Treat your mom or yourself to some decadent chocolate baking this week-end

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Our bakers are pulling out all the stops this week with lots of chocolate for you and your mom.

  • Chocolate-Drizzled Pecan Pies–mini & regular-sized
  • Nutella Cheesecake
  • Turtle Cake–a chocolate layer cake with rich caramel sauce between the layers, chocolate frosting and pecans embedded on the sides.
  • Hummingbird Cake–banana layer cake with pineapple, coconut, pecans and cream cheese frosting.
  • Nutella Swirl Buns–our week-end Cinnamon Buns made with Nutella and no cinnamon. They were a hit at Easter.
  • Coconut and chocolate macaroons

And NEW! NEW! NEW!

We have cream puffs! They are tender puffs filled with pastry cream that has been gently mixed with whipped cream and then dipped in chocolate.

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You can place your order for any of our baking by calling us at 905-640-2270.

Our new “To Go Café” at Reesor’s Market & Bakery is open 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Mon. to Sat.

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Reesor’s Market & Bakery, Main St., Stouffville now opens one hour earlier at 8:00 am from Mon.-Sat.  So, you can pick up one of our new, delicious espresso-based drinks, a warm panini made on our own bread, grab one of our new brown bag lunches and do your grocery shopping all on the way to work.

We’ve created delicious new sandwiches that we grill to order in our panini press. Try turkey, cranberry and goat cheese; egg, ham and cheddar; or a flavourful Reuben panini. There’s quiche by the slice, lasagne, King Kale Salad, Mighty Caesar Salad and more! We’re looking forward to serving you.

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Is it time for lunch yet?

When you need a wholesome and tasty ready-to-go lunch we’ve got you covered at Reesor’s in Stouffville. Our deli staff prepare fresh sandwiches daily with our own bread and Ace Bakery buns, freshly sliced meats, cheese and lettuce.

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Have you tried our soups? You’ll find a daily soup such as Lentil Sausage, Roasted Red Pepper, Minestrone and more in our hot soup urn. We make a delicious selection of hearty, healthy, fibre-filled salads made with real food like chick peas, lentils, beans, and pasta.

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Caramelized Onion & Cheese Mini Pizzas

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These pizzas are hearty, party finger food when made mini-style or you can roll out the dough into one large piece to make a pizza for an informal supper with a side salad. Caramelized onions are wonderfully rich, golden brown and sweet.

Make ahead tips:

1. You can prepare the onions the day before and refrigerate them, or prepare them while the dough rises.

2. You can assemble the unbaked pizzas, freeze them flat on a cookie sheet, then transfer to a tightly sealed container, and bake them as needed.

Pizza Dough

Make pizza dough using your favourite recipe or use purchased pizza dough from Reesor’s.

Let the dough rise in an oiled bowl, sealed with plastic wrap in a warm place until it’s doubled in size.
On a floured counter use your hands to shape the dough into a cylinder about 18” long.
Using a large, sharp knife cut the dough into about 24 pieces, about the size of a golf ball.
Using your hands or a rolling pin flatten each piece of dough until it’s about 1/4” thick and about 3” in diameter. If you can’t make it perfectly round, don’t worry.  Call them rustic!

Sprinkle corn meal on a cookie sheet. Place about 12 pieces of the rolled out dough on the prepared cookie sheet in even rows about 1” apart.

Toppings

Caramelized onions (see recipe below)
1 1/2 cup grated Mozzarella, Asiago or your favourite cheese
1/4 cup finely grated, Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Dijon style mustard
Sprinkle of thyme or your favourite herb

Allow about 45 minutes to caramelize the onions with occasional stirring.  They should end up soft and still have structure. Using a large frying pan and not over-crowding the onions allows the onions’ sugars to caramelize more quickly and reduce in size. Otherwise the onions will first have to steam and then evaporate the water from the onions before they caramelize.

Caramelized Onions

4 large Ontario onions, cut in half, then sliced about 1/8” thick.
1-2 Tbsp cooking oil
1/8 tsp salt

Pre-heat a large frying pan over medium heat.  Add the oil and then add the sliced onions.
Moderate the heat as needed. Keep the heat high enough to keep them cooking, but don’t let them burn. If necessary add a little water to get the bits that stick to the bottom of the pan.

Assemble the pizzas

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Using the back of a spoon, spread Dijon style mustard on top of each piece of dough.
Place 1-2 Tbsp of the caramelized onion on top of the mustard on the dough.
Sprinkle about 1 Tbsp of the cheese & a little Parmesan on top.
Add a pinch of thyme or your favourite herb on top.

Bake on the lowest rack of the oven for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the bottom of the pizza is golden brown.

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A gift of good food is always appreciated

Reesor’s Market & Bakery provides solutions to many of the people on your Christmas and holiday gift list. Whether you are in need of family, friend, employee or client gifts, we are here to help.

