Cook Create Celebrate July 2012
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 JULY. ISSUE 5. 2012
Cook Create Celebrate

Class, Demo + Event Schedule


Saturday, July 14th - Jazz in Glen Ellyn Experience Live Jazz in a Garden Setting on Main Street in Downtown Glen Ellyn. The stage is right outside our door and we will be open that night until 10 pm!
See the great lineup of artists at

Saturday, July 21st - Guest Chef Book Signing (5:00 pm) and Class (6:30 pm - reservations required) Anupy Singla's new book "Vegan Indian Cooking" is out and is it great! The beautiful combination of 140 stove top and slow cooker recipes is chock full of soups, appetizers, main dishes, and even some delicious new slow cooker recipes. Anupy herself will be at Marcel's (see full article below)on July 21st to sign her cookbook and then teach a class of dishes from her book! Sign up for the class here.
Thursday, July 26 through Saturday, July 28 - Sidewalk Sale. Would you want to miss Marcel's first sidewalk sale? We didn't think so. Be one the of the first to say, "I got it at Marcel's Sidewalk Sale". Celebrate summer with wonderful bargains!
Where's Waldo? He is hiding at Marcel's...
Come find him in Downtown Glen Ellyn for the 5th annual Scavenger Hunt. He's turning twenty-five this year, and to celebrate, the famous fellow in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting local businesses. Those who participate and spot him can win prizes, including buttons, books, and more!

The Grand Prize is a complete six-volume set of Waldo books. Prizes include and are not limited to a $100 shopping spree in Downtown Glen Ellyn. Each participant who finds Waldo in the 20 required businesses will get a free cupcake at 2Toots Train Whistle Grill.

There is no charge to participate, and the game lasts for the entire month of July. For more information about searching for Waldo in Downtown Glen Ellyn, call The Bookstore or The Glen Ellyn Public Library at 630-469-2891 or 630-469-0879.

A note from Jill
Our newsletter is a little late this month as July got off to a rough start for many in the western suburbs of Chicago when a crazy storm blew through at midday on July 1st, knocking out power for hundreds of thousands of people in the Chicago area and creating significant damage to homes and property.  The power outages have been followed by a massive heat wave and many suffered the effects of both simultaneously, with very uncomfortable results.  Several villages cancelled all of their July 4th celebrations as the impact was just too overwhelming. 

Fortunately, Glen Ellyn was able to hold their parade and fireworks and give everyone a much needed reason to celebrate and appreciate all that we have.  And for those of you who feel like you missed the 4th of July, how about celebrating Bastille Day on July 14th with a visit to Jazz in Glen Ellyn?  And the opening of the Summer Olympics on July 28th will be a great way to cheer on America.
At Marcel's we are very proud of all the products we carry that are made in America and we have featured several of them in this month's newsletter.  There are so many more -- our locally made products such as textiles from Juju Bags (which we featured last month) and Shine Handmade, fine wood products from Trees & Clay, Spencer Peterman, John Boos, and Jonathan Spoons; cookware from All Clad and  Lodge Manufacturing and so many more.  We support and celebrate the local artisans and companies who have worked hard to keep their products domestically produced and are proud to offer them to our customers.  Happy July to all of you and thanks for your continued support of Marcel's and all of your local businesses, wherever you are! 


When I hear "Made in America" my first thoughts go to cheese. Being a Master Fromager, I can’t help but think of beautiful hand crafted small batch American Artisan cheeses. Right now fresh goat and sheep’s milk cheeses are in season all across America. Just the thought of creamy washed rind sheep’s milk camembert from Green Dirt Farm in Missouri, so buttery with just the slightest touch of funk, I’m in heaven!

Even closer to home, near Champagne, Illinois is Prairie Fruit Farms' goat cheeses, near Danville is Ludwig Farms producing Dutch style cheeses and their star cheese, the Vermillion River Blue.

While attending the Vermont Institute of Artisan Cheese at the University of Vermont, I met so many of the local cheese makers. I visited there farms and helped them make cheese. It’s a lot of work and a tough way to make a living. The animals are treated so humanely, like we treat our pets, and you can sure tell by the quality of the milk and cheese.

Most of these hand crafted cheeses are not available in the grocery stores. On the first Saturday of the month, The Great American Cheese Collection opens its warehouse for the public to come, taste, and purchase these cheeses (4727 S. Talman, Chicago) from 11-2. It’s our way of supporting the small batch cheese makers whose Artisan cheeses are made in America.

Here is a great summer dish. Made on the grill, it can be served with mixed greens on Meatless Monday or as a side for a hearty grilled steak.

Asparagus and Portabella Mushrooms with Goat Cheese

1 t. chopped rosemary
2 cloves chopped garlic
2 T. fresh lemon juice
¼ c. olive oil
Salt and ground pepper
1¼ lb. asparagus- ends trimmed
2 large portabella mushroom caps
2 oz. crumbled fresh goat cheese

Preheat grill.

