Friday, December 30, 2011

January 1 2012

Welcome and a Happy New Year to you ! (and New Year's Eve :)
Here at Long's we have been very busy during the holidays like all of us, and are looking forward to a New Year that starts with a Ducks win in the Rose Bowl !

The Rose Bowl Game : January 2nd :
Prediction: Ducks over Michigan in a Tough Game

Oregon and Wisconsin are two of 12 teams since the start of 1996 to score at least 80 TDs in a season. With 82 this year, the Ducks joined Oklahoma as the only teams among that dozen to accomplish the feat twice.In Pasadena California the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl have always been televised on New Years Day. It looks like the bowl games organizers are mixing it up this year and we have the Rose Bowl on a Monday, January 2nd. That's ok. I guess we will have to extend the holiday weekend into Monday. Happy New Year !

The Buzz from Portland About Chop Butchery & Charcuterie -
can be read on Yelp .....the buzz here in our store is that we carry their handcrafted salami which is very popular for a distinctive taste from this new but vintage butchery in Portland - We carry two in our Deli cooler : Garlic and Black Pepper, and Herbes De Provence - Each costs $8.99 - while they last ...


Why Chef's Love Our Meat Products

Rocky Marselli, a local chef and owner of Osteria Sfizio, who has been featured in the national media, buys his meats from Long’s exclusively. “Long’s has the best quality meats that are raised sustainably here in the Willamette Valley, where the fertile soils provide a healthier source for the animals. I also enjoy the personalized attention that I get at Long’s and the ability to order custom cuts as I need them.”

Don't Miss - Free Wine Tastings with Kaila Rose Nicholl, our wine buyer, - Fridays 4-6pm - whites and reds

Watch for updates on facebook. Not a fan?
Got the Holiday Blues? Try These.
Rogue Creamery Blues






"On December 22, while on a road trip to California to visit family for the holidays, I stopped at the historic Rogue Creamery Cheese Shop in Central Point to
get some information and see their retail store. It's worth the stop, if even to sample some of their award winning Rogue River Blue. The 5 lb wrapped cheeses were a visual treat, and they have a large variety of Cheddars as well as blues." David Brown, webmaster @ Long's (pictured with dog Shaman).

Here at Long's we have a large selection of their blue cheeses, and carry the following products (at discount prices compared to elsewhere)
Rogue River Blue (wrapped in grape leaves) - This hand crafted raw cow’s milk blue veined cheese develops a beautiful natural rind as a result of hand turning and tending the cheese several times a week. The wheels are aged for up to a year in our special rooms which were constructed to simulate the ancient caves in Roquefort, France. One of many awards: Best in Show, 2011 American Cheese Society, Montreal-

Caveman Blue - Caveman Blue is a rich, complex blue that is deliciously sweet & fruity with slight vanilla tones and a texture of butter and crystals

Crater Lake Blue- their most robust blue - made from a complex of local and international molds

Oregon Blue - Created a half a century ago, Oregon Blue Vein cheese has been the West Coast’s exemplary award-winning Raw Milk Blue cheese.

Oregonzola - this cheese is aged a minimum of 120 days in their caves.

Smoky Blue - cold smoked for 16 hours over hazelnut shells from the Pacific Northwest. The result is a balance of sweet caramel and hazelnut flavors that magically contrast the sharpness of our blue cheese.

Link: Blue Cheese and Meat Recipes - take your pick from highest rated.

Great video: "Secrets of the Aging Cave" by Rogue Creamery
Take a tour of the first blue cheese aging caves on the west coast in operation since 1957. Creamery co-owner David Gremmels shares the secrets of the aging caves that nurture Rogue Creamery's line of award winning blue cheeses.


From England - Jason Palin, chef director at The Cheshire Cookery School in Altrincham, cooks up a storm with a delicious blue cheese and chicken breast View video recipe on YouTube -



Tidbits

Fresh Baguettes from Metropol Bakery
Knee Deep Free Range Jalapeno Beef Jerky - $24.98lb
In the freezer:
Whetstone Valley Free Range Goose
Carlton Farms Smoked Turkey
Shelton Free Range Turkeys and much more.

Large selection of condiments, Chocolate, BarBq sauces, meat rubs, and more.

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Wishing all of you a Happy New Year,

from all of us at Long's

Long's Meat Market
81 E. 28th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97405
Phone: (541) 344-3172

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David Brown

Eugene Web Design and SEO

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December 2011 - Season's Greetings


The holiday season is already here

And we are all very busy this time of year

We hope you enjoy these days with lots of good cheer

and we also wish you the best for the New Year!

Of course the most popular meats could be prime rib and turkey

But in between don’t forget about our steaks and beef jerky

Or how about some Oregon Buffalo stew?

With onions, fresh garlic and Ninkasi brew?

Don’t forget the mistletoe, holly, and egg nog


(and a free email subscription to The Butcher’s Blog!)


