Chocolate is Divine - the People's Food Co-op

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                                  shopper                                                                                                     Februar y 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                    food for thought
                                                                                                                                                                               I know nothing grander, better exercise,
                                                                                                                                                                             better digestion, more positive proof of the
                                                                                                                                                                             past, the triumphant result of faith in human
                                                                                                                                                                                 kind, than a well-contested American
                                                                                                                                                                                            national election.
                                                                                                                                                                                           —Walt Whitman—

                                                                    Chocolate is Divine
                                                                         especially when it’s fair trade
     contents                              esearchers have found that American women appear          Democracy also requires that both men and women take part.
     how to join
     member specials
                                  R        to crave chocolate more than women elsewhere in
                                           the world.
                                  But for women cocoa farmers in Ghana, chocolate is much
                                                                                                     Cecilia Appianim is a cocoa farmer from the village of
                                                                                                     Asemtem in the Central Region of Ghana. She is also a
                                                                                                     member of the national executive council for Kuapa Kokoo,
                                  more than a craving. For the women of Kuapa Kokoo, a               and she visited the United States recently to help promote
7    coulee region co-operative

                                  fair-trade farmers’ cooperative and part owner of Divine           Divine. She explained the importance of women taking part
     community fund

                                  Chocolate, chocolate is the way to a bright future.                in this way:
8    grocery picks
11   wellness highlights
                                  Fair trade means that farmers are paid a fair price for their        “Fair trade has helped us a lot. Because of fair trade,
                                  crops and receive premiums to invest in their communities.           women can come out boldly and take part in every event.
13   cooking classes

                                  An equally important part of Kuapa Kokoo’s commitment to             Before, it was not like that. Before, we would stay at home
14   board report

                                  fair trade is the advancement of democracy to empower                and watch the men. And we would work with our husbands
15   at hackberry’s

                                  farmers in the local and global markets.                             and they would take the money, put it in their pockets, and
                                  Democracy makes it possible for the farmers of Kuapa                 when it came time to buy food or pay school fees they
                                  (45,000 members in 1,200 villages) to discuss how to                 would say the money is gone.
                                  improve their communities in ways that benefit the greatest          “But Kuapa has opened our eyes to see that everything
                                  number of people. In a world where cocoa farmers are                 should be 50/50. So if a man has one vote, a woman has
                                  exposed to the vagaries of a market beyond their control,            one as well. If the men come together to make a decision,
                                  farmers value the ability to speak up for themselves, say            then the women are there to take part as well. So now we      Cecilia Appianim, a Kuapa Kokoo cocoa farmer
                                  what is on their minds, and set the chart for their own futures.                                                                                      in Ghana
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                                                                                  c h o c o l a t e               i s        d i v i n e
         are empowered, and the men, they cannot cheat us again.
         “Also because of fair trade, we have many projects for women. We                                                                         Divine Chocolate Chunk Bars
         make soap, t-shirts, batik. We grow other foodstuffs and sell in the                                                                     This moist, rich “blondie” is flecked with dark and milk
         market and then put some money into the credit union for hardship                                                                        chocolate. Scatter additional chopped chocolate on
         times or to pay our children’s school fees.”                                                                                             top for a pretty presentation. Emma Grinde took second place
       Divine Chocolate is co-owned by the farmers of Kuapa Kokoo in                                                                              in Divine Chocolate’s contest with this recipe.
       Ghana, so both women and men farmers are involved in decision making
       at every level.
                                                                                                                                                    1 cup (2 sticks) melted butter
                                                                                                                                                    2 cups granulated sugar
       So, women, as if we need a reason to eat more chocolate, think of Divine
       as more than a way to satisfy your cravings. You can purchase Divine
                                                                                                                                                    1 teaspoon vanilla

       Chocolate at People’s Food Coop and your support is a contribution to                                                                        1/2 teaspoon salt
       democracy and the empowerment of women around the world.                                                                                     4 large eggs
       By: Erin Gorman,                                                                                                                             1 cup brown sugar
           CEO for Divine Chocolate          Kuapa Kokoo Women’s Group meeting                                                                      2 cups all-purpose flour
                                             (photo by Charlotte Borger)                                                                            1.5 ounce bar chopped Divine milk chocolate
                                                                                                                                                    1.5 ounce bar chopped Divine dark chocolate
                                                                                                                                                  Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly
                                                                                         farmers in a Kuapa Kokoo depot weighing beans for sale
                                                                                                                                                  grease a 9" x 13" pan.
                                                                                         (photo by Dave Snyder)

