Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Happy Mother's Day from the meat department including some recipes!

Mother's day is just around the corner and it's time to start thinking about making Sunday special for your Mother, or the more immediate Mother in your life.

Looking for breakfast /brunch? Fish Brothers Cold Smoked Salmon Lox is a great way to the start the day. Spread her favorite savory Bagel with cream cheese add some capers, a couple of slices of red onion and a few slices of Lox and you've got a simple delicious way to bring a smile to her face,

If you're looking for something that's simple but looks like you slaved away in the kitchen for hours, here is a recipe for a simple but elegant Chicken Pinwheel.

Green & White Chicken Pinwheels


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4 oz. chicken breast, boned, skinned & pounded to 1/2 original thickness

2 tsp. lemon juice
Dash of each onion powder, allspice & cinnamon
1/2 tsp. dried mint
Pepper to taste
2 tsp. lemon juice & paprika to coat the chicken before baking


Mix the spinach, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, onion powder, allspice, cinnamon, mint and pepper. Spread mixture over entire surface of the pounded chicken breast. Roll "jelly roll" fashion. Secure with toothpick. Sprinkle entire surface of chicken roll with lemon juice and paprika. Wrap in foil tightly and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Serve cold. At serving time, slice chicken into pinwheels and arrange attractively on plate. May be served hot, but doesn't slice as attractively.


Seafood would also be a great light meal for your Mom in question. Trollerpoint Scallops are always a great treat. Some Texas Gulf Shrimp in Scampi or an Alfredo sauce would make a fantastic dinner. I like adding blue cheese to my Alfredo. It's hard to go wrong with Salmon. If you want to use your strengths with the grill, Trollerpoint Coho Salmon Steaks or Filets are a great way to impress.

If the Mom you're serving likes steak, I recommend Niman Ranch Hanger Steaks. These guys are great on the grill, or in the pan with a reduction sauce. Also new in the Freezer is Bastrop Cattle Co. T-bone Steaks@12.99/lb. If you're feeling up to more of a challenge we have brought in Bastrop Cattle Co. Beef Tenderloin @$26.99/lb. reg $28.99. There is a recipe for a stuffed beef Tenderloin on the blog.

Stuffed Beef Tenderloin


  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots or yellow onion
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 1 (1 1/2-pound) beef tenderloin
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Soy Sauce, to taste


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a medium skillet, melt the butter and cook the shallots or onion over low heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook over low heat about 5 minutes or until the liquid is reduced by half. Let cool.

Butterfly the beef tenderloin by cutting the beef lengthwise down the center to within 1/2-inch of the other side. Set the beef aside.

To stuff the tenderloin, open the beef and sprinkle in the inside with salt and pepper and rub with soy sauce. Spoon the mushroom mixture down the center of the tenderloin. Bring the 2 sides of the tenderloin up and around the filling to meet. Using butcher string, tie the tenderloin together at 2-inch intervals. Place the tenderloin in a roasting pan.

Roast for 40 minutes for medium rare. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Slice about 1 1/2 inches thick.



When you're over by the the freezer you might see some new faces inside. There are a couple new gluten free options. Ian's GF Fish Sticks @ $5.49, and Applegate Farms GF Chicken Nuggets @ $5.99. Also from Applegate Farms, Chicken and Sage Breakfast Sausage @ $5.79. Also we now feature Windy Bar Ranch Ground Beef@$5.99/lb. These come in a two pond package and are great for a burger picnic, 


There are some new frozen Seafood options in there as well. Ahi Tuna Steaks @ $4.99 and Flounder Filets @ $5.99. These are two to a pack and individually frozen and wrapped. These are sustainable and brought to us by Orca Bay. Here is a link to their website. and I highly recommend checking it out.


We also have Richardson's Unsliced Pork Belly. If you're interested in making your own bacon this would be the place to start. Here is a link to home curing Bacon. This is from the Food52 blog that is also worth checking out. Right now there is a Charcuterie contest going on. It is a great place to learn about ths aspect of meat preparation.


One last thing in the freezer on COOP Deals there is Henry and Lisa's Salmon Burgers @$ 5.29 reg. $6.99               

Fresh Mint Julep recipe, just in time for the Derby!

Traditional Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Recipe

Ah, the mint julep.  So delicious.  So refreshing.  Ideally, a Kentucky Derby Mint Julep should be drunk from a silver or pewter cup, but you can use a Collins glass in a pinch.


