Richmond Kicks Off The Holiday Season!

At 5:59pm this Friday, December 2, 2011 at the James Center, Santa will be counting down the seconds to turn on the downtown office buildings and the James Center’s Great Tree & Reindeer.  Big Ray and the Kool Kats will perform at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment also includes: The Greater Richmond Children’s Choir, Varina High School Marching Band, The Sugar Plum Fairy from the Richmond Ballet, Characters from the Nutcracker Cast, the VCU Trombone Choir, the American Youth Harp Ensemble, Singer Patsy Butler, the Virginia Piedmont & Central HO Model Railroad Club and more.

Also, the 28th Annual Dominion Christmas parade will take place on Saturday, December 3, 2011, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm.  The parade will depart from the Science Museum on W. Broad Street and continue east to 7th Street. Click here for event information.

Wednesday’s Hot Bar 11/30/11

SOUPS: cream of mushroom soup, tomato bisque, French onion soup, miso soup, lentil stew

RAW FOODS: fennel & carrot salad, raw cole slaw, raw kale salad

VEGAN FOODS: local tofu cacciatore, local coconut curried tofu, cilantro lime quinoa with black beans and kale, loca Hunan BBQ, black beans, whole grain blend, vegetable curried rice, gobhi matar, aloo gobhi, vegetable korma, chole saag, curried cabbage, caponata, steamed broccoli

VEGETARIAN: tandoori naan, green bean almondine

MEAT: curried chicken, chicken samosas, cider braised chicken, loaded mashed potatoes, talapia with black bean and corn salsa

*Hotbar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

Tuesday’s Hot Bar 11/29/11

SOUPS: lentil stew, miso soup, cream of mushroom, tomato bisque, French onion

RAW FOODS: carrot and fennel salad, living cole slaw, raw kale salad

VEGAN FOODS: Hunan BBQ local tofu, lentils with kale, local tofu cacciatore, local coconut curried tofu, wild rice, black beans, mujadara, tikel gomen, caponata, steamed broccoli

VEGETARIAN: roasted yellow tomato and blue cheese pasta, 5 spice roasted butternut squash

MEAT: loaded mashed potatoes, braised red cabbage with pork, Jamaican jerk chicken, cider braised chicken, braised chicken with olives and mushrooms, “hunterstyle” braised chicken, curry crusted pork loin, jambalaya

*Hotbar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

BPA Levels Rise After Days of Eating Canned Soup

Volunteers who had one can of soup per day for five days had urine BPA (bisphenol A) levels rise by over 1,221% compared to the same people who had consumed freshly made soup daily for five days, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health reported in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association).  However here at Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market we carry a variety of (BPA) free canned products.  Click here to read more about the study.

A Question of Fairness

Critics accuse Fair Trade USA of watering down standards, perhaps motivated by the bigger fees to be earned from certifying a higher volume of products. Some sellers of fair trade products fear that small coffee farmers will lose market share to the big plantations and that companies will have an incentive to include only the minimum amount of fair trade ingredients in their products.  Click here to read more.

Monday’s Hot Bar 11/28/11

SOUPS: tomato bisque, cream of mushroom soup, meatball soup with Israeli cous cous, tomato veggie soup, miso soup

RAW FOODS: living fennel and carrot salad, raw cole slaw, raw kale salad

VEGAN FOODS: wild rice, black beans, bedelijan, ater kick alicha, vegetable curried rice, tikel gomen, gomen, mujadara, misir wat, steamed broccoli, local coconut curried tofu, Hunan BBQ local tofu, buffalo vegan bites, vegan lentils with kale

MEAT: dor wat, yedero tibs, trout with lemon asparagus cream sauce, curry crusted pork loin, 5 spice roasted local chicken, braised chicken with olives and mushrooms

*Hotbar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

Diet Right For The Holidays!

Don’t let the holidays be an excuse to succumb to lack of self-control.  Sign up for a FREE 30 minute personal nutrition consult with Registered Nurse and Nutritionist, Jane Wilson.  Jane will be at Ellwood Thompson’s on Tuesday, November 29th from 5pm-7pm.  Call 359-7525 to reserve your space.  http://ellwoodthompsons.com/in-the-store/in-store-nutritionist

Saturday Hot Bar 11/26/11

MEATS: Curry Chicken, Cider Braised Chicken, Coriander Chicken w/ Shiitake & Ginger Broth, 5 Spice Roasted Chicken w/ Hunan BBQ Sauce, Pork Loin w/ Spicy Cajun Sauce, Salami Ziti, Rainbow Trout stuffed w/ Pesto Asparagus

VEGAN: Pimento Jalapeno Corn, Caponata, Mixed Steamed Vegetables, Roasted Cauliflower w/ Tomatoes, Steamed Broccoli, Wild Rice, Black Beans, Curried Cabbage, Mujadara, Curried Vegetable Rice, Lentils w/ Kale, Asian Stir Fry

