Thursday, November 15, 2012

Cincinnati Food Tours

During our first two years at Findlay Market, I noticed how many people strolled past Daisy Mae's fresh produce stand with food or drink in hand. They balanced coffee cups with waffles or gelato while juggling shopping bags and browsing fruits and vegetables. I mentioned to my husband how I thought Findlay Market was like having "Taste of Cincinnati" every day. As a result of our conversation, Cincinnati Food Tours was born.

I partnered with Karen Kahle, Resource Development Director at Findlay Market, during the World Choir
Games in July, 2012, to launch the first Taste the World food tours. On each escorted walking tour, visitors met six merchants and sampled small bites and sips while learning more about Cincinnati's historic market. Karen and I hosted a total of seventy guests during the Choir Games. Contrary to what we expected, most participants were local visitors. We found that many of our guests lived nearby, yet had never visited Findlay Market or had not visited for many years. Our tours were giving people a reason to come downtown, discover a unique shopping experience, and sample foods from around the world.

We continue to offer our Taste the World tours several times each month at Findlay Market. We have a pool of merchants involved in our tours: Daisy Mae's, Taste of Belgium, Fresh Table, Dojo Gelato, Mama Lo Hizo, Dean's Mediterranean Imports, Gramma Debbie's Kitchen, Churchill's Fine Teas, Bean Haus, Colonel De GourmetHerbs & Spices, Skirtz & Johnston, and Market Wines. Tickets for each 90-minute experience are $15 each and include samples from six of those merchants. An optional $5 add-on is available for wine tasting at Market Wines (or beer from the OTR Biergarten, in season).

The next scheduled tour is Saturday, November 24 at 11:00 am. This tour offers a perfect opportunity to share Findlay Market with Thanksgiving visitors or to revisit the market yourself to meet new vendors. Start the holiday season with a gift to remember. Bring a friend and Taste the World at Findlay Market. You'll be surprised how much is new, exciting, and ever-changing at Cincinnati's historic landmark.

Additional tour dates and online reservations are available at For updates on specific tours, follow us on Twitter @CincyFoodTours and like us on Facebook at Private tours for groups of 8-20 can also be arranged by calling Barb Cooper at 513-602-5602. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Veterans Day Salute

A special tip of Daisy Mae's hat to all our military veterans this weekend as we acknowledge Veterans Day on Sunday, November 11. It's still hard for me to picture my dad as a young man heading off to fight World War II. Yet he, like thousands of others before, during, and after that conflict, dropped everything and headed off to defend the freedoms we all take for granted. The lucky ones like my Dad return home and assume their roles in civilian life. The unfortunate ones make the supreme sacrifice.
This weekend, as you enjoy shopping, watching football, relaxing at a movie, listening to a concert, eating at a restaurant, worshipping at church, or just taking a walk to enjoy the gorgeous fall weather, please pause to remember our veterans and thank them in the way each one deserves.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Findlay Market Fall Food Festival

With autumn leaves falling and Halloween in the air, it's time again for the Findlay Market Fall Food Festival. This annual event is free and takes place, rain or shine, next Sunday, October 28, 2012 from noon to 4 pm at historic Findlay Market. Plan to wander the market and enjoy the seasonal displays and specialty foods. Live music will be provided by Ghost Trees in the Over-the-Rhine Biergarten, by Anna and Milovan on EssenStrasse, and by StarDevils also on EssenStrasse. There will be cooking demonstrations and a pie-baking contest as well as entertainment by the Cincinnati Circus Company. Children under 12 accompanied by a parent can take part in the I Spy Scavenger Hunt hosted by Daisy Mae's at the Race Street end of the market house. In addition to the free activities, adults may enjoy wine tasting at Market Wines or beer from the Biergarten. Visitors may also want to reserve a spot for a Taste the World at Findlay Market food tour offered at either noon or 2 pm. A $15 ticket entitles the participant to a 90-minute escorted walking tour of the market while enjoying samples from six specialty merchants.
Plan to bring the whole family and make a day of it next Sunday at Findlay Market. The Fall Food Festival is the place to be!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A New Kind of Thank You

