An ODE to Cheese!

We got a good laugh (and were not at all surprised!) when we found out just how passionate you all are about cheese this week! We are tooooo! Scroll on down for our ODE TO CHEESE!

 Grilled cheese with TOMATO… mmmm!

Grilled cheese with TOMATO… mmmm!

AN ODE TO CHEESE

♥ Three Words: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. It’s ABSURD just how tasty it is to stick bread and cheese together. So simple but so divine! OH. The CRUNCH. The melty goodness. But, FYI, add tomato rounds and you might find yourself eating these babies daily. So good!
♥ Speaking of: Melty goodness. (Can I get an amen?!)
♥ Slice it up, add it to a cracker, and you have a proper snack or maybe even a full meal if it’s one of those lazy days. 
♥ A burgers’ value? Multiplied with great cheese added!
♥ It fills you up and satisfies for hours, yet doesn’t bloat or stuff you. Bless you, cheese!
♥ Pizza. Mmmm.
♥ And, we could go on…

WHY WE LOVE Old Croc Cheese in particular:

✽ It’s all natural
✽ No GMOs 
✽ Created with milk from grass-fed cows in Australia. Did you know that the use of steroidal hormones is prohibited in dairy farming “down under”?!
✽ Rich in omega-3 fats, vitamin E, and CLA
✽ So good! 
✽ We love the flavor variety, try ‘em all!

AND A SPECIAL NOTE TO OUR VEGAN FRIENDS:

We have AMAZING vegan cheeses. And yes, some of them even melt quite nicely. You’ll find several options waiting for you on the left side of the cheese section. So, while this post is about traditional cheese and Old Croc, you may find much of this goodness applies to the vegan cheeses too. :) 

Shop to Donate for The Tisbury School!

Dear Tisbury School friends, :-)

We’re so happy to support you with the upcoming 8th graders’ field trip to Washington, D.C.. You can show this page/image from your phone on ANY FRIDAY IN DECEMBER, and we’ll donate 10% of your purchases to the trip. Wishing you the best of success and an amazing trip!

Warmly,
Elio and your VG Family

P.S. You’ll also find a printable PDF of this image if you’d like to print or post it anywhere…

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Have you tried our coffee beans?! As fresh as it gets!

Read on to find out why we’re so obsessed with our coffee (and why it makes a GREAT gift for your favorite coffee lover!)

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Some Caffeinated Musings:

  • Some customer favorites that are darker, stronger: Organic Peruvian Shade Grown and our Organic Dark Roast House Blend

  • For something more exotic, give our Ethiopian or Sumatra a try!

  • For an everyday breakfast coffee, our Organic Regular House Blend is perfect (and a great gift for the everyday coffee lover!)

  • Our decaf coffees? They’re not processed with chemicals, but instead with a gentle and natural method called “Swiss Water Process”.

  • We roast our coffee beans 1-2 times each week to keep them SUPER fresh. We can grind your beans in house, or of course you can take them home whole bean to grind before you brew. :-)

  • And as a side note while we’re thinking of the coffee, we’ve starting baking fresh scones. Like a proud papa over here, I’m inviting you to try our scones to pair with your coffee!!

Thanksgiving Dinner!

We’re excited to cook Thanksgiving Dinner for you again, as it was a big hit in the past and well enjoyed by so many of our VG Family. We’ve taken our best sellers, traditional favorites, and most common requests into consideration for this year’s menu. Find it below, and give us a call with any questions or to place your order.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE THANKSGIVING MENU!

(or HERE if you had any challenges with the link above)
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aqui em PORTUGUÊS)
(AND you can find it below as two images, as well!)

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5 Uses for AMAZING Coconut Oil (Miracle?!)

by Éva Raposa, written for the lovely people at Vineyard Grocer!

If you didn’t catch it the title is in reference to the <<Coconut Oil Miracle book>> with literally more than 500 5-star reviews. People all over the world are hearing about coconut oil and finding that it actually CAN seem like a miracle!!

 

5 Amazing Uses (& Reasons to Use!) Coconut Oil

 As you may have guessed, Dr. Bronner’s is one of our favorite coconut oil brands, and we are proud to carry quite a few of their products at Vineyard Grocer!!

As you may have guessed, Dr. Bronner’s is one of our favorite coconut oil brands, and we are proud to carry quite a few of their products at Vineyard Grocer!!

  1. Soft Body & Skin. When I’m traveling, I actually pick up coconut oil once off the plane. It’s my go-to body lotion and hair softener.

  2. Vegan Alternative to Butter. Just add some pink salt and VOILA this is a surprisingly enjoyable replacement for butter.

