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Adventures in Oil
Tuesday April 12th 2011, 4:37 pm
Filed under: Grocery

Author: Jamie Rusling

I have a friend who said to me recently that he knows what’s in my refrigerator before he opens it. He said the same thing happens when he visits his parent’s home. However, he said the difference in the flavor of cooking at the two houses is astounding and he can rely on the tastes being the same at home, but at my house the flavors seemed endless and always changing. The secret is simple and lies in the foundation of the oil used in the marinades or in the sauté process.
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Making a Difference
Thursday April 07th 2011, 8:31 pm
Filed under: Artisan Cheese & Deli

We love learning more about companies who do the right thing, so, on a recent visit to the Crave Brother’s Dairy Farm…boy oh boy, were we impressed.  The Crave Brothers are making a difference in their community by using an interesting alternative energy source—manure. 
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All About Mushrooms!
Monday April 04th 2011, 11:02 pm
Filed under: Produce

Need more help? Watch this video:

How to Identify Mushrooms



First Signs of Spring
Monday April 04th 2011, 8:31 pm
Filed under: Produce

(updated 4.4.13) These spring favorites have a short season, so get them while you can!

fiddlehead fern

Fiddlehead ferns—one of Spring’s most elusive goodies—have a mild flavor and closely resemble asparagus (some say they are similar to green beans and artichokes). They’re pleasantly crunchy with a nutty, slightly bitter bite—most recipes call for butter and salt.  Treat fiddleheads like asparagus tips and you can’t go wrong; or pair them with morel mushrooms for a perfect seasonal treat.

Morel Mushrooms—perhaps you’ve gone morel hunting when the winter comes to a close and spring finally arrives. This earthy treat is certainly a seasonal favorite and is enjoyed fresh only during the springtime. Sauté with some butter, salt and pepper and add to your favorite dish (pasta, steak, atop crostini, or soup)

 

ramps

Ramps—sometimes called a wild leek—grow from South Carolina to Canada and are considered a spring delicacy.  Flavor and odor is similar to onions and garlic.  Use them raw or add ramps to soups, egg dishes, casseroles, rice and potato dishes for a wonderful and uniquely pungent flavor.  Ramps are easy to clean: cut off roots, rinse thoroughly and scrub off excess dirt on the bulbs.  (due to cold conditions, we do not have these in yet but we hope to soon!)

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Superfoods
Monday April 04th 2011, 5:12 pm
Filed under: Produce

We know there is no magic pill to make you look younger, lose weight, or have more energy.  But we’ve discovered Linwood’s Healthy Superfoods.  Now, we’re not saying this is all you need; however, they do make it very easy to give your everyday foods a boost.  Just add a couple spoonfuls to your cereal, yogurt, smoothie, salad, soup, shampoo…wait, maybe not your shampoo.  Linwoods has a ton of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids to support a more balanced diet.  Meanwhile, you can be hitting the gym, yoga studio, or bike trails so you can be putting those Superfoods to work!

For more information, visit http://www.linwoods.co.uk/en/super_food.php