Strawberry-Rhubarb Muffins

Strawberry and rhubarb are natural culinary companions. Sweet and tangy flavors create a delicious harmony that often reminds us of early summer. We hope you enjoy these muffins as much as we do and that they inspire you to create your own summer treats.

Ingredients:

2 cups diced strawberries
2 cups chopped rhubarb
1 cup granulated sugar
8 T unsalted butter, melted
2 eggs (room temperature)
½ cup milk (whole milk recommended)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 T vanilla extract
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
¾ tsp baking soda

For the streusel topping:

1 cup brown sugar
½ cup flour
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
4 T unsalted butter

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400℉.

Line 3 muffin tins with cupcake liners and set them aside.

Wash your rhubarb and cut off the fibrous ends. Depending on the size of your rhubarb, you may want to slice it in half longways before chopping it. Chop the rhubarb into ½ inch thick chunks and set aside in a small bowl.

Wash and dice your strawberries. I recommend dicing the strawberries into pieces slightly smaller than the rhubarb. Put your strawberries in the bowl with the rhubarb.

Add 1 T of granulated sugar to the strawberries and rhubarb. Stir to combine and set the mixture aside.

In a large bowl, add your flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Whisk lightly to combine and set aside.

In a separate bowl, add your melted butter and sugar. Whisk until most of the sugar has dissolved in the butter.

Add your vanilla extract, eggs, and milk to the butter mixture. Whisk until combined.

Using a cheesecloth or a sieve, drain some of the excess moisture from your strawberries and rhubarb. They don’t have to be completely dry before going into the batter, so don’t worry about getting all the moisture out.

Pour your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

Add your drained strawberries and rhubarb to the batter and stir to combine.

Using a spoon, pour the batter into your prepared muffin tins. Fill each one until there’s about ¼ an inch of space left in the cupcake liner. This usually makes a little under 18 muffins.

Set your muffins aside and make your streusel topping.

In a small bowl, add your flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir to combine.

Cut your butter into small pieces and add to the mixture. Squash the butter into the mixture until it’s completely combined and resembles the texture of damp sand.
Sprinkle the streusel in an even layer on top of each muffin.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until they’ve begun to brown on top and a fork inserted in the center comes out clean.

Allow them to cool and enjoy!

 

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

This bright and flavorful soup is perfect for when you’re craving something refreshing, but the chill of early spring hasn’t quite worn off. Flavorful, savory, and nutritious, this soup will be your latest obsession. We hope you enjoy this recipe.

Ingredients:

2 celery sticks, finely chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and finely chopped
½ medium yellow onion, diced
1 T butter
1 T olive oil
3 cloves minced garlic
2 T all-purpose flour
6 cups chicken broth
1 cup chopped kale
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 ½ lb. chicken breast or tenderloin
1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
2 lemons, juiced
2 T chopped parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

 

Instructions:

Peel and finely chop your carrots, dice your onions, and finely chop your celery.

Mince your garlic and set it aside if you are not using pre-minced garlic.

Chop your kale and parsley and set it aside.
In a large soup pot, add your butter and olive oil on medium heat.

Add your carrots, onions and celery to the soup pot and cook them for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently. Add your garlic and cook until fragrant, about 3-4 minutes.

While stirring, add your all-purpose flour in and cook for another minute.

Pour in your chicken broth and stir until the flour has dissolved.

Add your Italian seasoning, kale and chicken to the soup base and stir.

Cover it with a lid and reduce it to medium-low heat. Allow it to simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent anything from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

While your chicken is cooking, you can juice your lemons and set the juice aside.

Remove your chicken from the pot and shred or cut it into smaller pieces as desired.

Put your chicken back into the pot and stir in your uncooked orzo pasta.

Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent the orzo from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

When your orzo is done cooking, stir in your parsley, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

Serve and enjoy!

Turkey Chili

Chili is a go-to meal for anyone who’s not sure what to make for dinner. Throw everything into the pot and let it simmer, you can even bake some cornbread to serve alongside it while you wait. Our recipe for turkey chili is easy to make and sure to please, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Ingredients:

2 T olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
2 T all-purpose flour
1 ¼ cups chicken broth
1 lb. white ground turkey
28 oz diced or crushed tomatoes
30 oz pinto or kidney beans
4 T chili powder
2 T cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1 T paprika
½ T salt (or to taste

 

Optional Toppings:

Crushed tortilla chips
Sliced avocado
Shredded cheddar
Sour cream

Instructions:

Chop your onion and red bell pepper. Mince your garlic if you are not using pre-minced.

In a large soup pot, add your olive oil, onion, red bell pepper and garlic. Cook them for 6-8 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally until your onions are translucent.

