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367 North Main Street
Milford Charter Township, MI, 48381

248.684.1373

Acorn Farm opened its doors in downtown Millford in 2008. Since then, we’ve had the pleasure of meeting the most kind, interesting, generous, and downright fun people in the store every single day. Our staff is made up of former customers who became a part of our family so much that we just had to hire them! At Acorn Farm our goal is to not only provide you with high quality goods for your kitchen and home, but to stir up your imagination in the kitchen and around the home. We aim to make every trip to Acorn Farm a pleasant one, and that you’ll always leave encouraged, inspired, and ready to try something new.  

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Oktoberfest is On!

Lia Soneson

Oktoberfest is On!
Acorn Farm
Oktoberfest is On!
Oktoberfest is on! Everyone can join in on this famous German celebration with a feast of their own that celebrates the harvest and all things autumn!

IN THIS ISSUE, you'll be inspired by some traditional, hearty German fare. These dishes just happen to be great for tailgating and game time noshing, too!
Prost!
Oktoberfest is On!
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HAPPY OCTOBER! 
The cooler temperatures are painting the leaves with autumn colors and those crisp fall mornings are spectacular! October is a month filled with fun traditions, and one of Milford's favorites is LADIES' NIGHT OUT. It happens TONIGHT from 5 to 9pm. We hope you'll grab a friend and come on down. Stores in the Village will provide either a taste of something delicious, a fun drink, or specials in the store. It's always a fun night out with friends!

Between now and the end of the year, we've got some great events for you here at Acorn Farm, and all but one require no registration and they're FREE! Take a look below! 
Ladies' Night Out -- FREE! 
Thursday, October 6th                
It only happens twice a year, but it's a lot of fun! Gather a group of ladies and come downtown to shop in Milford! We'll be ladling out some delicious samples that night in the store!
Le Creuset Petit Dejeuner  -  FREE!  No Registration Required! 
Thursday, October 20th  -  12noon - 2 pm with Trish Ranallo of Le Creuset  
Sometimes, it can be difficult to get into Trish's classes, so we're offering this great, FREE, lunch & learn demo while we've got her in town. Petit Dejeuner means 'little breakfast' and we'll be showing some wonderful brunch ideas prepared in Le Creuset's fabulous French cookware. We're still putting together the details but we'd like it to be a fun afternoon with door prizes, recipe giveaways, and more -- maybe even a 'secret sale' that we normally don't offer on some Le Creuset pieces.
Be Sharp  -  A Hands-On Knife Class  -  $25 - Two Spots Left!
Saturday, October 22nd --  9-11 am with Ed Bartush of Wusthof
If you spend much time in the kitchen, why not improve your skills? Learn the proper way to hold, use, store and care for your knives. In this hands-on class, you'll learn the do's and don'ts of life with a knife. Each participant will have their own workstation as you slice, chop, and peel your way through class under Ed's expert tutelage. Normally, this class is $40 and we send you home with a bench scraper. Instead, we thought we'd knock the price down this time in order to leave a little money in your pocket so you can consider treating yourself to some Wusthof knives. They've got a wealth of great specials for you to take advantage of.
Stay Sharp - A Knife Sharpening Event  -  FREE! No Registration Required!
Saturday, October 22nd
Once or twice a year, Ed Bartush graciously joins us to sharpen your knives for free!  Bring your knives -- any brand, no serrated, please.  In keeping with our knife-day tradition, we'll also have a donation jar for Community Sharing.  Our customers are a generous lot and each year, we've been able to help Community Sharing because of customers like you!  
A Yuletide Tapestry - Our Annual Holiday Open House  -  FREE!          
Sunday, November 13th  -  12noon-4pm 
We'll supply you with more details as time goes on, but we'd love you to pencil it in on your calendar. We'd like you to be our guest that day. Come in for some food & fun, a first look at our holiday merchandise & decor, drawings, giveaways, and more! 
Red Bag RED BAG UPDATE!                            
Did you know there are two RED BAG SATURDAYS left in 2016?  Red Bag Days happen on the last Saturday of a month containing FIVE Saturdays. While it typically happens four times annually, you get a bonus this year since December has five Saturdays! Watch your email for our reminders, as we've moved the fourth Red Bag Day from October to November 26th, to provide you with some great holiday shopping. 
THIS JUST IN!                            
The Venison Cookbook Since deer-hunting season is just around the corner; we've got some things in the store to help you after your successful hunt. One is the VENISON BIBLE, including everything you need to know about cooking venison. The other is the KITCHENAID MEAT GRINDER  ATTACHMENT, perfect for preparing venison sausage. If you're a hunter, or are on the receiving end of some great venison, you might want to take a look.

