Archive for February, 2012

The cheese plate

A cheese plate is the perfect party spread. Gather two or more folks together and a cheese tasting will not only get the conversation started, but satiate the taste buds and comfort the soul. They may seem like a lot of work for such modest food source, but Charles de Gaulle had it right when he famously stated “How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?” A traditional cheese plate will start with three selections of varying texture and flavor. As the number of attendees for the gathering grow, so can the number of cheeses. Fruits, nuts, bread and crackers accompany the cheeses helping to highlight each of their unique characteristics. Here are a few cheeses I suggest to […]

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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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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 Salad is always a […]

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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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Bison, A Healthier Alternative!

We’ve all been guilty of getting too caught up in our busy lives to see beyond the horizon.  Did you know that just 30 minutes south of Kansas City is a beautiful and amazing buffalo farm, in the town of Belton, MO?  I didn’t know what to expect on my recent trip to the farm.  Growing up in the Northwest, I was fortunate to see all kinds of wildlife in their natural domain, from elk and deer to bear and bison.  I recall my early trips to Yellowstone National Park and seeing these massive creatures called buffalo, or bison, if you prefer.  I always remember them being so big and beautiful and very mellow, if you didn’t get too close!  […]

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