Friday, June 25, 2010

That's Rumpletastic!

Hey there frozen food and ice cream lovers!

Just wanted to give you a heads up on some exciting new products in freezerland. here's to all you vegans out there!

first, Asherah VEGAN burgers made with quinoa and not soy! The coolest thing besides it being VEGAN? it's local! these mighty meatless products come from Lancaster Farm Fresh Coop in Pennsylvania. Check them out on the top shelf in the middle of the freezer aisle!

Amy's VEGAN Mac and Cheese! No,not soy mac... but AMY's very own Nondairy rice mac and cheese. you can find it next to the other Amy's rice mac.

Last but not least (and sorry vegans, this one's not for you), Laloo Rumplemint ice cream. Now you can enjoy the refreshing minty taste of Laloo goat ice cream.

Stay tuned folks... i hear scallops are coming our way!

Cheese tasting opportunities.

This weekend we will be trying to sample three great cheeses from Europe: Two Italian and 1 French. 2 Goat and one Cow. 2 natural flavored and one with bits of stuff in it. OK, enough . . .


Its nick name "Tour Eiffel" comes from its pyramid shape and its squared-off top. Not the easiest one to cut into pieces but, by far one of the most beautiful one on a cheese-board.

Named from a small town in the Berry area, there are two other goat cheeses from this same area: Valencay and Levroux. Enjoy with the classic wine pairing of Sancerre for an "out of body" experience.

Capra Valtellina

High in the mountains dividing Italy from Switzerland lie shepherds who have been herding goats and making cheese there for centuries. Capra Valtellina is made by a small producer in this area.

Capra Valtellina is complex with a long finish, a little nutty and a little herbal.


Try a slice of Juni, an Italian cow’s milk cheese filled with crushed dried juniper berries – the same botanicals used to give gin its distinctive flavor.

Juni is made in the upper valleys of the Beilla area of Piedmont in Italy at a family-run creamery that has been in operation for four generations and sources milk from local farmers who raise an obscure and ancient breed of cow – the Pezzata Rossa d’Oropa. But for this cheese, this breed of cow may not exist.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

T-Shirts (Now for your toddler too!)

Come get your new T-Shirts available now in toddler and youth size.
If your kids aren't eating their carrots, let them wear them!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Kefir for all

Some people call kefir \kuh-feer'\. Others call kefir \kee'-fur\. I'm not here to tell you what is right. I respect however you want to pronounce it.

Similarly, some people drink cow's milk. Others drink goat's milk. And some people just drink the milk out of coconuts. Again, I'm not here to tell you what's right. I respect whatever you want to drink.

But what if you wanted kefir that wasn't made from cow's milk? Previously you'd have had to make it yourself. Not anymore - Kefirshire has grown! The land of the kefir grains expands.

Now, just to the right of the Helios cow milk kefir, you'll find Redwood Hills Goat Milk Kefir and So Delicious Coconut Milk Kefir. All you consumers of cow's milk, goat's milk, and not-animal produced milk can enjoy the special bacteria and yeasts found in kefir more easily. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Pesto con pinoli, per favore!

Some of us were dismayed that none of the fresh pesto sauces sold at the Coop were made with pine nuts. Sure, technically the word "pesto" just means "pounded" in Italian, but the classic pesto sauce from Genoa is made with fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese and olive oil. No offense to walnut and almonds but those nuts would never have made it into a batch of mom's fresh pesto in the summertime when the scent of fresh basil from the garden filled our house.

So let's give a big welcome to Whole in the Wall Pesto -- made locally at the semi-cooperatively run Whole in the Wall restaurant in Binghamton, NY -- with pine nuts, no silly substitutions. They make the pesto by hand on Sundays when their restaurant is closed. If you like these we'll get some of their other flavors (red pepper, sun-dried tomato, and dairy-free to name a few). Find them in the Egg/Tofu case with the other refrigerated condiments!