Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Case Salad Update

Available Now through Jan. 8th:
  • Mango Curry Chicken Salad
  • Sumi Salad
  • Orange Quinoa
  • Potato Salad with Chipotle Aioli

Monday, December 20, 2010

Do You Miss the Lightening Up Column?

Jeanne Leffingwell is a local artist and teacher whose column, “Lightening Up” has appeared in a dozen past issues of the Co-op's Community News. Her volunteer column was discontinued with this issue.
She recently shared with us, “I’m a little worried that I’ll lose momentum with the ‘Saga of My Stuff’ and how I’m getting rid of it, without those deadlines.” She’d like to encourage anyone interested to send her an email with the subject line: More Lightening Up. If I get even 6 or 8 people who want to hear about this, I’ll keep reporting from the field... or maybe put it on a blog. Thanks!” Her email:

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Comments, Complaints and Compliments December 2010

By Kenna S. Eaton GM

The new tables are so much nicer! Anonymous

Thanks- we like ‘em too- but they aren’t actually new. As the previous decoupage of Co-op newspaper cuttings was wearing thin, we decided to recover them with bamboo from Natural Abode. - Kenna

Another scale in the front of the produce area would be helpful- Peter A

I contacted Peter and asked or more information regarding the scale. Here’s his response “The scale currently there seems fine as it is, but I had the hardest time finding it when I was at the front of the produce section, by the tomatoes. I would think about placing one right there-maybe a manual tabletop model. This seems to be an issue wherever I shop-not enough scales, or they're too hard to find.  Thanks for listening."

Pete- thanks for your comment and suggestion. The scale did use to live above the bananas, nearer the front of the store- we decided to move it back to its current location to see if it worked better for our customers. We’ll consider moving it back to its previous location next time we re-arrange tables in there.-Kenna

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Kitchen Gadget I Can't Live Without

by Jesica DeHart, Co-op Product Promotions and Education Coordinator,

We call it the vegetable spiraler around my house and what it does is truly just simply magic! My children devoured vegetables of all kinds for years up until the notorious moment when they went to school and some child informed them that veggies were gross. Now being somewhat skeptical children they did not buy the "gross" statement completely but their passion for veggies did begin to dwindle and become quite selective. Some say that it is a naturally occurring shift that happens in children due to taste buds and the sort but I think their entrance into the world of outside influences played a large part in it. Around this same time, through a raw food demo, I discovered this incredible kitchen gadget that transforms any firm veggie or fruit into spiral noodles or paper thin slices. I watched, at the demo, as my child devoured a plate of spaghetti made with raw zucchini noodles and promptly went home and ordered one for our family.

I found that beets, daikon radish, carrots, zucchini, cucumber, squash, eggplant, sweet potatoes and more could easily be transformed into various size noodles to be eaten raw or lightly cooked depending on the vegetable and my kids loved them again because, well how can you not like eating something that boinnggs and is in such a fun shape. We add them to soups at the very end of cooking for an incredible rainbow affect that kids love. Beets in particular are very striking in a soup especially if you use a variety of colors of beets. I make spring rolls and fill them with either a mixture of rice noodles and raw veggie noodles or only the latter. I love arriving to a potluck or friends for dinner with a bowl of raw spiraled veggies of all colors, tossed with a simple tangy dressing and watch the oohs and ahhs and the bowl quickly empty.

Now where can you find one of these magical kitchen gadgets for yourself you ask? Well thanks to my trusting friends in the Health and Beauty department of the Co-op we are now carrying this incredible gizmo so that the children and adults of the Palouse can have as much fun with their veggies as we do at our house. Whether as a garnish or main ingredient, this is a kitchen must have. During my initial search for one years ago, I tried out a wide variety of them and found that for the price and quality that the World Cuisine model is my favorite which is what I have at home and what we now have on our shelves at the Co-op. I will be doing a plethora of demos in the coming months to showcase this fun spiral vegetable slicer. I am also more than happy to schedule a demo for you if you want to see how it works. Just send me an email

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

November Case Salads

Here are the case salad selections for the following two weeks. For those of you wondering what happened to last month's menu: I experienced a bit of a hiccup in the process of figuring out what salads would be available, but everything is now in order and I will be making regular updates once again. Thank you for being patient with me while I sorted things out.

Several salads are new to the Co-op this month, and I invite everyone to stop in and sample some of them if you get a chance. I've marked all of the new salads in the list below.

