Viroqua Food Co-op Recipe Blog

Split Pea Soup with Spinach

Posted by StrongerTogether.coop on Wed, Mar 14, 2018 @ 01:16 PM

Split Pea Soup with Spinach Recipe

Serves: 4-6. Prep time: 30 minutes active; 2 hours total. 

1 1⁄2 cups split peas
7 cups water
1 medium potato, cubed
3 ribs celery, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon salt
4 ounces local spinach, chopped
1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper

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Tags: Recipes, 101-Legumes, Peas

Crockpot Red Beans and Rice Recipe

Posted by StrongerTogether.coop on Wed, Mar 14, 2018 @ 01:02 PM

Crockpot Red Beans and Rice Recipe

Serves: 4-6. Prep time: 15 minutes active; 7 hours, 15 minutes total. 

1 cup dried kidney beans
5 cups water
1⁄2 cup long grain brown rice
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
1 bunch collard greens, chopped
1 teaspoon salt

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Tags: Recipes, Beans, 101-Legumes

Lemony Lentil Spinach Soup Recipe

Posted by StrongerTogether.coop on Wed, Mar 14, 2018 @ 12:39 PM

Lemony Lentil Spinach Soup Recipe

Serves: 4. Prep time:  10 minutes active; 6 hours, 10 minutes total. 

1 cup lentils
1⁄2 large lemon, seeds removed
2 large carrots, chopped
4 cups water
1 teaspoon oregano
3⁄4 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 cups fresh local spinach, chopped
1⁄2 cup fresh parsley, chopped

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Tags: Recipes, soup, 101-Legumes

Sweet Potatoes 101

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 @ 07:43 PM

Sweet potatoes are a sweet, starchy tuber of the plant Ipomoea batatas, which is native to the tropical region of the Americas. They are very nutritious and high in vitamins A and C, antioxidants, potassium and fiber. Today, there are hundreds of varieties of cultivated sweet potatoes that range in color from white to orange to purple.

The words “sweet potato” and “yam” are often thrown around interchangeably, but they are two different plants. Sweet potatoes, with their smooth and thin skin, are in the morning glory family, while rough and scaly yams are related to lilies. Yams are rarely available “fresh” in the United States.

Sweet potatoes have long been cultivated in southern US and many thought they were nearly impossible to grow in Wisconsin. This all changed in the last ten years. Local farmers experimented and discovered varieties of sweet potatoes that would grow in the north. Today we get a bountiful supply of organic sweet potatoes from Levi Miller, an Amish farmer in Mt.Hope, WI that you can find in our produce section October-March each year.

Last year, VFC Customers purchased 11,248 pounds of local sweet potatoes from Levi Miller!

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Tags: Recipes, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes-Yams

Potatoes 101

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 @ 01:26 PM

Potatoes are a tuber of the plant Solanum tuberosum. They are part of the nightshade family, which also includes tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. There are over 100 different varieties of potatoes and each one has its own taste and texture.

Potatoes are the epitome of comfort foods! They are number one when it comes to vegetable consumption. The average American eats almost 125 pounds of spuds each year.

Lucky for us – Wisconsin is the third-largest producer in the United States, behind Idaho and Washington. Locally, we have a number of farmers who grow and sell potatoes to us, including Driftless Organics. This farm, located on a ridge near Soldiers Grove, is well known for their 5-pound bags of certified organic red or yellow potatoes. Find them in our produce department September-February.

Last year, VFC Customers purchased 18,980 pounds of local potatoes from Driftless Organics and Hugh’s Gardens!

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Tags: Recipes, Potatoes

Holiday Desserts: Chocolate Glazed Nut Brittle

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Wed, Dec 06, 2017 @ 03:45 PM

Spice up your holiday spread with these much-loved classic treats.

Recipe by Robin Asbell of NCG. Click on the brittle image below for a printable PDF recipe!

A recipe of decadent brittle makes wonderful gifts, a little goes a long way! Portion and package festively for teachers, coworkers and friends.

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Tags: Recipes, Holiday Desserts, Cookies

Holiday Desserts: Poppy Seed Rugelach

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Wed, Dec 06, 2017 @ 01:35 PM

Spice up your holiday spread with these much-loved classic treats.

Recipe by Robin Asbell of NCG. Click on the rugelach image below for a printable PDF recipe!

Rugelach, a traditional Jewish treat, can also be filled with chocolate chips, walnuts, marzipan or fruit preserves.

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Tags: Recipes, Holiday Desserts, Cookies

Holiday Desserts: Gingerbread Cookies

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Wed, Dec 06, 2017 @ 01:11 PM

Spice up your holiday spread with these much-loved classic treats.

Recipe by Robin Asbell of NCG. Click on the cookies below for a printable PDF recipe!

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Tags: Recipes, Holiday Desserts, Cookies

Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Tue, Jul 04, 2017 @ 02:31 PM

Serves: 4 Total time: 15 minutes

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Tags: Recipes, Garlic, Tomatoes, cucumbers, Salads

Strawberry Honey Freezer Jam

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Sun, Jun 18, 2017 @ 04:10 PM

Local strawberries and honey are a match made in heaven! This jam is a fantastic way to preserve the harvest and is delicious on morning toast, scones, or with yogurt. Feel free to substitute the honey for equal amounts cane sugar or maple syrup. Want to try something new? Try adding 2-4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar in step three below to make Strawberry Balsamic Jam!


Prep Time: 25 minutes. Cook time: 15 minutes. Yields: 4-5 cups of jam. Stores for up to 1 year in freezer

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Tags: Strawberries, Recipes