C CASA‘s May enchilada plate features that well-known and beloved Mexican specialty, pork carnitas. They fill a house-made tortilla with pork carnitas, four cheese blend, avocado tomatillo salsa, and top it with micro greens, pico de gallo and avocado serrano crema. A colorful accompaniment is a shaved cabbage salad with apples, followed by a sweet treat of their infamous Mexican chocolate brownie bite. This colorful plate special is just $13.50, and available for the entire month.

If you are looking for a delicious BBQ sauce to prepare this coming Memorial Day to impress your guests, here is a simple and amazing recipe using Napastak’s ketchups. With four different flavors, you will want to make them all!

Napastak Roasted Garlic Peppercorn BBQ Sauce
Total time: 1 hr 20 min

Ingredients:
2 cups Napastak Roasted Garlic Peppercorn Ketchup
1 cup water
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
5 Tbs light brown sugar
1/2 Tbs onion powder
1/2 Tbs ground mustard
1 Tbs lemon juice
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce

Directions:
In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1 hour 15 minutes. You can replace the Roasted Garlic Peppercorn Ketchup for any other of their delicious flavors: Smoky Bacon Ketchup, Organic Spicy Chipotle or the Classic Ketchup. Enjoy!!

Grab-and-go salads at Hudson Greens and Goods are made fresh daily, using only the finest ingredients in creating each salad and house-made dressings. From the produce you have come to depend on and love Hudson selects each vegetable for its taste and textural appeal. They use Fatted Calf picnic ham, organic free-range chicken, Prima-donna gouda, and Taggiasca olives and Vermont feta, because they are the best they can buy. Their house-made dressing are made from the same high-quality ingredients they carry in our store like Steven Singer red wine vinegar, Red Boat fish sauce, Miso Mater miso and Edward Fallot mustard, just to name a few. These salads are complex and delicious, pick up one to take to work or have at home for a fast accompaniment for an Oxbow-inspired evening meal.

BBQ Season is back, which means a trip to Five Dot Ranch is in order! From steak sauce and burgers, to hot dogs and big juicy steaks, Five Dot has all the fixings for throwing that perfect summer BBQ. Along with grilling, a trip to the Cookhouse would be just as great, especially since their new summer lunch and dinner menu is now available! They have several new entrée and side additions, such as a 35 Day Dry Aged Beef Bacon “BLT,” Gyro Salad, Portobello Mushroom Burger and more that they are excited to start serving.

Memorial weekend is upon us! How time does fly. Memorial weekend heralds the start of summer time, and that means the gathering of friends and family to enjoy some well deserved sunshine and fantastic weather. Whether you’re bbq’ing, or just looking for some delicious hor d’oeuvres and tasty refreshing beverages to bring with you for that Memorial day party, Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant has just what you need!

Call in advance or ask the staff behind the cheese counter to put together a custom cheese and charcuterie platter for you (24-hour notice is required when placing orders for cheese and charcuterie platters).

Don’t forget about the drinks! Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant is after all, a wine merchant too! Many delicious rosés have recently been brought in by the Merchant’s superb wine buyers, and there’s nothing better in this season than a nice dry, crisp and refreshing pink wine to go along with all those lovely snacks. Try the new “Eugenia, the Motley,” a rosé predominantly of Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast. Quite dry, crisp and appealing with well balanced notes of young fruit such as strawberries and red cherries. This is just one of the many rosés, and amazing refreshing, zesty white wines that the Cheese & WIne Merchant is carrying right now.

Stop by the shop and peruse the cheese and wine retail counters to find something just for you, and don’t hesitate to ask the friendly and knowledgeable staff if you have any questions or need suggestions. Cheers!

Whether you make your own pizza or order from a pizzeria, a sprinkle of fresh spices always provides a flavor boost. Stop by Whole Spice to pick up some pizza seasoning made with black and red peppers, garlic, onion, sun-dried tomatoes, herbs and sea salt…delicious on pasta, too! Also, Whole Spice will be offering a 20 percent discount the last three days of the month so bring your spice lists during May 29-31 to replenish your spice cabinets!

Whole Spice has a great chimichurri seasoning, vailable either in bulk or in a jar, for making authentic chimichurri sauce! Originally from Argentina but also used in Uruguay and in countries as far north as Nicaragua, Colombia and Mexico, chimichurri is a South and Central American sauce used for grilled meat.

To prepare Chimichurri sauce simply combine:
3 Tbs. Chimichurri Seasoning
3 Tbs. olive oil
1 Tbs. water
1/2 tsp. vinegar
1/2 tsp. lemon juice

Serve with grilled steak.

Also, mark your calender for the end of the month sale May 29-31 when Whole Spice will be offering a 20% discount on all purchases of Oxbow newsletter readers!

Cinco (five) is the key word for celebrating Cinco de Mayo at C CASA. Start with their “Nachos Not!” — as in, not your typical nachos — at a special price of $5 for the small order. C CASA house made tortilla chips are topped with black beans, white beans, or half and half, pico de gallo, goat cheese and chipotle aioli for a meal in itself.

Also featured at the special price of $5 per glass, they are introducing their new white wine Pavo Real, from Baja, Mexico. Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay are masterfully blended by Master Sommelier Ian Cauble for enjoying with lighter Mexican foods. You might recognize Ian from the movie Somm that debuted at the Napa Film Festival in 2012.

For those who love beer with their nachos, a bottle of Corona will be available for the Cinco de Mayo price of $3.50 (note:there is a 5 in that one too!) Happy Cinco de Mayo!

This Mother’s Day pick up some pre-marinated ready-to-grill steaks from Five Dot’s grab-n-go case. Nothing says “I love you” like a juicy and tender steak!
Cinco De Mayo is also around the corner and Five Dot is giving everyone a sneak preview of one of its new menu items that will be on the summer menu! Try the crispy beef “carnitas” sandwich with cilantro-lime coleslaw, pickled jalapeños and a grilled tomato and poblano salsa rosa!
And don’t forget about  Smoked Meats Night, which takes place every Tuesday during Locals’ Night! Five Dot is smoking something new every week, so don’t forget to check them out Tuesdays.

May brings warmer weather, beautiful sunshine, and the dawn of another fantastic Napa Valley summer! Whether thinking about Mom on her special day, or just getting together with family and friends, don’t show up empty handed…bring along a yummy, fresh-baked cake from The Model Bakery! Special for May are their Lemon Cake with lemon curd and vanilla buttercream frosting, and the “Naked” Chocolate Chip Cake with chocolate fudge, chocolate pudding and chocolate chip cookie dough…mmm…CHOCOLATE-Y! Yay for May!

Tired of giving flowers, oven mitts, and canned sardines every Mother’s Day?

This Mother’s Day give her gift that she really wants, at a price that you cannot resist! She deserves it. After all she supports you every day, in every way. Napa Valley Distillery created this gift set exclusively for Mother’s Day 2016, and it contains all the necessary ingredients to make a unique, and much appreciated, Mother’s Day Cocktail.

The set includes: Napa Valley Distillery’s own Napa Reserve & Grand California, Napa Valley Bitters Hibiscus Rose Bitters, Liber & Co. Grenadine Syrup. They’ve also included a recipe card so that she can enjoy a Pomegranate Cosmo any time!