  3. Cooking Oil. Coconut oil is made in a way that sustains heat much better than, say, olive oil. While olive oil is great on a salad, coconut oil is a much more suitable oil for cooking.

  4. Healing Salve. Anytime we have a scratch or skin irritation, coconut oil is the first option for softening. It’s anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and so very soothing!

  5. Base for FUDGE or CHOCOLATE!! Mix equal parts cacao powder and melted coconut oil, then add a pinch of salt, plus vanilla and sweetener to your liking. Once it’s well mixed, you can add it to chocolate molds, stick it in the freezer, and VOILA, you have delicious chocolate in about 20 minutes. YUMMM!!!

 
In the evening, I use a cleansing oil - coconut oil also works - to remove makeup.
— Janet Mock

Hemp (SEED!) Oil vs. Hemp Extract

Before we dive in too deeply to the difference between hemp extract, I want to make sure you know about << this post here all about hemp extract >>. It dispels the common myths and I hope is helpful to you!

The major difference between hemp seed oil and hemp extract is that the extract uses the entire plant rather than just oil from the seeds.

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Uses for Hemp (SEED!) Oil

  • Amazing on salads, in place of olive oil (the flavor is super rich and nutty)

  • Rub it into your skin after a shower as you would lotion

  • Not used medicinally for deep healing

  • Use it for baking… it’s especially delicious with roasted and baked fall harvest vegetables like butternut squash!!

 
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Vs… Hemp Extract Oil

  • Add a small amount to smoothies or gently cooked foods (or even just… in a spoon taking it like a medicine).

  • Not to be used as a cooking oil!

  • Used medicinally

  • Can be helpful for challenges related to joints, inflammation, pain, and even mood

 

For All Things Delicious - CAKES on Martha's Vineyard!

Friends, we want to (finally!) properly introduce you to our sister business. <<For All Things Delicious is a lovely choice right here on Martha’s Vineyard for cakes and catering.>>

Because our For All Things Delicious team has just launched <<their own Facebook page>> and <<website>> they’re doing something special to celebrate but ONLY UNTIL MONDAY! Have a peek over on the site to check it out. You’ll see the freebie coupon right there on the home page! ENJOY!

 This is related to the freebie… (HINT, HINT!)

This is related to the freebie… (HINT, HINT!)

 Birthday party mini treats! Mmmmm

Birthday party mini treats! Mmmmm

7 Fun Tips for Olive Oil

We started out with plans to share with you about how healthy olive oil was, and we may just do that in these coming weeks. Olive oil is AMAZING!

For this week, we'd love to share some fun tips on ways to use olive oil that you might not have thought of. Or maybe you have heard some of these...?! We hope at least one creates a light bulb "gotta try that!" moment for you!

We also have a delicious recipe for marinade in the mix - great on meat OR veggies!

 Tip #4 in action!

Tip #4 in action!

TIP #1.
BEAUTY // LOTION. 

Massage olive oil into your skin in place of lotion. Your skin will feel incredibly soft, but make sure to give it a few minutes to settle into your skin completely before getting dressed.

TIP #2.
BEAUTY // MAKEUP REMOVER. 

Simply put a bit of it on a damp cotton pad, and gently rub it in. Wash your face as usual after this, and your skin will be so clean and soft.

TIP #3.
BEAUTY // NAIL STRENGTHENER. 

Rub olive oil into your fingernails (and toenails!) to infuse them with antioxidants and moisture simultaneously. AND keep them extra strong!

TIP #4.
GARNISH. 

Drizzle a bit on top of your soups for a lovely look and of course healthy and delicious addition. A dab will do! We like to use a small squeeze bottle for this so it’s just a thin line like in the picture. 

TIP #5.
STORAGE.

Keep it in a cool, dark place, and make sure not to store it for longer than a year. The sooner you use it, the better!

 TIP #6:
HOW TO REPLACE BUTTER.

You can easily replace butter with olive oil in most recipes. The key is to reduce the amount by 1/4. (i.e. 1 Tbsp  butter = 1/4 Tbsp olive oil)

TIP #7.
MARINADE. (FOR MEAT *OR* VEGGIES)

Use this marinade recipe for meat OR veggies:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil,
  • 1/8 cup lemon juice (or  your favorite vinegar!),
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt,
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh herbs of your choice,
  • 1 clove minced garlic.

    Bonus tip: Multiply the quantity of this recipe, be extra generous with the fresh herbs (to taste!), blend it up. And voila! An AMAZING dressing. Store it in the fridge in an airtight container, and shake well before using. Use it within 2-3 days.

We hope you enjoy these tips from your VG Family!! :-)