Now through Nov. 20th:

  • Chicken Salad with Apples and Walnuts
  • Udon with Garlic Sauce
  • Sumi Salad
  • Roasted Squash and Red Onion Salad *New*
  • Three Sisters Salad

Nov. 14th through Nov. 27th:

  • Vicki's Roasted Brussel Sprouts
  • Tortellini with Bacon and Onion *New*
  • Creole Roasted Yams *New*
  • Honey Mustard Potato Salad
  • Wild Rice with Apricots

November News

During this time of year I often find myself waking up with a question in my mind which, before I have so much as set foot outside of my bedroom, must be answered if I am to properly begin my morning routine. I clumsily jump out of bed, with a mind still half-dreaming, wondering if that glow I see around the edges of my curtain seems brighter than usual, or if my eyes just haven't quite adjusted to the faint morning light. Hoping for the former, I dash to the window, cross my fingers, and pull the curtain aside. Every morning for weeks I have done this, and every morning I have found only the same aging landscape of fading fall hues waiting for me on the other side of the glass. Is it too early for snow? Did it come and go in the night, melting away before I had a chance to see it? “Maybe tomorrow,” I think to myself. “Tomorrow will be different.”

For a lot of us, myself included, cold weather isn't really justified until it is met with a healthy dose of white, powdery snow to play in. To another, perhaps more sound-minded group of individuals, a lack of snow this far into the season is a fortunate turn of events, as it means safer travels, (relatively) dry clothing and a few extra days to ride bicycles before things take a turn for the worse. No matter what your preference in winter weather may be, everyone always seems to agree that now is the time for delicious food, and more of it. At the Co-op kitchen, we've heard what you're collective appetites have been trying to tell us, and have come up with a number of new and exciting flavors in every one of our kitchen departments to help you feel happy and content no matter what the weather may bring.

Most of you are used to the wide variety of drinks and flavors available at our coffee bar, and some of you are even known to our baristas by both name and drink preference, in no specific order. Why not keep them on their toes? For the next few months we will be offering both eggnog and soynog lattes, and both 'nog varieties will be available to add to all of your other favorites, as well. If that isn't enough to put you in the holiday spirit, we have also added pumpkin spice and gingerbread syrups to our list of flavors, both of which should send you well on your way to carving Thanksgiving turkeys, and will see you through to your last Christmas carol and beyond. For those of you who prefer to have tea with your holiday cheer, we have recently replaced our Awake variety of black tea with Fair Trade organic tea. Give it a try—it's sure to warm your spirits on a cold day.

As usual, our pastry bakers have been working harder than ever to bring you some of the best desserts in the Moscow-Pullman area, just in time for the holidays. I wouldn't make such a bold claim if I hadn't tasted many of them myself, but I can assure you that each and every one of them is delicious, delectable and delightful—and that's just one letter of the alphabet. I could go on, but I'll let these desserts speak for themselves. For the vegans who often wish they could have something as tasty as cheesecake without the bit about cheese, we now offer vegan cheesecake in a variety of fruit flavors. Made with soy products instead of dairy, they taste every bit as good as the real thing and are convincing enough that even I had a hard time telling them apart. Also fresh out of the oven—your oven, to be precise—are our take & bake apple pies, bringing you all of the smells and flavors of a freshly baked pie with very little hassle. Should pumpkin be preferred, ready-to-eat pumpkin pies are available for only $9.99, with proceeds going towards Backyard Harvest. If you're in the mood for seconds but can't find the room for another slice of pie, why not try our baked peppermint merengue? Both light and delightful, it delivers a rich, minty flavor without adding much volume to your already crowded stomach. Seeing as how no holiday meal is complete without hot chocolate, we invite you to wash your dessert down with a glass of our Co-op hot cocoa, available as a mix in three different flavors: Mexican, mocha and classic. For those of you who just come for the cupcakes—and because it's hard to eat just one—we're now offering them in packages of six for $5.99. That's a savings of almost $2.00 per package, which ought to please both Scrooge and Cratchit alike.

Bread is an integral part of any holiday meal, and our bread bakers have not forgotten. Returning this month after a long hiatus is our stuffing bread, complemented by our brand new cranberry sourdough and Argentine chimichurri breads—three breads which, together, are practically a meal unto themselves. For those of you wondering just what chimichurri bread tastes like, imagine mixing cayenne, onion, garlic, oregano and parsley into a dough, kneading that dough until it feels smooth and consistent, and placing it in your oven, allowing the rich aroma of all of those herbs and spices to fill your house and make your mouth water. Now take a bite. Could you taste it? If not, I know a better way: come to the Co-op, bring a loaf home with you, and give your imagination a much-needed rest.

Now, with all of our other departments covered, we arrive at the kitchen. While it may not seem as though much has changed at first glance, we have reached the end of the local growing season. We will still be offering local beets, onions and potatoes well into the winter, but our supplies for many of our other, more short-lived produce items are disappearing fast. This month will be your last month to experience local leeks, pumpkins and cabbage before they will be replaced by organic offerings from warmer climates, so get them while you still can! Also, so as not to be left out of all of the holiday festivities, the kitchen will be preparing dishes made from squash, pumpkins and yams, with baked yams available in the hot bar several times this month. I'm certain that the cooks have more recipes than I'm aware of in their repertoire of hot seasonal specialties, so be prepared for the unexpected and unequaled throughout the coming months. Something you can expect, however, is our new Tuscan Cream Cheese Spread, available in the grab & go at this very moment.

