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Eggnog Bread Pudding

Eggnog is one of my favorite treats around the holidays. I start watching for it to hit the shelves in October and am always just a little too excited when I’m finally able to purchase my first carton. I was finally, finally, able buy some eggnog last weekend and immediately started debating if I should just …

December 12th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Recipes


Year of the Turkey, part 2

  If there is one thing I’ve learned about turkeys, it’s that people are very particular about their bird. What is the best way to prepare it? Is brining the best option, or is it a complete insult?   Some swear by frying the turkey, but that could be dangerous. You could also tent your bird, …

December 5th, 2016  |  Published in In the Kitchen


Egg Snowmen

These hard-boiled egg snowmen are the perfect item to add a little cheer to your holiday appetizer table. They are also a fun project to do with kids! Check out our stop motion video and our step-by-step tutorial to see how to make these wintry treats. Boil eggs for 9-10min Peel immediately so that the …

December 1st, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, In the Kitchen


Thanksgiving Tips: Part 2

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, getting food onto Americans’ plates accounts for 80 percent of the country’s fresh water consumption, 50 percent of American land use and 10 percent of the total United States energy budget. Although the system as a whole is not perfect, food is a necessity for human life and …

November 23rd, 2016  |  Published in Family, In the Kitchen, Sustainability


Bacon, Jalapeno & Cheddar Cheese Ball

On any given Saturday afternoon during football season I can usually be found with a big group of friends, gathering to watch our local college football team. The host is a master on the grill, and food is never (ever, ever) in short supply. My knowledge, and to be honest, interest, in football is limited, …

November 21st, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, In the Kitchen, Recipes


DIY Pumpkin Bowl

Could you think of anything more festive than eating out of a pumpkin? This pumpkin bowl makes for the perfect vessel for basically any food on your Thanksgiving table. Here’s how to create this statement piece that is sure to wow your guests and make them even more excited to eat the stuffing, mashed potatoes, …

November 18th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, In the Kitchen


Have a Local, Organic Thanksgiving, Naturally!

Thanksgiving is the easiest time of year to “eat local and organic,” for the simple reason that nearly everything that appears on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner table has its roots in local, seasonal, organic foods. And that’s because Native Americans, and the Pilgrims they shared their food with, ate organic food long before it was called organic. Our …

November 17th, 2016  |  Published in Earth Dinner, Featured Post, In the Kitchen, Organic Farming, Sustainability


Year of the Turkey, part 1

This is it. This is the year of the inaugural Smith family turkey. Smith is a common name, but it’s my new name. Let me formally introduce myself. My name is Kaylan Smith, I’m 28 years old, and I have the privilege to work at Organic Valley. My husband and I married three years ago, …

November 2nd, 2016  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Family, In the Kitchen  |  1 Comment


Chocolate Mummy Cupcakes

These Chocolate Mummy Cupcakes are a fun and easy Halloween treat. Kids can even help decorate them! You could use the mummy decoration on any flavor of cupcake, but I decided to use my favorite chocolate cupcakes. It’s a huge pet peeve of mine when desserts are pretty or cute but don’t actually taste good. …

October 20th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, In the Kitchen, Recipes


Make-Ahead Breakfast Burritos

It’s hard to believe that the summer is pretty much over and we’re moving into fall. Despite the fact that I’m not a student and the school schedule has no impact on my life, it seems like life always gets a little busier in the fall when school starts up again.  I try to squeeze in …

September 15th, 2016  |  Published in Recipes


 
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