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May 19, 2016

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Creamy Radish Soup Recipe

I just planted my first radish crop this year, and I can't wait for harvest. I found this soup recipe last year in an Eating Well magazine, and ended up making it several times throughout radish season. Dave and I love adding radishes to salads, because of the crunch and spice they add. We've grown various varieties of radishes, and have come to love the Cherry Bette variety the most. You can use any variety of radish in this soup recipe. I like to add turkey breast to the soup to make it a little more filling, but that is optional. I hope you try it!!

Creamy Radish Soup

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups sliced radishes, divided - I use a handheld mandolin to make it quick!
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 medium Yukon Gold potato - peeled and cut into 1" cubes
2 cups low fat milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon white pepper - black pepper is ok, too
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 tablespoon fresh radish greens or parsley, chopped (optional)
1 Cup roasted turkey breast, cubed (optional) - I heat it in the microwave, so it's warm going into the soup

1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 1 3/4 cups radishes and onion. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are beginning to brown and the radishes are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add potato, milk, salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until the potato is tender, about 5 minutes more.

2. Working in batches, puree the mixture in a blender, or in the pan with an immersion blender, until smooth.

3. If you are adding the turkey breast, put it in now.

4. Slice the remaining 1/4 cup radishes into matchsticks. Serve each portion of soup topped with 1 tablespoon sour cream, some radish matchsticks and a sprinkling of radish greens or parsley.

Thanks to Eating Well Magazine, 2014, for the basic recipe!

April 08, 2016

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I Love to Clean?!

I love a clean house! Perhaps because I grew up that way. My mother kept a pristine home in spite of raising 6 children. We used to joke around and call her “Mrs. Clean”. When my father would hear us call her that he would remind us how hard our mom worked to keep it that way and also call to our attention that we were never ashamed to have any friends over because our home was not presentable. Mom tried very hard to instill those same values in us. I would like to say that my home is always sparkling clean and ready to receive company but sadly the “cleaning gene” did not get passed to me! Please don’t get the wrong idea, I am not living in a cesspool, but unfortunately, I am just not my mother.

I am always looking for the best solution, figuratively and literally, to clean certain areas of my home. I bought a steam mop for my hard floors so that I could clean without any chemicals. It was heavy and awkward, not to mention expensive, but it got the job done. Now, it's broken and cannot be repaired and I am reluctant to shell out the money to get a new one. It turns out that there is alternative to a steam mop that will get my floors just as clean – probably cleaner – that uses only water and does not take a week’s salary to purchase, and it's made by e-cloth.

Fortunately, all of us who work at the Culinary Apple just received a sample pack of e-cloth - a brand new product that we just started carrying at the store. I took my sample pack home and actually started using it right away. The kitchen cloth did such an amazing job with minimal effort, I was instantly hooked. It cut through the mess on my cooktop and spiffed up my stainless steel appliances with just water! Better yet e-cloth removes over 99% of bacteria without chemicals. Since the kitchen cloth did so well I went ahead and purchased the floor mop and the starter pack and I am so glad I did. The mop is so much easier to use than a steam mop and my floors are cleaner since it removes over 99% of bacteria. The e-cloth makes having a clean house so much easier and I am more motivated to clean everything I see. Mom would be very happy.

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In honor of Earth Day, all E-cloth Products are 20% Off through April 22nd!

February 03, 2016

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Bridge Coaching Supplies

Last year we posted about the Bridge Coaching tablecloths, and how they have made such a positive difference with the local bridge club. Well, the bridge club is still going strong, and they've even added new members. The bridge party tablecloth helps when new members join, especially if they are beginners or need a refresher on bridge bidding rules.

"Everyone can play more confidently with the bidding tips right in front of them. So, it makes the game more enjoyable for everyone," said one bridge club member.

Culinary Apple carries other bridge supplies, too, like high quality Piatnik bridge playing cards, score books and tallies (which can be difficult to find), and a bridge bidding guide. The other item that has become more popular lately is the bridge coaching placemats. These include the same information as the bridge tablecloth, but are laminated. They offer great flexibility when the only table available isn't a typical card table size. The placemats are easy to clean and store, as well. 

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November 19, 2015

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Healthy Thanksgiving?

