Quilcene Village Store end of year special and hours

If you purchase one of our wonderful fair traded baskets and add to it to make a gift basket you will receive 10% off of the basket and everything selected for the basket. These can make a great hostess gift, or fill it with treats for a special someone. Chocolates, wine, handmade soaps, tee shirts, local dried fruit, honey, coffee, tea….so many choices….Maybe not ice cream.

This offer will run from 12/16/14 thru the end of the year.

We also have wonderful wreaths made at Serendipity farm for you outside decorating–greens picked locally so they will really last a long time. Serenade Chocolate has made some cute little special four packs for the holidays. There are also some special deals in the liquor department. We also have cards, magazines and books.

Hours: ( I hope I have these right…phone numbers at end so you can check)

Both Stores will close at 6:30 PM Monday Dec. 22 for an employee party.

Both stores will be open until noon on Christmas Eve.

New Years Eve we will close at 5 so we can do end of year closing paperwork.

New Years Day we will be open as far as I know.

Of course you should be able to buy gas 24 hours a day–as long as we have power.

Any Questions call QVS 765–0190. Discovery Bay Village Store 385-1380.

(and of course SeaChange has product for those so inclinded as well as some wonderful accessories)

Enjoy this HOLIDAY season with friends and family.


Quilcene Village Store is ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas and one recipe.

We hope you will do some of your holiday shopping with us. We have almost everything else to make your meal delicious and a little more local and organic. We don’t have turkeys—but let us know if next year you would like to order one from us.

Open on Thanksgiving from 7 to noon for your last minute needs.
For you we have:

  • Serendipity’s cranberry sauce…two types.
  • Pane d’Amore stuffing mix
  • Fresh sprigs of sage and rosemary
  • Sweet potatoes–they are so good baked at 425—no need for the marshmallows to make them sweet and tasty
  • celery –very important for stuffing and Waldorf salad—see my lighter version below
  • Straus Whipping cream–nothing richer
  • Premade refrigerated pie crusts both regular and graham cracker.
  • Canned pumpkin …to make a pie filling
  • Fresh cranberries–making your own is soo easy (buying Serendipity’s is even easier) and MUCH better than canned.
  • And of course a great selection of wines and alcohol.

Mention this email and you will get 10% off of any one of the listed items (limit one bottle of wine or alcohol)

We have changed over towinter hours-–so please note the changes.
Monday thru Thursday we are open 7 to 7.
Friday hours 7AM to 8PM
Saturday 8 to 8.
Sunday 8 to 7PM.

Recipe for Cass’s Better Waldorf Salad..
Fresh salad greens–I like a mix.
Pecans toasted for 10 mins at 250—I use my toaster oven and broken up a little
Thinly sliced celery
Right before serving cut an apple into thin bite sized slices
Optional—dried cranberries or pomegranate seeds
Dressing—Seasoned Rice vinegar (available at QVS) and olive olive oil with a grating of lemon rind.

Assemble the lettuce, celery, cranberries or pomegranate seeds. Top with the sliced apples, and pour dressing on the apples, add the toasted pecans and then toss. Pouring the dressing on the apples helps keep them from discoloring. adding nuts last keeps them a little crisper.
Amounts and proportions are up to you. I tend to use a little more oil than vinegar but traditionally most recipes say 3 oil to 1 vinegar. I always cut the oil back from that…but the seasoned rice vinegar is very mild so you can use even less oil.
Happy turkey day to you all!!!

Quilcene Village store Holiday Season is starting

> The stores are getting some of the basics for the holidays–spices, stuffing mix, etc. We have a good selection of baskets which can be filled for lovely gifts–wine, chocolate, hand made cards, tee shirts, lip balms etc. Something to make everyone happy.
> Join old and new friends in decorating the town! Come to the Christmas tree near the post office this Saturday at 8:30 AM and we will have lights to give out so we can light up the town! Come help. The following Saturday we will continue. It is great fun to do and it makes the dark nights a little brighter in Quilcene.
> The official Santa lighting of the Quilcene Christmas tree will take place Saturday Dec. 6th about 5 PM. Santa will arrive, cookies and juice will be served–come join the town for a song to kick of the season!
> Cass

QVS has oysters

We have fresh oysters in pint jars—just what you need for dinner tonight!!! Oyster shooters, oyster stew, oyster pasta,deep fried, gumbo….here are 80 recipes for you. http://allrecipes.com/recipes/ingredients/seafood/shellfish/oysters/

Save the date– community event Sept 14.One Potato, Two Potato, Free Potato!