                                                                                                                                                  Beat together the butter, sugars, vanilla,
                                                                                                                                                  and salt, then add the eggs, beating until
                                                                                                                                                  it’s smooth and creamy. Stir in the flour
                                                                                                                                                  and then the chopped chocolate. Spread
                                                                                                                                                  the batter in the prepared pan.
                                                                                                                                                  Bake the bars for 30 minutes or until
                                                                                                                                                  golden brown. Remove from the oven
                                                                                                                                                  and cool before cutting. Garnish with
                                                                                                                                                  additional grated chocolate on top,
                                                                                                                                                  if desired.
                                                                                                                                                                                               Yield: 2 dozen bars.
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                                                                                                 d i v i n e                         r e c i p e s
    Divine Chocolate Truffles                                                                                                         Divine Chocolate Velvet Cheesecake
    Created by pastry chef Teresa Ewing, these vegan truffles        Melt some more 70% Divine Dark Chocolate to coat the             Clara Coleman took the grand prize in Divine chocolate’s recipe contest with this decadent chocolate cheesecake.
    feature some imaginative coatings. This recipe took third        truffles. Cool the chocolate slightly and transfer into a
    place in Divine Chocolate’s recipe contest.                      small jar or bowl. Remove the shaped truffles from the
                                                                                                                                      Crust:                                                 Filling:
                                                                                                                                      1 1/4 cups crushed chocolate snap cookies              2 (3.5 ounce) bars Divine 70% Dark Chocolate
                                                                     refrigerator and using a fork, dip them into melted              or chocolate biscotti (about 25 cookies)               1 (3.5 ounce) bar Divine Milk Chocolate
                                                                     chocolate, twirling to coat evenly. Tap on the side of the
    3/4 cup cashews
                                                                                                                                      1/2 cup pecans                                         2 (8-ounce) packages softened cream cheese
    3/4 cup (6 ounces) cold water                                    bowl to remove excess chocolate. Coat truffles in seeds,                                                                16 ounces softened mascarpone cheese
                                                                     toasted coconut, pistachios, or green tea, and after coating,
                                                                                                                                      1 tablespoon sugar

                                                                     set them on a wire rack to harden. Refrigerate them briefly
    1 pound Divine 70% dark chocolate (plus more for                                                                                  1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted                   1 cup sugar

