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Simple Pasta Sald

Posted by Patrick on January 27, 2017

Ah, pasta salad. Everyone loves it, and there are a lot of ways to make it. I’d like to share one of MY favorite ways to make a pasta salad. While the usual pasta is a penne, spiral, or shell pasta, there’s absolutely no reason you can’t make it with other types. Our Rising Moon veggie ravioli and butternut squash ravioli are particularly good as pasta salad, but cheese raviolis aren’t necessarily the best. The cheese gets a bit hard and the texture is off.

The key is marinating your ingredients together and not getting them all stuck together, which is actually quite easy. Here’s how you make a great simple pasta salad:

For 2 Servings:
Pasta (2 servings worth, depending on type)
Red onion (1/4 to 1/2, depending on size)
Celery (2-3 small stalks, 1-2 large) - preferably with leaves
Bell pepper - 1/3 to 1/2
Olive Oil (1/4 cup)
Sea salt
Black pepper
lemon juice

Garlic - 2-3 cloves. Feel free to substitute garlic powder or granules - 2T worth.
Green onions
Parmesan cheese

Chop up a few stalks of celery, leaving the leaves on, into a fine dice. Do the same with bell pepper and red onion. The finer these are chopped, the better. If you’re using fresh garlic, parsley, olives, or green onions, now is the time to do the same.

Boil your pasta according to the type. Try and get it a little al dente, as the pasta will soften while marinating in the sauce. Drain it well. Run cold water over it to keep it from continuing to cook as you prepare the pasta salad.

Let this drain, then cover it in olive oil. Make sure it’s in a bowl, so that it pools up, toss it well so that everything is coated in olive oil. Add more if you need to, then add your chopped vegetables and toss more. Once everything is nice and even, add your lemon juice, and toss again. Now add your seasonings, toss thoroughly and set aside to refrigerate for 1-2 hours until the olive oil has gotten a little thick and the pasta is cold throughout. It benefits from overnight refrigeration, but you don’t have to do that. If you’re adding Parmesan cheese, wait until right before you serve it - you don’t want it to dissolve.


We’re Rearranging Some things

Posted by Patrick on January 03, 2017

New Year, New You? We liked the old you, too, to be honest. So let’s try New Year, New Shelves. It doesn’t have that pop, does it?

Well, whatever the case, we’re moving a lot of things around, getting new items, and re-acquiring some old favorites. So if you don’t see it, ask around.

New Year’s Day - CLOSED

Posted by Patrick on December 28, 2016

Rainbow will be open our normal hours on New Years Eve and CLOSED New Years Day! If you need some extra resolution-fuel from Rainbow, be sure to stock up early!

Rainbow Tuna Salad - Vegan OR With Tuna

Posted by Patrick on December 28, 2016

Rainbow Tuna Salad
By Patrick Jerome

For the listed recipe, I was using Sophie’s Kitchen Vegan Toona, but you omnivores can substitute tuna.

Per can of tuna (6-8oz size)

2-3 celery sticks, preferably from the center, with leaves attached
1 small red onion or ½ regular red onion or 1 bundle green onion
½ bell pepper
1 jalapeno pepper (deseeded)
1 heaping tablespoon vegenaise (I actually recommend vegenaise over regular mayonnaise in all recipes, but you can do what you wish)
1 tablespoon mustard. I recommend Sweet & Sauer’s fermented mustard
1 heaping tablespoon Sweet pickle relish
Black pepper, coarse grind, to taste

Open your tuna (or toona) and drain it. You can leave a little of the oil or water, but don’t leave much. Also, be aware that your cats will take notice of this, if you have cats.

Throw this into a suitably sized bowl. You’re going to wind up with equal amounts tuna and OTHER, so plan accordingly. If you are very bad at planning, you’ll ignore that advice, so don’t worry!

FINELY chop your celery, red onion, and bell pepper. The finer the better. Dice, chop, and re-chop. Add that to your tuna/toona.

Deseed your jalapeno pepper if you don’t want this to be HOT. I recommend a deseeded jalapeno for this recipe. Add that.

Add the relish, mustard, and vegenaise. I recommend vegenaise due to the consistency (it’s thicker) and the lower oil content. Whatever you choose, mix thoroughly. I recommend a fork to break up all those chunks.

Add black pepper to taste, Serve on crackers, celery, chips, toast, sandwiches (with lettuce, pickles, and red onion) or bell pepper slices.

Other potential additions for your tuna salad:
Capers, diced banana peppers, olives, hard-boiled egg (obviously that’s not vegan)


Rainbow and the Holidays

Posted by Patrick on December 23, 2016

There are a lot of holidays, especially around those astronomically important times of the year – your solstices and your equinoxes. It’s a good time to remember that daylight and warmth are coming back soon, despite the fact that it’s dark at five right now.

Rainbow’s been open for most of your Earth holidays this year, but for Christmas day (Sunday, December 25th, if you’re curious) we’ll be closed. We’ll be closing early on Christmas Eve (Saturday, December 24th) We’ll be shutting down around four or five, but we’ll play it by ear as always. We won’t be kicking everyone out if we’re busy, for instance.

If you need a last-minute gift idea, may I suggest something from the Coop? We’ve got half gallon jars of honey, local beeswax soaps, beautiful Le Crueset cookwares, and if you want to get a bit adventurous, you can mix your own spice blend for your family members. If you don’t know of a good one, try Patrick’s Fiery BBQ rub.

Patrick’s Fiery BBQ Rub

Posted by Patrick on December 20, 2016

Patrick’s Fiery BBQ Rub:

All these ingredients are available in our bulk department. Feel free to make any replacements or substitutions you want. This mix is a spicy, tangy dry rub suitable for most light meats, tofu, seitan, and other hot grilling and dipping recipes.

Please measure your spices by weight. I considered one part to be one ounce for my recipe, making slightly more than a pound of BBQ rub so I could give it as Christmas gifts. (Sorry if I ruined the surprise!)

Before any discounts, this will cost you about $10, which is a great deal on a pound of delightful mixed seasonings!

You’ll need one half part of each of the following:

Chipotle Powder: This provides the heat, and the smoked peppers of the chipotle provide some additional savory smokiness.
Marjoram: This holds the rub together, and brings a bright, citrusy tingle to the tongue.

You’ll need one part each of the following:

Ginger root powder: This brings a burst of fire and heat that’s also savory and soothing to the stomach.
Sage Powder: A rich, delightful earthiness that brings rounded European flavors to the mix.
Black Pepper: A deep tingling heat that lingers.
White Pepper: A lighter version of the same, hitting the same notes as the marjoram.
Yellow Mustard Powder: An astringent low note that balances out the higher, brighter flavors.
Smoked Chili Flakes: More smoky heat, with less of a punch than the chipotle.

You’ll need two parts of each of the following:

Smoked Sea Salt: Saltiness to bring out all the flavors of the mix, plus more smoke!
Onion Powder: Rich, savory warmth and smell, this covers the bitter flavors and adds fruit!
Roasted Garlic Powder: More roasted smoky taste with the deep Earthy heat of garlic.

You’ll need three parts of the following:
Smoked Paprika: The main ingredient, holding everything together, adding smoke, bulk, and herbs.

Mix it well and you’re done!

Now when you add this to your BBQ, you can add it at the beginning of the cook, but be sure to reapply it toward the end. The delicate smoked flavors tend to cook out fairly easily, leaving you with more heat. A second application will build smoke, heat, and the savory herbal taste.
Other additions would include lemon peel for a tart fruity tang, rosemary for a sweet rounded flavor.
Add it to lime juice and soy sauce and you’ll make a great dip!



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