Co-op Blog

Jan 27, 2014
The Super Bowl is a food holiday whether you are a football fan or not.  Grocery stores put up displays featuring chips and guacamole, nacho fixings and all sorts of finger foods that are easy to eat while holding a beverage and jumping up and down screaming like a maniac.  According to the Hass Avocado Board, Super Bowl Sunday is one of the year's biggest... [read more]
Jan 20, 2014
In keeping with our soup theme for the month, I present Creamy Potato Soup.  I usually avoid heavy and creamy soups simply for the caloric intake that they bring along with their delicious taste, but I did a remodel on this soup recently to make it more waist band friendly and came up with what I would call a winner! As you may know from reading these little posts, I... [read more]
Jan 14, 2014
While visiting my family this fall in Brownsville, Oregon, we took a little trip to Randy’s Main Street coffee shop that is housed in the old butcher’s shop which incidentally was where I got my very first job, breaking down boxes for Mr. Ridinger. We ventured in on a cold day to find warm rolls fresh out of the oven and a Beef Barley soup of the day that smelled too good to... [read more]
Jan 06, 2014
If you haven’t dusted off your soup pot yet, what are you waiting for? January and February are the two months of the year where my family eats soup more than any other food. One of my favorite mid winter soups is Coconut Red Lentil. It is a hearty and filling soup that you can have on the table in about 30 minutes! Although I have shared the recipe before, I will share again... [read more]
Dec 31, 2013
The food on our holiday table is usually a celebration of the abundance that we have in our lives. In contrast, New Years Eve foods are a request for the abundance to continue. All over the world people celebrate the coming of the New Year with food that symbolizes money and luck. Greens are eaten because they look like dollars, peas and lentils because they resemble coins.... [read more]
Dec 26, 2013
We eat Prime Rib for Christmas, always have.  The prime rib is always accompanied by mashed potatoes, gravy, creamed spinach and Yorkshire puddings.  As a child I remember my father carving the prime rib with his grandfather’s carving knife, which is a sight to behold.  The wood of the handle is polished to perfection with years and generations of use.  The... [read more]
Dec 17, 2013
Ashland Food Co-op will close at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, December 24th and will be closed all day on Thursday, December 25th.This will allow all employees to enjoy Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with their families.Please let the signs on the front doors remind you that we will be closing early on Christmas Eve so you don’t get your heart set for some tasty Co-op treat or one... [read more]
Dec 17, 2013
The shortest day of the year occurs this Saturday and making lanterns is a fun way to celebrate the transition into the dark of winter.  You will need:  a balloon, white or colored tissue paper, nature objects like bark or pine needles or seeds, white glue, scissors and bendable wire.  Pour glue into a container and add water to get a consistency that is a... [read more]
Dec 09, 2013
Salt Dough OrnamentsThis week we are making salt dough which is a fun and versatile dough for making Christmas ornaments.  The basic recipe is:  combine 1 ½ cups of warm water with 1 cup of salt, add 4 cups of flour and knead by hand, adding more flour if needed to keep it from sticking to your hands. Roll dough to ¼” thickness and use your favorite holiday cookie... [read more]
Dec 03, 2013
This morning as I dropped my daughter off at school, I noticed that the tree in front of the classroom was covered in pine cones that had been transformed with loving little fingers into feeders for the birds.  I instantly thought of the pine cone collection that was gathered this summer at one of our favorite camping spots and decided that friends and family would be... [read more]

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