                                                                     to help set the chocolate.
    dipping)                                                                                                                                                                                 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    toasted black and white sesame seeds (for rolling)                                                                                                                                       4 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk (room temperature)
                                                                                                                                      For the crust: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Tightly wrap          cheese, and sugar in a large bowl until smooth,
                                                                                                                                      the outside of a 10" x 3" springform pan with three             occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl with
    toasted coconut (for rolling)
    Matcha tea (for rolling)                                                                                                          layers of heavy-duty foil. (Note: you can use a 9" pan,         a rubber spatula. Beat in the cooled melted chocolate
                                                                                                                                      but it has to be at least 3" tall; even then, you’ll find the   and vanilla. Add the eggs and egg yolk one at a time,
                                                                                                                                      cheesecake comes perilously close to spilling over.)            beating just until blended after each addition. Pour the
    chopped pistachios (for rolling)
    Combine the cashews with cold water, and let soak for 2
                                                                                                                                      Grease the sides of the pan. To ensure stick-free               cheese mixture over the crust.
    hours. Place the soaked cashews and water in blender or
                                                                                                                                      removal, line the pan sides with oiled parchment.               Place the pan in a large roasting pan. Pour enough hot
    food processor, and process on high speed until the
    mixture is the consistency of heavy cream. Set aside.                                                                             Finely grind the cookies, pecans,                                               water into the roasting pan to come
                                                                                                                                      and sugar in a food processor. Add                                              halfway up the sides of the springform
    Melt the chocolate gently, in a microwave or over a very
                                                                                                                                      the melted butter and process until                                             pan. Bake until the center of the
    low burner. Allow the melted chocolate to cool until it’s
                                                                                                                                      moist crumbs form. Press the                                                    cheesecake moves slightly when the
    comfortable to work with. Fold in the cashew “cream,”
                                                                                                                                      mixture onto the bottom of the                                                  pan is gently shaken, about 65 minutes
    making sure not to stir too fast—don’t create bubbles. Stir
                                                                                                                                      prepared pan. Bake the crust until                                              (the cake will become firm as it cools).
    cashew and chocolate mixture until it’s smooth. Pour the
                                                                                                                                      it’s set and aromatic—about 10 to                                               To prevent cracking, leave it in the
    mixture into a shallow dish, and refrigerate until it’s set (2
                                                                                                                                      12 minutes—and let cool. Decrease                                               oven with the door ajar for 30 minutes.
    hours or more).
                                                                                                                                      the oven temperature to 325°F.                                                  Transfer the cake to a rack and let cool
    Once the chocolate is set, scoop out 1 ounce truffles; a
                                                                                                                                      For the filling: Break the chocolate                                            for 1 hour. Cover with plastic wrap and
    small cookie scoop works well. Smooth each truffle by
                                                                                                                                      into pieces and melt it gently in a                                             refrigerate until cold, at least 8 hours.
    rolling and place onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
                                                                                                                                      microwave or double boiler. Let it                                              Decorate with fresh strawberries or
    Chill in the refrigerator for 5 minutes while you place the
                                                                                                                                      cool slightly.                                                                  raspberries, if desired.
    sesame seeds, toasted coconut, chopped pistachios, and
    green (Matcha) tea in small dishes for rolling.                                                                                   Beat the cream cheese, mascarpone

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                                                                                     d o i n g                    s o m e                 g o o d

      Coulee Region Cooperative                                                                            Your Cooperative Community Fund is
       Community Fund Grant                                                                                        Financially Healthy
            Applications                                                                                           orried about the      At this time our Twin Pines Cooperative                 Almost every
                      (Are Now Available!)
     The People’s Food Co-op and its new partners, Bluff Country Co-op
     (Winona) and the Viroqua Food Co-op, are pleased to announce the 3rd
                                                                                                    W              stock market and
                                                                                                                   wondering about
                                                                                   your Cooperative Community Fund? Be proud
                                                                                                                                         Foundation/Cooperative Community Fund asset
                                                                                                                                         base is about $1.8 million dollars strong!
                                                                                                                                                                                                 food co-op
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Almost every
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           food co-op
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   expansion, remodel,
                                                                                   that Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation has                                                                    relocation or
                                                                                                                                         Some important facts:                                                     relocation or additional
     annual request for proposals for the Coulee Region Cooperative                                                                      • TPCF/CCF has no investments at all in the
                                                                                   invested your Cooperative Community Funds not                                                                 additional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   store is funded in part
     Community Fund Grant (CRCCF). This grant fund was established in                                                                      stock exchange, so there is no drop in the stock
                                                                                   in Wall Street but in the cooperative way!                                                                    store is funded
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   by dollars from Twin
     2003 with the specific mission of providing supplemental or project-                                                                  market value of our assets. At the point when
                                                                                                                                                                                                 in part by

