How To

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  • Tell The World You Own It

    You may be surprised by all the types of co-ops around you. From groceries to health care, co-ops are a vital part of everyday life for people all over the globe. Consider the cup of coffee you enjoyed at breakfast. It was likely purchased from a coffee grower co-op in Africa or Central America. Or the light fixture you’re standing under might be powered with electricity from a co-op...

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  • Granola and Energy Bars at Home

    The variety of different granola and energy bars available to us prepackaged is so enormous one wonders why we would feel the need to make our own at all. But looking at the nutrition facts and ingredients on most of these bars we discover that they are often very high in sugar and contain a very long list of ingredients.

    Once you see how easy it is to make these at home, you will...

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  • Cooking with Beer

    Much like pairing with cheese, cooking with beer is often overlooked in place of wine. But this is a delicious way to explore the range of beer and often is used in a similar way to cooking with wine. Because of the savory yeast and malt flavors, beer is not that often used in desserts and when it is, it is usually a sweeter more malty beer that people reach for, or a fruit beer like a...

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  • Make Ahead Breakfasts

    You always hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But between getting ready for work and getting the kids out the door, sometimes you just don’t have time to cook. Never fear! Whether you find time the night before to make one days’ worth of breakfasts or if you make a weeks’ worth on the weekend these recipes will fill your grumbly belly with healthy,...

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  • Flatbreads for Wraps and More!

    Whether you are going to make a veggie wrap or burrito for lunch, or make smaller flatbreads to use like pita, this recipe will become your go to. It is incredibly customizable. Roll it out thin for a multi purpose flatbread, keep it small and a little thick for pita, top it to bake as pizza or leave out the yeast for tortillas or chapati.

    Basic Flatbread Recipe...

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  • The Everlasting Salad

    The thing that gets in the way of us eating salad every day is often how long it takes to prep and chop all the veggies. And then if you make too much, the next day the avocadoes are brown and the lettuce is soggy and wilted. But there is another way! By simply not dressing your salad, it will last a few days in the fridge. Swap out the delicate greens for heartier ones, and that...

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  • Quick Pickles and Relish

    Pickling doesn’t have to mean pounds of vegetables and hours of canning. You can make refrigerator pickles in less than an hour and 24 hours later have crunchy pickles to munch on. Relishes are even faster- ready to eat in a matter of hours. Prepare for pickling obsession.

    Picking your vinegar

    Whatever vinegar you choose, it should be 5% acidity....

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  • Grain Salad Master Recipe

    Grain Salads are a great meal for many reasons. They are filling and nutritious and a large batch will last you a whole week of lunches. But there are many pitfalls that grain salads can succumb to. First is lack of flavor. When seasoning a salad that will be served cold, it is important to season early and heavily or you end up with a salad without much flavor. Second is texture. Many a...

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  • Coldbrew Coffee, Tea and Lemonade

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    Cold brewing is an incredibly simple way to brew your favorite summer sips. In the summer, I am ready to try anything to avoid turning on my stove. But keeping the house cool isn’t the only reason to cold brew your coffee and tea. Cold water extracts different flavors and brews mostly without bitterness. Harold McGee...

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  • Grilling Vegetables for Sides

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    ImageWhile you have your grill going to cook the main dish, why not use that heat to cook your sides as well? And don’t forget about dessert!

    Before grilling anything, remember these steps to ensure nice grill marks and to avoid food sticking to the grates.

    1 – Prep your grill properly. This means...

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  • How to Grill Fish

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    Before putting your fish on the grill, help ensure that the fish will not stick by prepping the grill properly.

    - Clean the grill grates very well- preheat the grill until the grates are very hot. Then scrub with a grill brush.

    - Oil the grill- place oil on a cloth or paper towel and wipe over the very hot clean grates

    Grilling Fish Fillets, skinless or skin on:...

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  • Danish

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    Laura Doyle's Fabulous Braided Danish. Serves 16.

    Download Laura's recipe with photos:

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    I'talia & Laura admire the Danish. Check out our FB tutorial, with even more photos.

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  • Make Vegetarian Sausage

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    Surprise! In How To: Sausage, we're actually making VEGETARIAN sausages! In our 4th Co-op Cook's Challenge, Chef Jules describes these amazing, mouth-watering Veggie Sausages (of the gods).

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    What's this Co-op Cook's Challenge...

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  • Fiddlehead

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    Want to fix up an impressive and beautiful spring delicacy? You can! Long an East Coast tradition, foraging for fiddleheads just got a whole lot easier for Davis. Bring home some fresh, crisp fiddleheads from our Produce department (courtesy of Far West Fungi in Moss Landing, California), and see what all the fuss is about. You can also go hunting for these young, furled ferns in coastal and...

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  • Homemade

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    Local is hot. It’s the buzz word of food marketing and everyone is getting on board. The Bay area (and Davis, too!) is over-flowing with foodies who drool for small batch, artisanal nibbles. In the grocery industry, “local” is one of the fastest growing markets. Never mind that there isn’t really a standard definition in terms of distance, although the Davis Food Co-op...

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  • Corned Beef

    How To Corned Beef

    How To (Make Your Own) Corned Beef (From Scratch)

    Print This Shopping List:

      • 6 cups water
      • 3/4 cup kosher salt
      • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
      • 1/4 cup pickling spice
      • 1 (5-pound) beef brisket
      • ...

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  • Quiche

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    What's this Co-op Cook's Challenge business?

    Cook's Challenge:

    /Kooks CHalinj/

    A Co-op invitational! Especially for you. Every other week or so, we'll have a slide show and recipe...

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  • HW&W

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    We wish you a Healthy, Wealthy and Wise New Year – and we’ve got some tools to help you out! Join us every day in January for classes, demonstrations, lectures and events that will help get you off to a great start. 

    Click on our little HW&W calendar, to see the full pdf with details.

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  • Give

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    UC Davis Students Murillo Nicacio de Mardes, Allex de Souza Cabal, Amanda Micoksi Lins and Nagib C. Matni Neto were headed home to Brazil after spending a year in Davis. They had a whole lot of Aggie Cash left on their cards December 20th, so they blew it all at the Co-op... on seven whole shopping carts full of food for the Food Bank.

    We are constantly amazed by the generosity of...

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  • Have A "No New" Holiday

    The goal is to give presents of a recycled, made, or otherwise stridently not-purchased variety. Any holiday can be a No New Holiday!

    1) Use these guidelines to help shape your gift-giving season, not everyone else's. Be a good sport, laugh off the small stuff, and always be gracious when receiving any gift. From anyone. (See Rules #7-8.)

    2) Gifts must be recycled,...

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  • Thanksgiving

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    We're counting down to the holiday, with a new Thanksgiving-preparedness tip each day on FB & Twitter (@davisfoodcoop). Today's tip is all about the aftermath.

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    Plan for leftovers! We all know they’re the best part of the holiday. What's your favorite way to use extra dark meat, stuffing,...

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  • Pumpkin

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    Pictured above: a pumpkin we roasted whole. The yellow part is the flesh; we peeled off the skin after baking and letting cool for a long time. Spooky! And easy.

    Super easy way to eat more fresh pumpkin:

    Scrub your squash, pierce with a knife several times (to let hot air...

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  • Pineapple

    How to cut a pineapple so it serves itself. Really.

    (Organic Pineapples are 2 for $7, on sale through 5/26/15!)