Loyal to Local · Recipes

Everything Chocolate: Katrina Markoff

Meet Mariano’s newest Tastemaker, Katrina Markoff, founder and CEO, of Vosges Haut-Chocolat & Wild Ophelia.


Looking for a unique and delicious recipe to serve for the holidays? Try Katrina’s recipe!

Ricotta Cheese with Olive Oil and Dark Chocolate Recipe

This recipe is perfect for cheese and chocolate lovers. Crumbled Smoked Salt Chocolate Bar atop ricotta cheese…mmm. It takes just minutes to make a satisfying snack or you can also serve this Ricotta with an hors d’oeuvre plate. Use fresh ricotta for this recipe to enhance your chocolate and cheese experience.
Prep Time: 1 Min | Cook Time: 3 Mins

Vosges® Gourmet Chocolate Recipe - Ricotta Cheese with Olive Oil and Dark Chocolate



1. Place Ricotta in a dish. Stir in salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil. Chop dark chocolate into fine slivers and sprinkle atop. Serve with crackers.

You can also serve this Ricotta with an hors d’oeuvre plate. I included nuts, cherries, a few other cheeses and some black pepper crackers.

For more of Katrina’s recipes, visit https://www.marianos.com/topic/tastemaker-katrina-markoff.

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Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout 2017

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand 2017

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Bourbon County Brand Stout 2017; Picture courtesy of Goose Island

You don’t want to miss this limited-edition beer, available at your local Mariano’s starting Friday, November 24th while supplies last! Limit two (2) bottles per customer. See store for details.

This crowd-pleasing brew has robust coffee notes that balance perfectly with the big Imperial Stout and bourbon barrel character.

To locate a Mariano’s near you, visit marianos.com.


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Taste of Mariano’s Bronzeville

At Mariano’s, we’re loyal to local! We celebrated our local vendors at Mariano’s Bronzeville with exciting demos and events.

Mariano’s Tastemaker Chef Lamar Moore sampled his delicious Cajun Shrimp Boil recipe. Click here for the recipe link: Chef Lamar’s Cajun Shrimp Boil

Mariano’s Tastemaker Chrishon Lampley of Love Cork Screw wines hosted an in-store wine tasting class for customers. As a lifestyle brand, Love Cork Screw wine has a home in various fine dining establishments, bars, major chain stores and liquor stores in the Chicago metropolitan area. Learn more about Chrishon & Love Cork Screw here: https://www.marianos.com/topic/chrishonlampley.


Hermene Hartman serves as President and CEO of the Chicago-based Hartman Publishing Group, Inc. Her weekly column, Publisher’s Page, provides social commentary on hot topics of the day. Her commentaries were heard on Her Clear Channel station, WVAZ daily for seven y ears. N’DIGO, was founded in 1989, as a weekly lifestyle publication for progressive readers. Hermene joined us at Bronzeville for a Book signing.


Meet some our local vendors who hosted exciting and tasty in-store demos at the Taste of Mariano’s!

Our friends from beelovebuzz stopped by and sampled their local honey and skincare products. Find beelove Chicagoland raw natural honey & all natural skin-care products at select Mariano’s locations. To learn more about beelove, visit www.beelovebuzz.com.


Muchacha Salsa is made in Naperville, but its origins go back to mom’s kitchen, where founder Evelyn Rivera was influenced by the tastes and aromas of traditional Latin cooking. Her salsas are simple, preservative-free and unsurprisingly delicious.


Mama Jo’s Pasta Sauce is simply delicious. Made with all-natural ingredients packed with fresh vegetables and lots of flavorful tomatoes! IMG_7208

Iya Foods is an Illinois small food business with authentic African inspired flavors. Find one-pot savory simmer sauces, spices, herbs and seasonings at select Mariano’s locations! For recipes, visit www.iyafoods.com.


Margie’s, “If it’s not in the fruit, it’s not Margie’s.” Margie’s sauces, dressings and jams are made with all-natural ingredients and real fruit! Find Margie’s at your local Mariano’s.

