Co-op Blog

Mar 03, 2014
I have discovered a new culinary JOY! Having recently embarked on the Whole30 challenge and eliminated all dairy, potatoes, sugar, grains, legumes, alcohol and all artificial everything from my diet, I have been experimenting more in my kitchen than usual. Wanting to replace mashed potatoes with something else for a special date night dinner, I came across a recipe for... [read more]
Feb 25, 2014
Hopefully, after reading all of this month’s posts about beets, you’ve discovered, or rediscovered, your love for these roots.  Have they made their way onto your dinner plate yet? Once there, you cannot ignore the pink that bleeds from the heart of the beet. It is a truly special property that has so much potential in the kitchen, especially when it comes to desserts.... [read more]
Feb 11, 2014
As promised, some of my favorite recipes that feature beets.  If you are already a beet fanatic, maybe I am starting too simply for you, but knowing what I do about the bad rap beets get, I really want to start simple in hopes of converting a few of you. Beet & Apple Salad You may have noticed that my measurements are not often precise in my recipes, how can I... [read more]
Feb 05, 2014
“The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious. Slavic peoples get their physical characteristics from potatoes, their smoldering inquietude... [read more]
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]