Not too long ago, we started delivering our fresh produce to a very nice customer named Adria. She works downtown Cincinnati, has a rather large family, and has discovered that it's much easier for us to deliver her produce than for her to stop at the grocery store on her way home from work.
The first time Adria ordered, she specified, among her other items, that she would like 5 "very green" plantains. If you know anything about plantains, they are members of the banana family, but more starchy and low in sugar. They need to be cooked, usually fried or baked, rather than eaten raw. Like bananas, they darken as they ripen so the flavor changes from starchy like a potato to sweeter as the plantain ripens.
The second time Adria ordered, she also wanted plantains "if very green only." Of course, at Daisy Mae's, we aim to please. On this particular day, the plantains we had in stock had started to darken so I wrote a note to Adria explaining that we did not include the plantains and that they would be deducted from her invoice. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect...Would this new customer think, "I thought I could order whatever I wanted?" Or would she understand that plantains, like bananas, are all about personal preferences and timing?
I got my answer in the form of a lovely email message: "I wanted to thank you for all the veggies with my Cuban husband's recipe for fried plantains. The reason I need all those very green ones. :)" Below her message was the Fried Plantain recipe that her husband had taken the time to type. Adria's message ended with "I hope you try and enjoy it. Feel free to share, print, or post."
So here you go...from Adria and her husband: The thanks that keeps on giving...Try Fried Plantains the true Cuban way, and think of thanking a friend next time by sharing your favorite recipe.

Fried Green Plantains (Tostones)

In a frying pan (I use a chicken fryer), heat vegetable oil (you can use olive oil or even water for this step but the taste will vary) to about 350 degrees.  If you do use water, make sure to get to the same frying temperature and maintain the water level as it will evaporate QUICKLY. You should have about half an inch to an inch of oil in pan.  A deep fryer may be used for this as well but you really need to watch them.

Take a Green Plantain make two cuts down the inside two curved seams, deep enough to pierce the skin but not deep enough to cut too deeply into the plantain.

Cut off the two ends of the plantain to square them off. 

Place your thumb into the cut seam you have made and peel back the peel that you have cut.  It is pretty important to get as much of the peel off the fruit as possible.  Once you get good at it, you should not have any peel at all.  Once the first part has been taken off remove the rest of the peel.

Once the plantain has been peeled, cut the plantain along the thickness creating large marshmallow-sized pieces about an inch to an inch and a half wide.  I usually get about 6-8  pieces per plantain depending on the size. 

Place plantains about an inch apart face down in the oil.  You will notice them begin to turn from beige to a nice yellow color.  When they have turned golden, flip them over and cook the other side.  When they are a uniform color, remove from the oil and set on the prepared plate to drain a bit and refill oil as needed.   The next step will allow the oil to return to temperature.

Now is the smashing part.  You will need two large wooden spoons, cutting boards, paper grocery bags or newspaper.  Place a cut, fried cube face down on one of the surfaces, cover with the other and with the base of the palm of your hand, uniformly press down on the plantain to flatten it.  It will resist at first. You only need to press down far enough to have the plantain collapse; we are not making chips.  The plantain will be round and about a quarter to a third inch thick.  Once all of the plantains have been flattened, return them to the oil .  Cook for about a minute on both sides, flipping once until they are uniformly crispy on the outside, bright yellow, and beginning to brown a bit.  Do not let them brown or darken too much as they will sweeten up and become rather yucky.

Remove from oil and let drain and cool for about 2 minutes. 

Sprinkle with Kosher or Garlic Salt and enjoy.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Findlay Market Bucket List

During the summer, our daughter was involved in a college project called the USC Bucket List. She helped her Student Government friends at the University of South Carolina create a list of 100 things every Gamecock should do before graduating. It was fun for them to determine what should be included on the list, but it was also fun to distribute the list and to open up the conversation further as to what might be missing from someone else's USC Bucket List.
Of course, her project got me thinking about Findlay Market. I thought there had to be at least 100 things that I could put on my Findlay Market Bucket List. In about an hour, I had them...100 things that I would like to do at Findlay Market. I've already done a lot of these things, and I plan to do the rest soon.
What's on your Findlay Market Bucket List? Please share your thoughts on our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.
What are you waiting for? There are so many things to do at Findlay Market...Let's start checking things off!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

What's in Your Lunchbox?

