February 14, 2007

Organic Valentine's Menu

molten-chocolate-cake.jpgFace it: Nothing says "I love you" like a home-cooked meal. Wild Oats Marketplace knows it, and is offering up three simple Valentine's Day menus featuring organic ingredients.

Menus include a Vegetarian Valentine's Dinner for Two, a Surf and Turf Menu for Two, and a menu for Fondue with Friends.

Check 'em out at Wild Oats Marketplace.

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February 11, 2007

Valentine's Day Cookies from Dancing Deer

main4.jpgIs your Valentine a sweetheart? A dear? What better way to tell her/him than with Valentine's Day cookies or treats from Dancing Deer?

Order by Monday at 5 p.m. and get free shipping on orders of $40 or more (and guaranteed delivery by Valentine's Day when you use the code VALSHIP07.

Available at Dancing Deer.

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February 8, 2007

Product Review: Crispy Pineapples from Crispy Green

crispy_pineapples[1]-thumb.JPGFood and Wine magazine named CrispyFruit one of the Top 100 Tastes to Try in 2007.

Well, guess what? We tried it already. In 2006.

Luckily, the folks at Crispy Green, makers of Crispy Fruit, just introduced their newest product, Crispy Pineapples, and sent along some samples for us to try last week. And they're delicious.

Like the original products in the Crispy Fruit line-up -- Crispy Apples, Crispy Peaches and Crispy Apricots -- Crispy Pineapples benefit from Crispy Green's sophisticated freeze-drying process. They're pineapples distilled to their essence - pure pineapple flavor, in a crispy snack form that satisfies your urges for sweet and for crunch. Like their peers, Crispy Pineapples contain less than 40 calories per serving, and all the fiber and nutrients of 1/2 cup of fruit.

With no additives or preservatives, they're a snack you can feel good about. And their convenient snack-size portions -- not to mention their space-age silver packaging -- make them a favorite among kids for lunchboxes and after school snacks.

Available at Crispy Green.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

February 6, 2007

Organic Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows


0206_best_hot_chocolate_01.jpg1.5 Tablespoons unsweetened organic cocoa powder (we like Velo Rouge from Taza Chocolate, or Dagoba Organic Chocolate
1.5 Tablespoons organic turbinado sugar
1.5 cups of low-fat organic milk
2 Tiny Trapeze organic marshmallows (available at Whole Foods)


Combine cocoa powder, sugar and milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir with a whisk until hot (do not boil). Pour into your favorite mug. Add marshmallows. Enjoy.

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Taza Chocolate and Tiny Trapeze Marshmallows

On a cold winter afternoon, nothing beats good, old fashioned hot chocolate with marshmallows. And I don't mean the kind that comes in a packet labeled Swiss Miss.

Lately, we've been warming our bellies (and our hearts) with some locally produced organic cocoa from Taza Chocolate in Somerville and marshmallows from Tiny Trapeze in Hyde Park.

Taza Chocolate owners Alex Whitmore, Lauren Adams and Larry Slotnick source beans directly from farming communities and co-operatives in Mexico and South America to ensure that a fair price is paid for high quality cocoa beans. From there, they bring the beans to our chocolate studio in Somerville, Massachusetts and grind them into delicious chocolate. Buy the beans and grind 'em yourself, or buy them pre-ground in a chocolate drink like Taza's Velo Rouge.

Tiny Trapeze Confections, located in an old mill building in the Hyde Park neighbor of Boston, makes tasty, old world sweets using all natural and organic ingredients. My latest guilty pleasure - and the perfect topping for a mug of cocoa - is one of their Simply Vanilla marshmallows. Pillowy and sweet right out of the package, the marshmallows melt in your mouth. Better still, if you can stand the wait, they melt right into your hot chocolate, creating a smooth sweet marshmallow foam that's pure heaven.

Taza Chocolate's Velo Rouge Chocolate Drink is available at Taza Chocolate. If you live in Massachusetts, visit Taza's open house next Sunday, February 11th from 1-4 at their Windsor Street studio, or stop by their Chocolate Lounge on Thursday nights at Mariposa Bakery in Cambridge.

Tiny Trapeze's Simply Vanilla marshmallows are available at Whole Foods. If you're vegan, don't despair. Tiny Trapeze also makes a vegan marshmallow that is out of this world. (Call your local Whole Foods to see if they carry it.)

