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 Biodynamic Wines from Oregon

SVFC_CV Wine Guy_BiodynamicBiodynamic: adj. — a spiritual-ethicial-ecological approach to agriculture, food production, and nutrition.

Biodynamic wines take the concentrated notice of terroir (the geography, geology, and climate of a wine region) to a whole new level. When grapes are grown biodynamically, the wine maker sees the vineyard as an ecosystem: not just the vines, but the soil beneath them — an organism in its own right — the air and water quality, flora and fauna in the area, the cosmos — all of these are growing together interdependently.

There is also the notion that farming can (should?) be attuned to the spiritual element of the cosmos, perhaps linking planting or harvesting in time with lunar cycles or planetary positions.

The immense and careful attention biodynamic growers pay to their vines can’t be anything but good, or, at the very least, interesting. If a wine is biodynamic, it is also organic (but still contains sulfites). Biodynamic wines are the best of the best. This week, we’re going to focus on biodynamic wines from Oregon. The two main varietals for Oregon are Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. We talked last week about the flavor profiles and structure of Pinot Noir (and how well it pairs with salmon); let’s focus on Pinot Gris this week.

Read more CV, the Wine Guy, talks Biodynamic Wines from Oregon …

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 …

The Cheese Whisperer: Organic Beemster Gouda

BeemstergoudaSometimes a cheese takes you by the hand and leads you on a wonderful journey.

Explore the tantalizingly fresh flavors of a new offering from the Co-op’s Cheese Island: Organic Beemster Gouda from Holland. This limited released cheese is an edible masterpiece with a creamy, silky smooth texture and rich, buttery flavor. Aged for 3  months, it’s made from pasteurized milk from heirloom cattle who graze on the lush, mineral-rich soils of the Beemster Polder, the oldest and most renowned of the polders (low-lying land shored up by dikes) in The Netherlands. On sale now for $14.99/lb!

This premium Dutch gouda is exquisite, seasonal, and certified organic. It’s also perfectly suited for cooking and serving at every meal. For breakfast: use it to flavor scrambled eggs or enjoy it on crackers or toast with fresh fruit. Add Beemster gouda to salads and soups for lunch, or on pasta, or a cheese board. Its rich flavor pairs nicely with pickled vegetables and olives. Try tossing cubed Beemster gouda with wilted chard, rice, or noodles for a quick, sweet-flavored cheese sauce. Or get adventurous and try a slice with rhubarb pie or crisp!

Snag a wedge today and take it home to enjoy in oh-so-many ways.

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.