Archive for July, 2013

Kids & Kids: Vermont Creamery and Zutano Giveaway!

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

It’s time to come clean, dear readers. When they’re not nibbling their way through farmers markets or attending new store openings, the foodie tots have another secret identity: curd kids. One of the hazards of also authoring a cheese blog is that I often have a surplus of cheeses in the refrigerator. Really good cheeses. And I have made it a point to introduce those cheeses to the foodie tots from a really young age. Before birth, in fact — as children begin to develop taste preferences even in utero. So it should come as no surprise that a steady diet of decadent goat cheeses, stinky blues and Vermont cheddars while I was pregnant and nursing has left me attempting in vain to fend off the kids’ attempts to snatch a nibble when I’m photographing cheese for the blog.

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And it’s also no surprise that when Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery reached out to me about their “Kids & Kids” campaign, I jumped at the chance to share it with you here. Raising kids on real food extends to the dairy case, after all. And goats milk is fantastic for little stomachs — easier to digest than cows milk and less allergenic. Plus, the cheeses made by Vermont Creamery come from happy goats like these:

goats at ayers dairy farm

What’s not to love?

Vermont Creamery sent their fresh chevre logs and their creamy goat cheese tubs for us to play with. The first one we opened, roasted red pepper, was immediately devoured as a dip for pita chips. The second, olive and herb, was used to replace mayo for a super fresh and light-tasting tuna salad. The youngest tot’s only complaint was that there weren’t enough olives!

tuna salad with chevre recipe

Recipe: Tuna Salad with Chevre
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 5-ounce can tuna
  • 1 4-ounce tub olive and herb creamy goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onions
  • salt & pepper
  • optional: additional olives for garnish

Instructions:
1. Use a fork to gently combine tuna and creamy goat cheese.
2. Fold in green onions/chives, sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper, and serve, as a dip for crackers, or use to make sandwiches.

Some other ways we’ve incorporated chèvre into our meals include:

  • Spreading it on toast and topping with a touch of honey or maple syrup; Spreading the plain creamy goat cheese on toasted bagels (and topping it with farm fresh tomatoes;*
  • On top of salads (especially the herbed chèvre log);
  • Folding it into scrambled eggs;
  • Making labneh (a Middle Eastern dish typically made with strained yogurt) by drizzling room-temperature chèvre with olive oil, sea salt, pepper, and thyme, giving it a quick mash with a fork, and serving with pita bread slices and fresh tomatoes and cucumber.

*Unlike the conventional cream cheese brands, full of additives, VBC’s creamy goat cheese is simply pasteurized goats milk, culture, enzymes and salt. Gotta love that.

foodietot wears zutano

GIVEAWAY! One lucky reader will win their own shipment of goat cheese from Vermont Creamery AND a $75 gift certificate to Zutano, makers of colorful and durable kids clothing that we’ve loved for years. Like Vermont Creamery, Zutano is a Vermont-based company dedicated to quality.

the foodietots love vermont creamery and zutano

HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment below with your kid(s)’ favorite way to eat goat cheese — or, how you plan to introduce it to them if they haven’t yet tried it.

For an additional entry, “Like” FoodieTots, Vermont Creamery and Zutano on Facebook and leave an additional comment below letting us know you have.

And be sure to visit the “Kids & Kids” Pinterest board for more ideas on how to share goat cheese with your kids.

A winner (US entries only, please) will be chosen at random after 11:59pm, Eastern time, on Sunday, August 11, 2013.

Update: Congratulations to Shandra! I’ve contacted you via email. And thanks to everyone else for entering and reading FoodieTots!

Disclosure: I have a relationship with Vermont Creamery through my cheese blog and they and Zutano provided product samples and the giveaway prize. No other compensation was received for this post and all words and opinions are, as always, my own.

Foodie Tots Around Town: H & M Opens, Farm-to-Street Party

Monday, July 29th, 2013

It was a busy weekend in Washington! We had a great time catching up with our favorite local food champions at the EatLocalFirst2013 Farm-to-Street Party…..

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…. especially FRESHFARM Markets, Washington’s Green Grocer, Gordy’s Pickle Jar (their Sweet Chips are the foodie tot’s favorite!), Route 11, and My Organic Market (MOMs) and Arcadia’s Mobile Market. The mushroom and squash tacos from Chaya DC were awesome, as was the popcorn macaron and caramel ice cream sandwich from Milk Cult. I couldn’t pass up the floral Cherry Blossom kombucha from Capital Kombucha and the Cherry Root flavor from Barefoot Kombucha (tastes like cherry soda!)….

Any street party where the samples include kale salad and vendors give away free local peaches is a favorite of ours.


And we went back-to-school shopping at the newly-opened H & M in Old Town, Alexandria. The new store features a large children’s section, and they rolled out the red carpet for local foodie tots this weekend.

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The kids were greeted with black-tie clad waiters proffering chocolate chip cookies, entertained with a tattoo artist and balloon creations, and catered to with pb&j, macaroni and cheese bites, and my favorite, skewered watermelon cubes.

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All while I picked up some back-to-school bargains in (relative) peace. Two thumbs up from the foodie tot crew!

Hope you’re having a fun and delicious summer. We have a great giveaway coming up tomorrow, so stay tuned!

July at FRESHFARM Crystal City #MarketVine

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

July is the month for cherries and berries at DC farmers markets — what have you been baking with these beauties?

FreshFarm Crystal City — July from Colleen | GlassBottle on Vimeo.

This week’s #MarketVine is from FRESHFARM Crystal City, with one of our favorite vendors: Kuhn Orchards of Adams County, Pennsylvania. The fourth generation family farm grows some of the best stone fruits and berries around, including rare berries like gooseberries and currants. And their berry sampler cups are the best-ever “fast food” snack for hungry foodie tots while roaming the market.

Visit FRESHFARM Crystal City
Tuesdays, 3 to 7pm (Seasonal: April to November)
251 S. 18th and Bell Sts. (Across from Crystal City Metro)

The DC Scoop Returns Sunday

Friday, July 19th, 2013

The DC Scoop, an annual taste-off of some of the District’s best* frozen treats, returns to Union Market this Sunday, July 21.

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Taking place from 1:00 to 4:00pm, participants will taste and vote on ice cream, gelato and other treats from over a dozen local purveyors. Three well-loved children’s performers will keep the kids entertained, including foodietot-fave Mr. Skip. And kids can enter an ice-cream eating competition, to be held at 3:00pm.

*I’m not sure how a “best of” can take place without the Dairy Godmother, but the competition is still pretty stiff. We’re especially fond of Dolcezza and Pitango, in particular.

Click here for more details.