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Pines Cooperative
     specific funding to local non-profit organizations that have missions         Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation (TPCF) is             TPCF offers a stock market or mutual fund
                                                                                                                                                                                                 dollars from
     consistent with the goals of our co-ops. Priority will be given to grant      the home of the Cooperative Community Fund              option, that option will be the choice of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Community Fund.
     requests for educational projects, development projects, and events that      program, which now serves 24 food co-ops in 13          individual food co-op that will take the risk, but
     have a focus on, but are not necessarily limited to, food and food systems,   states ranging from coast to coast. The Coulee          also reap the reward. However, TPCF will never       • The remainder of TPCF’s funds is in the
     nutrition, health and well-being, sustainable agriculture, cooperative        Region Co-operative Community Fund is                   take that type of risk for your funds. Lower risk      National Cooperative Bank, Yolo Federal Credit
     education, and social change.                                                 supported by People’s Food Co-op, the Viroqua           will always be the choice of TPCF; higher risk         Union and First Northern Bank. All of the
                                                                                   Food Co-op, and Bluff Country Co-op. Twin               will always be the option of the individual            accounts TPCF has are below the maximum
     Applications must be received by Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at 5 p.m.
                                                                                   Pines Cooperative Foundation/Cooperative                food co-op.                                            $250,000 FDIC insurance limit.
     and can be submitted electronically, dropped off at the Customer
                                                                                   Community Fund (TPCF/CCF) principal of                • Most of our investments are in cooperative           So, as 2008 draws to a close, TPCF has no assets
     Service Desk, or mailed to CRCCF Grant Committee, c/o People’s
                                                                                   $1.8 million is all invested in cooperative             development organizations—Cooperative Fund           that have lost value. Your CCF fund is intact at
     Food Co-op, 315 Fifth Avenue South, La Crosse, WI 54601.
                                                                                   development, and the income earned is donated           of New England, LEAF Fund, and                       the level you have built it to. What is more, we
     The Grant Committee will complete its review by the end of April and          to local non-profits by each of the member              Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund.           continue to invest our joint funds in the
     awardees will be contacted. Application forms, directions, and more           food co-ops.                                            None of the three organizations we have              development of cooperatives. 50% of all food
     information about the CRCCF can be obtained at the PFC web site
                                                                                   The board of the Twin Pines Cooperative                 investments in appear to have portfolios that are    cooperatives are expanding with the help of
     ( Select the Coop Community link on the right, and
                                                                                   Foundation has long operated on the simple              impacted by the downturn in the economy. Most        capital from the three organizations we invest in.
     CRCCF on the following page (located on the lefthand side). If you have
                                                                                   premise that we see our entire asset base as a          of them have adequate reserves and assets to         The dollars your CCF fund has in us are working
     any questions, please contact Michelle Schry, General Manager, at
                                                                                   permanent endowment. We are committed to                cover anticipated losses. Not one of the three       hard to build that cooperative movement.
     (608) 784-5798, ext 213 or e-mail her at
                                                                                   building an organization that honors the work and       has lost one dollar of investment capital in the     Continue to build your Cooperative Community
     PFC appreciates the contributions that members have made to                   dedication of those who believe in a better future.     thirty or so years each has been in operation.       Fund with us!
     help grow this grant fund to support community activities.
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                                                                     g r o c e r y     p i c k s
not so
                                                                                                     by Margaret, grocery manager

                          Eden Organic Beans                                                                                  Crane Lake Wines
          his is not a new product—but certainly     Aduki beans (a.k.a.