Another thing we'd like to bring to your attention is the great special from Swiss Diamond.  With every $150 Swiss Diamond Purchase, you'll receive a FREE 7" fry pan. The staff at Acorn Farm all agree that Swiss Diamond produces the BEST NONSTICK COOKWARE any of us have used. It's durable, reliable, and can be used on the stovetop or in the oven.   
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historyOktoberfest is On!
recipeone RECIPE: Schnitzel and Spatzle
Quick Bread Technique
mustardMustard 101
recipetwo RECIPE: Bratwurst with Braised Sauerkraut
Brat Cooking Technique
gear Gear for Celebrating Oktoberfest
recipethree RECIPE: Pretzel Bites with Cheddar-Mustard Dip
Pretzel Bite Techniques
beerUnderstanding Better Beer
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Oktoberfest is On!

 

Happy Cooking!

Kathy Magaluk and all of us at Acorn Farm 

Slow Cooking Goes Global

Lia Soneson

Slow Cooking Goes Global!
Acorn Farm
Slow Cooking Goes Global
It's a dream come true, walk in the door after a long day at work and supper is ready! For the cooler season ahead, we've moved our slow cooker to the front of the kitchen countertop.

IN THIS ISSUE, we explore one of our favorite cooking techniques, slow cooking. Just how does it work? Where does slow cooking excel, and where does it not perform? Then, we've put slow cooking techniques to work with three recipes each with a global flair. 
Deliciousness awaits!
Slow Cooking
Slow Cooking
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UPCOMING CLASSES & EVENTS 
Our classes have all but filled for the fall season, but we still have plenty of events  with no registration required. See for yourself, below. Take special note of Ladies' Night Out, one of our favorite Milford traditions! It's a great night to enjoy a night of shopping in the Village with a group of friends. Read on to see all of the opportunities available to you this fall!

MAKING A DIFFERENCE OPPORTUNITY 
I know it seems like the holiday season is a long ways off, but it will soon be sneaking  up on us - as it always does. In the meantime, we need your help with something. Last Christmas, we had a theme of giving back and many of your purchases helped people all over the world. This season, we'd like to do something similar, but we'd like to keep it a little more local. We're looking for some unique, grassroots charities that you think could use a little help! For example, we have a friend of a friend who has been involved in a great charity that goes to downtown Detroit once a week with piles of homemade PBJs to serve at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd and Third in the Cass Corridor. Every Saturday morning, at least 250 people are fed. This is a small part of what they do, but they make a huge difference in a lot of lives.

DO YOU KNOW someone right here in the metro Detroit area who's been quietly making a difference? Please let us know. We'll select a few of them to be our Charities of Choice this holiday season. 
Ladies' Night Out -- FREE! 
Thursday, October 6th                
It only happens twice a year, but it's a lot of fun! Gather a group of ladies and come downtown to shop in Milford! We'll be ladling out some delicious samples that night in the store!
Le Creuset Petit Dejeuner  -  FREE!  No Registration Required! 
Thursday, October 20th  -  12noon - 2 pm with Trish Ranallo of Le Creuset  
Sometimes, it can be difficult to get into Trish's classes, so we're offering this great, FREE, lunch & learn demo while we've got her in town. Petit Dejeuner means 'little breakfast' and we'll be showing some wonderful brunch ideas prepared in Le Creuset's fabulous French cookware. We're still putting together the details but we'd like it to be a fun afternoon with door prizes, recipe giveaways, and more -- maybe even a 'secret sale' that we normally don't offer on some Le Creuset pieces.
Asian Braise  -  $40 - Four Spots Left!
Thursday, October 20th  -  7-9pm with Trish Ranallo of Le Creuset
Everything Asian in your favorite French Pot! We'll start with the basics of braising; times, temperatures, and when to use braising as opposed to other cooking methods. We always enjoy Trish coming for a visit. This is a wonderful menu, inspired by flavors from halfway around the world.

