Sunday, December 6, 2009

Happy Anniversary, Jody!

December 5th is the one year anniversary of Jody going to the hospital.

It's been a long year...a couple months in the hospital, major surgery, a life changing illness...but the good news - the really good news - is that Jody came out the other side.

She went to a friend's Christmas party today and took a picture before she went. Her mom said she looked like a teenager :).

Jody - keep up the good hard work on your recovery.
Jody, well and looking like a teenager again!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

recipe from the National Organic Food Examiner

Natalie from the National Organic Food Examiner sent along a recipe she published using our Natural Value Organic Dijon Mustard. You can see the original recipe here:

Thanks to Natalie Rotunda for sending this along...

Orange Marmalade Glazed Cornish Hens

5 Cornish game hens trussed, dried and seasoned with salt and pepper
½ cup orange marmalade
1 ½ teaspoons Natural Value Organic Dijon mustard
1 ½ teaspoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey (local honey is best!)

Truss hens, place on sheet pan with rack, season with salt and pepper.
In bowl mix remaining ingredients, brush glaze generously on hens and place in 350 degree oven.

Bake hens, glazing occasionally during the process until birds are done. (45-60 minutes). Internal temperature should be 165 degrees.

Allow to rest, remove string, cut in half, line in pan, pour remaining glaze over hens and serve.

Kenny Wagoner, CEC, CCA, is executive chef at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Tulsa. CTCA provides a comprehensive, patient-centered treatment model that fully integrates traditional, state-of-the-art medical treatments with scientifically supported complementary therapies such as nutrition, naturopathic medicine, psychological counseling, physical therapy and spiritual support to meet the special, whole-person needs of patients with advanced and complex cancer.

In St. Cloud, MN, pick up Natural Value's Organic Dijon Mustard at the Good Earth Food Coop, 2010 8th Street North. Non-members are always welcome to shop at the Coop.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


I have updated all of my posts by adding categories for each one...cats...pumpkin, travel, etc.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Pallets, promotional gifts, Tchochkes, desk toys

Like most people, I have "stuff" on my desk.

In my early days as a magazine editor, I had one of those signs that said, "a clean, uncluttered desk is the sign of a sick mind."

Actually, these days, between the phone, laptop, paper clip holder, wide screen monitor and lamp, there isn't much room on my desk for "stuff."

But I love my growing collection of post it notes or sticky notes, which are attached to a wooden pallet.

post it notes on pallets; love it!

I started out with a 3 1/2" square pallet of notes from PalletPallet Inc.

Then the ULine salesman came one day and brought me a gift - a 2 1/4" mini pallet of ULine sticky notes.

But it was at the grocery show in Chicago that I hit pay dirt!

The folks from IFCO - a pallet company - were giving away the 3 1/2" pallets of notes. I asked if I could have one for my burgeoning collection, and they said yes.

But at the IGPS booth - Intelligent Global Pooling Systems - they had the cubes of sticky notes, but not on a wooden pallet....they had them affixed to a prototype of their Supply Chain Solution special pallet that has the new tracking technology!

Their website is

Do I sound like a geek?

Actually, since I started in the grocery business in the 60s, I have always been fascinated with pallets...go figure.

The Yiddish word Tchotchkes may describe this collection of desk toys...that's ok. I like 'em.

A Chicken in Every Pot...

and a blanket for every cat.

OK, so that's not the original quotation...but...the cats can be territorial at times. Natterz really liked the blanket on the sofabed...but Jake decided he wanted to sleep on Natterz's blanket. Turf war! So Jody solved the problem by putting another blanket on the now Natterz has her blanket and Jake has his...and Sunshine is very happy sleeping on the blanket on the coffee table.

Natterz and Jake and Suneshine
Natterz with her blanket on the sofabed
Jake also wants his blanket on the sofabed
Sunshine prefers her blanket on the coffee table