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PARK SLOPE FOOD CO-OP: what's good this week? (redux)

pitu Apr 12, 2007 05:13 PM

I ranted about all the great new butters a few months ago. I've moved on to cheese -- an aged pecorino in Cheese of the Week (not the Toscano, the one next to it), and a semi-hard organic aged goat called Petenwell Reserve that's on a bunch of cheese blogs for winning an award. And Rogue Smoked Blue when it's on the shelf. Ditto Zamorano, which is like manchego but better.WAnd that Italian buffalo mozz that comes in water balloons - I had no idea how great that cheese was until the last thread pointed it out. Super fresh tasting . . .

What else?

I'd like to continue this rolling list of what's new and fabulous, since for me it's impossible to keep track and I constantly have the experience of wondering "When Did We Start Selling THIS?"
So, what's new?

PLEASE, no Coop haters or drama -- just food, what YOUR latest find is . . .
did you try the marcona fried almonds yet?

There's been a thread running for a few months here
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/335171
but I'm finding it too hard to locate since it doesn't show on my Recent Posts since it's so old.

  1. pitu Apr 12, 2007 05:17 PM

    Anyone want to talk about chicken? I did not love the Dines skinless thighs I got -- used to the Cloonshee legs/thighs with skin, but they're not available anymore. Maybe it's my bad for buying skinless, but it wasn't as good as Cloonshee.

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      ben61820 Apr 13, 2007 07:23 AM

      hmmm, has anyone noticed that the ORGANIC RED BELL PEPPERS have been shite lately? they just havent been firm at all. theyre all soft and not peek at all. not complaining (i LOVE being a member of the coop), just thought id see what you all feel.

      well, i dont think theyre exactly new to the Coop, but yesterday i tried the RAW REVOLUTION bars for the first time. i had the chocolate coconut flavor - awesome. really good flavor. it is a raw bar, so theres no nice crunch texture, but it does have tremendous flavor. the main ingredient is cashew (it does NOT say if its sprouted/soaked or not which kind of irks me but...)

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        dimples May 16, 2007 07:30 PM

        Try the smaller, sweet, orange, red, yellow peppers in the clamshell. They are fantastic and organic.

      2. yuriwebboy May 12, 2007 06:15 AM

        Olives! Has anyone tried the pickled garlic, green olive, cornichon mix. . .oh my gawd - it is like crack. . . .and the olive oil selection is getting better too.

        1. AndiAttack May 13, 2007 08:46 AM

          There are curried cashews bagged in the bulk aisle. Garam Masala. oh. my. god. Talk about crack.

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            yuriwebboy May 13, 2007 02:20 PM

            yeah, and just today I noticed this spanish cocktail mix - dried fava beans, chickpeas, spanish almonds, pistachios and cornnuts. uh, so salty and delicious . . it was on the bottom shelf of the end of the bulk aisle, across from the cheese.

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              dimples May 13, 2007 05:18 PM

              Yeah, I bought that also. I enjoyed it. That spot is the "Vegan" area.

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                yuriwebboy May 16, 2007 09:06 AM

                THIS JUST IN: MSG> There is msg in the olive, cornichon and green olive mix. More to follow. . .

            2. pitu May 16, 2007 09:37 AM

              yeah, this thread got revived!
              the long dormant PSFC blog appears to be alive again
              http://www.psfc.blogspot.com/

              bummer about that olive mix MSG thing . . . packed off to City Harvest, or are they in the store, marked down, by any chance?

              and the fava beans nut mix is on the raw food/vegan endcap, not with regular bulk/bagged items, correct?

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                dimples May 16, 2007 07:29 PM

                Yes, the fava bean nut mix is on the raw food/vegan endcap on the bottom, right shelf (almost hidden)

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                  pitu May 17, 2007 03:03 AM

                  I shopped Weds evening and couldn't find it - what does the packaging look like?
                  THX!