-        Fresh mint sprigs

-        Bourbon whisky (not Tennessee whisky, not Canadian whisky!)

-        Powdered sugar

-        Water


Muddle 4 mint sprigs, 1 tsp powdered sugar, and 2 tsp water in a silver or pewter cup.  Fill the cup with shaved or crushed ice and add 2 ½ ounces of bourbon.  Top with more ice and garnish with a mint sprig.  Serve with a straw.  Enjoy!

Special Owner Deals for May 4th!

New Owner Deals are here with lots of way to save! – Brooks Wood, Co+op Deals Assistant 

Our Deli has put Gingerade on Deal just for our Owners! It's on sale now for $0.99 reg. $1.69.  

Our Grocery Department has lots of great Deals; Ancient Harvest Organic Quinoa Flakes now $4.39 reg. $5.59, Clif Builder Bars are now $1.39 reg. $1.99, Barbara's Bakery Snackimals now $2.99 reg. $3.79, Napa Valley Naturals Organic Balsamic Vinegar now $4.49 reg. $5.89, Shelton's Poultry Premium Breast of Chicken now $2.49 reg. $2.99, Emperor's Kitchen Organic Chopped Garlic now $2.19 reg. $2.79, Simply Organic Cumin now $3.49 reg. $4.59 and Spectrum Naturals Organic Red Wine Vinegar now $4.79 reg. $6.49.

Our Bulk Department is selling Wheat Free & Gluten Free Quinoa Elbows Pasta now $3.29/lb reg. $4.29/lb, Sunridge Farms Gluten Free Garden Pagoda Pasta now $3.29/lb reg. $4.29/lb and Breadshop Animal Cookies now $3.29/lb reg. $4.59/lb. 

Our Bodycare Department is selling Cleanwell for a Deal! Come in and buy Cleanwell Spearmint Lime Antibacterial Hand Soap now $4.49 reg. $5.59, Cleanwell Foaming Hand Sanitizer now $3.99 reg. $4.79 and Cleanwell Orange Vanilla Hand Sanitizer Wipes now $3.49 reg. $4.99.

Owner Deals are easy to reference. Access them from our web site @ and click on the Owners link.



Mother's Day Co+op Savings plus new baby items and more!

These Co+op Deals are packed with great snack ideas, loaded with foods that celebrate Mom, products that nourish babies, savory Thai favorites and the perfect fix for your sweet tooth!Brooks Wood, Co+op Deals Assistant


We've planned the perfect Mother's Day menu for you. Arrowhead Mills Pancake Mix now $2.79 reg. $3.89, Shady Maple Farms Organic Grade B Maple Syrup now $9.29 reg. $16.79, Bionaturae Organic Fruit Nectar now $2.99 reg. $3.89, Yogi Cereals now $3.29 reg. $4.99 and Straus Family Creamery Organic Yogurt now $2.99 reg. $3.89. Remember, we have festive Proseco and wonderful Champagnes to add to your celebration!


Snacks fuel our bodies and keep us energized! Wheatsville has the perfect snack combinations for you and your family. Cascadian Farms Granola Bars now $3.29 reg. $4.69, Back To Nature Sea Salt Roasted Cashew Almond Pistachio Mix now $5.49 reg. $6.99, energy packed Clif Bars now $0.99 reg. $1.39, Stretch Island Fruit Co. Fruit Leather now $0.39 reg. $0.59 and Lundberg Farms Rice Cakes now $2.29 reg. $3.39.


Babies need healthy foods to help them grow. So we've put Happy Baby Organic Puffs on sale now 2/$5.00 reg. $3.39 each. We've also lowered prices on Seventh Generation Diapers now $9.99 reg. $14.49 and for easy clean ups, Seventh Generation Baby Wipes now $2.99 reg. $4.79.


Sweet & savory Thai Foods are on Deal at Wheatsville! Thai Kitchen Stir Fry Noodles now $1.79 reg. $2.39, Thai Kitchen savory Pad Thai Sauce now $3.29 reg. $4.19 and Thai Kitchen Organic Coconut Milk now $1.79 reg. $2.29.


Have you tried our delicious new shelf stable So Delicious Coconut Milks? They come in 4 amazing flavors, Original, Unsweetened, Chocolate and Vanilla, all on Deal now for $2.00 reg. $2.69, and we've made our favorite cookies from Newman's Own even sweeter with a sale price of $3.49 reg. $4.49. Do you prefer cookies that are Gluten Free? We've got you covered with Pamela's Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookies on Deal now $2.69 reg. $3.69.


