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Egg Nog French Toast

Egg nog is one of those holiday traditions that many of us look forward to as soon as the air turns crisp in autumn. This decadent French toast allows you to extend that tradition to brunch! Whether you’re making breakfast for a crowd, or a cozy morning for two, this French toast will quickly become one of your favorites. –Robin

Egg Nog French Toast

Ingredients

French toast:

  • 1/2 loaf of brioche or other dense bread, but I highly recommend using brioche, sliced into 1" thick slices - about 5 or 6 slices
  • 1 1/4 cup of egg nog
  • 1 to 2 TB rum or bourbon add to your personal preference (optional, but recommended)
  • 2 TB whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla exract
  • About 3 TB ghee
  • Whipped cream see below for fresh whipped cream for serving
  • Maple syrup for serving

Fresh whipped cream:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar

Instructions

Whipped cream:

  • Using a hand or stand mixer, whip the heavy cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form. Set aside until serving time.

French toast:

  • Combine the egg nog, rum or bourbon (if using), milk, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract. Whisk until the eggs and milk are completely combined with the egg nog.
  • In a large skillet or griddle over medium heat, melt about 1 tsp of ghee per toast slice.
  • Dunk the bread slices into the egg nog mixture and allow to soak for 10-15 seconds per side (more or less depending on how you like your toast - though the longer it soaks, the more batter you'll need). Place in the skillet and cook until lightly golden brown on each side - about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  • Serve topped with maple syrup and fresh whipped cream.

Crispy Baked Capon Wings

Here’s a recipe from producer Holdeman Poultry.

Holdeman Poultry is family owned business. We started raising Capons in early 2012. These chickens are minimally processed with no fillers or additives added.For those of you that are not familiar with Capons here is little info. Capons are a very old tradition. Many old timers will remember raising these on the farm. A capon is raised quite large and is much more tender and juicey than your average chicken. Most people say this is the best chicken they have ever had.

Capon wings are on sale for just $2.20/lb for the holidays. Add them to your cart then try this recipe:

CRISPY BAKED WINGS

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • Approximately 5 lbs. wings
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup hot pepper sauce Louisiana
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

Instructions

  • Line a cookie sheet with foil. Grease well. Mix first 5 ingredients well. Dredge wings in flour mixture, place on greased pan, then cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Melt butter and mix in the hot pepper sauce, garlic powder, and black pepper. Dip wings in the sauce then place on prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, then turn wings and continue baking for another 30 minutes or until done. Wings should be crispy and delicious!

 

IFC Distribution is Today (or Tomorrow in Ames)!

This is being sent to everyone who ordered. Today is distribution at all our sites except Ames, which will be tomorrow.

Our alternative pick up is Saturday from 9 am to noon at our Franklin Plaza site. That’s the same time as our Winter Holiday Market, which we hope you can attend (and bring a friend – it’s open to the public).

For samples today at all sites, including Franklin, we’ll have gluten-free baked goods from Marmalade Sky, our newest producer.

We’ll have lots of fresh produce and new items at our retail center at Franklin Plaza..

Thanks for your orders. See you later today or tomorrow in Ames or Saturday morning. If for some reason you need to call, use 515.450.6812.

IFC Pick-up is This Week!

Hi. If you are getting this by email, you placed an order for this week’s distribution.

We had 250 members buy 2,558 different items from 87 different producers. Sales were about $17,500, which is 18% more than the same cycle last year. Nice.

We truly appreciate your using the IFC for your local food needs. It helps so many people, and so we are deeply grateful.

Please note that we’ll be having our Annual Winter Market from 9 am to noon on Saturday at our Franklin Avenue location. We’ll have a dozen producers in our space selling their products, plus a wide selection of products in our Retail Center. Locally-produced food and gifts, from fresh greens to cheese, meat to eggs, honey to beeswax candles. Non-members welcome, so bring your friends!

Here’s info regarding pick up this week.

1. Specifics on times and locations for all our sites are available with this link and to the left.

NOTE: IF YOU ARRIVE BEFORE THE SCHEDULED START TIME, OUR VOLUNTEERS WON’T BE READY. PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY AND BE PATIENT.

3. Our alternative pick up time at our Franklin Avenue location will be from 9 am to noon on Saturday, Dec. 8. If we don’t see you Thursday, we’ll assume you are coming Saturday or have made other arrangements.

4. We accept EBT cards for payment ONLY AT OUR Franklin Plaza site. If you are an EBT member and are picking up at another location, please send an email to distribution@iowafood.coop so we can arrange for processing your payment.

