with cheddar cheese, sour cream, and minced yellow onion.
Ways to Improve Gut Health
The human body is host to tens of trillions of microbes and the largest population of these live in the gut – our gut microbiota. The right balance of these healthy bacteria is vital to feeling your best every day. As studies on the microbiota expand, we are learning how closely gut health can influence our metabolism, immune system, cholesterol levels, and possibly brain functions.
The good news is there are lifestyle changes we can make that will help promote a healthy gut and improve our overall wellbeing. Understanding the effects that poor eating habits, lack of sleep and stress have on our gut health can empower us to take action and give ourselves a serious gut check. Here are 5 daily habits than can enhance the health of your gut:
Make fiber your friend
Make sure to eat high fiber foods at every meal. While all fiber is important for digestive balance, prebiotics are certain fibers that feed the healthy bacteria in your gut. Sources of prebiotics include onions, garlic, leeks, asparagus, soybeans, apples, bananas, beans, and lentils, oats, flax seed and wheat bran. Follow these tips to ensure you consume plenty of prebiotics:
- Incorporate prebiotic fruits and vegetables into daily meals.
- Add ground flax and wheat bran when baking.
- Incorporate 3 cups of beans into your meals each week. Try black bean tacos, lentil/bean soup, or chili with kidney beans.
Note: Adding more fiber to your diet may cause some initial gastric distress. To minimize this, gradually increase your fiber intake.
Add powerful probiotics to your meals
Probiotics, the healthy bacteria that live in your gut, can be consumed in certain foods. Choose fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, miso, kimchi, and kombucha. Look for options that contain at least 1 billion CFU of healthy bacteria like lactobacilli and/or bifidobacteria. It’s important to have a source of probiotics every day to gain the health benefits. Click here for a list full of gut nourishing options available at Buehler’s store and when shopping online at Buhlers.com.
Buehler’s yogurt parfaits are a convenient way to add probiotics to your daily eating habits. Visit our yogurt parfait case for a healthful meal or snack to go!
Forget the fad diets
Avoid diets that eliminate whole food groups. Diets should include diverse food choices, in moderation. Research is showing that the microbiota has a great range of needs that a diet with a variety of foods can help provide.
Get your ZZZZs and avoid stress
Not getting enough sleep can have unhealthy impacts on your gut health. Try to prioritize getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night and talk with your physician if you are having trouble sleeping. Lack of sleep can also lead to higher levels of stress which is hard on your entire body, including your gut. Try meditation, walking, diffusing essential oils, decreasing caffeine intake, laughing, or yoga to help relax.
Adding a prebiotic or probiotic supplement to your daily habits may be a great way to improve your gut health. As mentioned, prebiotics provide “food” to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut, while probiotics are live healthy bacteria. It’s best to consult your healthcare provider when choosing a probiotic or prebiotic supplement to ensure the best health benefits. Buehler’s offers a wide selection of high-quality supplements
Join Chef Ben as he demonstrates how to make delicious Pork and Sauerkraut!
Pork and Sauerkraut
- 6-8 # Pork Butt (Shoulder Roast)
- 1 Tbsp Dry Mustard
- 1 Tbsp Kosher Salt
- 1 Tsp Black Pepper
- 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
- ¼ Cup of Oil
- 1 Large Yellow Onion, Sliced
- 4 Garlic Cloves, Smashed
- 2 Apples, Sliced
- 4 Whole Bay Leaves
- 2 Cups of Chicken or Beef Stock
- 1 Bottle/Can of Beer (Lager or Pilsner)
- 2 Lbs of Sauerkraut
- Mix together dry rub ingredients.
- Even coat the pork butt with the dry rub.
- Heat a saute pan over medium/high heat, add oil and sear the pork on all sides.
- Place into the slow-cooker.
- Place onions, garlic, apples, stock, bay leaves, and beer around the pork in the slow cooker.
- Top with sauerkraut, and turn on low for 8-10 hours or until the pork is tender and pulls apart.