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"My Favorite New Recipe for Maple Pepper®"

January 19, 2016

We received this email just today and had to share it with you. Perfect for the cold winter weather that is upon us. Start the day off right with HOT oatmeal, and HOT coffee.

“Hi Alison,

I originally purchased your Maple Pepper with Habanero at Polly’s Pancake Parlor and my husband and I have been enjoying it for quite a few years now. Although I love it sprinkled on my steel cut oats each morning we recently discovered that a few sprinkles in our coffee grounds along with 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon before brewing gets our morning started off with a delicious kick!

Thanks for a great product!” Sincerely, Terrie D.

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Welcome in the New Year!

January 15, 2016

A belated happy holidays to you all. We hope you had a restful holiday, spending time with family and friends and sharing the gifts of the season, including bountiful meals of holiday food and cheer.

The holidays here on the coast of Maine are always a treat. Life slows down after a busy summer season. The thermometer dips, the sea breezes nip, and boats are hauled from the harbors. Christmas lights and green boughs grace the streets and houses. It is lovely. We are patiently waiting for snow this year.

Thank you to you, our customers. We had a successful 2015 and are looking forward to 2016. Some changes have been brewing on the Highland Foods’ front. We are excited to be introducing a new product, new labels, and new gift boxes. Stay tuned!

We want to close out this message with a couple of quotes from some of our customers. It is always a pleasure to hear from you.

”Your Fire on the Mountain shaker made food on two deployments better and actually edible. I still keep a jar with me at work. WELL DONE!!” Dave Rosenlund from Vermont

”I wanted to say I’m such a HUGE fan of your Maple Pepper® with habanero ever since I was fortunate enough to get to try some. May I please get…….your truly spectacular pepper? I’ll be the best walking advertisement ever in Indy, and I will definitely pay it forward! Thank you in advance, an enthusiast!” Erich ...

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Wedding Bells!

October 16, 2015

It seems this November is wedding bell season. Two happy couples will be treating their family and friends to Maple Pepper® wedding favors. What a lovely thing, sharing their love of Maple Pepper® on their wedding day. Whether it is an upcoming wedding or other big event, make it a memorable one for both you and your guests with the gift of Maple Pepper®.

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Time Flies

October 11, 2015

Time flies so fast. It seems just the other day we were sailing Penobscot Bay. Today, it’s a cool, fall New England day with woodsmoke swirling from the chimneys and fiery red maples setting the skies ablaze. Won’t be long before the frost is on the pumpkin - literally - and the rake becomes our weekend exercise tool of choice. We posted a new photo on our photo roll so check it out. Believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner.

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Recipes, FACEBOOK, and Bulk

August 28, 2015

Be sure to visit our FACEBOOK page for photos of some incredibly tasty and simple recipes. If you find yourself running out of Maple Pepper® all too frequently, remember you may order the product in bulk, packaged in bags or handy pour and shake bottles.

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Smooth Sailing and Hot Grilling

August 28, 2015

Summer in Maine has been a delight. We’ve cruised through under full sail, with plenty of fun times and great food along the way. We’ve been to Pinette, PEI and Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. We went aboard the Mary Day out of Camden, Maine and sailed around the islands of Penobscot Bay.

Summer is a time for rest and relaxation, visiting with family and friends, and grilling: burgers, fresh garden vegetables, steaks, shish kabob, shrimp and corn on the cob. One of our favorite summer grills is fresh mackerel, from sea to hook to grill in the matter of just an hour or two. Can’t get much fresher than that. After filleting, we season the fish with a bit of lemon and lots of Maple Pepper®. A few minutes on each side and you have an incredibly tasty meal. We love to accompany the fish with a few ears of corn on the cob, rolled in butter and coated with Maple Pepper®. Fresh fish and corn, a real summertime treat!

We hope you’ve all had a great summer. It’s only August 28th so there are plenty of summer days ahead. Be well, enjoy family and friends, and keep that jar of Maple Pepper® handy. Maple Pepper®, pure and simple, the way summer, life and food should be!