QVS and DBVS and SeaChange update

Quilcene Village Store is carrying produce from at least Frenetic, Dharma Ridge, Red Dog, Serendipity and Sisco (local) farms, I am so impressed with all the hard working farmers. We are fortunate to get produce grown within miles– on the day it is picked.

For a small sweet treat we have six new flavors of honey sticks—at 25 cents each. And the Kezita probiotic drinks come highly rated.

I also want to put a plug in for Jose’s in Sequim. He expanded his business to include a sit down restaurant–or take out.. We again ate there and it was so good…he has an amazing salsa bar so you can top off you tacos, burritos, etc. exactly as you want. Here is a link to Yelp reviews-


Discovery Bay Village Store has new flavors of ice cream including Bourbon Praline Ribbon, Mint Chip, and Blueberry Cream. They also have new hours—8 to 8 Seven days a week. Their phone number is 385-1380. QVS phone number is 765-0190.

SeaChange will be open at 10 to 8 on Saturdays until the supply increases. Last week they were able to open on Sunday also. The phone number there is 385-1320. And the web site is


QVS, DBVS and SeaChange update, and 2 recipes

Tonight we went to the Quilcene Museum Wine tasting…a great annual event.  Finn River was giving tastes of their Cacao—but had none for sale and I wanted others to know they are for sale at QVS (along with many other of the wines at the tasting)  And if we don’t carry it, ask if we can. Tom and I stopped and bought one of the Cacao after the tasting. So once I have sent this out….

The Discovery Bay Village Store has some new flavors of ice cream…peach is full of fresh peach flavor, run raisin is back, coffee rocky road, etc.  But what I did not know before  is they have GLUTEN Free ice cream cones.
Lentils….I generally think there is nothing wrong with them other than they lack flavor and interest.  But I love risotto –but feel it should be reserved for special events. Well, I came across a Lentil  risotto that was fabulous and made the lentils very tasty and had the protein from the lentils…a real winner.  The secret is to soak the lentils over night (more or less) so they cook in the same time as the rice. I cooked it my in a pressure cooker ( which is my favorite way to cook many things) but I am sure it would work in your regular recipe.
Lentil Risotto
Soak 1 cup of lentils over night/or all day.  Chop one large onion and saute in a little olive oil. Add one cup of arborio rice and saute a little, add two smashed garlic cloves. The recipe called for 3.25 cups of vegetable broth and I used almost a cup of white wine for part of that. Add the drained lentils. In a pressure cooker you add all of the liquid, put the lid on and cook 7 minutes and it is perfect.
Here is a link to the original recipe for pressure cookers. http://www.hippressurecooking.com/lentil-risotto-peasant-cooking-under-pressure/
(I just reread the recipe and discovered it called for no onion but celery and parsley–I am sure that would be good too…I really can’t follow a recipe I guess) Now if you don’t have a pressure cooker, please use your usual method of adding the liquid slowly and stirring. One could add cheese if desired but we felt it was great without.
The other recipe I am sharing comes from a customer who modified it from a recent issue of Food and Wine.  An easy no cook hollandidaise sauce that keeps for several days in the refrigerator…amazing and good.

Avocado Hollandaise

1/2 a ripe avocado
2 tsp lemon juice [I use much more — juice of 1 lime]
1/4 C hot water
1-2 T olive oil
salt and pepper

Puree avocado, lemon juice and hot water in a blender until smooth, about 2 mins.  With machine on, drizzle in olive oil until combined.  Season with salt and pepper and serve.

I think Seachange will be open on Saturday….

Discovery Bay Village Store Opening!

The Discovery Bay store will have a very quiet opening tomorrow Friday June 6.

The ice cream is locally made, artisan quality, created by Olympic Mountain Ice Cream http://olympicmountainicecream.com/index.php. Check out their flavors. We can’t carry them all (just 8 at a time) but we will rotate the types and you might be able to help decide.

Oh, yes, there is more than hand scooped ice cream…the store is smaller than QVS but has an amazing selection of wonderful food—-many you will recognize from QVS. Drip coffee will be QuilBilly blend. There is a good selection of wines, beers and soft drinks, every type of chips( it seems) and some real food. When you stop by be patient, there are many unexpected challenges when opening a new store.

There will be a grand opening latter…maybe 4th of July weekend…with other exciting things happening at that time.

But stop by soon…DBVS will be open 7 days a week—8 to 8 I think. The store looks amazing inside—great work has been done. Let staff know what you want to see carried and we will see if it is possible. And you NEED ice cream cones.