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Loving Others & Yourself This Valentine’s Day: Some Fresh Ideas!

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VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT IDEAS

A special time just to show loved ones that we care. Is Valentine’s Day great, or what! But how to do it, this year? Flowers and a card are always nice, but how about a fresh idea, and maybe one that lasts longer? At Pleasant Hill Grain we offer products that provide convenience and health benefits both for you and those you care for—and not just for a day either, but for years to come!Chef's Choice WafflePro 830 Five of Hearts

For starters, what could say Sweet Love better than little heart-shaped waffles? The Chef’s Choice WafflePro 830 bakes ’em five at a time, and its nonstick surfaces promise super easy cleanup. 

Of course one can’t eat waffles all the time, and occasionally a full reset is a rejuvenating idea. A juice cleanse offers benefits from weight loss to improved digestion and even cellular repair. You might think the romance-meter has dipped a tad on this one, but Juicers at Pleasant Hill Grainconsider: This might actually add a Valentine’s Day or two to your future. Look, that meter has snapped right back! Learn more about different kinds of quality juicers here. We also offer excellent juicing books full of fruit and vegetable recipes and a wealth of practical how-to tips.

Does this winter’s extra-cold weather put you in mind of a delicious hot beverage? Banish the waiting with an instant hot water dispenser by Zojirushi or Chef’s Choice. They take little space on the counter, and we predict you’ll soon say you didn’t know what you’ve been missing.

“This is really fun!” We keep hearing that from users of our food dehydrators. Whether you start with fruits and veggies from your own garden (find heirloom seeds here) or from the market, there’s something almost magical about the way a quality dehydrator transforms them into such flavor-filled slices, chunks Food Dehydrators at Pleasant Hill Grainand roll-ups. Our dehydrators produce fabulous jerky, and several are perfect for making yogurt too. Take advantage of our food dehydrator buying guide to guarantee a perfect choice.

For more ideas just click over to see our full Valentine’s Day gift guide.

Whether or not your special day involves a delivery from PHG, we wish you the most wonderful Valentine’s Day ever!

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Vanilla-Cinnamon Almond Milk

 

 

Learn to make your own almond milk at home with this easy recipe.

Posted: November 28, 2016
Recipe by: Granny Smith
Source: Oh She Glows Cookbook
Save time and money by making your own almond milk at home. This recipe is quick, easy, and made with all natural ingredients.
Active Time
20 minutes
Total Time
10 hours
Yields
3-1/2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. raw almonds, soaked
  • 3-1/2 c. filtered water
  • 2 to 4 pitted dates, to taste
  • 1 whole vanilla bean, chopped or 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • Small pinch fine sea salt

Directions:

  1. 1. Place almonds in a bowl and cover with water. Soak the almonds overnight (about 8 to 10 hours). For a quick-soak, soak almonds in boiling water for 1 hour. Rinse and drain well.
  2. 2. Put drained almonds in blender along with filtered water, dates, and chopped vanilla bean or vanilla extract.
  3. 3. Blend on highest speed for 1 minute.
  4. 4. Place a nut milk bag over a bowl and slowly pour the almond milk mixture into the bag. Gently squeeze the bottom of the bag to release the milk.
  5. 5. Rinse blender and pour milk back in. Blend in cinnamon and sea salt.
  6. 6. Using a funnel, pour milk into a glass jar and secure lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Store milk in the coldest spot in the fridge (typically the back) rather than on a door. Shake jar very well before drinking as the milk separates when sitting.

Author's Notes:

If your dates or vanilla bean are dry/stiff, soak them in very hot water for 30 minutes before using. You can also use another sweetener like maple syrup instead of the pitted dates, if you wish.

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Lemon Herb Hummus

Lemon and Herb Hummus
Posted: October 28, 2016
Recipe by: Granny Smith
Source: The Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook
Hummus is a delicious snack that can be paired with vegetables, crackers, pita, and more! The flavor of store-bought hummus does not compare to the freshness and satisfaction you get by making your own in a food processor or blender.
Yields
Serves 6 - 8

Ingredients:

  • 3 c. cooked chickpeas (about two 15-ounce cans)
  • 1 roasted shallot
  • 3 tsp. tahini
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 tbsp. fresh, chopped dill (keep extra for garnish)

Directions:

  1. 1. Place chickpeas, roasted shallot, tahini, lemon zest and juice, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. pepper, and red pepper flakes in a food processor. Pulse to combine.
  2. 2. While the motor is running, add the olive oil with a steady stream.
  3. 3. Stop the food processor when hummus reaches desired texture.
  4. 4. Add herbs and pulse until combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. 5. Pulse processor and add 1 to 3 tsp. of water to thin the hummus out. The hummus will firm up more once it is in the refrigerator.
  6. 6. Add optional garnish. Some options are thinly sliced cucumber, parsley sprigs, champagne vinegar, tomatoes, or feta cheese.

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Mexican Garden Salsa

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Ingredients

  • 12 cups cored and chopped plum tomatoes
  • 3 cups chopped onions
  • 3 cups seeded and chopped Anaheim, Colorado or poblano chile peppers
  • 1-3/4 cups seeded and chopped jalapeno chile peppers (about 40)
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup strained fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt or pickling salt

Directions

  1. In an 8 quart stainless steel pan, combine all of the ingredients. Over medium-low heat, bring the mixture to a simmer and simmer gently for 10 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent sticking.
  2. Ladle the salsa into hot jars, leaving ½ inch headspace. Using a plastic knife, remove any trapped air bubbles. If necessary, add more salsa to maintain ½ inch headspace. Wipe the jar rims and threads with a clean, damp cloth. Cover with hot lids and apply screw rings. Process both half-pint and pint jars in a 212°F (100°C) water bath canner for 15 minutes.

Tips

When preparing your salsa fresh our of the garden here are a couple of tips before you get started! Be sure to use plum tomatoes, such as Romas.  Salad-type tomatoes contain too much juice and will make a very thin and watery salsa.

And to protect your skin from burns while chopping chile peppers. Please use rubber gloves.

— Recipe from the Blue Ribbon Preserves book

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Blistered Radishes with Parsley

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Ingredients

  • 16 radishes
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Freshly-ground unrefined sea salt

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Directions

  1. Wash and chop radishes into 1/4″ pieces. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter over medium-high heat in a wide skillet. When the butter starts to foam, add the radishes and reduce heat to medium-low.
  3. Stirring frequently, cook the radishes until the skins start to blister slightly.
  4. Sprinkle the blistered radishes with chopped parsley and season with salt to your taste. Serve warm.

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