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Spring Time is Grill Time!

May 3, 2015

Welcome to spring here on the Maine coast! The last of the snow finally melted a couple of weeks ago. It was a long cold snowy winter. With that kind of weather, spring is more welcome than ever. The red winged blackbirds and woodcocks have been back for a while now, the osprey more recently and best of all, the peepers. The sugaring season was an OK one we hear; the deep snow made the gathering a bit more of a chore than usual.

We’ve pulled out our grill and broken it in to this year’s spring. Our first on the menu - Maple Pepper® and Coffee Steak Marinade. What a surprise treat. Here is our recipe. Give it a try and let us know what you think. You can see a photo of a steak grilled with the marinade on our FACEBOOK page. Happy Spring!

Makes enough marinade for 2-3 large steaks.

Ingredients: 1/4 Cup olive oil, 1/4 Cup balsamic vinegar, 1/8 Cup fresh coffee grounds (We like to use dark roast, but your favorite joe will do!), 3 Tablespoons of Maple Pepper® (any flavor!)


Combine all ingredients into a measuring cup and mix until completely blended. Place steaks in a bowl or container and pour 3/4 of marinade (you’ll use the rest later!) onto steaks and let sit for 30 - 60 minutes. Fire up the grill or set your oven to broil and cook the steaks for 4-5 minutes, then pour on the ...

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Yummmm! Maple Pepper® Popcorn

February 27, 2015

Well, for the moment, it is NOT snowing here on the Maine coast. It is pretty amazing how much snow we have had this winter. Though some may complain (and how far will that get you as you really can’t do a thing about the weather), we personally LOVE it. Winter sports are one of our favorite past times, plus the views in the back field are lovely with the white on the ground and weighing down the tree bows. We just feel for the deer and other wildlife foraging for food.

Now, onto popcorn. On these cold winter eves while watching your favorite movie, or reading a book by the fire, Maple Pepper® popcorn can make for great comfort food. Periodically, we like to go back in time through our emails and check customer correspondence. We’d like to share this one:

August 15, 2011 Alison, My girlfriend and I love your Maple Pepper. Being a born and raised Vermont boy that now lives away from home, it brings back a touch of maple to many dishes. However, it should be brought to your attention that our two main uses (which we feel are most important) are not listed on the jar as serving suggestions. These two uses are home fries and more importantly, popcorn! Ohhhh, the popcorn! I advise that to increase your profits by one-hundred-million percent, you market the popcorn. Mmmmmmm… popcorn. I, in turn, will ask of no profit sharing other than the peace ...

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A Good Ol' New England Blizzard!

January 27, 2015

It is about time we had some real winter weather here on the coast. As I sit at my desk looking out the office window, the snow is coming down hard and fast and you can hear the whine of the wind as it makes its way through the cracks in the doors and windows. With all of the blowing, it is hard to tell just how much snow we have had so far but a safe estimate is at least a foot. It is a lovely white fluff, perfect for skiing. They say there have been gale force, actually hurricane force winds out at sea. We can only imagine what that must be like.

We appreciate hearing from you time and again, thanking us for our products, service and personal touch. Thank you to our loyal customers. You make all the difference. Now and then, over the years, some of you have stopped in when in the area. It is always a pleasure to meet you as well.

On this chilly winter afternoon, we’d like to share a few recipe ideas with you. How about roasting root vegetables, and brussel sprouts, with Maple Pepper® w/Garlic and olive oil? We’ve tried Maple Pepper® beet and carrot chips too. They make a healthy crunchy salty chip. We cut the beets and carrots to about 1/16 of an inch thick, brush them on both sides with olive oil and Maple Pepper®, and roast them on a cookie sheet in a ...

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Happy New Year!

December 31, 2014

Happy New Year to you all. As the year winds down today, here are a few more quotes from our customers.