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Week-end Breakfast Box, $75

We have seven gift boxes ranging in price from $30 to $100 or create your own custom gift box including your favourite Reesor’s baking, coffee, maple syrup or anything else in the store.  We offer 10% off when you purchase 10 or more gift boxes. We can ship your gift boxes anywhere in the GTA.

Consider giving our lovely gift certificates so your family and friends can pick out their favourite soups, casseroles, fresh produce, cheese, meat or flowers at their leisure.

Do you have vegetarians or people who are avoiding gluten on your gift list? We have a wide range of vegetarian and GF foods too.

Come in to see us at 5758 Main St., Stouffville or phone 905-642-2270 to place your order. You can see more gift boxes at: www.reesors.ca/gift-boxes/

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Garlic Lover’s Delight, $65

Celebrate Ontario’s harvest with the warmth & comfort of a fall meal

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Cooler autumn weather means hearty and comforting Ontario fall harvest foods are ready for you at our Stouffville and 9th Line locations. We’ll have our sweet corn until Thanksgiving at both locations too!

What’s new? Our Gingerbread Spice Muffins–they’re baked every Wed. They’re delicious and also gluten-free. Black Bean Burrito Casserole–stone-ground corn tortillas with a flavourful tomato, brown rice, bean, cheese, and black olive filling. Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Soup–sweet red peppers blended until creamy and smooth with potatoes, cream and spices.

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Our gingerbread spice muffins are gluten free & dairy free.

At our Main St., Stouffville market you’ll find our complete selection of ready-made fresh and frozen soups, entrees and salads including Harvest Gold Soup, lentil sausage soup, chicken pie in various sizes, Penne Alfredo, pumpkin & fruit pies, and Iced Pumpkin Squares.  Here’s a link to a list of all of the Entrees, Soups, and Salads that we make.

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If you’re cooking soups or stews you’ll want beautiful Ontario Nantes carrots, kale, squash, potatoes, organic stewing beef, sausages or chicken. Packing school lunches? Try our natural cold cuts, our own breads, our best-selling molasses crinkle cookies, salads, and crunchy apples to fill the gap. At Reesor’s on the 9th Line come and be inspired to cook from our complete selection of  Ontario-only fruits and vegetables: several varieties of apples, pears, plums, squash, beets, kale, leeks, onions,  and on and on!  Our freezers carry a selection of our most popular soups, entrees, and frozen meats too. And of course we have shelves full of  pies, bread, muffins, butter tarts and cookies.

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Snacking Good Asparagus Quesadillas

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Try this  very easy and delicious quesadilla as a snack or appetizer.  If you like to eat savory food in the morning it’s a good healthy breakfast since it includes protein, vegetable and whole grains.

Ingredients
1/2 cup grated cheese
2 x 10” whole wheat tortillas
6-8 spears of asparagus
2 slices of ham

Wash asparagus.  Lay flat in a microwaveable dish, add a few tablespoons of water, cover, cook on high for 3 minutes.  Slice into 2” pieces after steaming to maintain nutrients.  Or lightly sauté raw asparagus in a tablespoon of oil until tender.  Slice into 2” pieces.

Sprinkle cheese on half of each tortilla.

Cut ham in strips and distribute on top of the cheese.  Lay tender-cooked asparagus on the ham.  Fold each tortilla in half and press closed.

Lay each half side by side in a heavy frying pan, such as a cast-iron pan.  Cook until lightly browned, turn, and cook until cheese is melted.  Cut into quarters and serve while warm.

Eat them plain to really taste the asparagus or serve with salsa.

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Mar. 14 & 15: It’s our one year anniversary on Main St. & we’re celebrating with food sampling, lucky draws & more

We’re saying “Thanks!” to you, our customers, with lots of food samples, free coffee and offering special prices on some of our most popular items. Please come join the fun. Fri. 9 am – 7 pm & Sat. 9 am – 6 pm.

Ricotta & Orange Pancakes

Ricotta cheese makes these pancakes fluffy and moist.  Serve with warm maple syrup.

For an extra treat, blend together some orange juice concentrate, icing sugar and butter for an extra hit of orange on top of the pancakes.

Tip: Watch the temperature of the frying pan carefully because these pancakes are tender and can easily burn.

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Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

1.    In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
2.    In another bowl, whisk the egg, cheese, milk, orange juice, butter, orange zest and vanilla.
3.    Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients all at once.  Stir just until moistened.  Let batter rest for 5-10 minutes.
4.    Pour batter by 1/4 cups onto a greased medium to medium-high frying pan or griddle; turn when bubbles form on top or when golden brown on bottom. Cook until the second side is golden brown.

Yield: 12 pancakes

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Originally published as Orange Ricotta Pancakes in the magazine Country Woman.

12 ways to cook with Ricotta cheese

These 12 recipes using ricotta cheese will fill the bill if you have some extra ricotta cheese after making Ricotta & Orange Pancakes.

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Check out Reesor’s Pinterest Cheese & Dairy board and our other boards on Pinterest. You’ll find our own recipes and other inspiring recipes from around the web. We hope you’ll like what’s interesting & exciting to us about food, life & the land.

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