Reflections of November

In the News: our free range lamb vendor was featured in Capital Press :Mike Wooley, owner of Long’s Meat Market, was quoted in this Anderson Farms article. full story:
Western Innovator - Direct Marketing Delievers Profits

Holiday Meats

We do spiral sliced hams in the store with our own honey glaze, and also have an old fashion style bone-in smoked ham. Prime Rib is also a big item as we dry age them and cut to order. Free range turkeys are still available and can be smoked. Ever heard of a "Crown Roast"? Very popular here during the holidays, crown roasts are a rack of lamb or pork that is made circular for your holiday presentation and trimmings. Call ahead on these also! It's always better to order everything in advance this season if possible. We also accept spontaneous purchases at our friendly customer service counter. :)


Free Wine Tasting Every Friday 4pm - 6pm
- with Kaila Rose Nicholl, our wine buyer.
Tasting includes wine and cheese. Reds and whites are presented, both local and imported. Which wines are best for the holidays? Stop by and ask Kaila while tasting.

Like that one that you just tasted? You can open a bottle, sit at a table and get 10% off. And don't forget our amazing cheese selection in The Deli. We have a good sampling of Oregon creameries and cheesemakers including Rogue, Juniper Grove, River’s Edge, Fraga Farms, Tumalo Farms, Willamette Valley Cheese Co, and a new creamery in Eugene, Cheese Louise Creamery.


Limited Seating Event – December 15TH - You are Invited


PRIME TIME with KEITH ELLIS, MIKE WOOLEY
of LONG’S MEATS AND KNEE DEEP RANCH


Grass-fed Prime Rib will be the star of this class, presented by Mike, Alvina and Cooks, Pots, and Tabletops's Chef Keith Ellis ! Knee Deep Ranch is in operation in Coburg, and other nearby ranches. Come learn about the fabulous Grass-Fed beef that they raise ! As we go into the Holiday season, many of our students look for tried and true methods of cooking the classic roasting dishes, as well as innovative side dishes to compliment marvelous meat ! Menu: Prosciutto Wrapped Gulf Shrimp with Red Pepper Romesco, Grass-Fed Prime Rib with Spanish Rosemary Salt Rub, Roasted Fennel and Onion with Pancetta, and Roasted Pears with Chocolate and Ricotta - Time: 6 - 8:30 PM - Cost: $75.00 - Registration information.


Welcome Tom and Johnny's Burgers!

Tom and Johnny's is the newest burger joint in Springfield. With gourmet burgers using our fresh ground free range beef exclusively, they are awesome! They also have fries, chicken wings, a salad bar and other assorted treats. Tom and Johnny's has a very active Facebook page. Check out their page and the recent post with photo of their 2lb "heart attack burger"! Go to Tom and Johnny's @ Facebook


Our fan list and insights are growing fast. We post updates on wine tastings, specials, certain featured meat products, events, and more ….check out our new “fan page”, links, and “the wall”.
Visit our Facebook page >


Finally, thank you all for a great year. We appreciate your business and strive to be your choice for high quality meats here in Eugene. We look forward to another year of providing friendly service at the counter, helping you with your menu planning, seeing your smiles at our wine tastings and in our deli, and sending you this Butcher’s Blog every month by email or RSS. Subscribe to The Butchers Blog.

Holiday Cheers

From all of us at Long’s

Long's Meat Market
81 E. 28th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97405
Phone: (541) 344-3172

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Eugene Web Design and SEO

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Butcher's Blog - November 2011

Greetings and Best Wishes for the Season!

Since Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away on the 24th, here’s some information about ordering our free range turkeys. We are starting the Turkey RSVP list for Thanksgiving. Please order in advance (call ahead with size and quantity - 541-344-3172) Turkeys will be available the week of Thanksgiving. Hams also available – whole or halved - we also need advanced orders for honey glazed or spiraled.The turkeys will come from Sheltons (Sheltons.com) which prides themselves on avoidance of antibiotics and hormones.



Why Long’s Fresh Ground Beef?
Ground beef is very popular here and we think we know why. We fresh grind our beef daily, and only offer the highest quality, free range, hormone-free, locally raised beef. Our vendor is
Knee Deep Cattle Company, located nearby in Brownsville. Their cattle are raised to Humane Farm Animal Care Program standards, which include nutritious diet without antibiotics, or hormones, animals raised with shelter, resting areas, sufficient space and the ability to engage in natural behaviors. Besides that, the taste and texture is noticeably different, and the price? Well, you decide! We offer two types of ground beef: ground chuck 15% fat @ $3.69lb, and our lean ground sirloin 6% fat @ $4.49lb. (10% off for orders of 10 lbs or more.). Like Chili? Check out this award winning recipe

News Updates from The Deli @ Long’s Meat Market
with a Large selection of wines, cheeses, deli meats !