Hoisin/Sesame Chicken Wings - No need for a fryer, you can roast these in the oven!
Asian Braised Pork Shoulder - garlic, ginger, and soy begin the parade of flavors and are soon joined by all their friends to create a lovely pot liquor in which to braise the pork. The tender pork will ultimately be served with a sticky, slightly sweet sauce, made from the braising liquid.
Braised Baby Bok Choy - a buttery braise, flavored with sesame.
Asian Slaw - a little fruity, very crunchy, colorful and fresh.
Vegetable Lo Mein - chinese egg noodles, mushrooms, scallions, and traditional seasonings. From the continent that brought us noodles in the first place.
We'll top the meal off with a beautiful Gingered Shortbread Cookie, with a lemony frosting, served with a little scoop of citrusy sorbet and crystalized ginger. 
Be Sharp  -  A Hands-On Knife Class  -  $25 - Four Spots Left!
Saturday, October 22nd --  9-11 am with Ed Bartush of Wusthof
If you spend much time in the kitchen, why not improve your skills? Learn the proper way to hold, use, store and care for your knives. In this hands-on class, you'll learn the do's and don'ts of life with a knife. Each participant will have their own workstation as you slice, chop, and peel your way through class under Ed's expert tutelage. Normally, this class is $40 and we send you home with a bench scraper. Instead, we thought we'd knock the price down this time in order to leave a little money in your pocket so you can consider treating yourself to some Wusthof knives. They've got a wealth of great specials for you to take advantage of.
Stay Sharp - A Knife Sharpening Event  -  FREE! No Registration Required!
Saturday, October 22nd
Once or twice a year, Ed Bartush graciously joins us to sharpen your knives for free!  Bring your knives -- any brand, no serrated, please.  In keeping with our knife-day tradition, we'll also have a donation jar for Community Sharing.  Our customers are a generous lot and each year, we've been able to help Community Sharing because of customers like you!  
Acorn Farm Holiday Open House  -  FREE!          
Sunday, November 13th  -  12noon-4pm 
We'll supply you with more details as time goes on, but we'd love you to pencil it in on your calendar. We'd like you to be our guest that day. Come in for some food & fun, a first look at our holiday merchandise & decor, drawings, giveaways, and more! 
Red Bag RED BAG UPDATE!                            
Did you know there are two RED BAG SATURDAYS left in 2016?  Red Bag Days happen on the last Saturday of a month containing FIVE Saturdays. While it typically happens four times annually, you get a bonus this year since December has five Saturdays! Watch your email for our reminders, as we've moved the fourth Red Bag Day from October to November 26th, to provide you with some great holiday shopping. 
The Basics
Key Temperatures
recipeone RECIPE: Chicken Tikka Masala In a Slow Cooker
Spices
tools Handy Tools for Slow Cooking
recipetwo RECIPE: Pork Carnitas
advantagesAdvantages and Disadvantages of Slow Cooking
recipethree RECIPE: Slow-Cooked Beef Bourguignon
Flavormakers
How to Deglaze
How to Thicken
tipsSmart Tips for Slow Cooking
Slow Cooking Goes Global

 

Happy Cooking!

Kathy Magaluk and all of us at Acorn Farm 

Viva Brazil

Lia Soneson

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Viva Brazil
In just a few months, the 2016 summer games will convene in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the first time the event has been held in South America. In anticipation of this big occasion, we're headed on a virtual trip to Brazil via our kitchen. We've uncovered three traditional recipes as part of our culinary exploration: Feijoada, (a Brazilian Bean and Meat dish), Salada de Batatas, (a Brazilian Potato Salad), and Brigadeiro, (a Brazilian sweet treat). We've adapted them to our "northern" kitchen and have been enjoying their fabulous flavors. We think you'll like them, too! Bom apetite!
Viva Brazil
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I'm sure you've all survived the deep freeze earlier this week. It seems as if winter has finally caught up with Michigan. We like to look at it as an opportunity to prepare and enjoy some of those cold weather comfort foods that are so welcome this time of year. Gather the family around the table for delicious soups and stews, and embrace the frost outside!

FRESH BREADS!
Many of you enjoyed visiting ACORN FARM last Friday to visit with local baker, Linda Skemp of ABUNDANCE BREADS. You can expect to see her in the store from 11 am to 2 pm for the next few Saturdays, featuring a different selection of breads each week. This Saturday she'll be bringing Carrot Quinoa, French Onion, and Banana Muesli. She's a terrific baker and was inspired to perfect her craft right here at ACORN FARM!

SPRING CLASS SCHEDULE
We've been enjoying our virtual trip around the world via our cooking classes this winter. We've learned to prepare a variety of new dishes! If you'd like to take a class or two, you can look for our SPRING SCHEDULE due to arrive in your Inbox during the first week of March. It's time to start looking at your calendars!

JOIN US ON FACEBOOK! 
Have you visited our Facebook page lately?
If you haven't "liked" us, come on over and do so. We'll be starting a little contest on our page, so "like" us and stay tuned. "Liking" us also will earn you advanced notice that our cooking class list is going out. It'll give you a little head start on our next group of classes!

Exploring Brazil
Viva Brazil
recipeone RECIPE: Brazilian Feijoada
RECIPE: Brazilian Feijoada
Ingredients
recipetwo RECIPE: Salada De Batatas
RECIPE: Salada De Batatas
Choosing Stovetop Cookware
Anatomy of a Saucepan
Which pot is right
Choosing cookware
Equip your Kitchen with Quality Cookware
recipethree RECIPE: Brigadeiro
Variations
Ribbon

 

Happy Cooking!

Kathy Magaluk and all of us at Acorn Farm 


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