More seasonal treats will surely be made available as we come closer to Christmas, but until then we invite you to try one of the many new things we have to offer this month. We at the Co-op wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving, and hope that, when you look out your window tomorrow morning, the weather brings you exactly what you're wishing for. Just what sort of weather that is will remain a secret, unless your excitement gives it away. Until next time...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fall is Here

"Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower." -Albert Camus

Fall has finally arrived, and with it come promises of pumpkin pie, hot chocolate, and many other seasonal delights. A great many of us like to ring in the holiday season with delicious desserts and celebration; others, such as myself, fight off the ever-shortening days and approaching winter blues with the very same. No matter which group you fall into, you can be sure that our pastry bakers have kept themselves busy concocting various treats to help put a smile on your face, along with crumbs and bits of chocolate.

One ingredient you can be sure to see a lot of in the coming months is pumpkin, which can be found in various pastries including pumpkin cheesecake, muffins, Pumpkin Swirl Brownies, pumpkin pies, and many other delights even the luckiest of pumpkins have only dreamt of being a part of until now. Many of these treats are available at this very moment, while others will find their way onto the sales floor in the coming weeks. Our pastry bakers have also been experimenting with various pumpkin-free foods, such as Lemon Cranberry Bread to compliment your breakfast, as well as our new spelt-based Cinnamon Chocolate Cookies for dessert. U-bake apple pies are also available in the Grab & Go to the right of the deli case, and mini-muffins will be available every Tuesday on the counter next to the deli register.

Expect to continue seeing local produce in our salads and hot bar items this month, such as potatoes, leeks, green and yellow onions, cabbage, tomatoes, kale, chard, arugula, and anything else we can find to sate your appetite. Harvest season is in full swing, but with the onset of colder weather it won't last much longer. Be sure to enjoy it while you can, or you may find yourself waiting another year before enjoying another farm-fresh tomato. Also be on the lookout for Chris' delicious Pumpkin Pot Pie, which will be making an appearance in the hot bar one last time this month. I've had the great pleasure of tasting it, and I can assure you that it's something you won't want to miss.

Every Saturday between 10 AM and 1 PM during the month of October, Jesica will be preparing various foods for you to try made from ingredients found in our bulk department. It is our hope that some of these dishes will inspire you to create your own meals, or simply give you a chance to try something you've never tasted before. In the future we hope to have volunteers to assist her in creating even more exciting dishes for your tasting pleasure, but in the meantime we recommend you stop by to say hello, enjoy some free samples, and let her know what you think.

That's all for this update, but I'll leave you with a fun fact: The common English name for arugula, rocket, is a corruption of the French name for the leafy green, known there as roquette.

The Truth About EARL

As a deli server, I hear one question asked far more than most: “will you be serving my favorite salad again sometime soon?” My answer to that question is generally an uncertain “maybe,” followed by a quick trip to the kitchen to talk with a cook. More often than not, if a salad is not currently available it may be quite some time before it returns; as a lover of food, nothing disappoints me more than having to inform someone that they will have to settle for second best. How can you be certain that the salad you're looking for will be available before you make your next trip to the Co-op? There are actually a few ways you can go about doing this, one of which will be through this very blog.

The easiest method is to call the store before you make your trip, and request to speak with someone at the deli counter. Our servers are happy to take a look inside the case for you, and, if the salad you're looking for is nowhere to be found, they can give you a brief description of what is available, hopefully giving your taste buds time to decide on something else you might like. If simply nothing else will do, you are welcome to place a special order with a cook. Special orders guarantee that your favorite salad will be ready and waiting for you when you arrive, but must be placed 48 hours in advance in order to give our cooks time to fit them into their busy schedules. Special orders are generally made for larger amounts of salad, but can often be made for smaller amounts as part of a larger batch, the remainder of which will be sold along with our other salads in the case. This is a win-win situation, as not only will you be able to enjoy your favorite salad, but so will anyone else who happens to walk by the case that day. This may not always be possible due to ingredient availability, so be sure to check with a cook before placing your order.

The newest method—something which I'm hoping to update on a regular basis—is to check our case salad rotation schedule (which we lovingly call EARL) right here on our kitchen blog. As it is not common knowledge, I'd like to explain how salad rotation works. Selected case salads are placed into two groups of five salads, each of which rotates on a bi-weekly basis. So as not to have all of our salads changing on the same day, the two groups are staggered so that one group is phased out every week, making room for five new salads. Those five salads will be featured for the next two weeks alongside our mainstays such as kale slaw, organic fruit salad and others. Salads on our rotation schedule are set a few weeks in advance, giving our kitchen buyer time to order any ingredients which may be required, and allowing you to be sure that these salads will be available for the time in which they are advertised. If one of our scheduled salads is unavailable, it has likely sold out and will be available again shortly.

