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.


Skagit Brew Corner: New Planet Gluten Free!

PB-PaleAle-4pak+Glass+Bottle-175x160Most beers are brewed with malted barley or wheat and contain gluten. This can present a challenge for beer lovers who want to reduce or eliminate gluten from their diet. Fortunately for gluten-free brew hounds, the Co-op is carrying a new gluten free beer, New Planet’s Pale Ale (formerly Off the Grid Pale Ale)!

This Colorado-based company is among a select few companies worldwide dedicated to brewing gluten-free craft beer for the growing community of people diagnosed with Celiac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and/or gluten intolerance.

Brewing with a combination of sorghum, brown rice, and molasses, New Planet’ s pale ale features Centennial, Cascade, and Sterling hops for a full and floral bouquet. Brewed in the spirit of a classic American Pale Ale, New Planet’s offering has a bold hop character with rich caramel and grapefruit flavors, and a clean finish.

New Planet Pale Ale from New Planet Brew Company of Boulder,  Colorado. 6.7% ABV / 45 IBU. Bright flavors and delicate carbonation merge to form this gluten free pale ale, which resembles a light American-style pale ale. Notes of pineapple and citrus peel are matched with a medium weight body to make this tangy ale a great companion at the dinner table. Serve this hoppy beer alongside food with smokey, spicy, and strong flavors. It will also compliment sharp or blue cheeses, so keep it in mind for salads and pasta dishes. Or pair with seafood stews, hot spiced Asian food, or slow-roasted barbeque.

All of New Planet’s beers are made with 100% gluten-free ingredients, processed with care and tested regularly to assure compliance with new gluten free labeling standards. In May 2012, in an effort to protect the gluten free community, the US Department of the Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) issued TTB Ruling 2012-2 to establish clear guidelines for the labeling and advertising of gluten-free beers. Some of their key statements include: “the statement must stipulate that ‘there is currently no valid test to verify the gluten content of the fermented product’ and ‘that the finished product may contain gluten.’” Source: TTB Ruling Number 2012-2 May 24, 2012.


Hail Merry Tarts: On Sale!

CocotartHealthy food can (and should) be scrumptious. When that sweet tooth starts calling, head for a Hail Merry (raw, organic, vegan, and gluten-free) treat. These exquisite and top-quality tarts and macaroons are on sale until March 31. In addition to Chocolate Raw Almond Butter, Meyer Lemon and Persian Lime, the Co-op is now carrying a new flavor of Hail Merry tart: Coconut Vanilla Creme!

Made with wholesome raw ingredients, Hail Merry gluten free sweets are crafted to preserve the living enzymes, so that vitamins and minerals remain intact. Raw plant oils provide an excellent texture and taste and may also assist in healing the body.

Find these royally delicious treats in the Co-op’s cold to-go drink case above the fresh salsa and tortillas. For more information on the woman-owned Hail Merry company, read our initial enthusiastic blog post here.




New in the Deli: Our Own Baba Ganoush

SVFC_Baba Ganoush_2.3.14MashaʼAllah! Baba Ganoush has returned in the Deli! This Middle Eastern classic is a splendidly flavorful blend of roasted eggplant, tahini (sesame seed paste) and herbs and spices. A cousin to hummus, baba ganoush, and its many variations, is enjoyed throughout Eastern Europe and Asia, from Romania to Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and India. It is often served as an appetizer alongside pita or naan and vegetables.

The talented folks at the Co-op have adapted their own recipe using whole food ingredients including organic garlic, organic lemon juice, and pure extra virgin olive oil. Our Baba Ganoush has a rich, smoky flavor with a zesty kick of garlic and citrus. Use it as an all-purpose dip, salad dressing, or stir into soups and pasta. (You will likely be tempted to eat it by the spoonful as well.) It’s affordable and delicious, as well as vegan and gluten free! Now available in the Deli to-go case.

Minor adaptions & serving recommendations:
- Top baba ganoush with sumac powder & fresh mint
- Serve with hummus and/or tabbouleh
- Serve with fattoush — a simple, spicy salad made with tomatoes, cucumber, onion, and greens (arugula works well). It’s dressed with lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, sumac powder, and sometimes a pinch of zaatar, which is a Lebanese mixture of thyme, sumac, and sesame seeds. Top salad with fried pita chips. (Use pita chips as shovel for baba ganoush!)

In the Kitchen with Jill

20120613-DSC02484The task at hand for me this New Year is to stretch the ole mighty dollar. Oh I could tell you that this is because I want to save money and pay off credit cards, but the truth is I want to take a vacation. A real vacation where I have to buy a bathing suit and new flip flops.  I want to sip on a tropical drink and read a book, while my feet nestle in the warm sand.  Looking at my biggest expenses, I realized that there were two that I could reduce without feeling a great deal of sadness or loss.  One is my food budget and the other is my unbudgeted earring spending. No, I am not giving up delicious food, or beautiful mercantile adornments to wear, I am just re-evaluating what I spend, and how I use it. Read more In the Kitchen with Jill …