                  I noticed there's banana leaves in frozen now, and fiddlehead ferns in produce - those have a super short season. I think the blood oranges are over, but the last bunch I got last week was soooo good.
                  AppleSister, I second the organic strawberries! I wouldn't think to buy melon at this time of year, so thanks for the tip. : )

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                    dimples May 17, 2007 08:22 AM

                    Hmmm they are just in little plastic bags. Maybe they are out of it now.

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                      AppleSister May 17, 2007 08:59 AM

                      Hmm, I have to revise my recommendation of the melons as my melon at breakfast this morning was a little woodsy. Guess it's time to move on to other fruits!

                2. AppleSister May 16, 2007 07:46 PM

                  None of this is news, but I just wanted to add that I've found the organic strawberries to be consistently delicious. I've also had good luck with the pineapple and honeydew, and I'm not one of those people who has a sixth sense about when fruit is ripe.

                  So happy to see fresh fava beans!

                  1. pitu May 17, 2007 12:01 PM

                    Lard appeared in the meat case a couple weeks ago - which is a beautiful thing if you want to fry the best chicken, or make a very Southern pie crust. I don't know if this is going to be a regular thing, so I bought some and stuck it in the freezer. Free-range, chemical-free organic lard . . .

                    In the same shopping trip, I got Ray's seitan (in a tub in the egg/tofu cooler)
                    good quality stuff!

                    I tried the Dancing Deer carmel pecan brownies (on the front endcap by express checkout) - they are moist and rich but really lack something compared to homemade. I prefer the Margaret Palca ones for flavor.

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                    1. re: pitu
                      rockchick May 18, 2007 08:02 AM

                      Pitu, if you're interested in making your own seitan (really easy, super delicious and it makes a ton), the coop sells the vital gluten flour you need. It's about $4 a bag and half a bag will make more than 4 tubs worth of the Ray's seitan. Here's a recipe from Epicurious. I have an easier one at home that I'll try to post up later: http://www.epicurious.com/members/mem...

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                        pitu May 20, 2007 08:29 PM

                        Is the right gluten flour the Bob's Red Mill bags?
                        THX rockchick, I'm totally interested in your easier recipe. Maybe you could put it on the homecooking board to keep the mods happy and leave me a note here so I can find it...

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                      dimples May 24, 2007 09:40 AM

                      Does anyone know if the wild salmon is in?

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                        Ukulele Ike May 26, 2007 07:59 AM

                        The wild salmon that's currently available is from the Copper River, so it's kinda the Beaujolais Nouveau of fish. Salmon lovers get all excited and jump up and down and drool, and the fisherman charge 50 guineas per slice.

                        It was offered to us at nearly twenty bucks a pound. We decided to wait until the Alaskan ocean catch appears -- that will be under ten dollars a pound -- so start looking for it in mid- to late-June. Bottom of the poultry-fish display case, all the way to the right. Just like last year.

                        (I'm the fresh meat/fish/poultry buyer, BTW)

                      2. pitu Jun 5, 2007 08:35 AM

                        What's up with the Smoke & Fire smoked/baked tofu products?
                        The Thai flavor was outstanding . . . now there's another baked *thai* tofu, but it's a peanut sauce thing instead of a smokey lemongrass/soy thing
                        boo-hoo

                        1. pitu Jun 7, 2007 09:33 AM

                          The LOCAL GREENS are really starting to come in now -- like baby arugula (with little roots still attached)
                          if you like wasabi-sharp greens, look for the local red mustard that looks like mizuni
                          and
                          those baby turnips that come in bunches - I don't especially *like* turnips, but these tiny new ones are great. I roast them, but could be good raw in salad.

                          Still hoping the Smoke&Fire Thai tofu comes back on the shelves . . .

                          1. AndiAttack Jul 4, 2007 01:53 PM

                            The new Kashi frozen dinners are pretty good. I tried the Black Bean Mango. Whole grains pilaf, black beans, chunks of peppers, carrots and mangoes in a mangoey sauce. Scrumptious for a frozen dinner and only about $3.

