Archive for February, 2012

All Hands on Deck — Family Friendly Recipes

I’ve been teaching children to cook for many years now, working with ages ranging from 5 to 16 years old. Kids are sponges when it comes to learning, and cooking is no exception.  I’ve found that I would have to add recipes and tasks to the classes in order to keep up with how quickly they caught on. The recipes I’ve included here were developed with this in mind.  Your children can be involved in every one of them, no matter what their age.  Smaller hands can sprinkle the bay leaf and sage over the Potato Tomato Casserole, top the Mango Roasted Salmon with the mango salsa or stuff the Cheesy Tomatoes. If they are a bit older, they will […]

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Shorty’s Corner! Spring is in the Air!

Welcome to the last few weeks of winter! We wanted to let you know about the changes you’ll be seeing in your produce over the next couple of weeks. It’s time to say goodbye some of the world’s best citrus. The Rio Start Grapefruits are now in their last couple of weeks for the season. These are our absolute favorite kinds of grapefruits, so get your hands on some now before their gone. Navel oranges will soon be making their exit too. But, that only means Valencia oranges are just around the corner. Much like a light bulb burning brightest before it goes out, Navel oranges are at their sweetest at the end of the season. Thought we’re sad to see the end of […]

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Confessions of an egg-aholic…

There is no denying it. I love eggs. When I heard that we were going to start carrying eggs at Door to Door Organics, I danced a jig – knowing that my weekly egg run was finally over. The following week when I was offered the chance to visit some potential egg suppliers, I jumped at the opportunity. And when I arrived at an idyllic family farm in Merino, Colorado, a sea of red hens parted and welcomed me to Cottonwood Creek Farms. Located less than two hours from Denver, Cottonwood Creek Farm sits on about 100 acres of unspoiled pastures – surrounded by another couple hundred acres of non-GMO cropland that the Kautz family has farmed since 1932. Upon […]

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The Egg, 9 Ways

“Although I cannot lay an egg, I am a very good judge of omelettes.”  - George Bernard Shaw The versatility of eggs is historic and legendary. Nature has conspired to make this delicate yet perfectly contained wonder a source of protein and nutrients in your diet. They can be utilized in many recipes, with many techniques.  The 9 Ways I’ve listed will give you a classic repertoire for your weekend breakfasts or impressive Sunday brunches. I’d like to take a moment to talk about freshness. The fresher an egg is, the more it will hold its shape when poached or fried, although an egg that is over a week old, when hard-boiled, is easier to peel than a fresh egg. Egg […]

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Hello! There’s a Youtube video (you can watch the video at the bottom of this post) of a woman peeling, what she calls plastic, off of her romaine lettuce. While the video hasn’t gone full on viral yet, we have received some questions about what is being peeled off. So, we thought it best offer an answer. What is being peeled off is NOT plastic. It’s called ‘epidermal peel’ (because you can peel it off!). Almost all lettuce grown this time of year is grown in the southwest United States. The days are sunny and warm, but the nights get really, really cold! So cold in fact, the mercury often dips below freezing. One of the results of lettuce’s exposure to the cold, is epidermal peel. […]

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To Your Hearts Delight

Utilizing heart healthy foods in delicious ways. Heart health has become more and more important to us as we hear the alarming statistics that are out there or find ourselves reassessing our lifestyle in order to make better choices and decisions. Food can comfort and aid us in our efforts to enhance our health. Here I’ve utilized some of the most highly recommended foods in new and delicious combinations that will keep your heart and your tastebuds happy. Breakfast is the best time to start the day with smart and tasty decisions. My Blueberry Banana Oatmeal is just the thing. The oatmeal is packed with Omega-3s and fiber. Blueberries add their own heart-protective antioxidants in the form of carotenoids. Feel free to substitute […]

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Shorty’s Corner! Strawberries!

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. It wasn’t until the 1750s, in France, that the first garden variety strawberry was grown.  Now, over 80% of the strawberries in the US are grown in California, about 1 billion pounds a year. If you laid each berry end to end you could wrap them around the world 15 times! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, try making Chocolate Covered Strawberries, a treat that is sure to win over a sweetie’s heart. Another way to prepare strawberries is to make […]

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