T         a healthy one! Eden Foods have the
          usual kidney, black, navy, and
garbanzo selections, but there are also three
                                                     adzuki or azuki) are the
                                                     most popular bean in
                                                     Japan. They are rich, red
                                                                                               Good Value, Good Wine!
                                                                                               I have been searching for a good value (under
                                                                                               $5.00!) wine that I would be proud to sell at the
                                                                                                                                                   sirah pairs well with any food that you would
                                                                                                                                                   normally pair a big, bold red wine with—grilled
types on the shelf that are often overlooked.        beans that are mellow in                  People’s Food Co-op. I’ve finally found them in     steak, beef or tofu fajitas, roasted chicken, pot roast,
Black soybeans, cannellini, and aduki beans are      flavor, which is why they’re              the Crane Lake varietals! They are produced in      roasted portabella sandwiches or pot pies.
very versatile and yummy!                            so versatile. These are                   California by the makers of the Charles Shaw
                                                     excellent mixed with brown                brand (remember Two Buck Chuck?)
Eden Foods is a company totally dedicated to
providing pure food. All of their beans are 100%     rice or quinoa. A half cup                We have had several of the varieties for a
U.S.A. grown, certified organic, and processed       serving packs a whopping 7                couple of months now and they are all very
in a kosher cannery. These products contain only     grams of protein and also                 good! Well worth $4.99, everyday—and this
beans, purified water, and a bit of kombu sea        boasts a high B vitamin,                  month they’re on sale for $3.57! If you’re
vegetable that softens them and brings out their     calcium, iron, and                        feeling like having some casual wine without
flavor. They are not cooked, instead they’re         magnesium content. Check                  too much complexity and without spending
soaked until tender and no salt is added! The 15     out the recipe for Aduki                  too much money, I’d give them a try! Pinot
ounce can makes for an incredible value in           Ginger Dip on the web site!               grigio, merlot, cabernet, chardonnay, and
volume and nutrition. They’re high in fiber, have    And oh yes—Black                          petite sirah…and maybe more varieties (if
very little sodium and contain lots of protein!      Soybeans! They’re as                      they meet my standards) by the time you
Beans mixed with whole grains provide a              healthy as the yellow                     read this.
complete protein. Use any of them in soups,          variety—rich in fiber, protein,           The Petite Sirah 2005 is the best of the
salads, burritos, or side dishes just as you would   and isoflavonoids. They’re                bunch. It is inky, almost black-purple in
a black or red kidney bean. Eden has an              also low in carbohydrates,                color, with aromas of blackberry jam. In the
excellent web site,, that is       with only 8 grams, and they’re            mouth, it’s got simple and juicy blueberry
loaded with great recipes!                           a complete protein all on their           and plum flavors punctuated with a finish of
Cannellini beans (white kidney beans) are            own. Wrap ’em up in a tortilla            spicy black pepper. It has large tannins and a
an essential part of the Mediterranean diet. Sauté   with some cheese and perhaps              rustic spiciness, but overall it’s much softer
them with olive oil and sage for a traditional       some chopped onion—                       than some petite sirahs. It’s blessed with
Tuscan delicacy.                                     mmmmm…good stuff!                         good acidity and is well balanced. Petite
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            Health Center        Electro-Dermal Screenings

                                                                     Licensed in MN & WI                                 •

• General Practice      • Electral-Dermal
• Nutritional, Holistic   Screenings
• Homeopathic           • Comprehensive

  Medicine Blvd. • La Crosse, WI 54601• 608.785.0038
  3454 Losey
• Colon Hydrotherapy      Programs
 Providing Sensory Integration
 and Intervention for ASD,
   3454 Losey Blvd.
 ADD/ADHD, Learning G La Crosse, WI 54601
 Disabilities.     6 08.785.0038
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                                                                                     c o - o p                       w e l l n e s s
             February Specials                                                                                       American Heart Month
             people’s food co-op brand                                                                                   the right foods, the right supplements

