The Last Hot Bar of 2010

RAW FOODS: Raw Kale Salad, Living Cole Slaw, Living Spaghetti

VEGAN FOODS: Chickpea Salad, Yedinich Salata, Azifa Lentils, Forbidden Rice Salad, Grain Salad with Herbs, Citrus Cous Cous, Hard & Soft Taco Shells, Spanish Rice, Refried Beans, Seasoned TVP, Black Beans, Guacamole, Pico de Gallo, Steamed Broccoli, Yucatan Veggies, Fajita Veggies, Twin Oaks Local Jalapeno BBQ Tofu, Twin Oaks Local Tofu Cacciatore, Vegan Mac-N-Cheese, Vegan Buffalo Bites

VEGETARIAN FOODS: Dilled Potato Salad, Greek Wheat Berry Salad, Hoppin’ John’s Green Chili Grits with Cheddar Cheese

MEATS: Wild Caught Tuna Salad, Seasoned Ground Turkey, Shredded Chicken, Pork Carnitas, Tequila-Lime Chicken, Ranchero Casserole, Carne Asada

SOUPS: Truffled Cauliflower Soup, Tomato Veggie Soup, Roasted Eggplant Soup

*Hot bar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

New York Purchases Conservation Rights to 89,000 Acres of Land!

It’s a very exciting day for us, and I think a really strategic investment by the state of New York in the Adirondack economy, and really, the tourism economy of the state,” said Michael T. Carr, executive director of the Adirondack chapter of the Nature Conservancy.

Today, the state of New York paid $30 million to secure extensive conservation rights on 89,000 acres of forest in the Adirondacks, another big step toward protecting lands once owned by the Finch paper company. In exchange for the payment, the state got a legal document known as a conservation easement from the Nature Conservancy, the environmental group that in the past several years brokered a complex deal to save a huge bloc of Finch lands from development. To read the rest of this article, click here.

Black Eyed Peas for 2011

Ever since I can remember, my Grandfather would always bring my mom a container full of black eyed peas on new years day. I’m not sure what his recipe called for but if you’re looking to start 2011 off right, according to Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, black eyed peas are a must. Having symbols of good luck on your table is something you should make a habit of, according to our source.

The domestication of black eyed peas probably starts in West Africa but is grown throughout the world, especially in Asia. Virginia just so happens to be the first U.S. state that was introduced to the pea in the 17th century, although it’s vastly grown today in Florida and the Carolinas. The pea is an excellent source of calcium, folate and vitamin A.

So if you’re ready for some prosperity in the new year, check out this recipe we’ve got for you. Click here for the recipe.

2011 Black Eyed Peas

Ever since I can remember, my Grandfather would always bring my mom a container full of black eyed peas on new years day. I’m not sure what his recipe called for but if you’re looking to start 2011 off right, according to Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, black eyed peas are a must. Having symbols of good luck on your table is something you should make a habit of, according to our source.

The domestication of black eyed peas probably starts in West Africa but is grown throughout the world, especially in Asia. Virginia just so happens to be the first U.S. state that was introduced to the pea in the 17th century, although it’s vastly grown today in Florida and the Carolinas. The pea is an excellent source of calcium, folate and vitamin A.

So if you’re ready for some prosperity in the new year, check out this recipe we’ve got for you.

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The Power Couples of 2011

We’re not talking about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie here, we’re talking about food. In the past decade we’ve made some pretty great findings when it comes to food, especially those foods and vitamins with medicinal-like benefits. Combinations of nutrients aren’t a new thing. Calcium and Vitamin D, Glucosamine and Chondroitin, and Vitamin C and Iron are well known in the health world. But this year brings a whole new array of duo’s that are worth keeping an eye  on. If living a healthier lifestyle is in your forecast for the new century, take a look at some of these food couples that can help you get there.

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Our New Year’s Resolution

Our new year’s resolution is simple because it directly involves our local community. In 2011, Ellwood Thompson’s is pledging to continue to support our local producers and growers by averaging at least 600 different local products throughout the year.