Buying Wine for Long’s Meat Market
by Kaila Nicholl
Many people know that we at Long’s Meat Market have the best selection of meat in town. Some people even know that we have a wonderful deli with a wide selection of artisan cheeses.

However, many people don’t know we have a wonderful wine selection that is both affordable and delicious. When I look for wine for the shop, I focus on wines that are unique, well made, and in a price range that will attract customers who may not have come in to specifically buy wine. When the wine section began, its original focus was on Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. However, because local Pinot is not always the most economical drink of choice, the wine selection expanded to feature other varietals from multiple regions. While there is still a very strong (and very delicious) local presence, some of our best selling wines are from Argentina! When I taste wines, I initially concentrate on the flavor and then think about how they would work with food. If they pass these two critiques, I look at the price. I try to stay within the price range of $8.00 to $20.00, but if I taste a beautiful wine that I believe to be of great value, I want to offer it to our customers.

Dave, our deli man, came up with the idea of offering after-hour wine and cheese tasting. On the third Thursday of the month we featured one region and offer around five cheese and wine parings. Our best-attended event (which featured Spanish wines and cheeses) was held outside on our patio (one of the few summer evenings when it wasn’t raining)! We’ve featured France, Italy, Spain, Ireland (where we tasted beer instead of wine), and Oregon. Keith Ellis, of Cooks, Pots, and Tabletops and Cheese Louise, comes and shared his genius knowledge about the art (and work) of cheese making. In great detail he discusses each cheese from the specific dairies, how they are made, how one processes the different kinds of milk, how to store cheese, and how the end product got onto the plate in front of you. I then offer my knowledge about the wines I chose and discuss why I think it goes with the paired cheese. These classes usually lasted about one hour and we have received some great compliments from those who have attended. (These classes are being planned to continue after the holidays.)




Every Friday I offer a free public wine tasting from 4pm to 6pm. I usually feature two wines (often one red and one white, although I enjoy throwing a sparkling or rosé in the mix), and we often have a sample of cheese from our deli. While our customers come in for their evening or weekend shopping, I offer them a nice taste to accompany their decision-making. I also occasionally have representatives from local wineries come in to show their lineup. Even if you don’t intend to buy any wine, these tastings are great opportunities to see what we have in the store and hopefully provide you with the opportunity to find something you enjoy. We offer a 15% case discount (12 bottles) and have recently introduced a 10% discount when you buy 6 bottles. So, if you are planning a party or buying food for yourself, we have fabulous meat, local bread, sauces, charcuterie, spices, beer, cheese, and don’t forget we have wine too!


Tasting the Specialty Cheeses at Long’s Deli
One of life’s culinary delights – cheese – is a main event at Long’s Deli, adjacent to our meat market. Specialty cheeses - and especially local Oregon creamery cheeses - are a popular item here. Our local cheese expert and advisor, Keith Ellis, makes sure that our cheese section represents an excellent cross section of interesting NW cheeses, as well as North American and European varieties while keeping the pricing competitive compared to local markets.
You will find some of your favorite types of cheese here, including cheddars, blue cheeses, Oregon blue cheeses, French and Italian blues, bries, Rossini, wine soaked, gruyeres, Swiss, and more.

We have a good sampling of Oregon creameries and cheesemakers including Rogue, Juniper Grove, River’s Edge, Fraga Farms, Tumalo Farms, Willamette Valley Cheese Co, and a new creamery in Eugene, Cheese Louise Creamery.

From all of us at Long's Meat Market
Have a safe and fun Thanksgiving season.

submitted by David Brown
webmaster
Logion Web Design and Development

Saturday, October 1, 2011

It’s October already !


and the cooler weather is calling for more soups and meat recipes to savor and enjoy. The coming of fall usually represents a period of slowing down. We are getting ready for a “speeding up” of customer orders and increased demand for our freshly cut and sustainable raised meat products. Some have said that we have a European-type atmosphere – an old fashioned, vintage, traditional butcher shop. Add in our commitment to healthier and sustainable meat products at reasonable prices, and we think we have a good recipe here. Let’s celebrate the changing of the seasons with hope, positive vibes for a better U.S. and world economy, and a winning season for the Ducks!



We are proud to carry Mycological Natural Products based here in Eugene. Mycological is the premier source for fresh and dried wild mushrooms gathered from pristine mountain rainforests in the rugged terrain of the Pacific Northwest. Since their continued efforts are dependent on the implementation of sustainable forest management policies and practices, they pledge 50 percent of net profits to forest conservation. We also carry their Terra Dolce imported organic Aji Amarillo Peruvian Chile Peppers. Try these chiles with this recipe (Andy’s Spicy Green Chile Pork) with 2.5 lbs of our Pork Shoulder Roast fresh cut here and sustainable raised by our supplier. Prep time: 10 min. Slow Cook 8 hrs on low. Feeds 8.