Charboys BBQ sauces are made with real Southern BBQ Taste. Excellent on ribs, chicken, and baked beans. Made with no preservatives.


Solomon’s the King of Barbeque Sauces was created in the 70’s. The sauce was first used in a Chicago Resturant and now available at Mariano’s! The sauce is a unique, thick, peppery low in salt, vinegar, based creation from a family recipe. The sauce is made “Gluten Free”, all natural and contains no preservatives low in fat and no added sugar.


All things sweet, delicious and beautiful from scratch. Signature Sweets Factory by Marcus J. Find delicious cake in a jar like Red Velvet, Chocolate Fudge and Vanilla at select Mariano’s locations. https://www.signaturesweetsfactory.com/




Mummy Dogs Recipe

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Wrap up a hot dog in true mummy fashion in this fun Halloween take on classic crescent dogs.

Mummy Dogs

  • 1 can (8 oz.) PILLSBURY® Refrigerated Crescent Dinner Rolls
  • 2-1/2 KRAFT Singles, cut into 10 strips
  • 10 OSCAR MAYER Beef Franks
  • 1 tsp. HEINZ Yellow Mustard
 Heat oven to 375°F. Unroll dough; separate into 4 rectangles. Press perforations and seams together to seal. Cut each dough rectangle into 10 lengthwise strips. Place 1 Singles strip on each frank, then wrap with 4 dough strips to resemble mummy as shown in photo. Place on baking sheet; spray lightly with cooking spray. Bake 13 to 17 min. or until franks are heated through and dough is golden brown. Add mustard to each for the eyes and mouth.
Recipe by Kraft recipes.
Events · Recipes

Taste of Italy: Smoked Mozzarella & Rapini Pizza


Smoked Mozzarella & Rapini Pizza


  • 1 bulb garlic, roasted
  • 1 small bunch of rapini (broccoli rabe), sautéed
  • Fresh smoked mozzarella, sliced
  • Fresh grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Monini Olive oil
  • One Simply Roundy’s Organic Pizza Crust (frozen)

To roast garlic: preheat oven to 425F cut top off garlic bulb, place in tin foil and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap tin foil around garlic and bake until very soft. (about 40 mins). After roasting, cool then squish the roasted cloves into a bowl and add 2 tbs of olive oil for later use.

To prepare rapini (or broccoli rabe): remove leaves from stems and coarsely chop leaves. Trim stems and cut into 2” slices. In a large pot of boiling water, quickly boil rapini for 1 minute. Then place in an ice water bath to cool. This blanching step helps to remove some of the bitter taste & retain its color. Set aside for topping.

Remove pizza crust from packaging. Follow by loading on the following toppings. Start with a smear of roasted garlic and olive oil, then add sliced mozzarella and Parmigiano Reggiano. Add the sautéed rapini and crushed red pepper to taste. Bake for about 10-12 minutes depending on your oven. Cool, slice and enjoy!


Celebrate #NationalPastaDay

It’s National Pasta Day! Did you know there are over 600 known pasta shapes? That’s a lot of pasta! Enjoy a Taste of Italy with Simply Roundy’s Organic Pasta made with only the finest organic Italian durum wheat. Enjoy a perfect al dente bite with this recipe for Penne Rigate and Mariano’s Italian sausage.

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Penne Rigate with Italian Sausage & Rapini


  • one package of Simply Roundy’s Organic Penne Rigate
  • 1/2 lb. of Mariano’s Mariano’s Italian sausage (hot or mild)
  • 2 cups of Simply Roundy’s Organic Tomato & Basil pasta sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 bunch of rapini (broccolini), blanched
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • BrightFarms Fresh Basil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Shredded Parmesan
Cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve one cup of pasta water. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the sausage and garlic in oil over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink. Add the rapini, pasta sauce and seasonings; heat through.
Drain pasta; toss with tomato mixture add in pasta water as needed. Sprinkle with cheese and fresh basil.