Does a Healthy Thanksgiving sound like an oxymoron? Well, Chelan Fresh paired up with local chef, Meg Raines to accomplish just that. The task laid out for Meg was to create a Thanksgiving menu that would bring the whole family together with a focus on plant based foods. Meg created some mouth watering recipes that we can't wait to try like Pear and Gorgonzola Flatbread, a salad that is full of crunch and fall flavors, and a creative way to prepare acorn squash that will have your guests running for the table.

Raw Cheesecake

Find the recipe for Raw Vanilla Cheesecake online now!

Check out this joint venture online: www.healthyyouinoneminute.com and download the Thanksgiving Recipe Book. If you have a chance to come by our store, you can pick up one of the recipe booklets free of charge. If you like that one, we've heard that we should be on the lookout for another centered around Christmas cooking! 

October 08, 2015

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Constructive Eating for Kids!

It's so much fun making special memories with our grandkids. I love having my 3 year old granddaughter visit me in Chelan. She has her own bedroom where I keep all her special toys, many of which belonged to my son and daughter when they were kids. She also has her own cupboard in the kitchen where I keep special dishes just for her. She knows where everything is, and we have fun setting the table together. I recently bought her a plate, flatware and placemat by Constructive Eating that she loves. The set I bought for her has a fairy theme, so the fork looks little like a rake, the spoon is a shovel, and there is a garden hoe she can use to push food onto her spoon. The plate has separate sections for her meal, and it even has a little ramp where she can push small things onto her spoon. Mealtime is always fun, because she gets to play a little as she eats, and we can make mealtime into a game.

I have sent the same type of dishes to several dear friends of mine who now also have grandchildren. One of my best friends has two grandsons, and I thought they'd enjoy the construction themed set best. The spoon is called a front-loader, there's a "fork-lift", and a bulldozer. She was kind enough to send a picture of her darling grandsons using their sets. She told me they love pushing the bulldozer along the plate to load up the spoon or forklift! 

These are the memories I know we will both cherish, and that our grandchildren will remember long after they've grown.

 

Author, Phyllis Coleman is looking forward to more grandchildren to love!

September 11, 2015

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Thank You!

Well, in the wake of the disaster and tragedy, we are reminded of all the reasons we choose to live where we live, surrounded by people like all of you. Fires blazed through our town and surrounding communities, thick smoke blanketed the area for two of what are typically the busiest weeks of our summer season. The news reports were full of gloom and doom and economic ruin.

Guess what happened?

Our local community came downtown. They shopped and dined and supported us. They immediately understood the impact this could have on their town, and they came downtown and shopped. Seems like such an easy thing to do, but it meant a lot to us. So, thank you.

Then do you know what happened?

The smoke cleared and tourists came back to support one of their favorite travel destinations. They all wanted to hear about what we'd been through, and show their support. We heard from families who come every year, and knew it was even more important to keep that tradition alive this year. We heard people say they stopped in every store on our side of the street, and were getting ready to head back up the other side. They bought something in every store. We heard from one couple who said they come every year, and usually cook their meals at their rented condo. This year they decided to eat every meal out. All were doing their part to support our local economy. 

So, we just want to say thank you!

 

By the way, if you're still interested in ways to help with the fire relief effort, check out our previous blog. There are links at the end to connect you with organizations who accept donations of both money and time. 

August 24, 2015

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Chelan Complex Fires - How Can You Help?

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First of all, we want to thank everyone for their prayers, e-mail messages, and phone calls expressing concern and support. The Culinary Apple team is safe. Although three team members did have to evacuate their homes, all are back safe at home now.
We watched on Friday, August 14, as lightening strikes caused several blazes that threatened our community, and are still threatening homes and businesses in Chelan and Manson, as well as others throughout Eastern Washington. The efforts of the firefighting community were truly amazing to watch, and we got to see first hand the well orchestrated attack that saved our town. The fires around us are still extremely active, and our prayers are with those still threatened by the fire. To the families and friends of the three fire fighters whose lives were lost while fighting the Twisp fire, we are deeply sorry for your loss, and our prayers are with you. 
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We know everyone wants to help with recovery efforts, and we have been told that at this stage the best way to do that is through monetary donations. We're joining in with many other downtown businesses to collect donations that will aid in the relief effort, and we're starting with our own piggy bank! We know that every little bit helps, because when we all give a little we can make a big difference. 

We are committed to helping those affected by the fire, so we will also donate 10% of all regularly priced items purchased through the end of September to Chelan Valley Hope. This includes all in-store and online purchases. 
 
If you're looking for more information about the charities, or other ways to donate, please take a look at these organizations that are committed to helping fire victims in our community.