Go DucksGo Ducks! – October
We have noticed an increase in meat orders for our fellow Ducks fans planning their in-home or at-game tailgate parties or gatherings. Save time! Call ahead and we will have your meat order ready for you when you arrive. Tell us it is for a Ducks event and we might surprise you with some creative ideas!


Walk to End Alzeimer’s – October 9th
We are gladly providing free appetizers to support the End Alzeimer’s 3.5 mile walk event at Alton Baker Park. For more information on this event or for general walk questions, contact Nicole Fink at 503.416.0212. Or, e-mail her at http://www.blogger.com/nicole.fink@alz.org

Ridgeline Rebuilds! Celebration Event – October 22nd
Join up to 200 students, their parents, and others at the SouthTowne fundraiser for the rebuilding of the Ridgeline Montesorri school, Saturday, Oct 22nd at the SouthTowne shops. We’re joining other local businesses in providing gift certificates, and are offering free hot dogs with raffle tickets.


Rogue Creamery Blue CheeseJust In – Rogue River Blue @The Deli in Long’s Meat Market


Did you know ? The Deli in Long’s Meat Market has an ambiance of its own. Sit at a table for two and enjoy sampling and being surrounded by our red or white wines with a large variety of choices of local and imported cheeses. This historic seasonal cheese was judged Best in Show @ the 27th Annual American Cheese Society Awards in Montreal for the second time in 3 years.



Spicy Spaghetti with Mega Meatballs - Another Great Recipe
A customer provided this and told us that it was the best meatball recipe that she has had. She changed it a bit and used panko vs bread crumbs and no bell peppers. Of course she used our pork and beef. Here’s the link to this great recipe by Sunny Anderson on Food Network.com : Mega Meatballs (with Long's pork and beef :)

Reminders …

Just Taste It! Our Fresh Ground Grass-Fed Buffalo
– now only $5.98 per lb ….(elsewhere $8.00lb)

Lamb- Fresh and Custom Cuts to Order
Traditions aside, Lamb is not just available in Spring. It’s now available fresh year round. Our sustainable and delicious lamb can be custom cut to order (need cubes for kabobs?) or bought fresh in our store. Cut chops, legs, or racks.

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enjoy October,
from all of us,
Long's Meat Market
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Thursday, September 1, 2011

SEPTEMBER 2011



Go Ducks Football Ribs Sale
Our Ducks – rated #3 have the LSU game this month……Mike Wooley (owner of Longs Meat Market) is going. If you are also, have fun !

It’s the tail end of the official barbeque season (yes, we have customers who grill year round), and we want you to score a rare discount on our baby back ribs - on sale Sept 1-15th - $4.98lb (vs $5.98)- mention The Butcher’s Blog and get $1.00 off on our sumptuous pork baby back ribs…. We are the “Market of Preference” in Eugene for high quality, free range, local, sustainable, and affordable meats.

King Estate Victory was a Victory for Oregon Sustainable Food and Wine
This year King Estate Winery, who orders most of their meats from us, faced a challenge (denial of permit) to their restaurant's operation. As a strong advocate of local sustainable agriculture, and with a huge amount of local support, they took a major initiative at the Oregon legislature to protect like businesses across Oregon. “As a result”, writes Ed King, “we were not only able to protect our restaurant but we changed the law for the benefit of all wineries, and even paved the way for a few others in the state to establish their own full service restaurants. It was a profound success that began with a collective effort to speak up for common sense, for the future, and for responsible job creation.” Grats !

Just Taste It! Our Fresh Ground Grass-Fed Buffalo
– now only $5.98 per lb ….(elsewhere $8.00lb)
Oregon Buffalo Stew recipe
(http://www.nickyusa.com/recipes/buffalo/buffalo_stew/buffalo_stew.htm)

Lamb- Fresh and Custom Cuts to Order
Traditions aside, Lamb is not just available in Spring. It’s now available fresh year round. Our sustainable and delicious lamb can be custom cut to order (need cubes for kabobs?) or bought fresh in our store. Cut chops, legs, or racks.

Facebook page – Yikes! - We keep getting Likes – Thanks! We like you too !

Which Wine with Which Cheese? Thursday 7pm Sept 15th
Besides our regulars, we have new tasters every week. A big thanks to Kaila and Keith who will be doing it again the third Thursday (Sept. 15th) each month at 7:00 p.m. Kaila Nicols shares four wines with critique and Keith Ellis of Cheese Louise, pairs cheeses with each.( $10.00 per class)

Friday Wine Tasting Still Free
4pm to 6pm. We offer a large selection of both local, regional, and imported wines in our deli, as well as a great selection of Oregon craft cheeses and imports. Our dried meats include Boar’s Head products, Knee Deep Cattle Company beef jerky, and other select products.

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See You in September
We hope to see you in our store this month. Please bring us a note, anonymous or signed of how we can improve our service, what you like about us, other suggestions, recipe ideas for The Butcher’s Blog, and / or your favorite meats. We enjoy your feedback!

