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Earth Day Bulk Sale 2018!

We're celebrating Earth Day this year like we usually do- with a BIG Earth Day Bulk Sale! Coming up Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 20-22 save 20%* on bulk items all weekend long. Includes bulk pet foods, coffee, wellness soaps and oils, spices, beans, grains, nuts, and more!

Zero Waste Shopping Tours! Join Zero Waste Boise Institute for an interactive shopping tour to help you make purchasing decisions from a zero-waste perspective.

  • Saturday, April 20 at the Village at 11:30, 1:30, and 3:30

  • Sunday, April 21 at the North End at 11:30, 1:30, and 3:30

Bulk food and co-ops have been synonymous since the first modern food co-op was created in the late 18th century. But it's not just tradition. Bulk food and products represent one of the best ways to cut unnecessary waste. Buying bulk means you purchase amounts that are right for you, not portions determined by the producer. And when you bring in your reusable container you're saving money by not paying for packaging, as well as cutting waste.

*limIted to stock on hand • sorry, no rainchecks • cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts • restrictions may apply

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March Cheese of the Month

Save 20% ALL March Long on This Cheese!

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Marieke® Gouda Honey Clover: Award-winning cheesemaker, Marieke Penterman, celebrates her Dutch heritage with this exclusive collection of flavored Goudas. She and her team handcraft each wheel using herbs and seeds gathered in the Netherlands. Premium, raw, cow’s milk from her family farm provides each wheel of cheese with the exceptional flavor and texture you’ve grown to expect from Holland’s Family Cheese. Sweet yet earthy with notes of fresh grass.

Pairs With:

Apples and Walnuts. Riesling or Hard Cider.

Content thanks to Marieke

Earth Day Bulk Sale 2017!

Coming up Saturday, April 22 save 20%* on bulk items all day long. Includes bulk pet foods, coffee, wellness soaps and oils, spices, beans, grains, nuts, and more!

Bulk food and co-ops have been synonymous since the first modern food co-op was created in the late 18th century. But it's not just tradition. Bulk food and products represent one of the best ways to cut unnecessary waste. Buying bulk means you purchase amounts that are right for you, not portions determined by the producer. And when you bring in your reusable container you're saving money by not paying for packaging, as well as cutting waste.

Plus, check some of these Dry Mix in a Jar gift ideas made entirely of bulk ingredients. Check it out:

Steak Seasoning

  • 2 tbsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp Fennel seeds
  • ½ tbsp. Black Peppercorns
  • ¼ cup coarse salt
  • 2 tbsp Chile Flakes
  • 1 tbsp Dried Oregano

Grind the cumin, fennel, peppercorns, and salt in a mortar and pestle. Stir in the chile flakes and oregano. Store in an airtight container.

Make it a gift! Don’t grind the spices before adding to the jar. Instead, gift the spice blend in a jar along with a mortar and pestle and a cutting board!
 

Heart Health Tea

  • 1 part Hibiscus
  • 1/2 part Passionflower
  • ½ part Lemon Balm
  • ¼ Rose Hips

Mix all herbs together. Keep tea blend stored in a glass jar out of direct light. Use 1½ teaspoons per cup of tea.

Make it a gift! Pair the tea blend with a fancy mug, a new tea infuser, and some local honey!
 

Paleo Cookies:

  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 oz 80% dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • Coarse sea salt, for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine egg, coconut oil, coconut sugar and vanilla extract. Next add in almond flour, coconut flour, and baking soda, mixing well to combine. Fold in dark chocolate chunks. You may need to use your hands to moisten the dough so that it sticks together well.

Use a cookie scoop or large tablespoon to drop dough onto ungreased baking sheet. Gently flatten the dough with your hand. Bake for 11-13 minutes, or until edges are slightly golden brown. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt and allow to cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finishing cooling. Makes 12 cookies. 

This recipe is from Ambitious Kitchen, www.ambitiouskitchen.com

Make it a gift! Pack the first 5 ingredients into a quart jar. Attach the recipe, along with a jar of coconut oil and some nice coarse salt.