Yes, I had a Flintstones lunchbox, but I don't miss school lunches. Maybe it was just one too many bologna and cheese sandwiches back in my elementary days, or maybe it's because I never really did figure out what was in those things the lunch ladies called hamburgers. I didn't thrill in making lunches for my own kids either. I was not one of those moms who made smiley faces out of sandwiches or who surprised my kids with homemade treats. School lunch was school lunch--take the money or the brown bag...just make sure you don't forget your homework!
Looking back I realize I probably should have done better...It's so easy to include healthy foods in a school lunch. Nothing packs quicker or easier than an apple, banana, or orange that comes in its own "wrapper." Some may find oranges difficult for little fingers to peel, but you can "quarter" them and put them in a plastic sandwich bag, and the kids will find out right away that food is fun. (Admit it--you know you've put an orange peel in your mouth to make the monkey face!) And then there are easy to eat and almost like candy if you freeze them ahead...and strawberries that have their own "handle"...And don't forget the veggies. With store-bought dipper cups of peanut butter or ranch dressing, celery sticks and baby carrots take on a whole new meaning.
So this year, make it your back-to-school resolution to include more healthy foods in your kids' lunches. We've got everything you need at Daisy Mae's Market at Findlay Market. It will be quick and easy for you...and oh-so-good for them.
Stay Healthy!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Hungry for the Olympics

I connect a lot of events in my life with the Olympic Games so I'm always excited when the Opening Ceremonies take place. I think my love of the Olympics began as a child watching events like track and field unfold on television. My friends and I would take turns holding a stick to see how high we could jump, and then we'd race around the block and compare our times.
I really became an Olympic fan when Mr. Daisy Mae and I honeymooned in Los Angeles for the 1984 Olympics. We were fortunate to see Carl Lewis win gold in track and field, and we also watched soccer, diving, and those unbelievable marathoners.
Things really started to intertwine when I met our good friends the Terrells from Milford, Ohio. Their son Jim Terrell was an Olympic canoeist who competed in Seoul, Barcelona, and Atlanta. In the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, we took our two young children to experience the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat as we watched Jim compete.
One of the special things about the Olympics is how the Games become a focal point for people all over the world. I know that our Swedish friends, with whom we watched the Opening Ceremonies together in 1984, will be watching. I also know that my American friend will watch in Germany, and my college friends will watch in Switzerland. My dad in Florida will tune in, and our friend in Idaho will, too. With each event and each subplot that unfolds, we'll share the fun of the Olympics.
Grab some (healthy) snacks, settle in, and join me because I'm hungry for the Olympics. Let the Games begin!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

A Tour, A Taste, and a Toast to the World

After months of planning, the 2012 World Choir Games are about to begin in Cincinnati. From July 4-July 14, 2012, Cincinnati will welcome 360 choirs from 48 countries to compete and perform in 23 musical categories. Yes, this is the Olympics of choral singing and will bring thousands of visitors to the region. As Cincinnati does so well, we are rolling out the red carpet for our guests. And what better way for visitors to get acquainted with Cincinnati than through one of the numerous tours taking place throughout the area?
American Legacy Tours will offer their popular Queen City Underground tour as well as a multitude of other walking tours. The folks at Queen City History will lead "Saloon, Cellars, & Sin" tours from Cincinnati's oldest bar Arnold's. There will also be Pedal Wagon tours and Segway tours.
We think we've got a winning tour at Findlay Market, too. Not only are we offering a walking tour at this historic landmark, but we also include tasting with an optional toast to the world at the conclusion. A $15 ticket for our 90-minute Taste the World at Findlay Market tour includes stops at the stands or shops of six specialty merchants. For an additional $5, we'll add on a wine tasting at Market Wines or two ice cold beers from the OTR Biergarten.
Limited transportation or worried about parking? We've got that covered, too. We've arranged a 14-person "Singing Van" from United Shuttle to transport visitors from Washington Park to Findlay Market for our Taste the World tours. The van will also stop at Pendleton Art Center, home of the world's largest collection of artists under one roof, where visitors can browse the studios and meet the artists. Hop on board in front of Music Hall and enjoy the ride around Over-the-Rhine to see history and progress together in the largest, most intact urban historic district in the United States.
Now that's something to sing about!

Upcoming Taste the World at Findlay Market Tours:
Thursday, July 5     4:00-5:30 pm
Friday, July 6         2:00-3:30 pm
Saturday, July 7     2:00-3:30 pm and 4:00-5:30 pm
Sunday, July 8      12:00-1:30 pm and 2:00-3:30 pm
Tuesday, July 10   4:00-5:30 pm
Wednesday, July 11  4:00-5:30 pm
Thursday, July 12   4:00-5:30 pm
Friday, July 13   4:00-5:30 pm

Reservations at or call 513-602-5602 for more information.