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January 30, 2007

Crispy Green Introduces Crispy Pineapple

Looking for a more exciting way to get your apple a day? Crispy Green suggests the newest product in its line of Crispy Fruit: Crispy Pineapple.

We reviewed Crispy Green's apples, peaches and apricots last fall, and gave them high marks for portability, nutrition, and tastiness. We haven't tasted the pineapple yet, but are hoping it's more of the same. Only tropical.

Available at Crispy Green.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

January 29, 2007

Michael Pollan on Nutrition in NYTimes

28meals_600.jpgMichael Pollan writes about why nutrition studies might be making us food-obsessed, unhealthy and obese in this Sunday's New York Times Magazine. Pollan is the author of The Omnivore's Dilemma, the hardest (and most interesting) look at our food and where it's coming from since Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation. (It's a tougher read, but definitely worth it.)

In the NYTimes article, Pollan muses:

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

That, more or less, is the short answer to the supposedly incredibly complicated and confusing question of what we humans should eat in order to be maximally healthy. I hate to give away the game right here at the beginning of a long essay, and I confess that I’m tempted to complicate matters in the interest of keeping things going for a few thousand more words. I’ll try to resist but will go ahead and add a couple more details to flesh out the advice. Like: A little meat won’t kill you, though it’s better approached as a side dish than as a main. And you’re much better off eating whole fresh foods than processed food products. That’s what I mean by the recommendation to eat “food.” Once, food was all you could eat, but today there are lots of other edible foodlike substances in the supermarket. These novel products of food science often come in packages festooned with health claims, which brings me to a related rule of thumb: if you’re concerned about your health, you should probably avoid food products that make health claims. Why? Because a health claim on a food product is a good indication that it’s not really food, and food is what you want to eat.

Read the whole article at NYTimes.com.

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Newman's Own Organic Microwave Popcorn

Can you say guilty pleasure? Newman's Own Organics redeems microwave popcorn with this tasty organic version.
Newman's Own Organics Pop's Corn Light Butter Flavored microwave popcorn features organic corn and organic palm oil. Consumers concerned about fat consumption will appreciate that no partially hydrogenated oils or trans fatty acids are used -- and it contains half the total fat per serving of Newman's Own Pop's Corn regular popcorn. Organic palm fruit oil is not hydrogenated, contains no trans fatty acids, is lower in saturated fat than butter, and has no cholesterol.

Buy a case. It won't last long.

At Newman's Own Organics Pop's Corn Light Butter Flavored Microwave Popcorn. Yum.

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January 24, 2007

Go Go Organic Rice Bowls II: Harvest Rice

We've written before about the convenience and simplicity of GoGo Organic Brown Rice Bowls.

GoGo's Harvest Rice Bowls take the original pre-cooked organic brown rice bowl and add lentils, dried mango and spices. Like the original, the microwaveable bowls are ready in 90 seconds. They're also gluten-free, vegetarian, and certified organic; and they contain no preservatives or cholesterol.

At GoGo Rice Pre-Cooked Organic Steamed Harvest Rice Bowl

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January 22, 2007

Fair Trade with a Cherry on Top: Ben and Jerry's Introduces New Fair Trade Ice Cream Flavors

ViewMedia-1.jpgFair Trade can be delicious. Ben and Jerry's, which introduced Fair Trade coffee ice cream flavors to their scoop shops and grocery stores in 2005, is continuing the charge with Fair Trade vanilla and chocolate ice cream. The new flavors are available in grocery stores this month.

"Since Ben and I started the business we've used ethical values to guide our business decisions, such as sourcing ingredients," said Ben & Jerry's co-founder Jerry Greenfield when the company announced the move last October. "Expanding from our Fair Trade Certified Coffee flavors to Fair Trade Vanilla and Chocolate is another step forward in our values-led sourcing decisions."

Ben & Jerry's purchases its Fair Trade Certified coffee from a cooperative in Mexico; vanilla from Fair Trade Certified producers in India, with producers in Indonesia and Uganda under consideration; and Fair Trade Certified cocoa from producers in the Dominican Republic.

(Thanks to Transfair USA for sending us a reminder.)

Ben & Jerry's Fair Trade Certified line-up now includes: Vanilla, Chocolate, Coffee, Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, and Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz Buzz.

Available at supermarkets, Ben and Jerry's scoop shops, and online.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

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