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Looking for the perfect beer to pair with your summer fare?  Chris Denton, our Belmont Beer Steward Extraordinaire, shares his top six picks for this summer.

21st Amendment Brewing:  Bitter American ISA
This fairly new style of beer features a similar aggressive hop profile as a traditional IPA but with an alcohol level of less than 5%, as opposed to the 6-8% of most IPAs.  This beer comes in a picnic-friendly six pack of 12 oz. cans.  Pair this outstanding beer with anything from fried chicken to grilled salmon.

Fort George Brewing:  Quick Wit
Quick Wit is inspired by the cloudy, thirst-quenching beers from Belgium, like Hoegaarden with a Northwest twist.  It starts out with aromas of clove and orange peel and finishes with a generous helping of malt, perfect for a post-hike beverage.  It’s available in a four-pack of 16 oz. cans.

Maui Brewing:  Mana Wheat
Aloha! This wheat beer is made with local Maui pineapple juice added – perfect for your next backyard tiki party.  It’s available in a six pack of 12 oz. cans.

Pelican Brewing: Kiwanda Cream Ale
Located in the tiny town of Pacific City along the Oregon Coast, this brewery has been brewing award-winning beers for 14 years.  This beer is based on the pre-Prohibition beer style — light and golden in color with a floral hop aroma.  It’s perfect with shrimp salad or fish & chips and is available in 22 oz. bottles.

Heater Allen: Pils
This is a super smooth beer and is based on the crisp, golden beers of the Czech Republic.  It’s perfect with grilled bratwursts or fish tacos and comes in 22 oz. bottles.

Stillwater/Mikkeller: Two Gypsies Saison
This beer is a deep gold in color and has aromas of clove and spice, but is more full-bodied and hoppier than a pilsner. It’s available in a 750ml bottle and is the perfect beer to have after working in the yard all day!


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This is one of my favorite outdoor party foods—and guests seem to agree. No matter what else I’m serving, the zesty, grilled shrimp are always eaten first, but not before they’re dipped and tipped with the spicy tomatillo-garlic salsa.


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We had fun getting the chance to interview DJ – the produce specialist at our Burnside store.  He had a lot to tell us as to why Zupan’s should be the first choice for every Oregon family.


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Finally!  The warm summer weather is kicking in and all those heat seekers out there are looking for something to cool themselves off.  There’s always the taste of fresh Oregon berries, cold Tillamook ice cream, or a cold ice tea to cool you down, but why not try something different and more refreshing? (more…)

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This week we were lucky enough to talk to our very own Alison from our Belmont store.  Along with her tips on what to purchase from our Zupan’s bakery this summer, she gave us some reasons on why she loves the Belmont part of Portland.

Zupan’s:  What do you love most about working at Zupan’s?

Alison: I love my co-workers. They are so great and I love coming to work everyday knowing that there are people I care for around me. I also love seeing all the regulars who come in.  I seem to learn more from them with each passing visit.  I also love that I work in the bakery & get to pass out free samples and treats to sweet-tooths who are looking for more delicious desserts to try.

Zupan’s: What types of baked goods taste great during the summer?

Alison: I’ve heard a lot of customers talk about the Papa Haydn macaroons & how much they enjoy them. They are gluten-free and look gorgeous!  As for summer desserts, they’re usually a lot lighter than the baked goods you eat in the winter.  A lot of our items contain fruits like lemons and blueberries & don’t have a lot of weight to them. For the 4th of July, I’ll be baking a red, white, and blue cake. It’s a simple angel food cake with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream on top in the shape of an American flag. It tastes really good and is easy to make!

Zupan’s: What is your favorite Zupan’s bakery item?

Alison: My favorite item is probably the Guinness Chocolate Cake. It is so delicious and what I love about it is that it isn’t completely covered in icing but leaves the sides with a crumbly crust.  I definitely recommend it to chocolate lovers out there and if you can’t finish a whole cake, I suggest buying the snack size of it. 

Zupan’s: What else can you tell us about the Zupan’s Belmont store?

Alison: I love and am so happy to be working at this store! We have such a nice neighborhood with wonderful people! A lot of store owners around here come to Zupan’s for their shopping and we have built really good relationships with them. This store has such a different dynamic than the others.  I really appreciate our customers here – they really make coming to work much more enjoyable! 

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What types of food come to mind when you think of summer? Savory burgers? Juicy watermelon? Delicious strawberries? For most Oregonians it’s the sweet taste of corn, grown locally and to a beautiful golden color. It’s the vegetable that brings one back to their childhood, whether served on the side of a dish or kept on the cob as an excuse to eat with one’s hands. So whether you are a noob at eating corn or grilling, why not try it? Pick up some ears of corn at Zupan’s today and grill away!

12 tender, young ears of corn
Flavored butters (recipes below)

1) Prepare a fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a gas grill.  Carefully pull the husks back on each ear, but do not tear them off.  Pull out the corn silk and discard.  Pull the husks back over the cob and tie securely near the tip with a torn strip of cornhusk or kitchen string.

2) Soak the prepared corn cobs in a basin of water for 1 hour.  This will keep the husks from burning on the grill.

3)  Place the cobs on the grill rack over medium-low fire and grill, turning often, until cooked, 15 to 20 minutes  To check to see if it’s done, remove 1 ear, pull back the husk, and pierce a kernel with the tip of a knife. The juice should be milky.  Remove from grill and serve immediately with one or more of the flavored butters provided below.

Flavored Butters

Roasted Garlic Butter

1 clove of garlic
1 C (1 stick) of butter
2 t fresh rosemary
1 t of lemon juice
1/2 t of salt
olive oil

1) Preheat the oven to 450°.  Remove the paper outer layers from a large garlic bulb. Cut off about 1/2″ from the top and discard. Place the bulb in the center of a 10″ square of foil. Sprinkle with 1-2 t. snipped fresh resemary and drizzle with olive oil.  Wrap the garlic in foil, twisting the foil on top to close.

2) Bake for 20 minutes and allow the garlic to cool.  Squeeze the pulp from the garlic cloves and combine with 1/2 C (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature, 1 t. lemon juice, and 1/2 t. salt. Proceed as above.

Summer Herb Butter

In a processor or by hand, combine 1/2 C (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature, 2 T finely minced shallot, 1/2 t. grated lemon zest, 2 T minced parsley leaves, 1 T minced thyme leaves, 1 T minced marjoram, 1  T minced chives, 1/4 t. lemon pepper, and 1/4 t. salt until blended.  Proceed as above.  Also tasty on other vegetables, hamburgers, and pasta.

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Just Peachy

When we think of peaches, we must admit, we sometimes think of one of our childhood favorite books, James and the Giant Peach. Poor James likely didn’t have the opportunity to make delicious recipes out of the magical peach…but we like to believe the peaches at Zupan’s ARE magical and that they are perfect for any recipe that calls for fresh peaches. 

Since the weather is going to be nice this weekend, we definitely think you should try some of these grilling options:

*Grill the peaches, then top on a fresh arugula salad with crumbled goat cheese and a balsamic reduction sauce. 

*Top grilled peaches with lemon yogurt, then drizzle with honey.

Maybe you’re not in the mood to grill.  In that case, slice these magical peaches up and top with vanilla bean icecream.

Whichever way you decide to enjoy your peach, make sure to prepare yourself.  You WILL be transported to the magical world of fresh peaches.

Happy eating!

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