Let’s be honest, 2015 has gotten off to a shaky start. The incessant cold and grim headlines have many of us looking for real and metaphoric warmth. This week we offer a few soup recipes that we hope can bring a little comfort and relief to you and yours. Sometimes a homemade soup is all you need to turn things around. Plus, check out this week’s specials for some inspiration to keep up those resolutions!
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and cook, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through, 15-20 minutes. Transfer sausage to a plate.
Reduce heat to medium. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in same skillet. Add onion, garlic, and thyme sprig. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, 5-8 minutes. Add beans and broth and cook, crushing a few beans with the back of a spoon to thicken sauce, until slightly thickened, 8-10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add spinach by handfuls and cook just until wilted, about 2 minutes.
Slice chorizo and fold into stew; add water to thin, if desired. Divide stew among bowls; drizzle with oil and sprinkle with paprika, if desired.
Or, try one of these great recipes from Bon Appétit:
As the enthusiasm of the changing year slowly fades into the day-to-day of winter, our resolutions inevitably lose a little steam. Whether we pledged to be kinder to our bodies or more engaged with our community, it’s these next few weeks that could make or break the long-term success of our new personal goals. Stick with it! Here are a few cleanse-themed items for those hoping to start off the year “clean” (inside and out!).
Maple Valley Bulk Maple Syrup: $8.95/lb (Save $1.00/lb)
Organic Lemons: $1.52/lb (Save $0.17/lb)
This Week’s Produce
We’ve heard from many of you that a regular update of our current produce offerings would be much appreciated. So, we’re starting to include a general snapshot of the week’s produce in these emails. Check our social media outlets for more frequent updates throughout the week. Have more brilliant ideas for us? We love hearing from you.
Granny Smith Apples*
VEGETABLES (CONT) Yellow Onions*
Green & Red Cabbage
An astriek (*) indicates the item is not local to Texas. All non-local items are Certified Organic.
Local items come from farms with a commitment to sustainable practices.
Geeks Who Drink Trivia
Thursday, January 15th at 7pm
After a brief holiday hiatus, trivia is back! Come compete with your friends and neighbors for some coveted prizes (including $25 and $10 store credit for first and second place, respectively). This is a free and open event but please note that the content is not intended for children.
Saturday Night Porch Session w/ Bo DePena
Saturday, January 17th at 7pm
Mr. Bo DePena’s January residency kick-off show was thwarted by last week’s cold and wet weather. Fingers crossed Mother Nature cooperates this weekend and we can enjoy this talented young man’s live music. Every Saturday in January from 7-9pm. Details here.
Every Thurs, 7pm: Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz
Fri, Jan 23rd, 6-8pm: Live Music on the Porch w/ David Rucci
Sat, Jan 24th, 10am-1pm: Coffee Sampling w/ New Sweden Coffee Roasters
Sat, Jan 24th, 7-9pm: Live Music on the Porch w/ Bo DePena
Send us a message if you’d like to plan an event here – we’re a great spot to host your next happy hour, meeting, or birthday party.
Promotions and News
Mulled Wine Monday & Tea Pot Tuesday!
Come in and warm up with a glass of homemade mulled wine or a pot of one of our many teas. Get $1 OFF every Monday and Tuesday, respectively and start your week off right. #MWM #TPT
Happy Hour(s) $1 off pints/cans of beer and glasses of wine
$2 off pitchers and bombers Mon-Fri 4-7pm
Wine of the Week: Pedernales Cellars 2012 GSM
This 2012 vintage represents the 5th year of their Rhone-style blend incorporating Syrah, Mourvedre, and Grenache from Texas vineyards. This medium body blend brings together the diverse character of these three varieties into a fantastic balance that delivers aromas of blueberry and chocolate with subtle spicy pepper notes.
Coffee of the Month: New Sweden Coffee Ethiopia Duromina
Monthly profiles of some of our favorite vendors
Bret of New Sweden Coffee Roasters Talks Ethiopia Duromina, Coffee of the Month
“This coffee from Duromina Cooperative is part of an initiative we have in Ethiopia to work direct at the coop level. We have been involved with Duromina for the past 5 years, selecting our favorite lots to offer on our site. Duromina was formed with the help of a non-government organization that not only coordinated agronomists and managers for each of the coops they work with, but also had a business adviser assigned that helped the cooperative manage their debt, re-invest in quality improvements at the mill, and verifies distribution of income to all members. This is a key position; I have never known a coop to get this kind of expert advice from outside … not in Africa at least. A cooperative can make all kinds of quality improvements, turn out fantastic coffee, and sink deeper in debt all the while. Cooperatives often fail to return a fair and full amount of payment to their farmer-members. Often this is from poor management, and sometimes from graft as well. Duromina has now “graduated” from the NGO program and operates independently with the oversight of various farmer-member leadership groups. The name, chosen by the farmers, has quite a straight-forward meaning: it roughly translates as “Make More Money!” With the solid price we pay the cooperative for their best lots, and their success reinvesting in the Goma area, the name has proved quite appropriate.”