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Shana Meshbesher

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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

Stuffed Lamb Meatballs

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Sat, Dec 17, 2016 @ 05:43 AM

Curious as to how you will cater to all that company coming? Make some Stuffed Lamb Meatballs ahead of time, then pull them out of the freezer before your guests arrive. The meatball recipe is an easy one to double or triple.

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Tags: Recipes, Stuffed Meatballs

Things We Love – Seasonal Cheeses!

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 @ 06:54 AM

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Tags: Cheese

One-pan Rosemary Pepper Roast

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Wed, Dec 14, 2016 @ 06:18 PM

Curious as to how you will cater to all that company coming? Looking to make a big meal on a small budget with little time to spare? Try our One-pan Rosemary Pepper Roast Recipe with staple items already in your refrigerator or always in stock at the Co-op.

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Tags: Recipes, Roast Beef

Heidi’s Beet & Feta Tart

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Sat, Mar 26, 2016 @ 05:00 PM

 

I have always had reliable chefs in my life who I can call up for a tried-and-true recipe, cooking tips, kitchen-work-arounds, etc. Even though I have my late mother’s 200+ page family recipe cookbook to lean on, there are two other role models in my life who I strive to mimic for numerous reasons: Monique Hooker (my mom’s very dear friend and professional chef) and Heidi Krattiger (my co-worker’s wife and very dear friend of my own)!

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Monique’s Ruby Beet & Celery Root Soup

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Thu, Mar 17, 2016 @ 04:00 PM

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