“I love to tell you how WONDERFUL Maple Pepper with Garlic is - on just about anything!!”

“I got hooked on maple paper two years ago when I visited Polly’s Pancake Parlor in Sugar Hill, NH….. I literally threw a fit when I ran out. I since have stocked up and got my best friend hooked as well…… I took the trip to NH with my now fiancé (yay!). We are in the process of planning our wedding and we want maple pepper as a favor for our guests.”

“There is nothing on the market like Maple Pepper. It’s a product that is delicious, and a company, I can tell, that has “personality” and a sense of values.”

In closing, Highland Foods has had several customers order Maple Pepper® as wedding favors for their guests this year. Getting married in 2015? First, congratulations. Second, please contact us via email or phone if you’d like to include Maple Pepper® as a part of your big event.

Thank you all!

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Happy New Year!

December 29, 2014

Our customers say it best. For example, we recently received an email order from a customer in Lafayette, CA. This is what she had to say: Life as we know it in our spice world is empty without the maple pepper.

Send us a Maple Pepper® quote and we’ll post it on our website to share with others. Oh, and if you have not yet done so, please take a look at our FACEBOOK page. Like it? Let us know!

Happy Holidays to you all and we look forward to supplying you with your Maple Pepper® needs in 2015! Maple Pepper®, pure and simple.

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Winter in November

November 2, 2014

Wow! It is wild out there. We are having our first winter storm of the season today and it is a doozy. A lot of heavy wet snow has caught many of us off guard. Trees still bearing their leaves are bowing heavy with the weight of the snow. The snow tires are still in the garage with the shovels getting their first workout. We haven’t even started our fall raking!

We love these kind of surprises here on the coast. The variety and unpredictability of our weather always keeps you guessing.

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Early October

October 5, 2014

It’s early October here on the coast of Maine. What a wonderful summer it has been with lots of warm sunny days, good winds, and visits from friends and family. The boat is still in the water, with plans to pull it the week after next. Fingers are crossed the weather will hold out for a good sail this Columbus Day weekend. The apple orchards are bearing fruit, perfect for pies and crisps. The local turkey farm has a new flock to raise for the upcoming holiday season.

Our friends at The Blue Heron in Cadiz Kentucky had another Maple Pepper® party, sampling the seasonings on pop-corn! (Check out the photo we just posted.) Speaking of which, we have a customer I Love Popcorn out of Reno Nevada. They have been using Maple Pepper® w/Habanero on their popcorn and their customers are loving it! Now that the corn on the cob season is winding down, it’s always good to keep a good thing going, so from “cob” to “pop!”

The holiday season will be here before we know it. It’s never too early to start the holiday shopping season.

Thank you and have a wonderful fall.

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Guinness® Beef Stew

August 5, 2014

A FACEBOOK friend posted this delicious recipe the other day. We look forward to trying it. Sounds certain to keep one warm and content as the weather turns this upcoming fall. As much as we love these warm summer days, we also look forward to cool days of fall and frosty days of winter. Happy summer! (http://pondbrook.blogspot.com/ “Guinness® Beef Stew”)

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A Maple Pepper® Wedding Favor!

July 31, 2014

Just the other day we heard from a soon to be bride that she’d like to treat her guests to a Maple Pepper® wedding favor. What a great idea Erynn.

“I have been enjoying Maple Pepper since I was a kid growing up in western MA where it can be bought in a few of the country stores. I have ever since used it in my own kitchen, and spread the word to everyone I know about its delicious versatility every chance I get. Now, I am getting married to a wonderful man in Sept. of this year (59 days from now!) and would love to incorporate Maple Pepper as our wedding favor for our 80 guests…..We can think of no better gift for them to take away from our Vermont-based nuptials!”

Highland Foods offers special packaging options for events such as Erynn’s. Contact us today to discuss your custom packaging ideas, whether it be for a wedding, birthday, graduation or some other celebratory event. A gift of Maple Pepper® brand seasoning, the gift that keeps on giving with every shake!