Summer's almost gone, but look's what's coming up. More Butcher Blogs !
Have a great September !
FROM ALL OF US AT LONG'S MEAT MARKET
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www.logion.net

Monday, August 1, 2011

August 2011




A Eugene Chef Likes Us
Rocky Maselli, local chef and owner of Osteria Sfizio in Eugene (http://www.sfizioeugene.com/), who has been featured in the national media, buys his meats from Long’s exclusively. “I don’t need to buy meat anywhere else. My vision for Osteria Sfizio Italian food and drink was to showcase the local bounty of Oregon through cooking seasonal and regional Italian cuisine. Long’s Meat Market is a natural partner for Sfizio. They have everything that the restaurant needs and if they don’t have it Mike can get it or custom cut anything. They custom grind our hamburger meat and sausage, supply the restaurant with grass fed and humanly raised chicken, pork, lamb and beef. Family run butcher shops are a dying breed in the U.S. as many have closed over the last 20 years because they can’t compete with volume buying power of super markets and club stores. For quality and custom service for my restaurant Long’s is the only way to go."

Join Us for a Saturday BarBQ? Come on Down to SouthTowne!
Our weekly Saturday parking lot BarBQ will be continuing through August every Saturday. Last month we took the grill to Silvan Ridge winery and grilled sausage for a benefit for the Childrens Miracle Network and had about 400 guest donating $60.00 per entrance. Scott Wooley will be cooking up hot dogs, sausages, bratwurst, kobi hamburgers, half chickens and baby back ribs from 11am – 3pm, all at reasonable prices! Craft beers and Oregon wines are also available at our deli.

Which Cheese with Which Wine ?
Our Thursday Wine Tasting class continues and this popular event just keeps going on like the energizer bunny. We’re having a stronger turnout and are glad to see some of you returning every week for our wine and cheese sampling with shared knowledge from experts. Thanks to Kaila and Keith who will be doing it again the third Thursday of August (18th)) and each month at 7:00 p.m. Kaila Nicols shares four wines with critique and Keith Ellis, cheesemaker and local owner of Cheese Louise Creamery in Eugene, pairs cheeses with each.( $10.00 per class)

Friday Free Wine Tasting
Due to popular demand we are continuing to offer free wine tasting every Friday night from 4pm to 6pm. We offer a large selection of both local, regional, and imported wines in our deli, as well as a great selection of Oregon craft cheeses and imports. Our dried meats include Boar’s Head products, Knee Deep Cattle Company beef jerky, and other select products.

New Facebook Page – Like Us ?
We have a new facebook page that is being developed by our webmaster David Brown of Logion Web Design. He happens to also be the one who writes and publishes this blog for us every month. (Yes, that is his picture with his dog Shaman). Take a peek and maybe you will “like us” !
Long's Facebook page (in progress)

Grilled Country Ribs with Summer Savory Mustard Marinade
Ingredients
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon dried summer savory, crumbled, or 3 tablespoons fresh summer savory, chopped fine, 1 tablespoon water, 2 pounds country-style pork ribs (about 6)
Prrep
Prepare grill.
In a bowl whisk together mustard, vinegar, oil, summer savory, water, and salt and pepper to taste. In a baking dish large enough to hold ribs in one layer coat them with marinade and let stand, covered, at room temperature 15 minutes.
Grill ribs on an oiled rack set 5 to 6 inches over glowing coals until just cooked through, about 10 minutes on each side.
from
http://www.epicurious.com/


enjoy the summer and thanks for your business!
from all of us,
Long's Meat Market

submitted by David Brown
webmaster

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Wishing you all a Safe and Fun 4th of July









New Email Campaign Rocks
We launched an email campaign last month and sent out 1000 invitations to receive this blog-newsletter by email. We had a huge response. Thanks to all of you who subscribed! For those who are interested in receiving this blog by email, please go to our request email web page.

Google Likes Us
Thank you Google! We just noticed that we have received some recognition from Google in the form of how they display our web site pages on a search result page for “Eugene Oregon Meat Market”. It shows the eight main pages of our web site. Maybe our webmaster knows a few tricks. Take a peek >

Ribs on the BarBie
July is a great month for putting RIBS on the Barbie. Our ribs are some of the best in Oregon and come from sustainable and socially responsible vendors. The Ribs are all-natural and thick with meat, full of flavor, and the perfect match for your favorite barbecue sauce.


Parking Lot BarBq Sizzles
Our weekly Saturday parking lot BarBQ will be continuing in July every Saturday except on the 23rd. Scott Wooley will be cooking up hot dogs, hamburgers, half chickens and ribs from 11am – 3pm, all at reasonable prices! Craft beers and Oregon wines are also available at our deli. We are participating in the Winetasia fund raiser on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 6 p.m. Join us at Silvan Ridge/Hinman Vineyards for evening of wine, food and fun.

