Answers [and Questions] Inside!

As I sat down to write, I thought…not much to write about this week. Sigh! What could I possibly think of that might be interesting? After a little bit of pondering, I decided to answer the commonly asked question – how is the store really doing? Here’s the one-word answer – well! But if you know me, one-word answers just don’t seem to suffice. (Maybe I did well on essay questions in school, I don’t remember.) We had an amazing December and holiday season. Not only do we see people from Fairbury, Odell, Kankakee, and Onarga. We also have met people from the Cayman Islands, the Philippines, and Brazil, just to name a few. Seeing all those people from all over the world (in just one day!) reminds me that The Country Cupboard isn’t just an ordinary place. It’s a great place to bring your out-of-town visitors. We usually have time to chat and offer good ol’ Fairbury hospitality. So the next time you have guests and wonder what to do, bring them out to The Country Cupboard. We’ll be glad to show them around. And thanks for helping the store “do well”!

Scoops of News

Our new items this week:  gumdrops, carob drops and dipping pretzels! You asked for all three things and now we have them.

Gluten Free Celebration Line Up 

Saturday – January 21sh – 8-4 

*$5 Meal Deal – Sandwich, Snack and Cookie – all gluten-free

*Free Samples of cookies, etc.

*Save $$   (print off this email for “coupons” below)

– Save $2 on a gluten free cookbook.
– Save 40% off one gluten free item (limited to flour, flour blends, baking mixes, pasta, rolled oats, grains, gf pretzels & tortilla chips)

– Spend $25 on Gluten-Free day and receive a coupon for 25% off a Sami’s bakery item on your next visit.

*Share your experiences, recipes and ideas with others

A Peek in the Pantry – FREE Cooking/Information Classes

Don’t forget to sign up for a class. Not only will there be great information, but there will be something to munch on too. Stop in, email or call to sign up.
Coconut Oil 101 & 10+ Steps to Healthier Eating
This is a combined class (based on interest).
Tuesday, January 27 – 7-8 pm
Creative (but not weird) Veggies
Monday, February 9 – 7-8 pm
Blend, Chop & Crunch – Using a High Powdered Blender
Thursday, February 19 – 7-8 pm

What are Goji (go-gee) Berries?  

Goji berries are one of those foods you’ve heard about these days. Known as a superfood and an antioxidant powerhouse, goji berries (also called wolfberries) have become increasingly popular in recent years.

The dried, pink berries, which taste sort of like dried cranberries, come from the Himalayas and China, where they’ve been eaten for centuries. Goji berries are high in Vitamin C and E, have been said to help boost metabolism, and are recommended for the treatment of diabetes and high blood pressure, to name a few.Goji berries in particular, however, are age-defying due to their unique combination of their minerals and vitamins.

But while these berries may be popular in the health food world today, not everyone knows exactly how to use them. Basically, you should treat them as you would any other dried fruit. We’ve got some ideas for you. Check out these Power Balls (Bites) below or try our Goji Berry Health Snack Mix.

 

GOJI POWER BALLS – yields: 12 15
3 tablespoons dried Goji berries
3 tablespoons mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, etc.)
2 tablespoon dried cherries (or other dried fruit of your choice)
3 pitted dried dates, roughly chopped
3 tablespoons almonds
1 teaspoon honey
2 teaspoons mini semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
Optional
dried coconut flakes
cocoa powder

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until combined and sticky. Form balls of the size of a walnut out of the batter. Roll in cocoa powder or coconut flakes.

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