Board the Singing Van in front of Music Hall. Shuttle service starts one hour before first Taste the World tour of the day and runs continuously from Music Hall to Findlay Market to Pendleton Art Center to Gateway Quarter. Minimal fee. Call 513-515-2893 for specific details.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

When in Rome...

Although it may seem like everyone is buzzing about it lately, the World Choir Games are definitely a point of interest for me. When I was a sophomore in high school at Winton Woods, I was lucky enough to travel to China in WWHS's Varsity Ensemble to sing at a Choral Prelude to the Beijing Olympics. It was an eye-opening, life-changing experience for all 46 students that went, and I can relate to the excitement the choral students all over the world that are able to travel to Cincinnati are feeling.
Like us, many of them are going to see things they have never seen before, hear genres of music they didn't know existed, and, most importantly, taste things they have never tasted before.
Real Chinese food is not like Chinese takeout in the states. Don't get me wrong, we had some fabulous meals (I especially enjoyed the ceremonious breaking of a duck's neck next to the dinner table), but my picky-eater-high-school-self was a little tired of white rice at every meal for 10 days. Surely the visitors during the choir games will taste food that they love, hate, and will never be able to duplicate. Which do you think will be which? For me, in China, I loved the meal comprised of 12 different kinds of pot stickers and dipping sauces, hated a few mystery meats, and will never break a duck's neck at my dinner table. I have a feeling there will be a lot of hamburger-lovers, a few Skyline-haters, and hopefully a lot of defining, unique culinary experiences during the choirs' stay in Cincinnati.

Written by Emily Cooper

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Potato Salad Blues

As advertised, I'm heading the blog posts for the summer. While I do love me some good, old-fashioned South Carolina cuisine, I'm always excited to return to Cincinnati and quench my Skyline, Dojo Gelato, and Tom & Chee cravings. Beyond just the great food I can go grab in this city, I look forward to all the things I can whip up in a "big girl kitchen" (the stove in my on-campus apartment last year took literally one hour to boil water). It is torturous to be subscribed to the Food Network magazine and not be able to make anything in it for five issues. So I'm catching up. And it doesn't hurt to have parents that can deliver whatever obscure fruits and vegetables I need on demand.

When I do cook at school, I am often inspired by the one and only blog that I actually read and subscribe to: Big Girls Small Kitchen. It is made for people like me, who really, really like food but don't have the space or funds to go all out every night. The blog itself is quite user-friendly; you can find recipes by course, ingredient, season (great for shopping fresh at Findlay), dietary restriction, and about a million other filters. I found a recipe on there today that got me thinking... which brings me to the topic for the week: potato salad.

Potato salad usually is not good. You go to a summer cookout and it has been sitting on the table for like six hours and you're like, "Dang, I wonder how long mayonnaise can stay out in 85 degree weather until it becomes toxic". I attribute my instinctive avoidance of the potato salad entirely to those kinds of cookouts. But it doesn't have to be like this.

The geniuses at BGSK have created a potato salad that is... wait for it... mayonnaise-free. It is definitely something you want to add to your summer potluck repertoire. The guests will thank you. Especially if the guest is me.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Happy Mother's Day to Me!

A sure sign of the approach of summer is the return of college students to their nests. Relief from exams, a scurrying to pack, and prolonged goodbyes to school friends are followed by sudden readjustment to life at home with the parents. From the student's perspective, it's nice to step away from the rigors of study and the pressures of deadlines. From the parent's perspective, it's great to have a chance to see firsthand the rewards of the college investment.
We picked Kid #2 up at the University of South Carolina this week. She has completed her second year as a Gamecock and is well on her way to a degree in business. She has jumped into college with both feet, and just trying to keep track of her extracurricular activities exhausts me. She is overflowing with new ideas and youthful enthusiasm, and we're planning to take advantage of her energy this summer. For the next three months, she'll be sharing some of my marketing and communications duties here at Daisy Mae's. Hopefully, she'll learn a few things that will benefit her as she continues her career path. More importantly, we look forward to engaging in some new processes and hearing her creative suggestions. Working alongside your parents may be a challenge, but it should prove worth it for everyone. After all, what fresh produce merchant wouldn't want some fresh ideas from time to time?

