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Tuesday Recipe: March is National Celery Month

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
March is National Celery Month. You may be thinking to yourself, what could I possibly do with celery other than include it in soups or have it raw with salad dressing for dipping? We can show you! From ants on a log to braised celery as a side dish, this crisp veggie is more versatile than you may think.
Ants on a Log Snack Ants on a Log better known as Peanut Butter, Raisins and Celery

A childhood classic, this treat offers the vitamin essentials that we all need from celery with added carbohydrates from the peanut butter with a touch of sweetness from a line of raisins resembling a group of ants walking across a log (the celery stalk). Makes a great treat for kid’s lunches or for a quick pick me up in the middle of the day.


  • Celery stalks, cut into 3-4″ lengths
  • Peanut, almond or sunflower nut butter
  • Raisins

Fill each celery stalk with desired amount of nut butter. Decorate as shown here and enjoy! Get creative: you could also fill the celery with light cream cheese and sprinkle walnuts on top.

Cream of Celery Soup


  • 2 cups chopped celery, divided
  • 2 cups chopped carrots, divided
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups onions, diced
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 6 cups hot vegetable broth, divided
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup heavy cream
Keep Calm Soup Bowl

In a small saucepan add 1 cup celery, 1 cup carrots, 1 cup vegetable broth. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 4 minutes. Drain and reserve cooked vegetables. In a large saucepan, over medium high heat, melt butter. Add onions and saute until clear. Whisking, add flour, cook 2 minutes making sure flour does not brown. Add 5 cups vegetable broth and continue to whisk until mixture boils, making sure to reach the bottom of the pan. Add uncooked 1 cup celery and 1 cup carrots. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer about 30 minutes. When cooked strain soup through a fine sieve into a clean pot reserving vegetables. In a blender puree vegetables with 1 1/2 cups of liquid. Stir puree into pot with liquid. Stir in cream, reserved vegetables. Heat and serve.

Original Maine Marinade Celery Root Salad


  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 medium celery root
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 head endive, torn
  • 1 head radicchio, torn

Fill a bowl with ice water; add half of the lemon juice and 1 tablespoon salt. Peel the celery root with a paring knife. Rinse, then cut into matchsticks. Add to the lemon water and let soak 15 minutes. Drain and pat dry. Whisk the remaining lemon juice, the mustard, vinegar, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a bowl; gradually whisk in the olive oil, then the cream. Add the celery root and toss; cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Arrange the endive and radicchio on a platter. Top with the celery root mixture. Get creative: Use the dressing recipe ingredients below or use Original Maine Marinade, shown above to the left.

Braised Celery


Saute 1 sliced onion in a skillet with butter until golden. Add 1 chopped carrot, fresh oregano, salt and pepper; cook 2 minutes. Peel 1 bunch celery; cut into long pieces and add to the skillet with 1 cup chicken broth. Cover and simmer until just tender, 20 minutes; uncover and boil to thicken. Stir in more butter and chopped parsley.

Braised Celery

Celery Cross-Section

Health Benefits of Celery

Not only does celery taste great, it is also great for you. Here are some tips for choosing, cooking and eating celery for a healthy lifestyle:

  • Magnesium in celery can help you de-stress
  • Aids in digestion
  • Helps with inflammation
  • Steaming retains 99% of the nutrients
  • Choose celery with crisp leaves and upright stalks that are straight
  • Chopped celery is best eaten straight away for maximum benefit

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Tuesday Recipe: Gourmet Sauces and Salsas

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop we have a large assortment of gourmet food options for gift giving and your own personal pantry. Each item shown below is made with all natural fresh ingredients and are handcrafted here in New England. What more could you ask for? Trying one of these delicious sauces or salsas will make you feel as though you just created them from fresh ingredients found at the local market. Present any of these options at your next event and your guests will surely be asking about them. Be sure to click on the individual product pages for a complete list of ingredients and appetizing recipe ideas.

Cirtus Rosemary and Ginger Sauce Gourmet Sauces and Marinades

Grill and dip sauces are scrumptious and extremely versatile. The Citrus Rosemary & Ginger Sauce is great for chicken dishes, either grilled or in the oven, and also proves delicious when you dip crunchy artisan bread into it. You will love this sauce for a variety of recipes. For additional options in the kitchen, try our Atlantic Maine Marinade, or the ever popular Original Maine Marinade and Cajun Maine Marinade. Create new and exciting pasta salads, create a delicious pan sauce or be creative and make a new appetizer for your next family event.

Cajun Maine Marinade Original Maine Marinade

Gourmet Salsas

Everybody knows what salsa is, but sometimes we don’t always agree with the ingredients found within it. Not to worry with the gourmet salsas at Sturbridge,which are made without the unwanted tomato bulk. The 3 Pepper and Olive or Pineapple & Chipotle salsas taste wonderful served at room temperature with tortilla chips, or warmed up and served over some bruschetta. These sweet and savory options are too good to pass!

Pineapple and Chipotle Salsa 3 Pepper and Olive Salsa

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Gourmet Food Items Add Delicious Flavor to Your Favorite Dishes

Friday, May 10th, 2013

The coming months are sure to bring a variety of reasons to get together with friends and family. You’ll want to be prepared when cooking and entertaining for larger crowds. Here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we feature an assortment of gourmet jams, marinades and mustard options that will add delicious flavor to your favorite dishes. All of the items featured here today are proudly made in Maine. Be sure to click on the individual product pages for yummy recipes ideas!

Rosy Red Pepper Jelly Jams & Jelly

All natural and fat-free, the yummy new jams at Sturbridge will add scrumptious flavors to your toast or waffles for breakfast or unique topping ideas for your desserts. Our Cranberry Peach Jam pictured here to the left, is filled with fresh Maine cranberries and juicy peaches. Or for something bolder, consider our Blackberry Port Jam.

As with all of the new gourmet items shown here today, our jams make a great accompaniment to any food gift basket for an upcoming birthday or hostess gift. Purchase either one of our jams or try our Rosy Red Pepper Jelly with cream cheese and crackers.


Perfect for accompanying a bowl of soft or hard pretzels, mustard is a great addition to your favorite sandwiches too. Ranging from grainy pub style mustard like our Portland Beer Mustard shown here to the right, to our Zesty Honey Mustard, you’re sure to discover the one that suits your taste best.

All of our new mustard options are gluten and salt free, with no artificial flavorings or colors. 

Portland Beer Mustard

Original Maine Marinade Marinades & Salad Dressing

Whether you’re grilling meat on the grill, or are in need of a new salad dressing, our Original Maine Marinade boasts classic Maine flavoring in the form of creamy Italian style sauce. Marinate seafood or beef before grilling, or toss with a salad for a fresh dressing.

Other marinades available at SYW include a Cajun Maine Marinade and an Atlantic Maine Marinade. Made with no artificial flavorings or colors and gluten free.

Honey Gift Set

Any fan of real honey will love our Honey Dipper Gift Set for both its gourmet ingredients and display presentation. Includes one mild flavored, Orange Blossom Honey and one darker colored, Maine Wildflower Honey with a more robust flavor.

Harvested in a Maine Apiary, the all natural honey is perfect for sweetening your breakfast items in the morning, or for adding a drop to a cup of tea in the afternoon. Easily dollop honey without waste, using the classic beehive shaped dipper.

Honey Dipper Gift Set

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