VEGETARIAN: Rosemary & Garlic Mashers, Green Bean Almondine

SOUPS: Wild Mushrooms Stew (contains chicken & beef stock), Creamy Tomato Bisque (vegetarian), Meatball Soup w/ Israeli Cous Cous

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

SALAD BAR PREPARED SELECTIONS: Grilled Marinated Chicken, Homestyle Tuna Salad, Homestyle Chicken Salad, Greek Wheatberry Salad (vegetarian), Yedinich Salata (vegan), Chickpea Salad (vegan), Forbidden Rice Salad (vegan), Artichoke Salad (vegan), Roasted Corn & Black Bean Compote (vegan), Vegan Nappa Coleslaw (vegan), Citrus Cous Cous Salad (vegan), Homestyle Dilled Potato Salad (vegan), Oven Fried Tofu (vegan)

*Hot Bar items subject to change throughout the day without the notice.

Friday’s Hot Bar 11/25/114

SOUPS: kale and leek soup, tomato bisque, meatball and israeli cous cous, miso soup, tomato veggie soup

RAW FOODS: carrot and fennel salad, raw cole slaw, raw kale salad

VEGAN FOODS: hunan BBQ local tofu, mujadara, local kung pao tofu, vegetable curried rice, 5 grain whole blend, black beans, pimento-jalapeno corn, gingered squash, curried cabbage, steamed broccoli

VEGETARIAN FOODS: green chili cheddar grits, pesto whipped mashed potatoes, mashed cauliflower, green bean almondine

MEAT: braised red cabbage with ham, cider braised chicken, coriander chicken with shiitake mushroom and ginger broth, 5 spice local bbq chicken, cajun pork loin, salami ziti, rainbow trout with pesto asparagus

*Hotbar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

Wednesday’s Hot Bar 11/23/11

SOUPS: kale and leek soup, cream of mushroom soup, miso soup, vegetable lentil soup, tomato bisque

RAW FOODS: pickled zucchini raw salad, raw cole slaw, living kale salad

VEGAN FOODS: wild rice, black beans, lemon rice, vegetable korma, chole saag, aloo gobhi, aloo tikkis, curried cabbage, pimento-jalapeno corn, steamed broccoli, local kung pao tofu, local marinated toasted sesame tofu, vegan loaded mashed potatoes, local hunan bbq tofu

VEGETARIAN: tandoori naan, pasta alfredo

MEAT: chicken tikka masala, curried chicken, chicken samosa, coriander chicken with shiitake ginger broth

*Hotbar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

Thanksgiving Closing

We Wish You a Healthy & Happy Thanksgiving With Your Loved Ones!

Post Thanksgiving – Cream Cheese Brownies + Chia Seeds

After you’ve filled up on everything at the table, here’s one way to feel a little better about having dessert. Not has chia been said to give you that “full feeling,” due to the gelatinous changes that it goes through in your stomach, but it’s also rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-3 is not only present in fish, but in addition in some plants. In fact, it is particularly abundant in chia. By weight, chia contains a lot more omega-3 than salmon that is popularly known as omega3-rich source. The omega-3 “healthy fat” is known to counter the high-cholesterol (LDL) levels seen in the body.

Click to see a great recipe for Cream Cheese Brownies with Chia Seeds.

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Shop local this weekend: Small Business Sat. 11/26/11!

Support Your Local Small Business Owners – and American Express will help you make a difference.  Get a one-time $25 statement credit when you register an eligible American Express® Card and use that Card for a purchase of $25 or more at a small business on November 26th. Registration is limited.  For more information visit http://www.facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturday?sk=app_183558821725512

Thanksgiving idea: Red Curry Squash Soup

For Thanksgiving you always need one thing that people are not expecting on your menu that becomes the talk of the meal.  Out of all the recipes we have come across, the red curry squash soup looked especially appetizing, and seemed like the perfect way to use the butternut squash that had been sitting on the counter for about a month.  This soup definitely lives up to expectations – it is totally delicious, creamy, and flavorful. The curry and coconut milk blend really well with the flavor of the squash, without overpowering it. Plus the soup gets even better after sitting in the fridge for a day or two, so you can make it ahead of time!  Click here for recipe.

Thanksgiving idea: Red Curry Squash Soup

For Thanksgiving you always need one thing that people are not expecting on your menu that becomes the talk of the meal.  Out of all the recipes we have come across, the red curry squash soup looked especially appetizing, and seemed like the perfect way to use the butternut squash that had been sitting on the counter for about a month.  This soup definitely lives up to expectations – it is totally delicious, creamy, and flavorful. The curry and coconut milk blend really well with the flavor of the squash, without overpowering it. Plus the soup gets even better after sitting in the fridge for a day or two, so you can make it ahead of time! Read the rest of this post »