We currently fluctuate seasonally between 500 and 800 local products in the store. This includes everything from locally grown veggies to locally produced cosmetics, we try and carry it all. This year we’re going to push even harder to offer a higher number of locally grown or locally produced products from a 100-mile radius of our front door. If you would like to suggest a local product that we carry, just shoot an e-mail over to sell@ellwoodthompsons.com

Thursday’s Hot Bar 12/30/10

RAW FOODS: Raw Spaghetti, Living Kale Salad, Raw Cole Slaw

VEGAN FOODS: Mac-N-Cheez, Mujadara, Twin Oaks Local Tofu Cacciatore, Twin Oaks Loca Kung Pao Tofu, Broccoli Cranberry Salad, Yedinich Salata, Azifa Lentils, Chickpea Salad, Grain Salad, Citrus Cous Cous, Black Beans, Basmati Rice, Caponata, Curried Cabbage, Sugar Snap Peas, Pimento-Jalapeno Buttered Corn, Sweet Potato and Pear Mash, Steamed Broccoli

VEGETARIAN: Forbidden Rice Salad, Dilled Potato Salad, Greek Wheat Berry Salad, Home Style Mashed Potatoes, Bhindi Masala

MEAT DISHES: Wild Caught Tuna Salad, Beef-Spinach Parmesan (NEW), Cider Braised Chicken, Roasted Dijon Pork Loin, Country Stye Collard Greens, Tikka Masala Chicken, Jambalaya, Roasted Corn and Poblano Polenta

*Hot bar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

WEDNESDAY’S HOT BAR 12/29/10

RAW-VEGAN FOODS: Living Spaghetti, Raw Kale Salad, Living Cole Slaw

VEGAN FOODS: Red Thai Mock Chicken Nuggets, Kung Pao Local Tofu, Tamarind Rice, Basmati Rice, Lemon Rice, Orienta Hot & Sour Cabbage, Broccoli-Cranberry Salad, Yedinich Salata, Azifa Lentils, Grain Salad, Citrus Cous Cous, Roasted Mushrooms, Twin Oaks Marinated Tofu, Vegetable Curried Rice, Chole Saag, Aloo Gobhi, Vegetable Korma, Curried Cabbage, Roasted Cauliflower with Citrus Balsamic Reduction (NEW), Steamed Broccoli

VEGETARIAN: Home Style Dilled Potato Salad, Greek Wheat Berry Salad, Tandoori Naan, Bhindi Masala, Home Style Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Butternut Squash

MEAT: Classic Chicken Salad, Wild Caught Tuna Salad, Curried Chicken, Tikka Masala, Black  Bean Chicken, Roasted Dijon Pork Loin

SOUPS: Spicy Sweet Potato Soup, Truffled Cauliflower Soup, Turkey Chili, Nile’s Vegan Chili, Vegetable Lentil Soup

*Hot bar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

Tuesday’s Hot Bar 12/28/10

RAW FOODS: Raw Spaghetti, Raw Kale Salad, Living Cole Slaw

VEGAN FOODS: Broccoli Cranberry Salad, Yedinich Salata, Azifa Lentils, Chickpea Salad, Grain Salad with Herbs, Roasted Mushrooms, Dinich Wat, Ater Kik, Gomen, Bedelijan, Yucatan Veggies with Roasted Mushrooms, Caponata, Ancho-Lime Pinto Beans, Sweet Potato and Pear Mash, 5 Grain Whole Blend, Black Beans, Brown Basmati Rice

VEGETARIAN: Home Style Potato Salad, Greek Wheat Berry Salad, Roasted Butternut Squash, Home Style Macaroni and Cheese, Home Style Mashed Potatoes

MEAT: Classic Chicken Salad, Wild Caught Tuna Salad, Country Style Collards, Jambalaya, Braised Beef Ribs, Roasted Dijon Pork Loin, Athens Chicken, Tequila-Lime Chicken

SOUPS: Spicy Sweet Potato Soup, Fall Harvest Veggie Soup, Turkey Chili, Vegetable-Lentil Soup, French Onion Soup

*Hot bar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

Monday’s Hot Bar 12/27/10

RAW FOODS: Raw Spaghetti, Living Kale Salad, Living Cole Slaw

VEGAN FOODS: Broccoli-Cranberry Salad, Yedinich Salata Potato Salad, Azifa Lentils, Chickpea Salad, 7 Grain Salad, Roasted Crimini Mushrooms, Black Beans, Brown Basmati Rice, Guten-Free Lasagna, Buffalo Vegan Bites, Thai Mock Chicken with Peppers, Local Tofu Cacciatore, Misir Wat, Ater Kik Alicha, Dinich Wat, Bedelijan, Gomen, Tikel Gomen, Gingered Squash, Steamed Broccoli

VEGETARIAN: Home Style Dilled Potatoes, Greek Wheat Berry Salad, Green Bean Almondine