Friday, April 27, 2012

Taste the World at Findlay Market

Today I had the privilege of leading a group of home school students and their parents on a food tour at Findlay Market. We started at Daisy Mae's where I explained that we carry local and seasonal fresh produce, but we also stock fresh fruits and vegetables from all over the world. The kids tasted something most of them had never tried: a Daikon radish. Then we shared some Strawberry-Mango Salsa made with a juicy Champagne Mango. From Daisy Mae's, we moved on to Dean's Mediterranean Imports, a cute little shop on the West Elder Street side of Findlay Market . We sampled several olive oils and learned about the different grades and origins of the oils. After we entered the Market House, we went to Gibbs Cheese and received a take-home sample that included several different cheeses. Next stop on the tour was Dojo Gelato where Michael explained the difference between gelato and ice cream. Everyone agreed that there was no comparison and the creative Dojo Gelato flavors were top-notch! We crossed the aisle to visit Colonel De's Gourmet Herbs & Spices next. Here, we inhaled the awesome aromas and were amazed by all the different spices. Our last stop was a beautiful shop on the north side of the Market House called Churchill's Fine Teas. Again, the aromas and varieties of teas were overwhelming, and the samples were delightful.
We'll be offering more Taste the World at Findlay Market Food Tours. Our next public tour will be Thursday, May 17 at 4 pm. If you're interested in joining us, contact Barb Cooper at

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Leaning Into It

I just returned from a wonderful getaway that included visiting my dad and stepmother, spending 3 days with three of my best girlfriends, and a 24-hour power visit with my on-the-go son. It was the best of times, sharing quality time with family and friends. However, as often happens when on vacation, I ate too much junk food and didn't get enough exercise. But I have no regrets, and I have returned home with renewed nutrition and fitness inspiration from unexpected sources.
The first source of inspiration was my girlfriends. They talked of "leaning" into more healthy eating habits. These friends, who've shared way too many wings and nachos with me, were trumpeting the advantages of healthy, lean diets and demonstrating how easy kale is to steam and toss with balsamic vinegar. Yes, we WILL have kale at our house tomorrow as I lean into some new menus at home. Thanks, Veggie Gals!
The second source of inspiration was even more surprising. My twenty-something son, who ate Frosted Flakes for breakfast every day for the last 15 years, announced that he never eats cereal anymore. He's developed a new habit of starting the day with a homemade fruit smoothie. This guy, the one who has always found the path of least resistance to filling his stomach, now plans ahead enough to buy fresh fruit, set the alarm a little earlier, and whip up something healthy as his way to jump start the day. Obviously, there's a little more out there than Total each morning, and I just needed a wake-up call. Thanks, Matt.
Third and finally is my dad. He's still as sharp (and funny) as ever, and at the age of 87, he is almost over worrying about me. :-)  He and his wonderful wife make the most of each day, and each time I visit, they remind me that I should take time to smell the flowers. Now that I'm back in my routine, I'm determined to "change it up a little" by breaking some old habits and starting some new ones.  I figure if I do all I can, I can live a long and happy life like these dad and real inspiration.
Who's ready to lean with me?

Saturday, March 31, 2012

S.L.O. Food

The Findlay Market Opening Day parade signals the official start of spring in Cincinnati. It signals the end of the winter doldrums and the kickoff of the upcoming Cincinnati Reds baseball season. The anticipation leading up to both the parade and the Opening Day Reds game can be felt throughout the community, and it's a thrill every year to share the excitement with old and new friends. 

Not only are we excited at Daisy Mae's Market about the start of the Reds' season, but we're also excited about the start of another fresh produce "season" at Findlay Market. We have our core staff ready to spring into action, and we've added a couple new faces that you're sure to enjoy meeting. We've also expanded our specialty inventory, and you'll now find a rearranged space featuring S.L.O. Food...Specialty. Local. Organic. You'll find more ethnic and international foods, local jams and butters, dried fruits and snacks, seasonal and local produce, and, of course, organic produce. We'll be rolling out new items each week so you'll want to follow our Facebook page, Twitter feed, or subscribe to our weekly e-news to stay in the loop. 
Things are always happening at Findlay Market, and we're always trying to stay fresh in our approach. Plan to stop by soon. After all, isn't it time you S.L.O. down? 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