* Limited to stock on hand, sorry, no rainchecks, cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts, restrictions may apply

December Cheese of the Month: Melkbus 125

A.K.A. Winter Gouda

Melkbus raw milk cheeses are a return to Dutch cheese making traditions. Dutch for Milk Can, each of our Melkbus Cheeses are made on individual family farms outside the village of Gouda. Historically, these farms were identified by a number which was imprinted on each milk can to be transported to the creamery for cheese making. Today, we celebrate this process by reviving the stamped milk can tradition and honoring the farms with their numbers in the name of our cheeses.

Melkbus 125 Winter celebrates the flavors and smells of Winter, this seasonal Boerenkaas contains a mixture of spices reminiscent of the season. Flavors of sweet cream with an essence of cardamom and nutmeg develop after 4 months.

Top 5 Serving Suggestions

This unique raw milk cheese is full of comforting flavors reminiscent of the Winter season. Hints of cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon blanket your palette once you get past the creamy smooth texture of this gouda cheese. These sweet and woody spices from the cheese make it extremely versatile when deciding what to pair with it.

After many taste tests… see our Top 5 serving suggestions below.

5 – Fresh Bartlett Pear or Gala Apple
The crisp sweet flavor profile from these fruits settle well with the woody spices (cardamom & clove) in the cheese. Meanwhile enhancing the sweet cinnamon flavor making you think you are eating a delicious fruit pie!

4 – Toasted Pecans (lightly salted)
Toasted pecans enhance the natural nutty taste that comes from gouda cheese. Getting the lightly salted option only compliments its creamy goodness. Not to mention the crunch is an added bonus!

3 – Spiced Orange Hot Tea
We recommend finding a cinnamon spiced orange tea. The cinnamon will only enhance the cheeses’ winter flavors while adding a hint of tanginess from the citrus.

2 – Apple Butter
Top a French baguette slice (toasted) with apple butter, a thin slice of Melkbus Winter and you will surely be left wanting more. This sweet and savory combination is one you may have never thought to try… but definitely can’t live without once you do!

1 – Apple Pie Crust Topping
You heard us right! Take your next apple pie crust and either incorporate the cheese into the dough or sprinkle shredded Melkbus Winter over the top 10 minutes before cooking time is up. You will not be disappointed!

Content thanks to Melkbus

November Cheese of the Month: Mifroma Gruyère

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Produced since 1115 in the area surrounding the little village of Gruyère in Western Switzerland, this much-loved cheese is still made in local dairies according to the original traditional recipe. With its distinctive, buttery, caramel flavor, this is one of Switzerland’s greatest cheeses and can be enjoyed “mild” or “mature”.

The character of this superior cheese is due to its specific production methods, which, in accordance with AOP requirements, remain true to the original recipe and follow time-honored techniques. Gruyère AOP is prepared from the finest fresh milk from cows fed on grass during the summer and hay during the winter. The use of any additives is prohibited. 

After two or three months’ maturation, the Gruyère AOP wheels arrive at the Mifroma caverns from local village dairies. The cheese is then ripened over several months in sandstone caves that benefit from 96% humidity and a constant temperature of 55.4° F. 

It is in this exceptional environment that Gruyère AOP acquires its succulent character. During the five-month maturation period, the cheese rounds are regularly turned and brushed with salt water. These proven methods, an extended aging process and the great care given to this majestic product confer Gruyère AOP its incomparable flavor. 

Gruyère AOP takes pride of place on any cheese board. A savory end to any meal, this fine cheese lends itself to the preparation of tasty hot dishes and is a key ingredient in authentic Swiss fondue. 

The fruity taste of the Gruyère AOP wheels varies according to their maturity. Gruyère AOP Mild has buttery notes, hints of almond and caramel and a slightly elastic texture.
 

Gruyère Fondue

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon grated shallots
  • 1 cup dry white wine (more if desired)
  • 1 Lb. grated Gruyère cheese
  • 2 tablespoons unbleached white flour
  • A pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Salt and White Pepper to Taste
  • 1 local baguette, cut into 1-inch cubes (or try with our Housemade Crostini)

1.    Dredge the cheese in the flour. Place the wine and the shallots in a heavy pot over medium heat and bring to a light simmer.

