Archive for April, 2011

Strawberries, jam packed with sweetness

Strawberries, a member of the rose family, are the most popular berry in the world and have been around for ages. In Greek and Roman times, the strawberry was a wild plant that produced a smaller more sour fruit. A larger and sweeter plant was discovered in Virginia by European settlers when their ships landed in 1588. Now, over 80% of the strawberries in the United States are grown in California. The state plants over 25,000 acres, each acre producing about 21 tons of strawberries. That means, California produces 1 billion pounds of strawberries a year. It doesn’t take a scientist to figure out why the strawberry is so popular. Their sweet taste and bite sized shape make them the […]

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Cranberries & Oats & Walnuts OH MY

Ever since I made my first batch of date truffles, I’ve been hooked. I’ve made nearly a dozen different varieties of date truffles, each with a different mix of ingredients and flavors. The basic ratio has stayed the same: 12-14 dates, 1+ cup nuts & seeds, and miscellaneous add-ins. I’ve tried adding cinnamon, oats, coconut, chocolate chips, coffee beans, peanut butter, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds…. This weekend I re-created one of my favorite deserts in date truffle form: cranberry walnut oat bars. These treats are an energy powerhouse – my new favorite fuel for long hikes & runs! This version is not too sweet (thanks to the tartness of the cranberries) and the oats give them a great texture. Cranberry, Walnut, & Oat […]

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Don’t Balk at Bok Choy, Enjoy Bok Choy!

Bok choy is member of the cabbage family and is sometimes called a Chinese cabbage. Not a big fan of cabbage? Don’t let that scare you away! Bok choy has tender green leaves and an edible white stem that has a light, sweet, fresh flavor. Bok choy is very low in calories but packs a nutritional punch. It’s loaded with antioxidants, vitamins A, C, K and minerals. Archeologists found bok choy seeds more than 6,000 years old in an ancient Chinese village. The Chinese used to sing this veggie’s praises in poetry and writing. Now many believe that bok choy has medicinal qualities, including reducing fever, inflammation, infections and sore throat. Today, its grown in the US and is available […]

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We are now carrying local, freshly baked artisan bread! Each loaf starts with the finest organic Colorado wheat and is baked fresh at a local bakery the morning your box is packed. Look for multigrain country, garlic & rosemary and ciabatta. Our local baker, Francesco, hails from Italy so you can expect an old world European feel to each loaf of bread. The ciabatta loaf is a classic Italian white bread. It is light and airy with a crisp crust. This loaf would be perfect sliced, toasted and served alongside a pasta dish. You could also cut it in half and use it for a hot Panini. The multigrain country loaf is great for any occasion. And don’t even get […]

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MMSoup!

At Door to Door Organics, we love our local vendors.  MMLocal makes stewed tomatoes in a jar which are absolutely delicious! They taste fresh, vibrant, bright and clean.  The tomatoes are from Full Circle Farms, a local favorite.  Despite the beautiful packaging and wonderful local focus, I’ve been asked “what do I do with them?”  To be honest, I had the same concern.  So, here is my recipe for a tomato soup that you can not make with tomatoes from a can.  I suppose you could make this soup from fresh tomatoes, but you’d have to stew them youself, which is tricky.  Besides, it’s tough to get local, organic tomatoes in the winter, and MMLocal is the closest you’ll get […]

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Put a Little SPRING in Your Step

It finally feels like Spring has arrived!  The sun is shining, the first flowers are starting to bloom, and the days are getting longer.  Yesterday, after a nice long walk in the sunshine with my dog, I arrived home inspired to whip up a quick meal that was light, refreshing, and nutritious.   I had no idea what I was going to create; I just started cooking.  I grabbed a box of couscous and a handful of fresh produce from the fridge.  This is what I ended up with: Lemon & Parsley Couscous Salad w/Almonds & Golden Raisins A quick fix (vegan) meal INGREDIENTS: (1)  box Near East Roasted Garlic & Olive Oil Couscous (2) tablespoons olive oil ½ medium onion, […]

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Mango Madness

Mangoes have been around for thousands of years and are cultivated in most parts of tropical and sub-tropical regions where mango trees can produce in hot dry weather.  When mangoes were first imported to America in the 17th century, they had to be pickled due to lack of refrigeration. Other fruits were also pickled and came to be called “mangoes” like bell peppers, and by the 18th century, the word “mango” became a verb meaning “to pickle”. We’ve never had pickled mango, but we sure are glad they are mostly enjoyed fresh now. We are in the peak of organic mango season and their sweetness and flavor couldn’t be better! The sweetness of a mango is more than just comforting […]

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