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A Great Thank You Gift and Summertime Favorite

July 15, 2014

Highland Foods hopes that you are enjoying your summer. It has been a very hot and muggy one here in Maine. Thank goodness the ocean is nearby, and the winds and seas have been favorable for some fabulous days of sailing.

For many of us, summertime means travel to visit family and friends, whether it’s on the shore, in the mountains, or around the neighborhood block. What better way to say thank you for someone’s hospitality than a jar of Maple Pepper® brand seasoning? It’s a gift that lasts and will keep them thinking of you with every use.

Here is what Jamie Gibbins of Stafford, Virginia had to say to us recently. “Thanks. Alison! We just spent the weekend with some friends that recently moved away, this is a thank-you gift for their hospitality. They LOVE Maple Pepper :-)”

Enjoy Maple Pepper® on your favorite summer foods. Keep a jar by the grill for meats, poultry and fish, and on the dining room and picnic table for summertime treats like potato salad and fresh corn on the cob. Add some sparkle to your vegetable garden bounty including fresh tomatoes, carrots, or greens. We’ve been enjoying Maple Pepper® in our kale salads this summer, using our crop of red Russian kale. And clambakes aren’t complete without clam and lobster butter seasoned with Maple Pepper®.

May you all have a safe and relaxing summer.

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Spring is Here!

June 4, 2014

Well, spring has finally arrived here on the coast of Maine. The garden is in, lilacs are on their tail end of blooming, and we have had our first sail of the year. At the moment, as I look out our office window, it is raining. Great for the garden. Here in New England we love how the weather comes and goes, changing by the minute, expectedly and then not so. Yesterday it was warm and sunny, in some places we had a frost last week, and today the rain. What a mix! Just last weekend they predicted rain but the sun ruled over that.

We pulled the grill out a few weeks ago and have been enjoying salmon steaks and burgers seasoned with Maple Pepper®. Just last eve we had a salmon steak, first rubbed with olive oil and then topped with a small coat of mayonnaise followed by the pepper. The end result was delightful. As for the burgers, we like to mix in an egg, some chopped onion and Maple Pepper® for a little twist on the regular burger. Just like the weather, we love the mix of ways you can enjoy Maple Pepper®. Some are predictable, like the burger, some not so, like the watermelon burger recipe we shared with you a couple of years ago. Who’d have thought?!

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New England Food Show

March 13, 2014

Highland Foods is headed down to Boston to attend the New England Food Show March 16 - 18, 2014. We look forward to meeting some new faces and expanding our distribution through contacts with wholesalers and distributors. The show is in a building adjacent to the Boston Seafood Show being held at the same time. We hope to “catch” some new accounts at that show as well!

Here on the coast of Maine we have had yet another winter storm, this one spreading freezing rain and drifting snow, and mounds of snow in the mountains. We love winter in Maine.

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Highland Foods, LLC Opens New Accounts!

February 7, 2014

We are pleased to announce that we have opened some new accounts: Parker’s Maple Barn Restaurant in Mason, NH and Wendel’s Poultry Farm in East Concord, NY.

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Winter Update

January 26, 2014

It has been a wild winter here on the coast of Maine. We’ve had blizzards, rain storms, freezing cold temperatures, and spring like days. The holiday season kept us more than busy and we have barely had time to wind down from that as we prepare for the New England Food Show and Seafood Show in Boston March 16 - 18, 2014. We are excited about the show and expanding our markets, speaking of which, thank you to those who recommended stores for us to contact in your area. We have a number of followups to do!

Be sure to check out our FACEBOOK page for recipes and comments from our customers. We are excited to share that one of our customers recently published a book called The Sugarmaker’s Companion. Author Michael Farrell is a sugarmaker and director of the Uihlein Forest at Cornell University. Michael includes both text and a photo of Maple Pepper® in his book.

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