Tag: Kitchen Tips


The Stone Fruits of Summer

Peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots and cherries are all members of the Prunus genus. By definition:

“A genus is a group of similar species. Prunus is a genus of trees with perigynous rosaceous flowers. Perigynous describes a flower that has petals, stamens and sepals arranged around a cup-shaped receptacle containing the ovary.”

The long and short of it is that all of the summer stone fruits are related, in some mysterious and delicious way. As the definition denotes, all stone fruits have a ..read more


Berry Oatmeal Scones

Who doesn’t love a fluffy, tender, freshly-baked scone…

If you need a go-to scone recipe, look no further. This particular recipe bakes up into the perfect scone texture, and gets a little extra flavor from the oats (think oatmeal cookies).

We used blackberries in the batch pictured above, but raspberries and blueberries are excellent alternatives. You could even try using chopped peaches, nectarines or apples, plus a dash of cinnamon to the dough when you add the salt.

Time-saving tip for freshly-baked scones ..read more


How to Steam Artichokes

One of the most unusual vegetables, nearly 100% of all artichokes grown in the United States are grown in California, and nearly two-thirds of those come from the fog-shrouded fields surrounding the small town of Castroville in Monterey County. They are typically available two times a year: early March through May, and late September through October.

They are often steamed and served warm or cold with a dipping sauce (click here for our favorite dipping sauces).

Here are a few of our ..read more


Tips for Taking Care of Fresh Cut Flowers



















Fresh cut flowers are one of our favorite ways to add a cheerful pop! of color to homes and table settings. Taking good care of your flowers can dramatically help lengthen their life span. Follow these simple tips so your flowers will last longer.

Purchasing & Transporting Cut Flowers

Look for flowers that appear to have just cracked open. This is a good sign they have recently arrived in our store, and they typically last the longest. It is best to avoid ..read more

Health & Vitamins, Personal Care

What Are Probiotics? And A GoodBelly Giveaway {CLOSED}

Did you know?

Your intestines are home to over 100 trillion bacteria and other living microorganisms, called intestinal microflora. With approximately 70% of the immune system dwelling within the digestive system, these microflora have a significant effect on the body’s overall wellness. Stress, the natural aging process, changes in diet and antibiotics can significantly deplete beneficial intestinal microflora.

Probiotics can repopulate your intestine with beneficial bacteria. Keep reading for a few factoids and to learn how to win a free 6-month supply of GoodBelly ..read more


How to cook a live lobster

The elegance of a lobster dinner is perfect for special occasions, from Valentine’s Day to anniversaries to birthdays. However, we’re going to let you in on a secret. Lobster is incredibly easy to prepare – simple enough even for a quick weeknight dinner.

There are two foolproof ways to cook a live lobster: steaming and boiling. In both cases, you must plunge the lobster, head first, into boiling water as a humane way to kill it instantly. Lobsters will turn their ..read more


The perfect poached egg

Did you know one egg offers 13 essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, as well as 6 grams of high-quality protein? That’s 12% of your Recommended Daily Value! Research has shown that eating eggs at the start of your day may reduce overall calorie intake and boost energy throughout the day.

Poaching is one of our favorite ways to enjoy these nutritional powerhouses. Poached eggs are great because they are cooked without added fat and the runny yolk makes a great sauce. Enjoy poached ..read more