Cooking with Heinen’s

by Sally Roeckell

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155. #HeinensSundaySupper – Dinner with the Donleas

 With stone fruit back in season, fresh peaches are reappearing in recipes around Barrington.  They’re playing a special role in this week’s Heinen’s Sunday Supper, shared by none other than Kelly Donlea, the Chief Operating Mom of one of our favorite foodie families.
For a look at Sunday Suppers around Barrington, Heinen’s Grocery is offering a gift card to one local family each week to shop for ingredients and prepare a special Sunday meal.  In turn, each participant will share their photos and thoughts at 365Barrington about their family’s favorite dishes and the personal significance of gathering weekly for Sunday Suppers.
Dinner with the Donleas

by Kelly Donlea, Barrington mom, chef, cookbook author & founder of
Family dinner is one of the most honored traditions at the Donlea house. While what goes on the table is important to me, it comes second to the goal of how many times we make it to the table as a family each week. The stress of a perfect dinner can mean that you miss the moment, or that the cook can’t sit, and we value, above all else, the time together.
For me, the key is being organized and having Heinen’s Grocery on my chauffeur route where I can get organic produce and the best meats, making dinnertime easy. When the ingredients are high quality, the amount of preparation, or “masking” is minimized, as they can be served after simple cooking with light seasoning.  And with the fresh packaged extras available at Heinen’s, I can easily supplement a course or two with prepared items that will make an ordinary meal extraordinary.
For Sunday Suppers I do try to make things a little more special. Even if we are landing at the table after a long day of church, birthday parties and baseball, a fresh flower arrangement, some candles, or using our good china can add festivity to the night.
Seafood is always a draw for a special occasion dinner and, for that, there is no better place than Heinen’s. They source their fish from the best possible ports, and have them shipped overnight for the freshest fish-to-table option in our area. One of my favorite fish-accompaniments is Peach Pepper salsa and, with peaches coming into their season, I knew that would be the base of our Sunday meal.
This salsa can top most any type of whitefish or shellfish prepared with a honey-lime-soy sauce and garlic marinade.  When I saw the size of the scallops in the case at Heinen’s, I knew that would be my choice.
Their peaches were perfect, which can be hard to find up until this time of year, and the rest of the produce, including onions, garlic and green peppers were, of course, perfect too. I grabbed some baby artichokes from the prepackaged vegetable case, some fresh organic cilantro and a bag of Heinen’s brand organic brown rice. One cheese they had out for sampling was Vermeer by Beemster.
I am always on the hunt for a perfect dry Gouda, and this full-flavored Gouda variety is one of the best I’ve ever tried.
A Vermeer has lower sodium and fat than a traditional gouda, so even better. I grabbed a block to use in my artichoke stuffing and enjoy as a meal appetizer.
I blended the Vermeer with panko, garlic cloves, fresh basil and cream cheese for the artichoke stuffing.
I served the scallops and artichokes with a side of Cilantro-Lime Rice.
I enjoyed a fruity, crisp La Merika Chardonnay that Heinen’s had on special for just $7.99/bottle.
For dessert, I made a stop at Heinen’s Bakery and my kids loved every bite of  Heinen’s Raspeberry-Stuffed Pillow cookies.
Heinen’s Grocery is located at 500 N. Hough Street, between E. Main Street and Route 14 (next to Meathead’s) in Barrington, Illinois. They’re open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit
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119. #HeinensSundaySupper – Week 2 – McConnell Family Dinner

 It’s Week 2 of our new Heinen’s Sunday Supper series highlighting a different Barrington family’s approach to preparing special meals each Sunday.  Heinen’s is offering a gift card to one Barrington family each week to shop for groceries to prepare their Sunday meal.  In turn, each participating family will share their photos and thoughts here at 365Barrington about the personal significance of gathering weekly for Sunday Suppers.
Today, we’re featuring Sunday Supper at the McConnell family’s house, written and photographed by Barrington photographer and mother-of-four, Susan McConnell of  How I’d love to pull up a chair to this beautiful dinner table!
Heinen’s Sunday Supper – Week 2

by Susan McConnell, Barrington photographer and mother-of-four
Raising a large family means life is always up in the air. As a mother, I’ve insisted on some of the you-can-count-on constants like building a fire in the fireplace when it’s below zero, always having a dog in the family and sitting down to a home cooked meal just about every night, especially on Sundays.
Sunday supper is special and sacred because it’s the official end of the weekend and the official beginning of the week. You can call it a family meeting, but when food and candles and flowers are involved it hardly feels like a meeting. It feels much more like the stuff that memories are made of.
I’ve raised four children and, while I’m not quite done, I can look back and see the patterns that have turned into rituals. The rituals that my children will take into their future with their own families. It’s interesting that Heinen’s asked me to write about this, because just the other night my youngest daughter was setting the table and said, “You know, I like that we have dinner every night. It’s the only time when we’re all together in the same place at the same time.”
One of the ways that I’ve engaged my children in our family meals is by teaching them the ever-evolving lessons of the importance of healthy food.
Our family has embraced organic, local and humanely raised food, and as the mother and the official “gatherer” of that food, I was thrilled when Heinen’s moved to Barrington.  They’ve become my one-stop grocery store and I couldn’t be happier about that.
Heinen’s hens come from a farm in Ohio that not only raises them organically and lets them run free range, but their diet contains nothing genetically modified. (Non GMO)
Heinen’s has an abundant selection of organic fruits and vegetables as well as spices and grains.
And milk, well it’s the old fashioned kind with cream on the top.
In preparation for my Sunday Supper, I took my camera along with me on my weekly trip to Heinen’s. On my shopping list were ingredients for this Sunday’s menu, which includes Midwestern Roasted Hens, Buttered Butternut Squash, Wheat Berry Salad with a dessert of Angel Food Cake with Strawberries.
Thank you, Heinen’s for helping inspire the healthy dishes I prepare for my family.  You’ll find my recipes for this Sunday’s supper below and I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
Heinen’s Grocery is located at 500 N. Hough Street, between E. Main Street and Route 14 (next to Meathead’s) in Barrington, Illinois. They’re open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit
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