Add your white ground turkey to the pot and turn up the heat to medium-high. Break up the turkey into small pieces using your spatula or a wooden spoon as it cooks. Continue cooking the turkey and breaking it apart until there are no spots of raw turkey left.

Add your all-purpose flour to the pot. Stir until combined and continue to stir occasionally while it cooks for another 5 minutes.

Pour your chicken broth into the pot and stir until the flour has dissolved into the broth.

Add your chili powder, cumin, dried oregano, paprika, and salt into the broth and stir until combined.

Drain your canned beans. Pour in your tomatoes and beans, stirring to incorporate them into the broth.

Bring the chili up to a boil and then turn the heat down to medium-low. Simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring regularly to keep the chili from sticking to the bottom.

Serve immediately and top as desired. Enjoy!

 

Coconut Macaroons (Vegan)

Springtime brings with it all kinds of seasonal treats, including the well-loved coconut macaroon cookie. We’ve created a simple vegan version of this springtime favorite that’s easy to make and enjoy. This recipe is great to make with your kids, or if you want a quick coconut fix that tastes just as delicious as the original. We hope you enjoy this spring-inspired recipe.

 

Ingredients:

2 ½ cups unsweetened coconut shreds (can be found in the bulk section)

¾ cup sweetened condensed coconut milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large bowl, add your coconut shreds and sweetened condensed coconut milk. Stir to combine. If the mixture is too dry, add more sweetened condensed coconut milk a tablespoon at a time. The mixture should be sticky but not wet when it’s ready to be formed into cookies.

Add your vanilla extract and stir to combine.

Using a tablespoon measure or a cookie scoop, measure out 1 ½ inch balls and put them on the cookie sheet 1 inch apart from each other.

Once you’ve finished measuring out the macaroons, form them into firm balls by pressing them together in your hands. Set them back down on the cookie sheet as you finish each cookie.

Bake for 15 minutes, or until the edges and tops of the macaroons begin to turn a light golden brown.

Allow them to cool on the baking sheet for an hour to set. If you move them before they’ve set, they will crumble apart.

Serve and enjoy!

 

Honeycomb Toffee

This crisp, airy candy is popular in the United Kingdom and is often coated in chocolate to help preserve its unique texture. It may seem intimidating to make at first, but it’s a fun and interactive dessert that’s easy to make. I recommend reading over the entire recipe before you make this candy, just to make sure you have everything ready to make it. We hope you enjoy this delightful candy recipe.

Ingredients:
½ cup granulated sugar
4 T honey
1 ½ tsp baking soda

Optional chocolate coating:
1 cup chocolate chips, melted
1 T coconut oil

Instructions:
Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. Set it within your immediate reach. The reaction to create honeycomb toffee happens very quickly and you’ll want the baking sheet near you to make pouring the toffee go smoothly.
Put your baking soda into a small cup or bowl and set it within your immediate reach. Place a spatula and whisk within your reach as well.
In a medium sized pot on low heat, add your sugar and honey. Whisk them together until they’re combined and continue whisking occasionally as the sugar dissolves into the honey.
Once the syrup becomes smooth and you see very few sugar granules in the syrup, turn the heat up to medium and continue whisking.
When your mixture has turned the color of maple syrup and is bubbling, turn off the heat. This will take almost exactly 3 minutes.
Get ready for the reaction to take place.
Grab the handle of your pot and add your baking soda. Quickly whisk in the baking soda and the reaction will begin.
Whisk until the baking soda is just combined and pour the toffee out onto the prepared baking sheet, scooping it out with your spatula.
When you pour the toffee, try to spread it out across the pan as you go. You cannot spread it by smoothing it out once you’ve poured it because you will crush the bubbles that give the toffee it’s texture.
Allow the toffee to cool, about 30 minutes.
Once it’s cooled, cut the toffee with a knife, or smack it to shatter it into smaller pieces.
Coat the honeycomb toffee in chocolate if desired.
To make the coating, add your coconut oil to your melted chocolate and mix.
I recommend using chopsticks to hold the toffee as you dip it in the chocolate.
Allow the chocolate to cool and set and serve. Enjoy!

Vibrant, Local Economy

By Steve Cooke, General Manager 2/4/22

The first point of our Vision statement is “Friendly City Food Co-op exists so that the Shenandoah Valley has a vibrant, local economy.” This means that our goals include growing our local economy; creating and sustaining livable wage jobs; circulating dollars within the Valley; sourcing as much as feasible from area producers while inter-connecting with local economies outside the region for products not produced or grown here; and nourishing residents of the Valley. When you shop at Friendly City, you are supporting these values!

It’s important to note how the resiliency we create through our support of local has served us during the pandemic. The relationships we have with local producers kept our shelves full of fresh foods, even as the regular channels for food distribution were strained from unpredictable consumer buying. Sourcing locally strengthens our regional economy, builds sustainability, and provides ongoing regional food security.