                                                                 ebruary is American Heart Month.                      never too early to educate children on the benefits of      vitamin E and selenium are more common in people
    Concentrated Omega-3s
    • 1200 mg of highly concentrated                     F       Cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, are our
                                                                 nation’s number one killer. It’s true, you are what
                                                         you eat! Choosing the right foods and preparing foods in
                                                                                                                       healthy eating and exercise and get them involved in
                                                                                                                       making heart-healthy choices.
                                                                                                                       Cardiovascular risk factors include high blood pressure,
                                                                                                                                                                                   over age 50.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Add these top eleven healthiest heart foods to your
                                                                                                                                                                                   grocery list…fresh fruit, beans and legumes, fish,
                                                         a healthy way, managing your weight, and getting
      fish oil per softgel
                                                                                                                       smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease          dark leafy greens, avocados, whole grains, nuts, soy
                                                         enough exercise, are crucial in preventing heart disease.
    • one softgel provides nearly twice   120 softgels
      as much EPA/DHA as standard         sale $17.69
                                                                                                                       (especially an irregular heartbeat), and obesity.           foods, spices and herbs, wheat germ, and flax meal.
                                                                                                                       Sometimes diet and exercise are not enough if you have      The best defense against cardiovascular disease is a good
                                          reg. $20.79
      fish oil products                                  The Mayo Clinic offers these seven steps
    • sourced from fresh cold                            of preve n t i o n                                            already developed one of these risk factors. Heart smart    offense. Be proactive and make the changes you need to
      water sources                                                                                                    supplements have been shown to help with many               have a happier, healthier heart!
                                                                                                                       cardiovascular problems. Coenzyme Q10 is a powerful
                                                            1. Limit unhealthy fat and cholesterol in
                                                                                                                                                                                   For more information and cooking tips visit
                                                                                                                       antioxidant that plays a role in energy production and
                                                                your diet (such as butter, margarine,
                                                                                                                       circulation and has been used to treat obesity.
    Co Q10                                                      and hydrogenated fats).
    (100 mg in vegetarian                                                                                                                                                               —Sherry Beames, PFC’s Wellness Department
                                                                                                                       Essential fatty acids (Omega 3s) help increase
                                                            2. Choose low - fat protein sources (such
                                          30 capsules
                                                                                                                       circulation and lower blood pressure. Garlic helps lower
                                                                as lean meats, fish, and low - fat dairy).
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                                                                                                                       cholesterol and blood pressure, is an immune stimulator,
    • supports heart and nervous
                                          reg. $16.95       3. Eat more fruits and vegetables; fresh
                                                                                                                       and is a natural antibiotic. Try an odor-free form. Fiber
      system                              60 capsules           or frozen is best.
                                                                                                                       naturally lowers cholesterol and helps you maintain a
    • provides potent antioxidant         sale $27.79       4. Choose whole grains
                                                                                                                       healthy weight. Try to aim for 25 to 35 grams a day.
                                          reg. $32.69
      benefits, especially against LDL                          (wheat over white)
      cholesterol                                           5. Reduce salt intake and be aware of                      Red yeast rice extract has been shown to reduce overall
    • popular recommendation                                    high sodium in processed foods.                        blood cholesterol levels and to improve the ratio of good
      by cardiologists                                      6. Practice modera t i o n watch those                     to bad cholesterol, with no adverse side effects.
                                                                portion sizes.                                         Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that lowers high
                                                                                                                       blood pressure and may reduce cholesterol. Vitamin E is
                                                                                                                       an antioxidant that inhibits blood clotting and protects
                                                            7. Plan ahead use these tips for a

                                                                                                                       other fat-soluble vitamins from oxidation, including LDL
                                                                heart-healthy diet to plan your menu,

                                                                                                                       cholesterol (preventing cardiovascular disease).
                                                                and keep healthy snacks on hand.
                                                         It is helpful to know your family history, check your
                                                         blood pressure on a regular basis, and relieve pressure       Vitamin E works best together with selenium to help
                                                         and emotional stress before it affects your health. It is     maintain a healthy heart and liver. Deficiencies of both
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          Suzanne A. Hundt, DC

          Provider for Gundersen Lutheran plan
          Provider for Gundersen Lutheran plan

 4435 Mormon Coulee Road
 La Crosse, WI 54601                       608-788-4435
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                                                       Winter Cooking Classes
                                                                                with Arlene Vrlec
                           Someone’s in                        Culinary Tour of                                               Erin go Bragh                                                   Advantage
                           the Kitchen                         China: Dim Sum                                                                                                               Plastic Produce
                                                                                                                              Thursday, March 12th from 6-8
                                                                                                                              Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish favorites. Whether
                                                                                                                              at home or at the local pub, these traditional dishes are
                                                               Tuesday, February 24th from 6-8
                                                               At this first class in a series on regional Chinese cooking,   still enjoyed throughout Ireland: Irish Stew, Soda Bread,
                                                                                                                                                                                              Bags to Go
                                                               we’ll prepare traditional Dim Sum—light dishes served          Potato Soup, Bacon and Cabbage plus a few more.
                            Saturday, February 7th
                                                                                                                                                                                            Green in 2009!
                                                                                                                              The Upper Crust
                            from 10-2                          with Chinese tea. Originating in Canton, Dim Sum soon
                            Share the pleasure of preparing    spread throughout China and usually consists of a variety
                            and eating good food with a teen   of dumplings, steamed and deep-fried dishes. Our
                                                                                                                                                                                            The New Co-op Advantage Bags (the
                            or ’tween in your life. We                selections will include Mini Spring Rolls, Sesame
          Arlene Vrlec
                                                                                                                                                                                            ones we use at the Co-op) are made
                            will explore some
                                                                                                                              Tuesday, March 24th from 6-8:30
                                                                                                                              Join us for Crust-Making 101, as we learn the basics of
            RD, CD
                                                                              Seed Balls, Steamed Dumplings, and Egg                                                                             from 100% post-industrial
    basic techniques as we make Pasta                                             Custard Tarts, all accompanied by           pie and pastry crust along with several variations. This
    Primavera with Ricotta and Herbs,                                                                                         knowledge will then be used to bake a Spiced Sherry
                                                                                                                                                                                                      recycled plastic.
                                                                                    fragrant Chinese tea.                                                                                 In a continued effort to source more