12 Weeks of Healthy Food: The Banana

It's our final week of our journey through 12 Weeks of Healthy Food, and we're singing the praises of the banana! Bananas are a great source of energy due to the sugar and fiber content. But don't worry---a medium banana has only about 100 calories (about the same as an apple) so it's still a good choice for a snack.
Bananas are high in potassium which is needed for proper functioning of the heart and nerves. Because bananas are also low in sodium, they're a good choice to help control blood pressure. In addition, bananas aid digestion and help absorb calcium needed to maintain healthy bones.
Researchers have discovered that the tryptophan in bananas may reduce depression. Another research study has shown that when bananas are a regular part of the daily diet, the risk of stroke is reduced by 40%.  Much work needs to be done before these studies are conclusive; however, bananas are undoubtedly one of the least expensive fruits that pack the most nutritional power.
Like banana bread? Here's a recipe for Banana Banana Bread that I'd highly recommend. It's so easy to do and tastes delicious for breakfast or dessert. You'll find loads of additional banana information at
And don't forget that this week (3/20/12-3/23/12) at Daisy Mae's Market at Findlay Market, you'll receive a free bunch of bananas with your $15 purchase. Now isn't that ap-PEEL-ing for all you banana lovers?

Monday, March 5, 2012

Spinach: Not Just for Popeye Anymore

I first met spinach in grade school, and you know what I thought? Spinach stinks. The lunch ladies would cook it to death so that when spinach was on the menu, spinach was all I could smell throughout the whole school. Needless to say, I always packed my lunch to avoid spinach on my plate.
Quite a few years later, I discovered spinach salad. Here was a new way to eat spinach--raw, in a salad, with hard-boiled eggs, bacon, and a warm dressing. I soon started using spinach on sandwiches, in soups, as a side dish, and in quiches and casseroles. Not only did I find out how versatile spinach is, but I also learned it's one of the most nutritious vegetables we can eat.
Spinach is a super good source of Vitamin K that helps bone strength and density, fights cardiovascular disease, and supports a healthy brain. Spinach is also a terrific source of Vitamin A that is important in fighting infections and also promotes skin health. This vegetable is also consider a good anti-inflammatory food, high in antioxidants, and it may help lower blood pressure and prevent cataracts. And we thought all it would do is make Popeye strong...
So for Week 10 of our 12 Weeks of Healthy Food, we're highlighting this wonder-food at Daisy Mae's Market. Try our featured Spinach Supreme recipe or pick up ingredients at Findlay Market for a healthy spinach salad. Better yet, spend at least $15, and we'll toss in 1/2 pound fresh spinach for free...Just tell them Popeye sent you!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Week 9 of Healthy Food: Cauliflower

This week we're featuring cauliflower for your health. It's high in Vitamin C, is a good antioxidant, and contains other carotenoids like beta-carotene that help reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Rich in Vitamin K, cauliflower has been shown to reduce inflammation, and the dietary fiber found in this vegetable helps regulate the digestive system. If you're into Weight Watchers, you've found a zero points food! It's so low in calories that you can eat all you want, and you don't even have to count cauliflower!
Of course, cauliflower can be eaten raw, but there are various ways to cook it as well. Many people boil or steam the cauliflower, but overcooking it causes it to become mushy and a bit smelly. It seems to work better and bring out the nutrients a bit more if you saute' or microwave the cauliflower just until it's tender. Recently I found a terrific way to prepare cauliflower: Make Cauliflower Poppers! Just mix small pieces with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and bake about an hour until the pieces are nicely browned. Even the kids will love this snack or side dish. You can experiment with the seasonings by trying chili powder, cumin, or a little garlic powder. You're sure to find a flavor that suits you...And this time it's ok to eat the whole batch!
To share our Healthy Food of the Week, pop right over to Daisy Mae's Market at Findlay Market to pick up your free cauliflower with your $15 purchase (2/28/12–3/2/12).

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Week 8 of Healthy Food: The Grapefruit

Grapefruit is another of those favorite citrus fruits with loads of health benefits and particularly high in Vitamin C. Many studies show that Vitamin C supports the immune system, and it can help fight off those nasty winter colds. Grapefruit is also high in fiber and can help regulate the digestive system.
If you prefer the Ruby Red grapefruit, you're in luck. The red or pink color is caused by lycopene that can help fight oxygen-free radicals that damage cells. Several studies show that lycopene-rich foods can help reduce the risk of prostate, colon, and lung cancer. Grapefruit and grapefruit juice have also been shown in some studies to reduce the risk of calcium oxalate kidney stones. Other research shows evidence that grapefruit may help lower cholesterol. (A word of warning, however, if you take certain medications: Grapefruit and grapefruit juice can interfere with the liver's ability to metabolize cholesterol-lowering medications. Check with your doctor.)
It's easy to either squeeze the grapefruit for juice or to take a serrated knife and just section the grapefruit to eat. But how about adding a little something extra to your breakfast? Try broiling the grapefruit next time for a little added treat. Or if you're REALLY looking for a treat, try a Grapefruit Margarita (just maybe not for breakfast!).
Speaking of treats, we've got one for you this week at Daisy Mae's Market at Findlay Market. With your $15 purchase from 2/21/12–2/24/12, you'll receive 2 free grapefruit. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Week 7 of Our 12 Weeks of Healthy Food: The Apple

