Whole Foods To Open New Stores With Value Prices

Whole Foods logo with shopper

Shopper in front of Whole Foods market logo. (Photo courtesy Whole Foods)

If you ever shop at Whole Foods, you know that the chain is known for offering top-of-the-line products, from farm fresh produce to organic meats, dairy and other staples. Until now, those items have also come with a hefty price tag. But all of that is about to change. Read more of this post

Winter Magic and Mystery

Writing a letter with a pen

This December, discover the magic and mystery of the winter season.

December 2011

Dear Friends,

Last month faded silently into the past as we embraced December and started the final chapter of yet another year in our lives. Unfortunately, with the new month came a horrible cold and bronchial cough that takes nearly forever to shake. At last I’m on the mend though, and just in time too!

As for so many of you, December is a hectic but joyful month filled with plans to see friends and family. We were supposed to start this month with a visit to Arkansas to watch our dear friend Regenia exchange wedding vows with her new sweetie. But illness knocked me upside the head like a breadbox and rendered me immobile, so we were homebound and I slept the week away. Don’t you hate it when that happens? I guess we’ll just have to catch up with them during our next visit or hope that they head east and pop in on us.

Because I’ve been sick, we haven’t been doing a whole lot of cooking either. What’s the point when you don’t want anything more than broth and crackers? But Heather did whip up a few dishes when I was feeling up to eating, so you’ll see those in the days to come. Cranberry Zucchini Muffins, Macaroni and Cheese, and White Bean Chicken Chili are a few of the recipes you can look forward to.

We’ll be cooking up plenty of foods later this month, however, when we host our annual winter game day event. This is one of our most beloved gatherings, as our house is packed with good friends from morning till night. The event is very casual, we watch movies, play games, and laugh until our sides ache. We’re also incorporating a recipe exchange this year, so for every dish our guests bring, we ask them to provide the corresponding recipe so we can share them with everyone in attendance. We may even feature some of those yummy recipes here this year, so stay tuned.

One of the perks of being homebound with a cold is that I always have plenty of time to read. This month I’ve discovered new authors, rode a rollercoaster of suspense and solved a baffling mystery. In a few days, you’ll find out more about this thrilling novel when we announce our new book club selection. I can’t wait to share it with you!

Something I can share with you now, however, is great savings. We’ve been working hard to build our collection of retailers so we can feature our favorite products and brands with you at exceptionally low prices. Simply visit our Shopping page and you’ll discover great deals on everything from books to gourmet treats, stylish clothing to kitchen gadgets and vacation packages, all at rock-bottom prices!

Whether you’re shopping, diving into a good book, cooking up a storm or getting together with friends and family, we hope you have fun this December. Enjoy your time off, take in a movie or two (we can’t wait to see the new installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise and new Spielberg adventures TinTin and War Horse), and settle into the winter season. This is the perfect time of year to relax, recharge and indulge in a season filled with winter songbirds, snowball fights, snowmen, eggnog, snow angels or piping hot cocoa by a flame-filled hearth. Whatever you’re doing, make it memorable and enjoy the magic of the moment.

Love,
Jathan & Heather

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Photo Friday: Findlay Market

Findlay Market

Potted plants welcome visitors to the west entrance of Findlay Market.

One of our favorite Cincinnati landmarks, Findlay Market is a foodie’s paradise featuring the freshest meats and produce in town. If you’ve never been, our first photo essay gives you a sneak peak of what to expect.

Heather grew up going to Findlay Market, where her mom stocked up on fresh meat, fish, veggies and more to feed her family of eight. Now we visit at least once a month, rubbing elbows with some of the best chefs and home cooks in the region, as we all seek great deals on top quality cuts of beef, pork, poultry, seafood and more. Read more of this post

Jalapeno Creamed Corn

Creamed Corn with Jalapenos

Savor the sweetness of summer with this tempting, creamy treat filled with cheese, onions and jalapenos.

When I was 19, I moved to New York City where I quickly made tons of friends, each hailing from a different corner of the globe. Life in the big city was fast, caught as we were on an electric current where everything forges more quickly than anywhere else I’ve ever been. Those friendships were no different, and most weekends we found excuses to do things together, including shopping in vintage clothing stores, catching sales at Barneys or Bergdorf Goodman, exploring used bookshops where volumes were stacked to the ceiling, and sometimes getting lost in labyrinthine museums like the Met, MoMA or the Guggenheim. As fun as those times were, however, our favorite things to do were simple, like taking picnics in Central Park or driving out to the Hamptons, leaving behind the chaos and noise of our concrete jungle and seeking refuge at a friend’s summerhouse along the sandy shores of the Atlantic. There we could lose ourselves in the tranquil beauty of Long Island, where farmers markets and tiny roadside food stands dished up delicious treats and we could buy fresh produce to conjure up some of our favorite recipes in a spacious kitchen, unlike anything we had in the city. Our Jalapeno Creamed Corn is like one of the many dishes we prepared back then, packed with nutritious goodness, a touch of heat, and the sweet flavors of summer.

PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ white onion, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced (discard seeds for less heat)
  • 4 cups fresh corn kernels or 2 10-ounce bags frozen corn kernels
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Melt butter in a heated large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add onion and jalapeno. Saute for 2 minutes.
  2. Puree 1 cup corn or ½ bag of corn in food processor or blender. Add pureed corn and remaining corn to pan, cook 5 minutes. Add cream, water, and cheese. Stir and cook until cheese is melted, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and serve warm.

YIELDS: 8 servings

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Celebrate family and friends this July

Jathan and Heather's wedding cakesJuly 2011

Dear Friends,

July is always one of the busiest months of the year for us. To begin with, our wedding anniversary is July 16th, and we always do something special to commemorate the day we exchanged vows. One of our favorite traditions is that we splurge and buy a box of juicy chevron dipped strawberries (chevron dipped means that they are covered with both dark and white chocolate—YUM!) because these covered the top of our groom’s cake when we got married. Our good friend Val O’Dell made our cakes, and they were gorgeous with a basket weave design that took her countless hours to perfect. We’d looked forward to eating the cake that day with great anticipation, and yet the chocolate strawberries were the only part of it that we were able to eat! As you can tell from the picture shown here, they were to die for. Tell us what some of your wedding anniversary traditions are here. If you would like to view some of our other wedding photos, check out our new photo gallery.

This month is also the time we take our summer vacation. What will you do this month? Are you going to travel or have a “stay-cation” as many are doing this year? Since money is tight for everyone, we’re going to investigate inexpensive and free things to do with your family, then we’ll share our discoveries with you here. So stay tuned for money-saving vacation tips and reviews of the places we visit this month. If you have tips you’d like to share, send them our way as well.

As some of you may have noticed, June was not an eventful time in our “test kitchen.” However, we did dish up some tasty recipes that you will want to serve, perhaps for your very own barbecues this month. Scoop up our chunky guacamole with Serrano peppers with your favorite tortilla chips or dollop it on top of a juicy burger! If you love hummus, you’ll definitely want to try our simple and delicious recipe that goes great with our refreshing Israeli salad. And, if you want a sweet treat with breakfast, be sure to spread a little tropical sunshine on your toast with our homemade pineapple jam.

We’re also adding a Shopping section to our site. Here we will highlight companies we’ve done business with over the years who have not only delivered great products and customer service, but they do so consistently! New vendors are being added regularly, so be sure to visit our new Shopping section often.

Whatever you’re doing this month, we hope you find a great way to beat the heat, curl up with a good book, and enjoy time with friends and family. Have a safe and happy summer!

Love,
Jathan & Heather

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