Wednesday, November 25, 2009

It's a recipe!

Looking for a last minute recipe to boost your Thanksgiving meal into an epicurean orbit? Originally printed in the November 2007 Co-op News, Cathy’s raw cranberry relish is so darn delicious, you can wrap it up and give it as a gift. If you can bare to part with it, that is.

Better to double the recipe . . . just in case.

Cathy’s Cranberry Fruit Relish

Makes about 3 ½ cups

Note from Cathy: I use all organic ingredients and do not peel the fruit.


1 pound cranberries

1 navel orange, unpeeled and chopped in small pieces

1 firm red delicious or gala apple, chopped into small pieces

1 firm pear, chopped into small pieces

½ - 2/3 cups of dates, pitted and chopped

½ - 1 cup walnuts, shelled and chopped

1 – 1 ½ cups xylitol (available in the Supplements Dept.)


1. Wash and chop or cut cranberries into quarters

2. Mix cranberries with chopped fruit and nuts

3. Add xylitol, if it’s not sweet enough for your taste, add more

4. Mix and chill

Enjoy! Fondly, Cathy Banks

Friday, November 13, 2009

It's a recipe!

Em’s Peanut Butter

Apple Rad Salad!

Looking for something simple to make with exceptional taste? If so, then you must try Em’s—one of our dedicated and talented chefs from the Co-op’s Deli—Peanut Butter Apple Rad Salad.

Chock full of the flavors you love (yummy peanut butter and crunchy apples!), this delicious fruit salad is a delightful breakfast treat, a satisfying lunch side dish, and just the recipe that you need to make for Thanksgiving company.

Once you try it, we guarantee you’ll be making it again and again.

Thanks Em for sharing!

Peanut Butter Apple Rad Salad

Em tells us that she created and made this recipe in a 1/2 hour, so feel free to change the ingredients to your liking and your schedule. We think you’re going to love it just the way she makes it.


5 granny smith apples (tangy element)

5 arkansas black apples (crunchy classic)

4 asian pears (juicy – helps with the peanut butter effect)

2 cups raisins

2 cups hemp seeds

1 cup dried mango


In a blender (or by hand if you’re trying to use less electricity!) combine the following:

2 cups peanut butter (salted kind)

1 tsp. ginger

apple juice – enough to make the peanut butter soft and gooey; Em suggests 1 and 1/2 cups, added a bit at a time

To make

Cut fruit into chunks, then add the raisins, hemp seeds and dried mango.

Dress salad with sauce and be prepared for extreme mouth-joy.