                                                                                    Artisan Breads
    Salmon with a Lemon-Dill Sauce,                                                                                           Apple Pie, a Blueberry Sour-Cream Tart, an Onion and
                                                                                                                              Roquefort Tart along with several other pies, tarts, and    environmentally friendly packaging, the
    and Spinach Parmesan Risotto,

                                                                                    of the World                              turnovers.                                                  Co-op Advantage produce bags have transitioned
    along with salads and sides. We’ll
                                                                                                                                                                                          from 100% virgin plastic to 100% post-industrial
    finish with Glazed Chocolate
                                                                                                                                                                                          recycled plastic! As a result, a conservative
                                                                                                                                                                                          estimate anticipates that

    Sweet Treats for
                                                                                 Saturday, March 7th from 10-2                Do you have special dietary concerns
                                                                               The aroma of baking bread will once            or needs?? Almost any cooking class can be                  nationally, Co-ops and their
                                                                          again fill the air as we make artisan and                                                                       patrons will reduce virgin plastic
                                                                                                                              altered to meet your needs!
                                                                  peasant breads from around the world. We’ll learn how                                                                   consumption by more than 35
                                                               to make sourdough starter and then use it to prepare a                                                                     tons, or 70,000 pounds, in 2009!
                                                               hearty Pumpernickel bread. Other selections will include         Co-op members:                  Register at the
                                                               a corn meal bread from Portugal, a barley bread from
    Thursday, February 12th from 6-8
    Treat your sweetheart with Chocolate-Covered Cherries,                                                                      $15/class                    customer service desk
    Conversation-Heart Cookies, Mini Cheesecakes and           Great Britain, and a whole wheat bread from Scotland.            nonmembers:                   or over the phone.
    more. We’ll create some sweet indulgences to sample.       We’ll top off our breads with fresh butter, jams and some                                         608.784.5798
                                                               savory spreads.
    There might even be some left to share!                                                                                                                        ext. 244
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                                                b o a r d                 r e p o r t

    The Co-op Shopper—An Educational Resource
                                    ne of PFC’s strategic priorities is   Highlights provides information on health and wellness products,

