The Bounty of Bulk: Use Your Noodles

Skagit Valley Food Coop_Bounty of Bulk_Oct 27Welcome to our latest segment focusing on the wondrous world of bulk: pasta. Buying in bulk is great for saving money on these pantry essentials, from couscous to spaghetti to shaped pasta. The Co-op stocks a dozen different types of noodles and pasta, including gluten-free quinoa and corn rotelle.

Accessorize your noodles with some garlic, onions, and leeks (local from Ralph’s Greenhouse in Mount Vernon, WA) and you’ve got a great base for many meals. Choose hearty and healthy whole grain pastas, and add seasonal vegetables, cheese, tofu, or your preferred cut of meat. Here are a few choice recipes from our customers and staff:

Seasonal Vegetable Orzo Salad Recipe

Orzo - “orzo” is the Italian word for barley. However, orzo pasta is made from semolina durum wheat, not from barley. It’s a versatile, rice-shaped pasta. A classic for cold vegetable salads and comfort meals, use orzo to add texture to soups. It’s a great deal in bulk — only $1.79 per pound!

Make a delightful, yet simple orzo salad: Read more The Bounty of Bulk: Use Your Noodles …

CV, the Wine Guy, talks Pinot Noir, Salmon & Cedar!

photo‘Tis the (short-lived) season for fall salmon! This week, CV guides us in the right direction: not just with wine pairings for salmon, but also with his recommendations and recipe for cooking salmon. This just in: the typical wine pairing for salmon is… Pinot Noir! Yes, white fish and shellfish are best with white wines, but for salmon, the first choice pairing is Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noir #1: Shooting Star 2012
Wine Maker: Jed Steele
Geographic Region: Lake County, California (north of Sonoma & Napa counties)
Price: $13.99

CV Says: Lake County is considered to be the step-son of California’s wine growing regions. It is a famous wine-growing region, just not as famous as Napa or Sonoma. One of the neat things about Lake County is that the land was/is very affordable in comparison to land in Napa or Sonoma, so wine makers can afford to offer their wines at a better price. This is the second label by a famous wine maker, Jed Steele. Shooting Star is considered to be the “declassified” bottle of Pinot Noir from Jed Steele. He makes a good deal of Pinot Noir, and this is the second-tier, lower price point option.

Pinot Noir has subtle flavors of cherry and strawberry. It’s a very dry wine. Pinot Noirs are medium-bodied wines, and that’s one of the reasons why it goes so well with salmon — because it has a very delicate flavor. It won’t overpower the salmon.

Pinot Noir #2:
Line 39
Wine Maker:
Bob Borman
Geographic Region:
Central Coast, CA
Price:
$9.99

CV Says: Line 39 is a value-driven Pinot Noir, from Sonoma Coast, California. As a general rule, Pinot Noirs are more expensive wines, across the board. This is made by a fellow by the name of Bob Borman, who’s been involved in value wines for over 30 years, and Pinot Noir is his specialty. He’s not a grower; he’s a wine maker and blender. He will buy grapes and make wine, or buy Pinot Noirs that have already been made, and then blend them. That’s a very, very, very big business — a tremendous amount of wine on the market is made that way. His job is to get the grapes, or wines, and make a new, more affordable wine. Making or blending wines in this way makes more expensive varieties more accessible and available to the masses. Bob Borman makes several varieties of wine, both white and red, but he is particularly known for his Pinot Noir.

This is a light- to medium-bodied, fruit-driven wine. This will have a nice cherry, strawberry flavor, with a great finish.

+ A note about the region of choice for these two wines: If we went with our friends from Oregon (where Pinot Noir rules the land), we’d been looking at much more expensive bottles. Staying in California allows us to feature more accessible, affordable Pinot Noirs. Read more CV, the Wine Guy, talks Pinot Noir, Salmon & Cedar! …

Evolve Truffles: A Local Collaboration of Alchemy

Belllingham Chefs, Shannon and Christy Fox, will be here Friday, June 6 from 2-5 pm to share samples of their sublime truffles. Just in time for Father’s Day,  they are releasing their latest creation “A Local Collaboration of Alchemy”;  Six truffles infused with beer from six Bellingham Breweries! Read more Evolve Truffles: A Local Collaboration of Alchemy …

What’s Dipping: Essentially Orange

SVFC_IceCream_Essentially OrangeTry our newest seasonal flavor of handmade ice cream: Essentially Orange. A blend of hand squeezed organic Valencia oranges, freshly grated zest, and pure vanilla ice cream, this flavor will send your taste buds on a trip down memory lane.

Creamy with bright and refreshing flavors, our own Essentially Orange is perfect for warm early summer days It also makes a delicious milk shake! Stop by our Deli and try some today! Now available in hand-packed pints.

 

What’s Dipping? (In the Ice Cream Well)

icecreammenuice cream_pb chocolateFew things in life are as wonderful as the Co-op’s handmade organic ice cream. Especially the Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Swirl flavor. We’ve been offering so many other fantastic flavors of ice cream this year that our ice cream maker Matt hasn’t yet made a Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Swirl, until this week. Fortunately for all of us, he just made up a fresh batch and it’s ready to be served up!

Our Deli features some of the tastiest ice cream ever, made fresh onsite using local and organic ingredients. Our base of organic milk, cream and eggs are sourced from the Organic Valley Dairy Cooperative, a regional network of organic dairy farmers. Each batch of Co-op ice cream is carefully crafted to offer excellent and natural options. In addition to our classic Vanilla and Chocolate flavors, look for Lemon Curd Swirl, Coffee Salted Caramel, Mint Chocolate Chip, Cookies n’ Cream, Chai Scream and Raspberry Sorbet. Many of our flavors are made without gluten.

Don’t forget the Co-op’s Own Handmade Organic Ice Cream is available by the scoop and by the pint, we now offer an expanded selection in our freezer aisle or a friendly Deli staffer can scoop you a custom pint. Or try a sundae or milk shake made with your favorite flavor. Enjoy some now and take home some for later!