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New Product Spotlight: Lilly’s Hummus

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We’ve got another great new munchie on our shelves to let you know about, in case you haven’t tried it yet, which you should. Most definitely you should.
Here is Lilly’s Hummus.

Lilly’s Kalamata Olive Hummus

Lilly’s started out selling her hand-crafted artisan hummus at the Portland Farmer’s Market in Portland, Oregon where they quickly took off. People loved them so much she soon had to expand, setting up shop in a 6,500-square foot kitchen to keep up with the demand. It’s easy to understand why once you taste them. Six flavors – Traditional, Roasted Garlic, Roasted Red Pepper, Kalamata Olive (my favorite!), Smoked Tomato & Basil and Roasted Jalapeno – great for dipping, adds a kick to sandwiches, as an interesting pizza sauce/base, cooked up on a quesedilla…(hhmmm, I’m thinking of the Kalamata Olive on a quesedilla with a sprinkling of feta cheese, tomatoes and arugula, AWW YEAH)…

All six varieties of Lilly’s Hummus are trans-fat and gluten-free and made
without preservatives. They use only organic garbanzo beans, quality olive oil and local-to-Portland-sourced hand-roasted vegetables. “Hand-roasted,” isn’t that time-consuming? Lilly tells us “Hand-roasting fresh vegetables such as red bell peppers, jalapeno peppers and smoked tomatoes, does take longer, but we are of the belief that crafting food is a gratifyingly creative experience.” We agree. Taking that extra step, putting that little bit more of caring into a dish – it really pays off, as it does here.

Anyway, stop in and give them a try – at 2 for $5 for a 12-oz. tub (hummus is usually half that size), you’d be crazy not to! Looking for more feedback? Check out this great review Lilly’s got in Glamour Magazine.

And now, for an adorable photo of the kids. HOW CUTE ARE THEY OMGZ.

New Product Spotlight: A-Dorot-ble

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Every once in a while, a new product comes in that is so wicked-cool, we kind of want to shout it from the rooftops, do cartwheels, marry it. This is one of them.

DOROT FROZEN HERBS

Picture this scenario, if you will – if you’re an avid cook, you’ve lived it. You get ready to start cooking dinner and your recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro – d’oh! You don’t have cilantro just laying around, who does? You know why? Because you use the 4 stalks you need and the rest goes to waste because, really, what are you going to do with all that cilantro? Or ginger – when I stir-fry, I use a little bit of chopped ginger and the rest I find sad. mushy and wrapped in plastic in the back of my fridge 2 months later. (Honestly, haven’t we all said too, “I’ll just DRY what’s left” and ended up with something resembling a dead bouquet of flowers?)

To the rescue – Dorot Frozen Herbs. Grown on Kibbutz Dorot in Israel (which is also home to a working farm, over 3500 acres), Dorot picks the herbs, chops ’em, packs them and flash-freezes them fresh off the field. The really cool part? THIS:

squee!

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Mango Mania

It’s Ataulfo mango season! Only twice a year are we privvy to this unique mango, otherwise called the Champagne Mango, known for its golden flesh and intense ripe sweetness, often described as “creamy” and “buttery.” There are little to no fibers in the fruit of the Ataulfo and the pit is the smallest of all the mangos, which means more fruit for us! Look for the most golden yellow fruit which is still firm, but a bit giving and if you’re in doubt, just ask  a Produce team member for a sample and they’ll gladly cut one open for you. (PS: This week they’re on sale, only $3 for FOUR, get ’em while you can.)

Golden ripe organic Ataulfo (Champagne) Mangos, just in

Besides being loved for its exotic, juicy sweetness, the mango is also known for its extraordinary health benefits, rating high in Vitamins C, A and B6, dietary fiber, potassium, beta carotene and antioxidants. What I find interesting is that mangos contain an enzyme similar to papain from papayas, which soothes the stomach and helps digest proteins in meat – which is why it is widely-used as a great marinade.

This classic mango-pineapple salsa can be used as a marinade or as the “exclamation point” of any grilled meat recipe. It’s also delicious with tofu or even over rice.

* 1 mango, peeled and diced

* 1cup fresh pineapple, diced

* 1 half jalapeno, seeded and chopped finely (more if desired)

* 1 half medium-sized red onion, diced

* 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice

* 1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves

* Salt and pepper

* OPTIONAL: you may also add red bell pepper and/or cucumber, if desired

Combine the mango, pineapple, jalapeno, red onion, lime juice and cilantro leaves and mix well. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Let sit for 15 minutes before serving so the flavors come out. Spoon over meats, un-meats or use as a marinade (discard used portion and use fresh for topping).

New Product Spotlight: Twin Oaks Tofu

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There’s a new product we’d like to tell you about – thing is, this one isn’t on a shelf really, but rather on the salad bar and in our Fresh Foods cases. Introducing…..! Twin Oaks Tofu.

First a little about Twin Oaks Community Foods. Located in Louisa, VA, Twin Oaks is a worker-owned cooperative started over 40 years ago, an eco-village and egalitarian community founded on the principles of sustainability, nonviolence, equality and ecology. They are 500% dedicated to making the Earth a better place and do so by practicing what they preach and living as eco-friendly of a life as they they can. They all pitch in and do the work, they share food, housing, vehicles and other resources, minimizing waste and making as small an impact on the environment possible. Honestly, it sounds wonderful, can I go??