The Whole Hog – Planning a Luau?
Tis the season for luaus and every year we get orders for hogs. We can get 40-100lb hogs and need to have a ten day lead time for ordering. Read about cooking a Kalua Pig in a pit. (That’s Kalua, not Kahlua). Pricing can be found here on our website.



Wine Tasting Thursday Nights
Wow! We had a great turnout at our Wine Tasting in June. Seventeen folks showed up and enjoyed the wine and cheese sampling. Thanks to Kaila and Keith who will be doing it again the third Thursday of July (21st) and each month at 7:00 p.m. Kaila Nicols shares four wines with critique and Keith Ellis pairs cheeses with each.( $10.00 per class)



Friday Night Free Wine Tastings
Due to popular demand we are continuing to offer free wine tasting every Friday night from 4pm to 6pm. We offer a large selection of both local, regional, and imported wines in our deli, as well as a great selection of Oregon craft cheeses and imports. Our dried meats include Boar’s Head products, Knee Deep Cattle Company beef jerky, and other select products.


Something Different ?
How About Ostrich Meatballs and Spaghetti?
Check out the recipe from our sustainable Ostrich meat provider, Nicky USA
http://www.nickyusa.com/recipes/ostrich/meatballs/ostrich_meatballs.html

From all of us,
Long’s Meat Market

submitted by
David Brown
Oregon webmaster

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

It’s June 1st , the Moody Blues are in town tonight at the Cuthbert Amphitheater,

and we are starting to see some sunny days. It’s officially Summer this month and this is the season for outdoor fun, BarBq’s and picnics. We have a great selection for both of those. Ask us for ideas. FYI - watch for us at the end of the month on KEZI 5pm news. We have a drawing for $500 of meat products! (Don't miss the video on this blog - it's awesome)

Summer <span class= Speaking of BarBQ’s, our weekly Saturday parking lot BarBQ starts this week, and Scott Wooley will be cooking up hot dogs, hamburgers, half chickens and ribs from 11am – 3pm, all at reasonable prices! Craft beers and Oregon wines are also available at our deli.

Friday Night Free Wine Tastings

Due to popular demand we are continuing to offer free wine tasting every Friday night from 4pm to 6pm. We offer a large selection of both local, regional, and imported wines in our deli, as well as a great selection of Oregon craft cheeses and imports. Our dried meats include Boar’s Head products, Knee Deep Cattle Company beef jerky, and other select products.

Welcome Silkey Peirce ! She has a delicious homemade Marinara sauce now available at our market as well as homemade meatballs - made fresh then frozen in 1/2 pint containers.

Join Us for Thursday Wine Tasting and Classes

The third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Kaila Nicols shares four wines with critique and Keith Ellis pairs cheeses with each.( $10.00 per class)

Welcome to our newest vendor Our Family Farm out of Junction City (http://ourfamilyfarm.wordpress.com). Besides supplying us with free range chickens, they publish a cool blog also. The most recent entry addressed the 7 billion people on this planet and had a You Tube video by National Geographic that was so well done that we had to include it in this blog also.






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Really gets you thinking about the planet and our local space here in Eugene.

Have a great June – see you soon.

From all of us,
Long’s Meat Market

written by webmaster
David Brown
Eugene Web Design Services

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Three Special Days in May

It was the day before Easter, and all was a flurry. The legs of lamb were going out the door in a hurry. We did our own cuts and were swamped from dusk till dawn ! Our butcher blocks were busy all day long. We hope that you all enjoyed the Easter Day feast and celebration!


Spring erupted in April and is in full bloom in May as we celebrate three important days this month: Mother’s Day (May 10th), Memorial Day (May 30th) and a Wine Tasting - May 19th (3rd Thursday of every month, 7-9pm) combining French wines and cheeses. Mothers Day usually brings a higher interest in our delicious tenderloin steak cuts, then after Memorial Day at the end of the month we start our summer grill out the front door in our parking lot. Saturdays 11am-3pm.

As the weather gets better we offer great take-outs for picnics. Your choice of cheese, wine, beer (how about an ice-cold Ninkasi?) and cured meats. Boars Head is a favorite here and we have a good selection. Stop by and browse our store here in SouthTowne Eugene.

For Mother’s Day?
How About Tenderloin Steak on the BarBQ?
– a simple recipe that is easy to make
Ingredients
2 (2 inch thick) steaks beef tenderloin
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 2 cloves crushed garlic
• 1 teaspoon organic seasoning
Directions
1. Rub meat with olive oil and crushed garlic. Sprinkle with seasoning. Cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2. Preheat grill for medium high heat.
3. Brush grate with oil, and place steaks on the grill. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes per side, or until done.






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David Brown
Logion Web Design

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Easter: Ham or Lamb ?

Here at Long’s we offer our own in house spiral cut and honey glazed ham on a pre-order (we run out of these fast – pre-order is best to make sure that you have one ready.) We also offer the leg of lamb, and rack of lamb, and our lamb crown roasts are starting to get popular.)