We want good food to be affordable too! This means we’re constantly working on ways to honor the real cost of clean, healthy foods at a price you can afford. We will always feature our Co-op Basics, (purple tags) with organic, and natural grocery and wellness items with Everyday Low Prices. This program brings together the manufacturers, distributors and retailers like Friendly City Food Co-op, to bring the lowest price possible to our co-op community. Co-op Basics products are predominantly certified organic to bust the myth that organic food is too expensive.

The Co-op Deals sales flier (green topped sale tags) and complementary coupon program allow you to save big on many items, throughout the co-op – they change every couple of weeks – and sometimes combine coupons with sale prices to increase your savings. Our 99 cent Local Produce table offers great savings on healthy fruits and vegetables, grown here in the valley, throughout most of the year.

There is great value in spending any of your shopping dollars at our local co-op. Our commitment to support local farmers, local producers as well as programs that help keep organic groceries affordable, is at the heart of our Vision statement and exists for the betterment of our community. We never take it for granted that you choose to shop with us. Thank you for your support!

 

Almond Chai Granola

Warm and comforting flavors are wonderful to shake off the chill of winter. This chai-spiced granola will have your kitchen smelling amazing and is perfect to enjoy for breakfast on cold mornings. Not only is it delicious, but you can make it using mostly ingredients from our bulk section! We’ve given it a make-over and have expanded the number of products we carry, in addition to returning the spice section to self-serve bins rather than single-use containers. We hope you enjoy the changes we’ve made and that you enjoy this recipe.

Ingredients:

4 cups old-fashioned oats
2 cups sliced almonds
½ cup warm honey
2 T safflower oil
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cardamom seed
1 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground allspice
½ tsp ground clove
½ tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp ground black pepper
¼ tsp salt

 

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 300°F.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.

In a small bowl, warm your honey. You can do this by microwaving it for 15-30 seconds or heating it over the stove on low heat.

In a small mixing bowl, add your honey, safflower oil and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.

In a large mixing bowl, add your oats, almonds and spices. Stir to combine.

Add your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients and mix until all the oats have been fully coated.

Spread the granola evenly on your baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes, take your granola out and stir it. Rotate the pan and bake it for another 5 to 10 minutes until the granola is golden brown.

When your granola is finished baking, allow it to cool for 30 minutes to an hour before serving. It can be kept in a sealed container for up to 3 weeks. Enjoy!

 

Carne Asada Seitan (Vegan)

This dish is a plant-based twist on the classic taco filling, carne asada. Did you decide to eat less meat in the new year? Whether you’re trying to stay true to your resolution or you’re a plant-based eater looking for a change of pace, this recipe might be exactly what you’re looking for. It’s deliciously reminiscent of your favorite taco stand and fills you up with plenty of protein. Inspired by a dish my partner makes quite often, this recipe is tried-and-true, and I hope you’ll enjoy it too!

 

Ingredients for seitan:
¾ cup vital wheat gluten flour
¼ cup flour
¾ cup water

 

Ingredients for marinade:
1 lime
2 cloves garlic
1 orange
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
¼ cup olive oil
1 T cumin
½ T paprika
½ T chili powder
½ T italian herbs

 

Instructions:

In a medium mixing bowl, add your vital wheat gluten, flour, and water. Mix until a dough forms and knead with your hands for at least 3 minutes. Allow it to rest for 5 minutes before kneading it again for another 3 minutes. Set aside while you prepare to steam the dough.

Bring a large pot of water, about ¼ of the way full, to a boil. Find a metal colander or steamer basket that will fit on top of the pot without falling inside. If you have a pot with a steamer attachment, that appliance will also work. Spray your colander or steamer basket with non-stick cooking spray and place it on top of your pot.

Put your seitan dough into the steamer basket or colander. Cover it and allow it to steam on medium-high heat for 35 minutes. Check on it occasionally to make sure the water in the pot has not boiled off.

While your seitan is steaming, you can make the marinade.

In a small mixing bowl, add your chili powder, paprika, cumin, italian herbs, salt, black pepper, and olive oil.

Mince your garlic cloves and chop your cilantro. Add them to your mixing bowl.

Add the juice from your orange and lime into the mixing bowl. If you don’t own a citrus juicer, I recommend cutting them into 4 segments and squeezing them with your hands.

Stir your marinade until it is well combined. Set aside until your seitan has finished steaming.

Once your seitan is done steaming, allow it to cool down before you prepare it.

When your seitan has cooled, cut it into strips of your desired thickness. I recommended cutting it into ½ inch strips and cutting those strips in half.

