Co-op Blog

Jun 27, 2013
I have been pondering so many ideas for this blog lately. I wanted something I haven’t previously written about and it is always helpful if the subject matter is meaningful to me as well. Mining for ideas, I cruised through the Deli Department today at the Co-op and shouted out, “Name a culinary delight that makes you think of summer!” There was a tiny moment of silence... [read more]
Jun 18, 2013
This Friday marks the official start to summer, also known as the Summer Solstice. The day and night will be equal in length and although hot weather is just beginning, the days will start to get shorter until autumn arrives. It always seems such a paradox to me that summer, for which I have been so impatiently waiting, also brings with it the shortening of the days. So, no... [read more]
Jun 10, 2013
Here is the recipe for the Muhammara dip that we make and sell in the Deli grab n go. The batch size has been reduced quite a bit so feel free to add a little more or less of whatever you feel it needs to create the taste profile you are looking for. Remember there are as many versions of Muhammara as there are people that make it so don’t be afraid to experiment and create... [read more]
May 31, 2013
I am always on the lookout for new ideas and recipes to make in our deli. Recently, I was visiting Seattle and my sister took me to her favorite spot to get mezze. There I experienced a dip nestled in the middle of the hummus and the baba ganoush that knocked my socks off with the perfect combination of deep smokiness, nutty sweetness and tanginess right at the finish and I... [read more]
May 28, 2013
Sometimes my herbs get so prolific that I can barely keep up with them. I usually try to harvest all season long to encourage them to grow, and then I have to find a way to use all of it. I throw large amounts into soups and our daily menu, and drying is an easy to way to prolong their life, but one of my favorite things to do is make compound butters. Simply, put a couple... [read more]
May 21, 2013
Salt is needed in small amounts in order to maintain optimum health, but it also has a few culinary tricks up its sleeve. Adding salt to water will raise the temperature at which it boils and lower the temperature at which it freezes. Eggs boiled in salty water are easier to peel. Adding a pinch of non iodized salt to cream or egg whites before beating them will increase... [read more]
May 13, 2013
Salt’s impact on human civilization precedes recorded history, and has influenced human existence in cultural, economic and of course culinary realms. Once traded ounce for ounce for gold, and used to pay people (hence the word salary), it is now a very common part of our recipes and kitchens. In the Deli, we use sea salt exclusively, but at home I also use kosher and Alaea... [read more]
May 07, 2013
Mother’s Day is this week. I want to thank all of the mothers that bring their little ones into the Ashland Food Co-op. In addition to the ever popular life lessons learned here like how to steer a tiny shopping cart, and some things are free (like bananas!) you are also teaching your children about organic food, how to pick ripe produce, buying in bulk, community,... [read more]
Apr 30, 2013
This is a great way to celebrate May Day with children, and the results are beautiful and delicious. You will need some freshly picked violets, 1 egg white, fine granulated sugar, a sheet pan, a small paint brush that has never been used for paint and waxed paper. Lay out your violets on the pan so they are easy to grab once your hands get sticky. Beat the egg white with a... [read more]
Apr 22, 2013
If months have themes then April’s is Go Green. Green is literally everywhere you look. The plants are waking up and blooming, Earth Day promotes green eating, cleaning and living, and we want to see some Green in your mug as well. The Green Dream smoothie is on sale this week in our Juice & Java Bar. My favorite of all the smoothies we make, it is loaded with kale, has... [read more]