Euro Foods Has Medal-Worthy Selection of Russian Foods

eurofood1The Tsarist way to usher in next week’s Olympic Games would require a magnum of Champagne and jars of caviar. But for local viewers planning a more authentically Russian celebration, Euro Foods sells most of the needed staples.

Sadly, owner Sasha Pavlichenko didn’t have the pickled herring I wanted to make shuba (sometimes called herring under a fur coat) for my Opening Ceremonies party. But had I been willing to undertake the pickling process myself, he had plenty of fresh herring in the cooler. And he sold me the tinned sardines I needed for sardine butter.

The sardine butter is destined for my attempt at zakuska, a pre-meal snack spread that’s possibly an offshoot of the traditional Scandinavian smorgasbord.  While zakuska didn’t become popular until the 18th century, Russian food writers now hold up the practice as emblematic of Russian hospitality, the rules of which dictate you should never ask a guest whether he’d like something to eat – because of course he wants something to eat. Continue reading

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Home Cooks Worried About Supply of Collards in Post-Pig Era

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Tim Stackton

Nostalgia peaks at holiday time, so it’s little wonder the season’s provoked a new round of Piggly Wiggly sentimentality.

Where are cooks going to go to buy fresh collard greens, especially for Thanksgiving???,” a reader writes. “The Pig always had a large supply of large bunches, and even more at Thanksgiving & Christmas…The other stores just do not understand the local diet and customs.”

Thanksgiving shoppers who didn’t buy their collards at this past Saturday’s Charleston Farmers Market may have a tougher time finding locally-grown greens. But a Harris Teeter spokeswoman says the grocery chain will adjust its orders in response to customer demand. Continue reading

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Piggly Wiggly Shoppers Seek New Source of Seasonal Green Peanuts

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Since writing last week about the food and drink items that shoppers are likely to miss buying at the Piggly Wiggly, a number of readers have gotten in touch to add favorites to the list.

“Where are we going to buy real grits?,” moaned an anonymous e-mailer. “Instant is nasty and that’s what the ‘others’ sell. No regular grits for $1.99/bag. The ‘others’ have it in the souvenir section for anywhere from $5-$10 for a small bag.”

Another faithful fan of the grocery chain left a voicemail message saying he’s bracing to miss the store’s cottage cheese: “Nobody could touch The Pig’s brand of cottage cheese,” said a man who identified himself only as ‘Bill.’ Continue reading

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Publix-Sponsored Healthy Eating Fundraiser Underway

A national Publix charitable campaign which last year raised $105,000 for schools is back for a second run.

From now until Oct. 30, Publix shoppers can contribute to “Healthy Families, Helping Kids” by buying select fruits and vegetables. Based on sales, participating produce suppliers will make a cash donation supporting classroom nutritional projects.

Publix last year funded 420 projects, including projects at James Island Elementary School and West Ashley High School. The grocery chain is urging local teachers to apply for funding through donorschoose.org; eligibility requirements are posted here.

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