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Picnic's in the Park!
July 6 9:09 AM

Wohlner’s at Midtown, aka Wohlner’s on the Green:Your Jazz on the Green picnic headquarters

Shop Wohlner’s for sodas, snacks, cheeses and fruits Jazz picnic.  Wohlner’s Library of Wines has good selection of chilled white wines waiting for you, and of course we have a great selection of reds and coolers full of craft beers.  Imagine—it’s a whole wine and beer store at Jazz on the Green.  Jerry, our wine and beer expert, will be there to assist you in making your perfect choice.  Our deli staff is glad to make up sandwiches for you, or check out our chill case for delicious ready to go wraps and sandwiches.  All you need to bring from home is a blanket, a chair and your groove. 

Plus, Wohlner’s has an outdoor “Booth on the Green”.  This year we’ll be grilling our own Italian Sausages and Brats---just follow your nose to find the booth.  The booth also have beers and sodas and individual serving Bota Box wines for your convenience. 

Outdoor concert and picnic foods and beverages on sale at Wohlner’s this week:
Snacks for concerts and picnics:
Sage Valley Multi-Grain Chips
Cottage Cheese Herb Spead ( make with Robert’s Cottage Cheese, see recipe below)
Oasis Hommus (hommus is another correct way to spell hummus)
Busseto Dry Salami  , Herbs de Provence or Black Pepper, very thinly sliced
Doritos –they’re always good
Cherries
Sandwiches and Salads for concerts and picnics:
Wohlner’s Deli Grilled Chicken Salad on Wohlner’s Sourdough Bun
Greek Cucumber Salad, our own in the deli case
Sicilian Farfale (pasta) Salad and/or Creamy Macaroni Salad, both made by Wohlner’s Deli
Dessert:
Peaches, Nectarines, Juicy Plums, Red Rasberries, Blackberries
New Crop Washington Cherries
Laughing Cow Cheese
Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies—they aren’t on sale, I just like ‘em. Beverages:
Deja Blue Water
Coconut Water
Dundee Honey Brown Ale
Dr. Pepper and 7-Up products
Hogue Chenin Blanc or Sauvignon Blanc  (St. Supebry Napa Sauvignon Blanc is killer.)
337 Cabernet Sauvignon is a good inexpensive Cab. 

Most the above picnic ideas would make a good lunch or light summer dinner. 

Menu Ideas For Home:
Triangle Steaks, grilled  –lean, easy and quick
Triangle steaks are a cut off the sirloin.  I’ve heard good things about them, especially when grilled.   Cook rare or medium rare because they are extremely lean.  Mike likes them and says they have extremely good flavor and some toothiness without being tough.  Because they are lean, boneless, and inexpensive they are a great value.  Serve with Mr Juices Cole Slaw Mix and your favotite coleslaw dressing.   Pair with 337 Cab, or Red Truck California Red Blend, or Dundee Ale

Flank Steak Grilled Fajitas
This is a cut used for good Fajitas.  This week try making a grilled version of Fajitas with lean Flank Steak, grilled and sliced very thinly across the grain.  Grill some skewers of thickly sliced onions, white mushrooms, and sliced green and red onions---all the ingredients in fajitas but grilled not skillet cooked.  Serve with soft flour tortillas and a Pico de Giallo form the deli case.  Serve Dundee Honey Ale, Dos Equis Amber, or Bohemia. 

Tilapia Fish Tacos with Mr. Juices World Famous Slaw---fast, healthy and tasty. In San Diego they serve fish tacos with a either grilled or lightly sautéed white fish like Tilapia, simply seasoned and not breaded, on soft flour taco size tortillas.  It is usually served with shredded cabbage (use Mr. Juices World Famous Coleslaw Mix, without ony dressing) and top taco with a fresh tomato Pico de Gallo from our cold case or homemade.  Mexican beer would be appropriate and tasty!   Tecate or Bohemia would both be good beer choices. 

Serve dressed Mr. Juices World Famous Cole Mix as a side salad dish which also doubles as your vegetable dish because cabbage is such a healthy and nutritious veggie.  Add a few sliced On-the-Vine tomatoes as another side item.  Play some Beach Boy songs and pretend you’re at a beach side cantina. 

Note: On the Baja they make fish tacos with breaded fish which to me taste like fish sticks.  Try it San Diego style for a fresher taste.   

Panko Crusted Pork Cubed Steaks—Fast Easy and Delicious
Season lean and tender Pork Cubed Steaks with kosher salt and course balck pepper.  Dip seasoned Panko bread crumbs cubed pork steaks in an egg wash (a whole egg and a tablespoof water, beaten well) and then coat with Panko Bread Crumbs.  Heat a skillet over medium high, add a little canola or olive oil and when the oil sows a faint wisp of smoke add the breaded steaks. 

The cooked steaks can be served as is, or with wedge of lemon.  Or, instead of lemon, try a side dipping sauce. 

Crispy Busseto Dry Salami as an appetizer snack.
Baked or Deep Fried Salami?  Yeah, I know it sounds strange.  Yet, by either baking or deep frying very thin slices of Busetto Dry Salami the result is a wonderfully tasty and crisp salami chip.  .  btw, you can deep fry these very thin slices of dry salami in small pan with just a ½ inch of 350 °canola oil; here deep is used in reference to the thinness of the slices and it only takes a couple minutes.  Or, bake thinly slice dry salami on a baking sheet at 350° for 12-15 minutes, then transfer to a paper towel until cool

Serve each crisply cooked and cooled salami chip with a dollop of  Basil Sour Cream

Basil Sour Cream
½ cup Robert’s Sour Cream
3 fresh basil leaves, finely sliced, chiffonade
Mix sour creanm and basil, then dollop a little on each cooled crisp of Salami

Wine Pairing.  Chilled Prosecco, or Rotari brand of sparkling wine in the style of Champagne

Tip: Dry Salami taste best when sliced super thin!   Once fried the salami crisps are even better when lightly dipped into some Robert’s sour cream

Chive Cottage Cheese Spread -  with Robert’s Cottage Cheese and Robert’s Sour Cream
This is an updated version of a steakhouse appetizer that was served complimentary at every table with Ritz Crackers.
I prefer with thin slices of Wohlner’s Baguette, each slice rubbed with a garlic clove, lightly brushed with olive oil, then toasted on the grill or under the broiler, i.e., crostini made with sliced Wohlner’s Baguette. Makes about 2? cups.

Ingredients
2 cups . ROBERT’S small-curd, cottage cheese
3/4 cup Robert’s sour cream
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
1 Tablespoon finely minced shallots
1 Tablespoon finely minced fresh chives  (green onions will work in a pinch)
1 Tablespoon finely minced parsley, plus more for garnish

Directions
Combine the cottage cheese and sour cream in a medium bowl and blend well. Add the remaining ingredients. Mix thoroughly and adjust seasonings. Cover and chill well before serving. Serve with toasted garlic bread or crackers and garnish with fresh parsley if desired.

Note:  This is French, they don’t use low fat, so please, don’t you use it for this item. 

Category: Meat Deli Wine Dessert
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Midtown Crossing
3253 Dodge Street
(ground floor of the Element
by Westin hotel building)
Omaha, NE 68131

Store Hours:
Monday thru Friday: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Phone: (402) 504-1025
Fax: (402) 504-9778
E-mail: wohlners@wohlners.com


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