Add your seitan to your marinade and stir until every piece is covered in the marinade. Allow it to rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Remove your seitan from the marinade and cook it in a skillet on medium heat until all the liquid cooks off and it becomes crispy, about 10 minutes.

Serve over rice or soft taco shells and enjoy!

 

Flourless Chocolate Torte

This torte is a true showstopper, making it a perfect treat to serve during holiday festivities. Inspired by one of my favorite bakeries, this torte is deliciously decadent and is easily the best chocolate dessert I’ve ever made. Inspired by the French dessert, la bête noire, it’s an instant favorite for chocolate lovers and those who enjoy rich flavors. I hope you enjoy this festive treat.

This recipe is naturally gluten-free, but it cannot be made vegan. I have not attempted to make this recipe dairy-free, but it could be done using vegan butter and coconut cream.

Ingredients:

For the torte:

1 Cup water
¾ Cup sugar
10 T butter (a stick and two tablespoons extra)
18 ounces 60% dark chocolate
6 large eggs

 

For the chocolate ganache:

1 cup heavy whipping cream
8 ounces milk chocolate (or dark if you prefer)

 

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350°.

Prepare a 10-inch springform pan or an 8×8 square pan by greasing it on all sides and on the bottom. Wrap the outside of the pan in 2 layers of aluminum foil. Locate a large baking pan with tall sides that you can fill with water during the baking process. Set these items aside.

In a small pot, bring your water to a boil. Add your sugar and simmer it over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Allow it to simmer for 5 minutes. Remove it from heat and set aside.

In a large saucepan, melt your butter over medium heat. Add your 18 ounces of dark chocolate and whisk the mixture until it is smooth. Whisk in your sugar syrup and remove it from heat.

Allow the chocolate mixture to cool, until you could touch the chocolate without hurting your finger. It may take 10 to 20 minutes. This step is important, as it will ensure that you don’t scramble your eggs in the next step.

After your chocolate mixture has cooled, whisk in your eggs. I recommend adding 2 eggs at a time. Whisk the batter until it is smooth.

Pour the batter into your prepared pan. Place the torte pan into the large baking pan and fill it with water. Fill it until the water reaches halfway up the sides of the torte pan.

Bake the torte for 45 to 50 minutes. The torte is ready when it does not wiggle when gently shaken.

Allow the torte to cool in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour before adding your ganache topping.

While your torte is cooling, you can make the ganache.

Add your heavy whipping cream to a small saucepan. Heat it over medium-high heat until it is very hot, but not boiling. Add your 8 ounces of chocolate and whisk to combine.

Pour the ganache on top of the torte and tap it gently on the table to make the coating even.

Allow the torte to cool in the refrigerator for another 2 hours before serving. Enjoy!

 

Simple Dinner Rolls

These dinner rolls are based on a tried-and-true bread recipe giving to us by our friend in the Produce Department. While it might seem too good to be true, it’s delicious and we make it nearly every week. It’s so darn easy to make because doesn’t require kneading, and you’ll have fresh bread in no time. From our kitchen to yours, we hope you enjoy this easy recipe.

 

Ingredients:

1 T active dry yeast
1 T sugar
1 T salt
1/4 th cup olive oil
2 ¾ cup lukewarm water
6 ½ cup flour
Extra olive oil to grease the baking sheet
Extra flour for shaping the dough

 

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 450°.

Prepare 2 baking sheets by smearing them with a light coating of olive oil. Set aside.

In a large bowl, add your water, yeast, and olive oil.

Let the mixture sit for 1-2 minutes, then add your salt.

Add your flour to the bowl and mix carefully, until the dough is just combined.

Take note that this dough doesn’t require kneading and it will have a better texture when it isn’t handled very much.

This dough will be very wet, even when combined. Only use your hands to mix the dough when it is mostly combined to eliminate dry spots in the dough.

Cover the dough with a cloth and allow it to sit for 2 hours to rise. You can place it in the refrigerator after it’s risen for up to 1 week.

Once your dough has risen, you can begin shaping it.

Add a pinch of flour to your hands. Take a portion of dough out of your dough ball that’s about the size of a tennis ball. Gently roll it around in your hands to shape it into a ball.

Flour a clean surface and place your dough ball on it. Cup your hands around the dough ball. Tuck the bottom of the dough ball in by pinching it between your hands and sliding around all sides. Do this action two or three times, until the dough ball is round and smooth.

Once you’ve finished, place your dough ball on your prepared pan and repeat. This recipe will make 16 tennis ball sized rolls, but amounts may vary depending on how big you make your dough balls.

Bake for 27 minutes or until they are dark golden brown on top. This dough is very wet, so I recommend cooking it for the full time given to make sure it’s fully cooked. It’s also hard to burn this recipe for the same reason, so you may bake it a little longer and it will still come out well.

Allow them to cool for 10-30 minutes before serving and enjoy!