Market Musings Blog

Touchdown treats

Once the nacho plate is gone and the chili bowls are empty, these sweet treats will taste like a touchdown after a long drive down the field. Read more …

Passing Play: Potluck dishes for game day

Invited to a potluck for the Big Game? These recipes are easy to make, use seasonal ingredients, and pair well with almost anything.  Read more …

Super Bowl Game Plan

From drinks to snacks to entree ideas, we’ve got a Super Bowl Game Plan ready for you.  Read more …

Recipes from Upper Mississippi Academy’s Culinary Classroom

These recipes were created by 8th grade students at Upper Mississippi Academy. This is the students’ third year in the culinary classroom where they experience culture, history, math, and chemistry through the preparation of food. Read more …

Top 5 Holiday Must-Haves

We took a poll, and here are the top 5 holiday must-haves from our staff: Read more …

Holiday Brunch Guide

Pick and choose from the recipes we’ve included in our holiday brunch guide, or make them all. Add a sparking juice or champagne to your spread and you are ready to host a a festive get-together for all your favorite people.  Read more …

Partnering with Roots for the Home Team

We’re excited to partner with Roots for the Home Team to bring you their fresh and healthy salads in our deli. Read more …

Locally-loaded potato soup

Looking over this week’s deals, a meal idea jumped out at us – Mashed potato soup, loaded with local ingredients! Read more …

Warm breakfast ideas

I had a realization this week. I looked down at my staple summer breakfast -a bowl of fruit, yogurt and granola- and was no longer satisfied. It just wasn’t what I wanted anymore. I wanted something heartier. I wanted something… warm.

Luckily I work here, where everyone is talking about (or eating) food, all the time. Apparently, I wasn’t the only craving something different for breakfast. As I strolled around the office, I noticed that Lauren had unpacked her Oatmeal-in-a-jar and Luke was eating a hot breakfast sandwich at his desk.

Beyond those two stand-bys around here, I was also pointed to these two recipes, both warm & hearty, yet satisfying in different ways. Read more …

Taste the Difference! Round 1: Butter

Mississippi Market’s members and shoppers are a savvy group, but feedback tells us that many people are reluctant to try new brands and varieties of expensive foods.

If it’s only a matter of comparing, say, your usual daikon radish to the flashy watermelon radish, it’s easy enough to drop one of each into your basket and sample to your hearts’ content. When it comes to expensive foods that commonly come only in fairly large quantities, however, most folks are grateful simply to have found a brand or variety that you like, and you leave it at that.

hope_creamery_butterMississippi Market to the rescue!
On Sunday, August 25, we began a series of Taste the Difference! tastings in our kitchen classroom so you could blind-taste Mississippi Market and big-box foods that you might otherwise not try. Our first tasting was of butter—and by the end, everyone was definitely buttered out. Five brands of unsalted and six of salted butter were blind-tasted by participants, on slices of Rustica baguette. The butters ranged from big-box store brands to some of the co-op’s customer favorites. None of the participants had any idea what they were tasting, so their votes were on taste, mouth feel, texture, and color alone.

butter & knifeThe winners: first place among unsalted butters was shared by Hope and Rochdale Farms; first place among salted butters was awarded to Hope. Interestingly, none of the participants had tasted Hope butter before, though most of them promptly sped off to the dairy case following the tasting to score a pound of it.

Why did they attend our first Taste the Difference! blind tasting? 
“I was so delighted to see that the market was holding tastings of foods. I am very unlikely to buy several varieties to compare myself, because what am I going to do with five or six different brands of butter or olive oil?” one of the enthusiastic butter eaters told us.

Olives_in_olive_oilWe agree!
And we hope you’ll join us for our next Taste the Difference! on Saturday, November 9, from 3–4.30 pm at the West 7th store, when we’ll taste a wide variety of olive oils – both for cooking & for dipping.