5 Different (& Fun!) Cracker Topping Ideas

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#1. Top with Cottage Cheese + Baby Tomatoes

One of the keys to displaying this + making it fun (if it’s for a party) is to have some or all of the crackers pre-prepped. Or at least something to make it clear what the cottage cheese is intended for. Otherwise, your friends might be genuinely confused! ha! #awkward

Seriously, though, this combo is actually delicious!

And in a related note: It can be fun to have your crackers and toppings completely separated so that the work AND fun is done by your guests.

#2. Cranberry Cheese + Rosemary

(especially fun at the holidays!)

It’s so pretty, and if you use local cranberries and rosemary, that will be even lovelier.

Another interesting combo that totally works at the holidays: Cream Cheese + Pomegranate Seeds.

#3. Fresh herbs = Fresh idea.

It’s not that this is sooo different. Or that it’s sooo uncommon. But we feel like fresh herbs are pretty, fresh, and a flavor-changer. In a good way.

#4. Almond or Peanut butter + Banana

Kids and kids at heart will definitely love this combo. Simple, sweet, and filling.

#5. Ricotta Cheese + Blueberries and a drizzle of honey

Spread Ricotta Cheese generously on your cracker, top with blueberries and drizzle some honey (preferably local island honey!). Mmmm… a must try if you’ve not already!

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“We eat with our eyes first!”

Use mini cookie cutters to cut your cheese into cute shapes…. hearts in our example for today because Valentine’s Day.

What a treat to make your crackers & cheese platters fun, pretty, and DELICIOUS looking!

P.S. <<CLICK HERE to Stop by our Facebook page for even MORE fun ideas!>>

P.P.S. Seriously tho… go take a peek on our Facebook! You’ll find some more fun ideas there! Including Marnely Murray’s suggestion of “the Late July Organic Snacks classic crackers topped with any of the Miyoko's cheeses and some of the pesto almond Bitchin' Sauce!”

Top 5 Apple Cider Vinegar Remedies

You might have heard of the amazing benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar. Here’s our list of 5 amazing tips and remedies using ACV. Enjoy!

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TIP #1: After eating too many junky foods, clean up your system with a watered-down shot of apple cider vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar can help detoxify your body; the acid in the vinegar binds toxins which helps in removing them from your body.

For a natural way to cleanse and detox, ACV is so simple but can be so effective.

HOW TO: Combine a tablespoon of ACV with 4 ounces of water, and drink it down!

TIP #2: For weight loss, enjoy 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before or after each meal.

Apple Cider Vinegar’s main component is acetic acid, which is a natural appetite suppressant. It may promote the feeling of fullness, which can lead to a decrease in excessive eating or between-meal snacking.

BUT, on top of that it also helps with digestion of the foods that you just ate.

HOW TO: Dilute ½ to 1 tablespoon of ACV in a small glass of water, and drink about 30 minutes before OR 1 hour after each meal.

TIP #3: 1-2 daily tablespoons of ACV can help balance your blood sugar and reduce risk of diabetes.

Different studies show that vinegar can improve insulin function and lower blood sugar levels after meals.

The component called acetic acid that is found in ACV, slows down the conversion of complex carbohydrates into sugar in the bloodstream.

HOW TO: See TIP #2 for details, and note that for this it’s recommended to drink BEFORE your meal and/or to include ACV in your recipes when possible. :-)

TIP #4: Need an energy booster? Make your own ACV drink.

Apple Cider Vinegar contains potassium, amino acids and enzymes that will help relieve the feeling of tiredness and fatigue.

Just one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in an 8-ounce glass of water will improve your energy levels.

Or… you can step it up a notch to make it super delicious much like Bragg’s ACV drink but without the apple juice.

RECIPE: 2 Tbsp ACV, 1 Tbsp honey, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 16 ounces water. Shake it up, and VOILA, it’s delicious, balancing, and refreshing. You can enjoy it at room temperature (in winter) or with ice cubes (in the summer)

TIP #5: A few tablespoon of ACV for  your hair care!

Aside from the many potential benefits of ACV in our inner health, a few tablespoons may save money from expensive hair care treatments.

HOW TO: For dandruff treatment and overall conditioning, you can combine equal parts of ACV and water and transfer it to a spray bottle. Spritz it generously onto your scalp and hair. Wrap with a towel and leave for up to 15 minutes. You’ll want to wash and condition your hair as usual afterwards.

You can do this once or twice a week. You may notice that your hair is not just having less (or NO!) dandruff, but that it also feels healthier and softer.


Some of our quirky but oh-so-good finds...

One of the things our VG family members love is that we’ll stock what you want to see. So quite a few of the items on this page (some of them pretty darn quirky!) started out as one person’s special request. Taking a trip down our aisles, you’ll find plenty of old favorites but also a whole new world of deliciousness to discover…!

You guys LOVE Siete grain-free tortilla chips… And we do too… they are so good!

You guys LOVE Siete grain-free tortilla chips… And we do too… they are so good!

1/ Grain-free (and other specialty!) chips, like

Siete Grain-Free Tortilla Chips… “These are so good!!”

2/ HUGE selection of high-quality chocolates at great prices, like:

  • Chocolove! (best sellers for good reason!)

  • Not Your Sugar Mama’s - the locally loved and created raw, vegan, gourmet chocolate bars

(Our prices on both Chocolate and NYSM are the LOWEST on island. And we have the vast majority of available flavors. What can we say? We love chocolate, and you do too!)

3/ Gluten-free flours and pre-made deliciousness, like:

  • Pupusas! (a MUST try! Gluten-free AND Vegetarian - a huge hit!!)

  • Caesar’s Kitchen Gluten-Free Gourmet lasagna

4/ Specialty vegan foods, like:

  • Sophie’s Kitchen’s Vegan Sea Salt Toona (made out of pea protein!)

  • the Bitchin’ Sauces - pesto, the original, MUST TRY

  • Tofutti sour cream (it’s really like sour cream!)

  • Almond Breeze almond milk

5/ Local happy chicken eggs, year-round, from local farms:

  • Cook’s Farm

  • Allen’s Farm

  • Red Farm

6/ An amazingly curated selection of cheeses and yogurts (vegan-, goat-, and cow-based options), like:

  • Old Croc Cheeses (grass-fed)

  • Mimoso (super-fresh-tasting Brazilian variety of frying cheese)

  • Chao sliced cheese (vegan and HIGHLY recommended, from Greece, non-GMO + voted by Cooking Light at the “most cheese-like vegan cheese”)

  • Horizon organic shredded cheese

  • Maple Hill Creamery organic, grass-fed yogurt

  • Miyoko’s Fresh VeganMozz - really tastes like vegan mozzarella!

7/ A *HUGE* selection of gourmet and gluten-free crackers, like:

  • Le Pain des Fleurs quinoa crispbreads

  • Go Raw crackers

8/ Raw food recipe ingredients + pre-made treats like:

Go Raw’s Healthy Cookies & Crackers! Yeah!

9/ Super high-quality CBD oil - people are talking about this for very good reason!

* Read more HERE and HERE

10/ The BEST Supplements to maintain a high level of wellness, on your budget. 

(Do some price comparisons - we invite you to - our prices are the best on island by far and more times than not below the prices on Amazon. Better to have it NOW - locally - on island - and support your local economy - than even to wait two days + pay more!)

11/ Delicious and SUPER-fresh coffee, roasted weekly

12/ So many more fun extras, like kombucha and coconut ice cream (put ‘em together to make a kombucha float!)

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