                            1. bigmackdaddy Jul 9, 2007 02:45 PM

                              Trentinaceti Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It's right by the new item shelf where the express line starts. It's a small bottle with a couple of olives and olive leaves (laurel) in the bottle. It has a nice spice. It's probably the best filtered olive oil I've had.

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                                pitu Jul 10, 2007 10:38 AM

                                thx for the olive oil tip, bmd!

                                local plums . . . Showtime seem to be the best at the moment . . .

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                                  dimples Jul 10, 2007 03:57 PM

                                  I bought some absolutely fabulous cherry tomatoes--not the kind in the plastic clam shells that are always there (I buy those all the time) but these are locally grown, in green cardboard containers. They have a very sweet and almost winey flavor. Also I noticed there are 2 types of organic string beans --yellow and green.
                                  The organic red leaf lettuce is on sale for 97cents a lb. There's lots of peaches, apricots, plums and nectarines. Also green basil and purple.

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                                  pitu Aug 15, 2007 03:53 PM

                                  I keep forgeting your recommedation . . . but today I saw we have Frankie's 457 (the restaurant, Frankie's Sputino) house brand of olive oil, on that same endcap across from chickens. One liter can, good stuff.
                                  And there's a big sale of frozen meat, $2.99/lb, including a bunch of those fancy red chickens.

                                  That red organic okra is still coming in - GOOD
                                  and the not-organic local corn is very good - minimally treated, from the farm next to Hepworths (yes, a produce person told me)

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                                    bigmackdaddy Aug 15, 2007 04:14 PM

                                    I will give Frankie's a shot tomorrow when I restock on the organic champagne grapes. What is the difference in taste with the red chickens, btw?

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                                      pitu Aug 15, 2007 09:02 PM

                                      I don't know -- more chickeny? It's an heirloom variety, v.expensive.
                                      I had guinea fowl from the same company and they were really good.
                                      Someone else recommended those chickens on C'hound.

                                3. bigmackdaddy Jul 11, 2007 01:04 PM

                                  They also have big purple organic okra. I bought some but haven't tried it yet. Does anyone know when they're getting the grass fed rib eye back? Aberdeen or Hardwick Farms I believe.

                                  1. pitu Jul 17, 2007 01:43 PM

                                    local cherry tomatoes are in!
                                    also, the Hepworth Farms cherries are gorgeous, and the local lettuces are still excellent and super cheap
                                    : )

                                    1. bigmackdaddy Jul 18, 2007 08:30 PM

                                      Raw sheeps milk blue cheese. Persille De Malzleu Blue from France. Strong without having that fumey (is that a word?) after bite. And very rich. Really great stuff.

                                      1. bigmackdaddy Jul 20, 2007 05:33 AM

                                        Now for an opposite. Don't bother with the Slope Farm's Steak. It's pretty bad. Stick with Hardwick.

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                                          laurabee Jul 23, 2007 09:22 AM

                                          Was in there over the weekend and saw smoked ham on sale. Any recommendations on what you can DO with this?

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                                            bigmackdaddy Jul 23, 2007 11:05 AM

                                            Cut it into chunks and stir it in soup. Maybe use it as a base.

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                                              pitu Jul 24, 2007 12:40 PM

                                              I got some of it, and the Irish bacon that's part of the same overstock
                                              I made ham salad sandwiches (diced ham with mustard mayo cornichon pickles,shallots) I kept part of it frozen for soup/bean flavoring later, or pork broth making (long story - see home cooking board.)
                                              You could also use a chunk to flavor whatever you want to fry chicken in (organic lard, for instance, in the bottom of the meat cooler)

                                              The Irish bacon is still frozen, so I can't report.

                                              The local stone fruits are in - pluots, plums, apricots ETC
                                              woooooo, summer!

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