Easter is one of the most celebrated religious holidays in the Christian world, next to Christmas. Traditions of the choice of ham or lamb include symbolism, cultural preference, pagan traditions, personal taste, and convenience. You don’t have to be religious to enjoy our high quality meats, but we hear that some folks swear by them:). In this blog we have a brief history quote of Easter foods by Mircea Eliade, hear from two passionate chefs about their choices of ham vs lamb, provide a link of recipes for both such as “Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb” or “Fresh Ham with Honey and Cloves”, and describe our own ham and lamb choices at our store here in Eugene.

According to the Encyclopedia of Religion, Mircea Eliade editor in chief [MacMillan:New York] 1987, volume 5 (p. 558): "Among Easter foods the most significant is the Easter lamb, which is in many places the main dish of the Easter Sunday meal. Corresponding to the Passover lamb and to Christ, the Lamb of God, this dish has become a central symbol of Easter. Also popular among European and Americans on Easter is ham, because the pig was considered a symbol of luck in pre-Christian Europe."

Ham or Lamb for Easter?
- a funny blog that we found and had to share with you !
from: www.only-cookware.com/blog/2010/06/06/ham-or-lamb-for-easter

“Ham vs. lamb” may not rise to the level of theological debate, but when it comes to Easter dinner, the issue can divide celebrants into zealous partisan camps. Whose meat reigns supreme? We put the question to two passionate chefs.

“You know ham kicks lamb’s butt,” said Leisa Dent, co-owner and chef of L.L. Dent, the Southern-style restaurant in Carle Place, N,Y. “And I don’t care how much mint jelly you put on that thing.” Dent regularly cooks fresh ham (i.e., pork) and smoked ham.

“Both are better than lamb,” she declared.

For Easter lunch, Dent traditionally prepares a smoked ham that she glazes with, among other ingredients, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey.

A whole ham (that is, the entire hind leg of the pig) easily feeds 20 to 30 people. For a smaller gathering, Dent cooks the “shank” half, which serves 10 to 12.

Because a smoked ham has already been cooked, “cooking” it at home involves little more than putting it in the oven, brushing on the glaze and getting it hot. Dent makes it fancy by scoring the top and inserting cloves into the resulting diamond pattern.

Ninety minutes later, the ham comes out of the oven fragrant, succulent of flesh and crisp of skin.

And ham is the Easter gift that keeps on giving. “The leftovers are good, hot or cold,” she said. “Ham and eggs for breakfast the next morning, ham sandwiches for lunch. And then I use the bone for pea soup.”

“For Greeks there is no question,” said Peter Spyropoulos, executive chef of Limani, the Greek seafood restaurant in Roslyn. “Lamb is all we eat. Lamb. Lamb. Lamb.”

In fact the traditional Easter meal, consumed at midnight after Easter Mass, starts with magiritsa, a soup made from lamb innards. Next up: kokoretsi, skewered lamb innards wrapped with fat and grilled. Finally, spit-roasted baby lamb.

For American homes, roast leg of lamb is easier to handle, and Spyropoulos recommends a boneless leg, which is a cinch to carve. He seasons his lamb with the Greek trinity of garlic, oregano and lemon — 2 cups of lemon juice to cut the richness of the lamb — but he also adds rosemary and thyme (if his mother isn’t around).

As for leftovers, Spyropoulos insists that “anything you can do with ham you can do with lamb.” He loves a sandwich made with thinly sliced lamb and Gulden’s mustard on white bread.

Finally, Lamb has a profound connection to the Easter story that ham just can’t touch. “At Mass,” Spyropoulos said, “the Greek Orthodox priest is always talking about lamb as a symbol of Jesus’ sacrifice.” No one ever talks about “the ham of God.”

Ham and Lamb Recipes


http://www.saveur.com/article/-/Easter-Ham-and-Lamb-Recipes?cid=cb


Here at Long’s we offer our own in house we spiral cut and honey glaze ham on a pre-order (we run out of these fast – pre-order is best to make sure that you have one ready. We also offer the leg of lamb, and rack of lamb, and our lamb crown roasts are starting to get popular.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Why Corned Beef for St Patrick’s Day?

It's a Tradition

Here at Long’s we also have a traditionwe make our own corned beef by brining for two weeks. It needs to be ordered in advance, so let us know asap how much you need ! The cut for corned beef is either a bottom round or brisket (but we can brine any cut). At $3.98 per lb, we know that you and your family or friends will enjoy every bite. Call us now – this is a very popular meat product for St Patrick’s Day ! (541) 344-3172. We also have free range Oregon lamb for Irish stew (read about a traditional Irish stew recipe).