MEAT: Classic Chicken Salad, Wild Caught Tuna Salad, Coconut Curried Chicken, Garlic Citrus Chicken, Carne Asada, Jambalaya, Roasted Corn & Poblano Polenta

SOUPS: Tomato Bisque, Maryland Vegetable Crab Soup, Andouille Sausage and Kale Soup, Vegetable Lentil Soup, French Onion Soup

*Hot bar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

Tim Vidra’s Creasy Greens Salad

Our good friend Tim just posted this absolutely delicious recipe for Creasy Greens or Cress Salad. Creasy Greens (watercress) have always been known for their slightly bitter and almost spicy leaves because it grows at the basins of running water. The green is among the most highly nutritious vegetables, many of the great herbalists wrote of the revitalizing power of watercress. The health benefits of watercress are attributed to its extremely high nutrient content that includes B1, B2, B6, C, E, manganese, and carotenes. It also a good source of calcium, fiber, iron and copper. Watercress livens up raw salad and it also makes a valuable juice.

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Tim Vidra’s Creasy Greens Salad

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Our good friend Tim just posted this absolutely delicious recipe for Creasy Greens or Cress Salad. Creasy Greens (watercress) have always been known for their slightly bitter and almost spicy leaves because it grows at the basins of running water. The green is among the most highly nutritious vegetables, many of the great herbalists wrote of the revitalizing power of watercress. The health benefits of watercress are attributed to its extremely high nutrient content that includes B1, B2, B6, C, E, manganese, and carotenes. It also a good source of calcium, fiber, iron and copper. Watercress livens up raw salad and it also makes a valuable juice.

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Sambazon’s Warrior Up

For more information on Sambazon’s Warrior Program, click here. If you’re thirsty for the amazing health benefits of Sambazon, just head to our drink cooler.

Fiesta Friday! 12/24/10

MEATS: Shredded Chicken, Seasoned Ground Turkey, Pork Carnitas, Carne Asada, Ranchero Casserole, Tequilla Lime Chicken, Roasted Corn & Poblano Polenta (contains chicken stock), Yucatan Veggies

VEGAN: Soft Flour Tortillas, Taco Shells, Spanish Rice, Refried Beans, Seasoned TVP, Black Beans, Brown Basmati Rice, Ancho Lime Pinto Beans, Steamed Broccoli, Vegetable Curry Rice, Vegan Buffalo Bites, Tofu Cacciatore, Kung Pao Tofu

RAW (vegan): Living Carrot & Fennel Salad, Living Coleslaw, Living Kale Salad

FIESTA FIXINS: Fire Roasted Salsa, Guacamole, Tofutti Sour Cream, Vegan Cheese, Shredded Lettuce, Shredded Cheese, Sour Cream, Pico De Gallo

SOUPS: Tomato Bisque (vegetarian), Beer & Cheese Soup (vegetarian), Pozole Verde (contains pork)

SALAD BAR PREPARED SELECTIONS: Fiesta Chicken, Homestyle Tuna Salad, Homestyle Chicken Salad, Greek Wheatberry Salad (vegetarian), Yedinich Salata (vegan), Homestyle Dilled Potatoes (vegetarian), Azifa (vegan), Chickpea Salad (vegan), Forbidden Rice Salad (vegan), 7 Grain Salad (vegan), Broccoli & Cranberry Salad (vegan)

Thursday’s Hot Bar 12/23/10

RAW-VEGAN FOODS: Raw Kale Salad, Living Cole Slaw, Raw Spaghetti

VEGAN FOODS: Stuffed Grape Leaves, Local Tofu Croutons, Grain Salad Blend, , Forbidden Rice Salad, Citrus Cous Cous, Chickpea Salad, Broccoli-Cranberry Salad, Black Beans, Brown Basmati Rice,  5 Grain Whole Blend, Vegetable Curried Rice, Gluten-Free Lasagna, Tamarind Rice, Local Coconut Curried Tofu, Gobi Matar, Caponata, Gingered Sqash, Broccoli-Cranberry Salad

VEGETARIAN FOODS: Greek Wheat Berry Salad, Mac N Cheese, Home Style Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Almondine, Mashed Cauliflower, Roasted Butternut Squash

MEAT DISHES: Chicken Fiesta, Home Style Chicken Salad, Curried Chicken, Garlic Citrus Chicken, Athens Chicken, Pork Ribs with Madera & Dried Cranberries, Smoked Tomato Pinto Beans with Sausage, Country Style Collard Greens

*Hot bar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.