Our Deals are easy to reference! Go to and click on the Co+op Deals link.



Hemp History Week Specials at Wheatsville

Manitoba Harvest Shelled Hemp Seeds, sale price: $5.49 (reg: $7.79)

Living Harvest 16.9 oz Organic Hemp Oil, sale price $13.99 (reg: $19.99) 

Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Powder, sale price $10.99 (reg:$15.99)

We're also highlighting Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps that contain organic hemp oil to nourish your skin. All varieties of the 16 oz. liquid soaps are on sale $6.99 (reg:$ 8.89)and all varieties of the soap bars are on sale $2.99 (reg: $3.69)

Click here for more about Hemp History Week.

Making the most out of your fresh cut flowers

Your cut flowers will stay beautiful and last for several days if you take proper care of them.  Here are some simple tips which will allow you to enjoy them for as long as possible.

-        Prepare your vase: thoroughly clean it before you put any flowers in it.  Bacteria are the enemy and will drastically shorten your flowers' lifespan.

-        Fill your vase to about 1/3 full.  Using 1 tablespoon of bleach per quart of water will help prevent bacterial growth.

-        Remove any foliage that will be below the waterline.

-        Cut at least one inch off the stems.  Trim flowers with a sharp(!) knife or scissors at a 45 degree angle.  This will allow the most intake of water.  If possible, cut the stems underwater to prevent air bubbles from impeding water intake.

-        Keep cut flowers out of direct sunlight, and away from heat and drafts.  Remove any dead blooms as quickly as possible; they emit ethylene gas which will cause healthy blooms to wilt.

-        Change the water every day.

Deli update for May 4th!

We are excited about a ton of new dishes and specials we have for you this week! Our two new Fresh in the Deli dishes are a refreshing Mango & Black Bean Salad from Bloomingfoods Market in Bloomington, IN, and an Indian hot bar dish, the flavorful but not too spicy Peas & Paneer from Food Front Coop Grocery in Portland, OR. Keep an eye out for these very tasty specials!

Our featured salsa is the beautiful, veggie-laden Tomatillo Fire, boasting a trio of roasted peppers blended with tomatillos, tomatoes, onions, garlic, cilantro and cumin!

Fresh-baked muffins & scones await you in our Bakery case every morning! Come on in & start your day with a tasty pastry – perhaps our brand-new, vegan Blueberry Bran Muffin? – & a fresh-brewed espresso drink from our fair-trade, organic Coffee Bar! Our featured coffee is not really a coffee at all! It's the Mate Latte, made for you at our Deli Counter by blending our house-brewed Yerba Mate with your choice of steamed milk! Have it hot or iced!

As the weather keeps warming up, our cool Deli drinks are more popular than ever! So much so that we are now featuring a Grab'n'Go Beverage Box in front of the Deli Counter filled with our icy beverages for you to grab with no wait! Expect to see our infamously eye-opening Iced Coffee Toddy and the pretty pink and refreshing Hibiscus Mint Iced Tea out there alongside our fruity, allergy-crushing Gingerade, which happens to be on sale now for owners, just 99¢, reg. $1.69!

Our featured all-fruit, no-filler smoothie is the beloved Blueberry Banana Dream, which is so delightfully creamy! Try adding peanut butter! Plus, this featured smoothie is on owner special, just $3.99, reg. $4.99, for a cup!

Other exciting changes in the Deli include a revamp of our olive bar and the addition of three of our most popular salads to the bar so you can come in and get them anytime: Ume Bean Salad, Sumi Salad & Spicy Mango Quinoa! Also new on our salad bar is the wonderfully sweet and light, vegan and soy-free Coconut Rice Pudding! Try some today!

Looking for lunch? Come on in and try our brand new and truly amazing Chickenless Chickpea Salad, a vegan mock chicken salad that has incredible flavor and wonderful texture. Get a tub to take home from our self-serve Grab'n'Go case! Highly recommended spread on pita bread with veggies!

Also in our self-serve case, our Spinach Feta Dip, thick and creamy, is on sale now for owners, just $8.99/lb, reg. $9.99!

Classic cold cuts on sale: sweet Boar's Head Honey Maple Ham at $8.49/lb, reg. $8.99 and spicy Pepperjack Cheese, $6.19/lb, reg. $7.19!