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New Stuff

We can barely keep up with all the exciting new things we’re bringing in lately, but we did want to make some time to tell you about at least some of them. Let’s start off with something we are intrigued with: THE SPOONK.

The Spoonk Acupressure Massage Mat is… sort of looks like a yoga mat, except that unlike a yoga mat, it’s covered in little rubber spikes. SIX THOUSAND little rubber spikes. (6,210 to be precise.) And you should do what with this mat?

Six Thousand Spikes of Spoonk

Lay on it. Stand on it. Feel it working. The mat is designed as a cross between Japanese shiatsu massage/acupressure and an Indian bed of nails in the way that the spikes stimulate pressure and reflex points throughout your body, releasing energy, stimulating blood flow, releasing endorphins and promoting relaxation at the same time it energizes. It has been said to help relieve back pain, tired feet, digestion and is now going through clinical trials to test its ability as a sleep aid. It even received a Top Choice in Clinical Trials stamp from Dr. Oz.

I gave it a try here at the store to test it out by standing on it. I took off my shoes and stood on it in socks. The sensation was strange and the spikes sharp at first, then energizing, like a foot massage. I could especially feel it on the balls of my feet and toes and when I rolled my feet on their sides. This feeling and tingling lasted for a long while after I put my shoes back on, I could literally feel the blood flow and energy after having stood on the Spoonk for only a few minutes. I think I’ll be buying one…tonight. My feet are making me. I have a suspicion my back will agree.

Also in that we’re jazzed about – Harmless Harvest 100% Organic Raw Coconut Water. The only bottled organic raw coconut water on the market and the world’s only wild-harvested coconut water as well and, if you’ve ever had coconut water straight out of the nut, this is the closest in taste you’ll ever find.

They source their coconuts from small organic agroforestry farms where the coconuts are hand-picked and the juice extracted and bottled within the day. The water is then pressure-treated (without heat) to kill any pathogens and keep it raw – thus keeping as much of its natural nutrition as possible. They are absolutely delicious and some of them are pink – read why here. Get some for yourself here 🙂

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New in our Fresh Foods Department

We’ve got a few things starting up over in Fresh Foods we thought you’d like to hear about. Like…

Starting today, every Wednesday is HOT PIZZA DAY.

From 11-2 in both stores, we’ll be serving up slices, hot and fresh. The wait time is around 7-10 minutes or you can call ahead: Ocean 732-517-1515, Shrewsbury 732-842-8686. Choose from Vegan Plain, Vegan Deluxe (loaded with veggies)  or Mozzarella & Turkey Sausage (of course, the vegan and meat pizzas are baked in separate places.) We’re working on a gluten-free version, hopefully to come out in the next few weeks, we’ll keep you posted.

We also wanted to tell you about this: Continue reading

Now for something really different.

Hey there! We hope everyone had a great holiday season. Don’t know about you, but I am more than ready for a New Year’s detox after the past few days of food-stuffed gatherings!

We’re always getting new and exciting products in, quite a few of them brought in by our Grocery buyer, James L. This particular item really has us psyched – it’s healthy, really different than anything we’ve seen before and we are the only store in New Jersey to carry it.

It’s The Pure Wrap. 60 calories. Raw. Gluten-free. 9 grams of carbs. Non-GMO Project Verified. No bread, no grains, no soy. It’s a wrap made of coconut meat. Continue reading

Technicolor Radishes and Local Goodies

We’ve been getting in local organic produce from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and it’s just so beautiful, have to share some pics with you.

Organic (and seemingly technicolor) Radishes from Lancaster, PA.

This is really cool – Organic Red Russian Kale. The leaves are the most interesting shape and pattern, almost like oak leaves, bright green and tinged purple. Space Kale?

This is Tatsoi, or Japanese Spinach. It has a mild mustard taste and is a different and unique Thanksgiving alternative to traditional spinach. The leaves are so glossy, the photo just doesn’t do it justice.

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These adorable little jugs are eggnog from Maplehofe Dairy Farm in Quarrysville, PA. The farm’s been around since the 1940s and now produces some of the most memorable and fresh dairy products around. No growth hormones or antibiotics used and they process the milk themselves. Eggnog this fresh and without chemical flavorings is really something else indeed.

Everything we’ve been getting from our local people is just so special, we’re really feeling proud of it. I hope you stop in and see for yourself because like I said earlier, photos just don’t do them justice!

Here’s a super-easy recipe using Red Russian Kale with dried cranberries – really gives a Thanksgiving-ey flavor. It’s gluten-free, vegan and full of vitamins and nutrients. Take a look-see.

Kale with Garlic and Cranberries

yield: Makes 8 servings

Garlicky kale, a robust winter green, gains an unexpected twist with dried cranberries’ saucy hits of tartness.
  • 2 pounds kale (preferably Russian Red), stems and center ribs discarded and leaves coarsely torn
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (2 ounces)