Without further ado, I now present to you the case salad rotation schedule for the following two weeks:

October 10
th through October 23rd:
  • Egyptian Cucumber Salad

  • Puget Sound Artichoke Salad

  • Mega Omega

  • Spicy Thai Noodle

  • Red Curry Tofu

If the salad you're looking for isn't available, a new set of five salads will be featured beginning on the 17
th of October. Be sure to check back here for details!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Greetings from the Kitchen!

While shopping at the Co-op, you may find yourself wondering what goes on behind the scenes at the deli counter. Salads may come and go, specials may change, and that delicious cheesecake you tasted last week may be nowhere to be found. To many, changes that take place within the various kitchen departments may seem entirely random. We're hoping to change that. A few times a month we will be talking with representatives from each department, bringing you the latest news about all of your favorite in-house foods as soon as it reaches our ears. In the future you can expect to find many helpful things posted here, such as salad preparation schedules, monthly specials, seasonal menu changes, and any other information that we feel might improve your shopping experience. Keep checking this blog regularly for the latest news, and perhaps you'll find just what you're looking for on your next trip to the deli.

Fall is very close at hand, and many local farmers have already begun harvesting this year's produce. You may have already found yourself eating local kale, chard, cabbage, and many other delicious local vegetables in your favorite Co-op salads this month. Look for local eggplant in many of our salads throughout September, as well as potatoes, onions, and various other produce items we will be adding as soon as they become available. Our cooks tell us they have also been testing out a recipe for bacon hummus, and, if all goes well, you may just see it in the Grab & Go in the coming months.

Our pastry bakers have been working on some new dessert flavors for the fall season: pumpkin, hazelnut and apricot are just some of the things you will be tasting at the beginning of October. In the meantime, they've recommended you try their new Peanut Butter Blondies, made from whole wheat and peanut butter chips, as well as their equally delicious Almond Lovers Chocolate Chip Cookies. For our customers with gluten allergies, they have also begun making gluten-free Peanut Butter Oat Bars. All of these are available at this very moment, so be sure to look for them on your next visit.

We have added coconut water to some of our smoothies at our coffee bar, for anyone interested in trying something a little different. Be sure to ask for it when ordering your next smoothie, as it may put a new twist on an old favorite.

You may have noticed an increase in lunchtime traffic within the store over the past few weeks. This can only mean one thing: school is in session for students of all ages, and we would like to welcome all of our first-time student shoppers to the Co-op. If any of you are having a hard time deciding what to eat during your lunch breaks, take a tip from a veteran student and try our pesto rolls. They're inexpensive, delicious, and, on occasion, as big as your head.

More information about the kitchen will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Fresh Local Huckleberries

We are excited to announce the arrival of 10 gallons of fresh Huckleberries from the mountains of Idaho. This batch won't last long, so come check them out.
Cost is $60/Gallon or $12/lb in smaller quantities. We will be flash freezing some and storing them for sale in the frozen fruit section of the freezer aisle as well.

Look for 20 more gallons to arrive next week!
Scott, Producer Manager

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Making jam, dehydrated fruit .......

Workshop attendees gathered on Saturday, July 17th at the Backyard Harvest shed in Moscow to make several kinds of jam, dehydrate fruit, and prepare fresh greens for freezing. Workshops will be held throughout the harvest season; for information email

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

NEWS from the Board of Directors

The next Board of Directors meeting is Tuesday, August 10th at 6:00 pm in the Fiske Room at the 1912 Center. For public comments, the Member Forum will begin at exactly 6:05 pm and will end at exactly 6:15 pm.

Next Breakfast with the Board will take place on Saturday, July 24th at 11:00 am.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

WIFI - we are connected

The food co-op dining area now has public wifi. The network is named
"FoodCOOP". Internet access will be available from 1:00-9:00. Outside
those hours computers will still see the wifi network and be able to
connect to it, but the internet will be blocked so they simply won't
get anywhere.

We are in the testing mode to see what best suits our customers.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Bike Fest 2010

The Co-op BikeFest happened on Saturday, May 8, under changeable skies, but the occasionally damp weather did not dampen the spirits of the crowds of happy bicyclists who came and enjoyed the festivities. Cosby's Sweater provided live music. Bicycles getting tuned up and discussions being had.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Hello Friends of Moscow Food Coop

Welcome to our very new beautiful and user friendly blog. Please visit often for a lot of interesting and up to date news from all our departments.