5. It’s a GOOD IDEA to check to be sure your pick-up site is correct. You can access your invoice by logging in, going to the shopping tab, and click “view in-process invoice”. If it’s not right, send an email to distribution@iowafood.coop.

Thanks again.

Recipe: Sunday Pot Roast (Company Optional)

Have you ever had gravy that’s so good that you want to eat it in a bowl with a spoon? This simple pot roast renders that kind of gravy – it’s rich, flavorful, and has a perfectly silky texture that stands up to anything you want to ladle it over. This roast is good enough for Sunday dinner with company and easy enough to make on a lazy afternoon with family.

Recipe: Sunday Pot Roast (Company Optional)

(Pictured with a round roast from Ebersole Cattle Company) Have you ever had gravy that's so good that you want to eat it in a bowl with a spoon? This simple pot roast renders that kind of gravy - it's rich, flavorful, and has a perfectly silky texture that stands up to anything you want to ladle it over. This roast is good enough for Sunday dinner with company and easy enough to make on a lazy afternoon with family.

Ingredients

  • 3 to 5 lb beef roast chuck, round, or rump
  • 4 TB ghee
  • 2 yellow onions peeled and halved
  • 8 carrots washed, unpeeled, cut in 1/2" circles
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2-3 + 1/4 cups beef stock or broth
  • 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary or 1 TB dry
  • 4 springs of fresh thyme or 1 TB dry
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Smoked paprika *can be found at Trader Joe's, Penzey's, or online
  • 2 TB corn starch

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
  • Generously sprinkle the roast with the salt, black pepper, and smoked paprika. Set aside.
  • In a heavy Dutch or French oven, melt the ghee over medium-high heat. Add the onions and carrots to the pot and cook until browned on both sides. Remove to a clean plate.
  • Place the roast in the pot and sear on each side for about 3 minutes - don't move it around so that you get a good, brown crust going. Remove to the plate with the vegetables.
  • Pour the wine into the pot and scrape the brown bits off the bottom as the wine boils.
  • Once the pot is deglazed, put the roast back in and place the vegetables on top. Pour in enough beef stock to come at least halfway up the roast. Place the herbs on top.
  • Put the lid on the pot and move to the preheated oven. Roast for 3 1/2 to 4 hours, or until the meat is fork tender.
  • Remove the roast to a plate and keep warm. If using fresh herbs, remove the herb sprigs from the pot and discard. Using an immersion blender, or carefully transferring the cooked vegetables and liquids to a blender, blend until smooth. If the gravy is thinner than you would prefer, mix 2 TB corn starch with 1/4 cup beef stock and pour into the gravy while bringing to a boil over medium-high heat and cooking until desired consistency.

Notes

Slice the roast and serve topped with the pan gravy along side roasted or mashed potatoes, vegetables, and of course bread for sopping. Leftovers can be frozen by storing the beef and gravy separately - add a couple of TB of beef stock in with the meat to prevent it from drying out when reheated.

 

Winter Farmers’ Market

 

***This Saturday, December 8th, from 9a-noon, at our Franklin location. Non-members welcome, so bring your friends!***

Get a chance to meet the farmers, makers, and food producers behind your favorite products. Know the artisans who make the gifts you give.

Locally-produced food and gifts, from fresh greens to cheese, meat to eggs, honey to beeswax candles.

VENDOR LIST IS HERE!

*Wills Family Orchard–Certified Organic apples, pies, candy
*Red Barn Produce–Winter squash, homemade jelly + jam
*Meadow BlazingStar–Honey, creamed honey, handmade beeswax candles + beeswax ornaments
*Raccoon Forks Farm–Handmade soap, fresh produce, folk art
*Global Arts Therapy–Vegan + gluten-free prepared food, handmade vanilla extract
*Corazon Coffee–Locally-roasted coffees, hand-blended teas, pottery mugs, handmade bags
*Sipma Farms–Homemade jams, jellies, flour sack towels, pet toys, beard oil, Christmas decor, Amish candies
*Berry Patch Farm–Apples + homemade jam
*Lost Lake Farm–Artisan cheeses
*Lucky George Farm–Heritage pork, goat, beef
*Chris’ Custom Bakery–Baked goods like cinnamon rolls, quick breads, and sugar cookies
*Herbal Blis Soaps–Handmade artisan soaps

Shop a large selection of products made, grown, or raised in Iowa!

Invite your friends by sharing this event on Facebook.

What is the Local Food Difference?

If this is your first time visiting our website you might be wondering, what is Iowa Food Coop?

