Archive for February, 2011

Kumquat (kuhm-kwot)

Besides being really fun to say (kuhm-kwot), these Asia natives are small oblong citrus fruits the size of a grape or olive.  They have a thin shiny rind and are often eaten whole, even though they look like they should be peeled. The rind is mildly sweet and the juicy inside can pack a sour punch. Our kumquats are coming from a farmer nick-named “The Kumquat King” in Temecula, CA. These berry-sized citrus fruits are packed with potassium and vitamins A and C. They’re also a good source of fiber. How to store: Kumquats generally keep at room temperature for up to three days; they can last up to two weeks in the fridge. How to use: Most of the time […]

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Not your grandmother’s beets

Beets have gotten a bad rap in my family. During my childhood most family celebrations, like Thanksgiving or Mother’s day, were celebrated at my grandparent’s house. My grandmother would prepare the most delicious roast with a well seasoned crunchy crust and a juicy warm pink center, and the potatoes around the roast that she made were to die for. However, meat and potatoes were the start and end of Grandma’s culinary talents. Everything else she made came from a can. Canned carrots, canned corn (both creamed and kenneled), canned peas and her favorite – beets in a can.  I learned to hate beets. I didn’t like their strange dark color, the strange jelly like consistency; and they were forced on […]

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Chocolate Date ‘Truffles’ (no guilty conscious needed) I’m a sweets addict and a health food junky.   One might think these two personality traits would be mutually exclusive, but I’m here to prove otherwise. These Chocolate Date Truffles are sweet but healthy, small yet satisfying. The only sugar in this recipe comes from the naturally occurring sugars in the dates.  The cashews provide protein and healthy fats.  The coco nibs load these treats with antioxidants, while offering a wonderful crunch.   The unsweetened cocoa powder is a great way to satisfy your chocolate craving, without reaching for a chocolate bar.   Putting all health factors aside – these treats are straight up YUMMY and EASY to make. Make these for yourself (and your […]

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What makes food good?

We’re starting a journey to redefine ‘Good Food’.  We believe that food should be good for your health, our communities and the environment….and it’s gotta be delicious.  What we’re building is a system to evaluate everything we sell based on the concept of Good Food, to simplify your life without compromising your values.   When you start simplifying food into a few buzzwords like Local, Fare Trade and Hormone Free, you might get those things, but miss lots of others that are important.  But weighing all these different attributes in a buying decision makes things tough.  For example, what is better, local and conventional, or out of state and organic?  The answer to that goes deeper- if you buy local, […]

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Local Mushrooms from Hazel Dell

Oh man do we love mushrooms! They are one or our favorite ingredients to add to soups, stews, pastas or stir-frys when we are in the mood for something a little special. We are excited to be partnering with local grower Hazel Dell Mushrooms of Fort Collins, CO. About Hazel Dell: Hazel Dell grows 6 kinds of mushrooms including shiitake, oyster, king oyster, lion’s mane, white button and portabello.  They sell to many restaurants in Fort Collins, Boulder and Denver. All of their mushrooms are certified by Colorado Department of Agriculture as organically grown. We could not be more excited to bring Door To Door Organics customers their wonderful, earthy and exotic mushrooms. How do mushrooms grow? Mushrooms are the […]

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Chocolate & Spice: Yam & Black Bean Mole Enchiladas

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like chocolate and spice!  The two combine to exquisite effect in Mole, the Mexican classic with a thousand variations.  For the herbivores among us, this recipe makes a veggie lass swoon and a meatless man get down on one knee (no promises, ladies). Traditional moles call for less common peppers, but I took the opportunity to use some of the jalapeños I added to last week’s Bitty box.  If you don’t think you’ll have time on Monday to whip this together, just make the mole in advance and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to assemble the enchiladas. Yam & Black Bean Mole Enchiladas Ingredients For the Filling: vegetable oil for frying yams 2 large […]

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Valentine’s Day Dinner – Simple Solutions

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and regardless of whether you are spending the holiday with a significant other, friend, pet, parent, or solo, it’s a great night to treat yourself to a delicious meal. This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday.  In my world, Monday’s are crazy. The last thing I want to do at the end of the day is slave away in the kitchen over a fancy meal in an attempt to impress my Valentine.   Fortunately, sometimes the best meals are simple.  You don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen to create a meal that is full of flavor, healthy, and even romantic. Rather than providing a detailed recipe, I’d like to offer some suggestions for […]

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