                         O          to expand education about
                                    healthy living and cooperatives. I
                         spent some time browsing the 2008 issues
                                                                          and From the Kitchen offers tasty recipes to add to our menu
                                                                          selection. Farmer’s Market informs us about seasonal produce and
                                                                          scheduled events from May through October at the local Farmer’s
                         of the Co-op Shopper and found interesting       Market in Cameron Park. General Manager and Board Reports also
                         the variety of information presented to us       keep readers up to date about cooperative trends and activities.
                         each month in a familiar “packaged”              In addition to education provided directly through the Shopper, we
                         format. Here’s a sampling: Food for              are also informed about opportunities to participate in hands-on
                         Thought is that short quote included in the      learning in the community classroom through the cooking class
                         upper right hand corner of the cover page;       schedule. In 2008, for example, PFC’s cooking classes featured
      Jane Rada          each quote is a tidbit of wisdom to be           local, Tunisian, Cuban, Southeast Asian, Mexican, Spanish, Italian,
 Co-op board president   savored.                                         Korean, Afghani, Greek, Vietnamese, and Irish foods! We are also
                          2008’s featured articles included great ways    fortunate to have access to ongoing education throughout the store
to eat locally and highlighted the following local producers: Sno Pac     through helpful and knowledgeable staff who assist and educate us
Foods in Caledonia, Sibby’s Organic Zone Ice Cream Parlor in
Viroqua, Ambrosch Honey Farm in Galesville, Ridgeland Harvest in
                                                                          about products, food preparation, etc., to support healthy living.    Pamela Radosen, MS
                                                                          We are grateful to the PFC staff and all the individuals who          Practitioner of Energy Medicine and
southwestern Wisconsin, River Valley Sprouts in Houston County,           contribute their time, knowledge, and expertise to enhance our
and Hillview Greenhouse Life Center in La Crosse. In addition we          learning. Much of this information comes directly from that           Energy Psychology
had an opportunity to learn about Fair Trade producers of rooibos tea     conveniently sized, easily recognizable monthly Co-op Shopper!
in South Africa and a local tea company, Orient Organics, that uses
                                                                            —Jane Rada, PFC Board of Directors
Fair Trade tea sources in China. Other feature articles included Seed
Savers Exchange in Decorah, the Federation of Southern
Cooperatives in the U.S., and an increased focus on sustainability                                                                                         email:
and community-building.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                                           on the web:
Through the Grocery Picks section, we learn about featured food
products, wines, beer, and other beverages offered at PFC. Wellness
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                                          a t   t h e   b i s t r o
                                                                   Wine Specials
                                                                               everyday                                      February Brunch
                                                                                                                             Friday • February 20 • 9 a.m.
                                                          Recession-proof your dining experience with these great       $8.29 per person/tax and gratuity not included
                                                          wine and appetizer specials—because saving money           Reservations only by noon on Thursday, February 19th.
                                                          doesn’t have to be painful!
                                                                                                                    Brunch samplers are served family-style and include a
                                                          Any appetizer & bottle of wine is just $20!                        choice of coffee, tea, milk, or juice.
                                                          Wines ($4.00 a glass or $12.00 a bottle)                                Smoked Salmon Benedict
                                                          Crane Lake Riesling          Tunnel of Elms Merlot        Smoked salmon, poached egg, and spinach are even tastier with an
                                                                                                                                      elegant bearnaise sauce.
                                                          Sea Ridge White Zinfandel    Woodbridge Cabernet
                                                          Stone Cellars Chardonnay        Sauvignon                         Roasted Red Pepper, Spinach, and
    Hackberry’s Catering                                  Woodbridge Chardonnay        Tunnel of Elms Cabernet                    Goat Cheese Strata
    Are you in need of catering for
                                                                                                                        A delicious egg bake with veggies and tangy goat cheese.
                                                          Sutter Home Merlot              Sauvignon
    your special event? Look no                                                                                                        Swedish Pancakes
    farther than Hackberry’s Bistro.
                                                          Woodbridge Merlot            Crane Lake Petite Sirah
    From meat and potatoes to
                                                                                                                       A traditional favorite—served with lingonberries and fresh

    marinated tofu to gluten-free and
                                                                                                                                             whipped cream.

    vegan delights—we can do it all!
                                                                                                                     White Chocolate and Raspberry Scones with
    Just give us a call at 608.784.5798                         Cheese and Fruit Sampler
    ext. 243 to find out more about
                                                                                                                                  Creme Anglaise
    Hackberry’s special events and
                                                                Greek Antipasto Platter                                                  Just decadent enough!

    catering or pick up one of our                              Grilled Flatbread Pizza
    catering brochures!                                         Baked Brie                                                 Space is limited, reserve your spot today!
                                                                                                                                                     Presorted Standard
                                                                                                                                                        U.S. Postage
                                                                                                                                                        La Crosse WI
                                                                                                                                                       Permit No. 25
cooking class!
S we e t T re a ts f or
Thursday, February 12th from 6-8                                        People’s Food Co-op & Hackberry’s Bistro
Treat your sweetheart with Chocolate-Covered
Cherries, Conversation-Heart Cookies, Mini
                                                                        315 Fifth Avenue South

Cheesecakes and more. We’ll create some sweet
                                                                        La Crosse, WI 54601

indulgences to sample. There might even be some left                    tel. 608.784.5798
to share!
                                        Register today!
                                                                        fax 608.793.1989
      Co-op members: $15/class          608.784.5798 ext. 244

                                                                Co-op Grocery Deliveries         Co-op hours         Hackberry’s hours

                                                                1 pm - 4 pm                      7 am - 10 pm        11 am - 9 pm        9 am - 9 pm
                                                                tues & fri                       seven days a week   mon - fri           sat – sun

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