To put it simply: Iowa Food Coop is an online ordering system for Iowa produced food. Our members have access to over 1,500 Iowa produced products, which they order on a bi-weekly schedule.

There are a lot of special things about Iowa Food Coop besides our selection of Iowa produced products. Here are just a few more things that set us apart.

Order Exactly What You Want From Home
Logon to iowafood.coop/shop and browse our selection. You can sort by producers or by item. You’ll find that we sell all of the staple items you need like bread, eggs, milk, cream, and meat. We also sell specialty items like Iowa produced maple syrup, soap, hummus, kombucha, dog treats, baby food, and the list goes on and on. Our producers are expected to share their growing practices and ingredients with you so you know exactly what is in the food you’re eating.

 

Visit our producer profiles and pick one out. You can read about their business and practices, and if they currently have items for sale you can read more about their individual products.

We Don’t Have Food Waste
We’re not a store and we don’t have inventory. When our consumer members place an order online they are ordering directly from the producer. When the cart closes the producer gets a list of everything that was ordered that cycle and brings it to our Des Moines location the day before or morning of distribution. Since we only receive what was ordered we don’t have excess food to throw away. 

85% of the Money You Spend Goes to Our Farmer-Owners
When you shop at Iowa Food Coop you are not supporting corporate interests. The money you spend goes directly into the pockets of our producers and into making IFC a great alternative to the conventional food system. You can feel great about the money you spend at IFC.

Shop Less Often and Eat Healthier
Several IFC members buy at least half of the food they eat through us. By ordering on IFC’s bi-weekly schedule they cut their trips to the grocery store down significantly and know more about where their food comes from. No longer tempted by grocery aisles full of cookies and chips, they often find that their diets improve dramatically. And this is not a fad diet. An #iowavore diet (mostly local, Iowa food diet) is a way of eating that not only makes the consumer healthier, but helps local farmers and our local economy.

 

We Sell Iowa Grown Food Year Round
Iowa Food Coop is a year-round option for eating local. Just because the farmer’s market season has ended or your CSA is done doesn’t mean you have to stop eating local. Purchase meat, greens, milk, vegetables and more through IFC all winter long.

Step One: Check to see if the cart is open.

You’ll notice in the left sidebar of this site we list our Upcoming Order Cycles. Check here to see when the cart opens or closes. You can also check our Facebook Events page and subscribe to be notified of upcoming order cycles. When you become a member at this page you’ll be signed up for our cart-is-open reminder emails. Your first six months as a member are free, which gives you a chance to fall in love with IFC!

Step Two: If the cart is open, fill up that basket!

Go to iowafood.coop/shop and login (you’ll get your login information when you become a member in Step 1). On the member panel page you’ll see your “Basket Status.” Click open a shopping basket. Select your delivery type and pick-up location. Once you’re in, click shopping and browse our list of products by category, producer, or search for the item you want!

Step Three: Pick-up the following Thursday!

Whatever is in your cart on Sunday night is ordered. You can set up payment online or you can pay when you come to pick-up on Thursday. Here’s a list of our convenient pick-up locations. Find the location closest to you and become a regular at Thursday pick-ups!

Step Four: Enjoy food and share with us on social media

We love to see what are members are eating and enjoying. Share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram using the #iowafoodcoop hashtags.

So what are you waiting for? Come join today!

IFC Distribution is Today (or Tomorrow in Ames)!

This is being sent to everyone who ordered. Today is distribution at all our sites except Ames, which will be tomorrow. Our alternative pick up is also tomorrow (Wednesday) from 10:30 am to noon at our Franklin Plaza site.

Also, we will have Brussels sprouts, carrots, head lettuce, chestnuts, cabbage, and eggs for sale in our Franklin Avenue On-Site retail area, as well as tons of fall decor and winter squash. All are welcome, so bring a friend.

Thanks for your orders. See you later today or tomorrow. If for some reason you need to call, use 515.450.6812.

IFC Distribution is Today (or Tomorrow in Ames)!

This is being sent to everyone who ordered. Today is distribution at all our sites except Ames, which will be tomorrow. Our alternative pick up is also tomorrow (Wednesday) from 10:30 am to noon at our Franklin Plaza site.

Also, we will have Brussels sprouts, carrots, head lettuce, chestnuts, cabbage, and eggs for sale in our Franklin Avenue On-Site retail area, as well as tons of fall decor and winter squash. All are welcome, so bring a friend.

Thanks for your orders. See you later today or tomorrow. If for some reason you need to call, use 515.450.6812.