Whisk together in a bowl the rosemary, garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper and olive oil. Brush the asparagus and mushroom with the mixture to coat.

Grill the asparagus first turning after 2-3 minutes, you just want them to have light grill marks. Next grill the mushroom caps top side down until browned about 8-10 minutes. Cool slightly. Plate the asparagus in a serving platter.

Slice the mushrooms and arrange them on the asparagus. Drizzle any additional dressing, salt and pepper, and sprinkle the top with the goat cheese



From backyard gardens to lush farmer's markets to the overflowing bins at your grocer, the bounty of summer is right at your front door and here at Marcel's too!  Chef Jean is helping you Create a Garden Party (7/8) and Dana will be working with her to show you the perfect tablescapes for your perfect event.  Then Jean heads to France for a Bastille Day celebration (7/13) with a French bistro menu that will have you saying Vive la France!  
Chef Coleen starts out the Preserving the Season series (7/10) with Jams, Jellies, and Fruit Butters and then takes to the Patio with Two Brothers Brewing Company (7/28).  
You have asked us for some specialty classes and we have listened!  Glen Ellyn's very own Lynn Dugan will be teaching the gluten-free Amber Waves of Grain class (7/11) and comes back for the healthy Girls Gone Green (7/17).  Chef Robin will have Pizza Grilling on the Kamado Joe ceramic grill and on the indoor grill (7/20) and Chef Paul is cooking for warm weather with Build a Better Salad (7/12) before he heads down south for The Latin American Grill (7/26). 
Chef Kelly has all the freshness of summer in Let's Salsa (7/27) and Dips, Dressings, Relish, and Sauces (7/24).  Chef Jamie brings a new twist to our very popular Kid's Camp (7/16 through 7/19) and Teen Camp (7/23 through 7/26) plus he's going to prepare the adults for the perfect party in We've Got an App for That (7/31). 
Sign up for all of these great classes at or by calling us at 630-790-8500.


O'My Goodness Cookies
Made with the finest ingredients, fashioned into fun shapes which are hand cut and hand decorated,  O'My Goodness Cookies are the best little cookie purchase you might ever make!  The O'My Goodness company has been baking and decorating cookies for 20 years....hundreds of thousands of cookies a year.  O'My Goodness has made cookies for the past 4 presidential inaugurations and for many people, events and parties that are not quite as famous. Their designs are inspired by nature and current events.  The most remarkable cookie shape requested:  Rod Blagojevich cookies!  Marcel's may not have any Blago cookies in stock, but we have lots of fun shapes and designs to help mark your special event.  You can even have your cookies personalized!  Come in to see our fabulous selection today!
Guest Chef Book Signing and Class with Chicago's Anupy Singla

Saturday, July 21st - Guest Chef Book Signing (5:00 pm) and Class (6:30 pm - reservations required) 
Anupy is an award-winning journalist turned foodie turned author who lives with her family in Chicago.  Although reporting is Anupy's first love and passion, she also hails from a family passionate about cooking. She was born in India and raised outside Philadelphia. Her first cooking lesson was with her grandfather who taught her traditional, spicy Punjabi-style cooking in the Indian village he lived. It was this passion that pushed Anupy to leave daily reporting and teach her young girls how to appreciate and eat good Indian good, as her parents and grandparents did for find out more about Anupy and to read her blog go to

P E R F E C T  P I C K S
Favorites from Marcel's Staff
Kelly Sears: Executive Chef
I’m waving my flag for USA Pan bakeware!   Although I use it for just about anything baked, the brownie bite pan yields dessert that makes everyone feel special. Rather than bake a pan of brownies, cookies, or cake, I divide up the batter into bite size personalized desserts. Thanks to USA Pan’s environmentally friendly non-stick surface, baked goods ease right out of the pan every time. Now that’s my kind of baking!
Dana Williams: Store Manager 
I absolutely love our line of unrefined sea salts, rubs, herb blends and sugars from s.a.l.t. Sisters! Based in Goshen, IN and founded by Charmane Skillen in 2007, the line was created after Charmane learned about the health benefits of unrefined sea salt. Whether smoky, spicy, citrusy, herbal or sweet, s.a.l.t. Sisters has the perfect seasoning to complement any dish!
Jill Foucre:  Owner
I love the Caldrea homekeeping products for their fresh, non-fussy scents and their high content standards, making them ideal for anyone concerned about the impact of cleaning products on the environment.  Made in the USA, they all evoke the kitchen for me with their herbal, citrus, and fruit fragrances.  My favorite is Ginger Pomelo with its undertones of basil and grapefruit.  Refreshing!
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  • Professional on-site knife sharpening
  • Exquisite complimentary gift wrapping
  • Beautiful "gifts to go" all pre-wrapped and perfect for every gift giving occasion!
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