St Patrick’s Day and Corned Beef History
Many myths have evolved around the celebration of St. Patricks Day on March 17th. St. Patrick's Day is a religious holiday of the Roman Catholic Church to commemorate St. Patrick (387 - 461 AD), the patron saint of Ireland. Since early Christianity it has been the custom to celebrate the life and accomplishments of a saint on the anniversary of his death.

St. Patrick was a fifth century English (or perhaps Scottish) missionary to Ireland who converted many pagans to Christianity. His feast day falls during the fasting season of Lent, but on March 17th the prohibitions against eating meat are lifted and the Irish celebrate their patron saint by dancing, drinking and eating bacon and cabbage.

Yes, that is right -- bacon or salt pork and cabbage; not corned beef and cabbage. The average Irishman could not afford to eat beef. Cows, if the ordinary Irish farmer owned a cow, were used for dairy products such as butter, cheese and milk. Sheep were raised for their wool. Pigs were the only livestock raised by for human consumption. Salt pork and bacon, therefore, were the common protein for the Irish farmer and his family.

By the 17th century salting beef had become a major industry of the Irish port cities of Cork and Dublin. The beef was then exported to France, England and later to America. Corned beef, a salt-cured beef brisket, was traditionally packed and stored in barrels with coarse grains or "corns" of salt. It was not until the Irish potato blight, or Great Famine, when the Irish immigrated to America and settled in New York City did corned beef become affordable to them. In fact, corned beef was actually a better value and cheaper than the bacon they were accustomed to. The Irish learned that corned beef was the better bargain from their Jewish neighbors in the lower East Side.

Corned beef on St. Patrick's Day also became popular due to the prejudice against Irish immigrants. Many farmers in Ireland raised pigs for sale to help pay the rent. Now, however, that tradition mixed with prejudice had turned into a slur: "Paddy with his pig in the parlor." By the 1910's, pigs, not shamrocks, decorated St. Patrick's Day cards and souvenirs. Irish Americans were now able to afford both pork and beef so it was easier to claim corned beef than pork.

Submitted by David Brown, Eugene webmaster, for Longs Meat Market

Monday, February 7, 2011

Filet Mignon for Valentine’s Day? Sweet !


We carve the finest quality Filet Mignon cuts from Knee Deep Cattle Company - our source for locally raised and sustainable free range cattle. If you haven’t had Filet Mignon lately, maybe now is the time !

It could be perfect for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. How about Pepper-Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Chocolate-Port Sauce? Chocolate and rosemary are the surprise flavors in the delicious sauce accompanying this seared tenderloin.
http://allrecipes.com//Recipes/holidays-and-events/valentines-day/main-dishes/filet-mignon/Main.aspx

Or Filet Mignon with rich balsamic glaze? "This is an elegant and quick romantic dinner for two. Wonderful served with steamed asparagus and baby red potatoes." 31,000 people have saved this recipe from the All Recipes website:

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Filet-Mignon-with-Rich-Balsamic-Glaze/Detail.aspx

More about our source of beef for our Filet Mignon cuts :

Knee Deep Cattle Company is an award-winning free range cattle ranch that is located near Coburg, Oregon. The cattle in their program are selected for breed type, meat quality, and temperament. They are handled in a very gentle and humane manner with minimal stress. The cattle are raised on Willamette Valley pastures of grasses and clover with an ideal climate for grass quality and grazing. The resulting nutritional values show high levels of vitamin E, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), and Omega-3.

Reminders from our website:

We are now offering special prices for two combination meat packages, whole or half carcass, and natural luau hogs. Call ahead to place an order or ask questions. There is a one week lead time needed for whole hogs to assure sizing. All of our prices include cutting and wrapping. To order: (541) 344-3172 or email us. Ask about custom package orders.

Browse our meat pages for information on Pork, Poultry, Lamb, Unusual Meats, and Our Deli.
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With thoughts of chocolate,
From all of us at Long’s

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Feb 3 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Thanks for Yelps and Your Business !



We want to thank all of our new and returning customers for your business this past year. We were swamped during the holidays and had to adjust our routine to accommodate everyone. We hope everyone had a positive experience shopping here and enjoying our meat products.


We also want to thank those who have put some great feedback on Yelp. This confirms our commitment to locally raised, sustainable, high quality meat products, as well as international brands such as Boar's head that have high quality meat products.



"...We ordered a 10lb Prime Rib Roast for Christmas dinner. Couldn't have had a better piece of meat. Love this place! Always looking for an excuse to go back!" Mary C.


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Send in your recipes and we may post it in this blog: Here's one from a customer who moved to Eugene about 18 months ago from Louisiana:



Jezebel Sauce

18 oz jar pineapple preserves,
18 oz jar apple jelly,
0.85 oz jar dry mustard,
5 oz jar horseradish,
1 T cracked black pepper



Combine ingredients and will keep for a while under refrigeration. Wonderful with any meats or on cream cheese and crackers. Enjoy !

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David Brown, Oregonwebmaster@hotmail.com
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Longs Meat Market

Eugene Oregon