It's always fun to look back at year's end at which recipes tickled our collective fancy (and surprise, surprise: many of them hail from the PCC Deli). Here's a look at what topped our recipe database for 2010!
PCC Emerald City Salad
Thanks so much to all of you who entered our recipe contest in November! The trio of winners, randomly selected, each received a PCC gift card for adding to our Recipe Database. Here's a little about two of our winners, Sheila and Mary.
"It's fun to start with a pile of ingredients and put them all together into something that tastes good. It's almost like solving a puzzle," Sheila, left, says about her love of cooking. Time in the kitchen is her favorite way to unwind.
"My fantasy is having an entire weekend to plan a menu, shop, prepare ingredients and cook a great meal for a group of friends and family members. I have always loved food, and I think it is so rewarding to impress family and friends with good meals." Sheila, we totally agree!
Sheila advises new cooks to pay attention to tastes they like and to ask cooks and servers about specific ingredients. "You can build a whole meal around a specific ingredient -- just do a Web search for a few things you might have on hand, like "curry chicken potatoes") -- or look at PCC's online recipes, and you're bound to find something great to cook."
Her favorite section at PCC is produce. Try her recipe for Sauteed Kale.
"I love PCC's fresh vegetables. I try to use only seasonal ingredients in my meals, and PCC has a good selection of squash and greens in the fall, and berries and cherries in the summer. Clean, organic, locally grown produce is important to me, and I never have to worry about PCC meeting all my requirements."
Mary, left, whose favorite PCC department is our bulk section, submitted a recipe for Potato Corn Chowder. She learned to cook from her mom, who always included the family in her kitchen projects, from baking homemade bread to canning beans. "She was and is a great cook and always made working in the kitchen fun," Mary says.
Mary enjoys cooking as a way to relax and unwind at the day, loves to read cookbooks and uses recipes more as inspiration than a guide. She loves to cook for others and to see the pleasure a good homemade meal can create.
Her biggest piece of advice for new cooks? Relax.
"I see too many people that come at a cookbook with a white-knuckled approach and are so afraid of making a mistake and not having it turn out that they do not enjoy the experience, smells and sheer fun of cooking. Some of my "mistakes" have turned out to be my best results!" says Mary.
Again, thank you to all of you out there who shared a recipe, and hope to see more of your delicious meals in the database in the coming months!
Here's a great piece in The Atlantic that's worth a read as 2010 winds down. What do you hope 2011 will bring when it comes to food safety, politics and agriculture?
And did you know PCC has taken on a stand on many of the top issues the named above? We have advocated for school-lunch reform, support the Non-GMO Project, do not sell products with high-fructose corn syrup as an ingredient and offers an abundance of local and/or organic fruits and vegetables, meats, dairy options and more.
PCC offers two great, easy ways to stay up-to-date on the latest food news: Our monthly Sound Consumer newsletter and our PCC Advocates e-newsletter. And remember: Each meal you buy or create is a chance to show your support for healthy, sustainable foods.
Whether you refrain from eating meat and other animal products or are a conscientious omnivore, you're welcome at PCC Natural Markets. Leika Suzumura, one of our nutrition educators and a Bastyr University-trained registered dietician, speaks to this point as a guest in a recent podcast on the KBCS program "Voices of Diversity." Click here to listen to a discussion on the topic of eating animals with a panel that includes Leika and representatives from the Humane Society, Sidecar for Pigs Peace and Farm Forward.
Some people are blessed with the gene for craftiness, including Andrea from our incredibly gregarious Community Relations team. Today, we salute her ingenuity with a parade of the "turkey" centerpieces she crafted for our PCC Thanksgiving potluck from winter squash, kale, beans, cashews and other ingredients.
This just begs for a caption contest.
It goes to show that you never know when the creative bug will strike! Hmm ... what could YOU whip up for future gatherings?
He looks a bit bent out of shape, perhaps from slogging through our Seattle snowstorm?
Love the color of this guy.
What a great expression he has!
Kale: It's not just for dinner.
Hope your Thanksgiving was splendid! Ours certainly was here at PCC HQ, the latest in a long tradition of such gatherings. Here are a few photos of our feast -- email me at karen.gaudette at pccsea.com or visit us at www.facebook.com/pccnaturalmarkets to share photos of the feast you put together at home!
The spread! Well, part of it. Our potluck covered two additional tables.
Goldie's famous mushroom gravy. Click here for the recipe!
Thankful, emphasis on full.
And, to follow up on our Thanksgiving poll, looks like your favorite Thanksgiving sidedish is ... stuffing! Stuffing took first place with 67 votes, followed by mashed potatoes and roasted root vegetables. Thanks for voting, and don't forget to vote this week for your favorite holiday sweet treat!
The generosity of our PCC community in the past year has helped birds get cleaned after after the gulf oil spill, helped replace stolen food after a food bank was robbed last year and warmed the less fortunate with thousands of donated sweaters and coats. Wonderful!
Most recently, the barrels of gently used toys, clothes and baby gear donated by West Seattle and Fremont shoppers over the past month helped cover the tables at the 3rd-annual CoolMom Holiday Toy Swap 'N' Sale earlier this month.
CoolMom is a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that unites mothers to take action on climate change through education, lifestyle change and advocacy. This event, held in West Seattle and Wallingford, is one of many the group organizes to reduce waste and consumerism during the holidays. Proceeds support the group's mission as well as family services groups WestSide Baby and FamilyWorks.
More than 200 shoppers turned out for the event.
A few easy ways to reduce waste this holiday season: Give the gift of a PCC Cooks class. Donate to the PCC Farmland Trust and preserve organic farmland forever. Wrap gifts in tea towels, reusable bags or other handy items that don't have to go straight to the waste bin.
A happy Friday indeed! All that PCC Halloween mix you took home to hand out to trick-or-treaters this year added up to a $8,605 donation to Woodland Park Zoo! Thanks for your support.
Andrea from our community relations team, handing over the check to an incredibly pleased representative from the zoo!
Want to help save organic farmland from development? If you've purchased Powers Winery Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay at PCC, you're already helping -- and maybe didn't even know it!
The Kennewick, Wash.-based winery crafted this pair of blends exclusively for PCC and donates $2 from each bottle sold to the PCC Farmland Trust, a local, nonprofit land trust that has saved hundreds of acres from development, from Nash Huber's organic farm in Sequim, Wash. (the source of our wonderful organic carrots) to part of Full Circle Farm in Carnation, Wash. (home to our organic salad mix and many leafy greens).
PCC shoppers donated $1,452 to the Trust via your wine purchases in the month of October alone. That's a grand total of $58,730 since May 2007. Thanks so much for your support in this truly delicious effort. Cheers!
... and, that our reusable bags (made from recycled plastic bottles) are infinitely useful!
Meet Lily, a feline PCC fan.