An apple a day keeps the doctor away so it's fitting that we feature apples among our healthy foods. There are over 7000 varieties of apples in the world, and it seems there is something for everyone. Different colors, different textures, different sizes, sweet or tart...there's an apple for every preference and every cooking need.
The health benefits of apples have been well-documented. High in Vitamin C and fiber, apples have been shown to reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and aid in diabetes management, build strong bones, reduce asthma attacks, and delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Apples have also been shown to aid in weight loss...In one study, researchers showed that those who ate an apple shortly before a meal, ate 15% less at the meal and, thus, were able to lose weight. And, of course, an apple also serves as nature's toothbrush...aiding in keeping teeth clean and gums healthy.
Apples are a ready-to-eat handy to pack in a lunch or take in the car. But, apples are also great in homemade applesauce, in salads, or baked in a variety of recipes. Here's a recipe from for Simple Baked Apples that's sure to please everyone in the family.
As part of our 12 Weeks of Healthy Food and as a special treat from Daisy Mae's Market, spend $15 at our Findlay Market location this week (2/14/12–2/17/12) and we'll toss in some free apples---just for the health of it!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Kale to the Chief!

Week 6 of our 12 Weeks of Healthy Food brings us to kale. I think kale is one of those vegetables you either love or hate. If you love kale, you probably always prepare it the same way just because that's the way your family has always done it. Although kale can be eaten raw, roasted, or fried, the simplest method of steaming kale seems to produce the most health benefits. However you decide to prepare kale, it's worth it to your health to include kale in your diet.
Kale is packed with good nutrition. Its rich phytochemical content and 95 different flavonoids (plant nutrients) put kale at the top of the chart for antioxidants and anti-inflammatory foods. Kale shows evidence of lowering the risk of bladder, breast, colon, ovarian, and prostate cancer, and kale also seems to promote eye health and protect against cataracts. It is high in calcium, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C, and is also a good source of dietary fiber.
But you say, "I have picky eaters in the family who won't eat green stuff!" Well, I have just the suggestion for you. Offer them Kale Chips! This Crispy Kale Recipe might be just the thing to get those stubborn eaters to try something different. In fact, if you shop at Daisy Mae's Market at Findlay Market this week (2/7/12–2/10/12), we'll give you some free kale with your $15 purchase so that trying something new and healthy will be good for your pocketbook, too.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

12 Weeks of Healthy Food: The Tomato

It's Week 5 of our 12 Weeks of Healthy Food at Daisy Mae's Market at Findlay Market, and we're featuring the tomato. No matter whether you classify it as a fruit or a vegetable, the tomato is pretty darn good for you. Tomatoes are high in Vitamin A and Vitamin C, but those are only two of the nutritional benefits. Tomatoes are also good sources of Vitamin K, potassium, and iron. However, the real health value in the tomato seems to be its lycopene. Lycopene is a vital anti-oxidant that helps fight cancer cell formation, and tomatoes have the highest lycopene levels of all fruits and vegetables. Researchers have shown lycopene protects against colorectal, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers so tomatoes offer an inexpensive way to add this possible extra layer of protection. And here's even more good news---Cooking the tomatoes actually releases more lycopene, and cooking tomatoes in olive oil increases the absorption of lycopene into your body.
So what are you waiting for? Get to Findlay Market and get some free tomatoes with your $15 purchase this week (1/30/12-2/3/12). While you're there, pick up a few of the other ingredients for some Classic Minestrone soup. Not only will minestrone soup taste great on a winter day, but it will also be another way to add a dose of good health to your diet.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Orange You Glad You Read This?