2.    Stir in the cheese a little at a time until the mixture is smooth and all of the cheese is melted. Add the remaining ingredients and transfer to a fondue pot or individual stoneware ramekins.

3.    Serve with crusty bread.

 

Content thanks to Mifroma.

October Cheese of the Month

This Month's Selection is Pumpkin Seed Ginger Gouda from Artikaas and Dutch Cheese Makers Corp.

 

20% Off All Month Long!

20% Off All Month Long!

The flavors of Autumn are  bountiful in this one-of-a-kind cheese from Dutch Cheese Makers Corp. Imported from Holland, our Pumpkin Gouda is a young Cheese made with real pumpkin seeds, ground ginger and a hint of garlic. The texture is smooth and creamy and the flavor is delightfully mild and savory.

The canvas from which all Artikaas cheeses are crafted is as green as the meadows that blanket the Dutch countryside. The milk used in every Artikaas variety is the freshest and purest Holland has to offer. And our strict adherence to time-tested aging techniques help to draw out flavors and textures ideally suited for today’s tastes, cuisines and lifestyles. One taste and we’re sure you’ll agree, Artikaas is the modern art of Dutch cheese making.

Content thanks to Dutch Cheese Makers Corp,.

September Cheese of the Month

The Latest Cheese of the Month is Mifroma Swiss Raclette

 

Raclette is eaten hot – the name comes from the French ‘racler’ or ‘to scrape’ - as the savory melted wheel of cheese was traditionally heated over an open fire before being poured over an accompanying dish of potatoes. Histor-ically, Swiss shepherds would eat Raclette in the summer, as a filling and delicious meal. 

Today, the preparation of Raclette, which is the Swiss national dish, has hardly changed over the years. Designed as a meal to share with friends, the Raclette cheese is heated to bubbling point and served with potatoes, pickles and cold meats.

The Raclette wheels can be cut in half, placed in a special Raclette cheese holder to hold the melting cheese wheel in place, and served in the traditional way; it is also available in precut square slices adapted to fit raclette grills, appliances that are available in stores. 

An authentic, natural product, Swiss Raclette cheese is still manufactured in accordance with the original recipe. Produced from creamy cow’s milk, Raclette’s incomparable flavor is due to the rich flora of the lush, Swiss countryside. 

A full-bodied savory cheese, Raclette is usually eaten hot, but can also be enjoyed in cold slices; whatever your style, this cheese makes for a wonderfully authentic family meal or dinner with friends.

Recipe: Traditional Raclette

Ingredients:

See under Tips below for larger quantities
1 kg (2lb) small, evenly sized potatoes
800 g (1 ½ lbs) Swiss Raclette cheese, sliced

To serve:
Gherkins
Silverskin onions
Mixed pickles
Freshly ground black pepper
Paprika

Method:

1 Boil the potatoes in their skins. Drain and place in a napkin-lined bowl to keep warm. Place the sliced Raclette cheese on grill pans/trays to melt under the grill, allowing each person to scoop up the cheese with the cooked potatoes. Serve the garnishes in separate bowls for diners to help themselves.

Tips:

When calculating how much to prepare allow around 200 g (7 oz) Swiss Raclette cheese and 250 g (8 oz) potatoes per person. Note: A half-wheel (2.8 kg/6 lb approx.) Swiss Raclette cheese is the ideal party food and will serve around 14-15 people whereas a quarter-wheel (1.4 kg/3lb approx.) will serve around 7-8. Raclette machines can be purchased or hired. See Cheese Paraphernalia and Accessories for details.

Do not cut the rind from the Raclette cheese, simply scrape some off. This produces a crisp crust when the cheese melts.

Don’t overcook the Raclette cheese or it will become grainy and the fat will separate.

Leftover Raclette cheese will keep for up to 8 days if covered in cling film and refrigerated.

 

Content and recipe thanks to Mifroma.