I've always told my family to drink lots of orange juice when they feel a cold coming on. I'm pretty sure I got that wisdom from my own mother who probably got it from her mother. As it turns out, it's not an "old wives' tale" or "old moms' tale" after all. Oranges are loaded with health benefits.
A single orange can fulfill about 100% of the daily requirement for Vitamin C, and research has shown that the flavonoids, or plant nutrients, found in an orange are potentially beneficial to the human body. The flavonoids trigger enzymes that fight disease so oranges really do offer immune support. In addition, studies have shown that the white part under the peel of an orange may be a good antioxidant.  Additional research says that oranges may lower cholesterol, prevent ulcers, improve eyesight, and help with digestion. Since they come in their own little package that's easy to peel, oranges are a handy snack and can serve as a quick thirst quencher whether eaten whole or squeezed for the juice.
You'll find lots of creative recipes that use citrus fruit on the Sunkist website. You can get everything you need at Findlay Market to make many of those recipes.  If you shop today through Friday (1/25/12-1/27/12) and spend at least $15 at Daisy Mae's Market, we'll even toss in some oranges for free. For starters, try this Winter Orange Salad recipe. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

12 Weeks of Healthy Food: The Carrot

What's up, Doc? Maybe nothing's up with the Doc if you've been eating your carrots. Yes, carrots are the featured item for Week 3 of our 12 Weeks of Healthy Food. Bugs Bunny loves 'em and so do we!
Carrots are high in Vitamin A and also a good source of Vitamins K and C, dietary fiber, and potassium. Just like Mom said, carrots really can help you see better. The beta-carotene gives them their color and also helps convert Vitamin A in the body to improve vision...especially at night. Carrots are also an antioxidant, and numerous studies show that carrots reduce the risk of certain cancers. In one study, one carrot per day cut the lung cancer rate in half. Now I'm not saying that carrots are a cure for cancer, but I certainly don't see anything harmful in eating a few carrots each day.
Raw carrots are great for snacking or in salads. But did you know by cooking carrots you increase the nutritional benefits? Cooking breaks down the cellular nature of the carrot so the body can absorb the nutrients better. So if you're looking to cook up a carrot dish tonight, here's a delicious recipe for Glazed Carrots that I recommend. Stop by Daisy Mae's Market at Findlay Market this week (1/17/12-1/20/12) and receive a free 1 lb. bag of carrots with your $15 purchase.
That's all, folks!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

12 Weeks of Healthy Food: The Sweet Potato

It's Week 2 of our 12 Weeks of Healthy Food. This week we climb to the top of the nutritional chart with sweet potatoes. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) ranks the sweet potato #1 in nutrition for vegetables. The sweet potato's ranking is based on its dietary fiber, naturally occurring sugars, complex carbohydrates, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, protein, iron, and calcium all packed into a low-calorie food. We also know that the orange coloring of the sweet potato is caused by betacarotene---a powerful antioxidant. In addition, a baked sweet potato supplies about 20% of an adult's daily potassium requirement, and research has shown that potassium can help regulate blood pressure, reduce the risk of kidney stones, and even decrease bone loss. Sweet potatoes have also been shown to improve blood sugar regulation even in persons with Type 2 diabetes. So if you thought sweet potatoes were only for Thanksgiving, you're wrong!
Sweet potatoes can be baked, roasted, fried, steamed, broiled, or grilled. They're relatively inexpensive, and they make a great addition to soups and stews, too. There's really no excuse not to add sweet potatoes to your weekly grocery list.
Stop by Daisy Mae's at Findlay Market Tuesday through Friday this week (1/10/12-1/13/12) and receive a free sweet potato with your $15 purchase. Now isn't that a sweet deal?

Monday, January 2, 2012

12 Weeks of Healthy Food

I've come to think of the 12 Days of Christmas as the 12 Days of Overindulgence. If your schedule has at all resembled ours, we've been eating and drinking more in the last few weeks than we have in the previous few months combined. It's time to get back into a more regular routine for meals. It's time to resolve to eat healthy in 2012.

We, at Daisy Mae's Market, are doing our part to encourage you to develop some healthy eating habits. For the next 12 weeks, we will feature one especially nutritious fruit or vegetable each week. We'll write about it; we'll tweet about it; we'll share recipes using our healthy food of the week. And best of all, with a $15 purchase on any Tuesday-Friday at our Findlay Market location or delivered to you, we'll be giving you that week's featured fruit or vegetable absolutely FREE.
So make your resolution now...Resolve to plan your meals better. Shop at Daisy Mae's at Findlay Market or place an order for Daisy's Delivery of fresh produce. Prepare healthier foods for you and your family in 2012. Make it a Happy, Healthy New Year! 
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