How-To: Fried Squash Blossoms
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How-To: Fried Squash Blossoms

Contributed by Featured Blogger Maria Tadic, RD of Bean a Foodie One of the things I remember about growing up is my mom’s huge garden – especially in the summer.  There were tomato plants, strawberries, eggplant, peppers, raspberries, Swiss chard and cucumbers.  Oh . . . and the dreaded green bean plants!  Ugh, I was always in charge of picking the green beans as a kid.  Those things grew like weeds, had to be picked everyday and always had bugs crawling on them.  And as a kid terrified by any insect (even ants) this was NOT a fun chore.  Granted, nowadays, I’d kill for a garden – even with weed-like green bean plants or bugs. Besides the green beans, my mom always ... »

Never Run Out of Staples Again: How to Set Weekly Reorders
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Never Run Out of Staples Again: How to Set Weekly Reorders

Milk, bread, your favorite cereal. You don’t want to remember it, you just want it to be there magically when you need it. Always. Luckily for you, you’ve got an app for that. Now, the only thing you need to remember is our new option to reorder your staples weekly. So go ahead, set it and forget it. Your Envoy’s got you – and your favorite cereal – covered. Here’s how to set your staples to reorder automatically every week:   Look for the green circular icon next to products. When you click it, you’ll set that product to be on your grocery list every week.   You can find the Reorder icon next to products on your shopping list.  ... »

The 10 Most Hated Foods (And How They Made the List)
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The 10 Most Hated Foods (And How They Made the List)

Contributed by Featured Blogger Janice Gregg of Gigabiting It’s not true that everything’s better with bacon. There are foods that we simply loathe. Some tastes are hardwired at birth for our protection and survival. We like sweet and dislike bitter — sugar means energy and bitterness can be a warning sign of toxicity. Savoriness signals protein, and an appealing saltiness helps our bodies get necessary sodium. Your genetic makeup plays a role in taste: everyone perceives flavors a little differently, with different levels of intensity. That’s the nature; then there’s the nurture. Context and experience influence how we taste by shaping how we feel about what we eat.... »

Making the Most of In-Season Ingredients: Avocados
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Making the Most of In-Season Ingredients: Avocados

Who doesn’t love the smooth and buttery richness of a perfectly ripe avocado? And now’s the time to make the most of this favorite, as avocado season winds down over the next month. You use them on salads all the time and your guacamole is a force to be reckoned with, but what about all the other ways to make avocados really shine at your table? Luckily for you, you’ve got us and we’ve scoured the web for the best recipes you’ve been missing!   Bacon-Stuffed Avocados Avocados and bacon — how could you possibly go wrong? Whether for an appetizer or a light main course, this delectable combination is sure to wow with its salty, ... »

Eight Exotic Fruits I’d Never Heard of Until Today but Would Totally Buy at Trader Joe’s
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Eight Exotic Fruits I’d Never Heard of Until Today but Would Totally Buy at Trader Joe’s

By Nate Barksdale Arazá Native to the Amazon rain forest, this smooth-skinned fruit is as yellow and as sour as a lemon—but with what the USDA terms an “exquisite fragrance”. Fun fact: if you want to try growing your own, make sure you place the seeds in rotting wood instead of soil.   Hog Plum This yellow-green, leathery fruit has a tangy fruit that is best eaten in jellies and jams. There are versions native to the American tropics and to Southeast Asia—indeed, some etymologies suggest that the city of Bangkok’s name is related to the Thai word for the fruit, makok.   Lulo Growing on a plant with crazy heart-shaped leaves and stems cover... »

Throw the Perfect Party with the Perfect Cheese Platter
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Throw the Perfect Party with the Perfect Cheese Platter

It’s always the case, isn’t it? You’re having friends over for dinner, and despite all your best planning, you will be dining a little too stylishly late. If only there was a way to keep your guests — just as stylishly, of course — entertained and not checking out the side dishes with hungry looks. Well, you need a cheese platter of course. But not just any random plate overloaded with random cheeses. You need an appetizer that’s the perfect preface to the meal you’ve spent so much time painstakingly preparing. So how do you get started? First, carefully select a variety of cheeses that you think your guests will enjoy. Ina G... »

Five Must-Try Trader Joe’s Wines Beyond “Two Buck Chuck”
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Five Must-Try Trader Joe’s Wines Beyond “Two Buck Chuck”

A bit dubious that Trader Joe’s famous “Two Buck Chuck” is worth the now two bucks and a whole fifty cents more? It turns out that the famous – or infamous, depending on your tastes – label just scored as a Consumer Reports favorite, ranking higher in blind taste tests than other, far more pricier reds with its 2010 Merlot. In another Huffington Post taste test, over 62% of tasters preferred the Charles Shaw Blend Cabernet Sauvignon (2011) to its $65 challenger, the 2007 Laurel Glen Cabernet Sauvignon. Moreover, only 38% could tell which wine was the more expensive. Who knew? In case it wasn’t you, we’ve collected a few other... »

Welcome to the Envoy Community Table

Welcome to the Envoy Community Table

We’re excited to welcome you to Envoy’s Community Table blog. As you know, so much of the joy of a good meal is sharing your daily stories and experiences with friends and family. Here at the Community Table, you just have a few more friends. Community Table will be bringing you inspiring and informative content that will help you live life to the fullest, just as our Envoy service does. We know that you want to take care of yourself and your community in real, positive ways, from nurturing your health and relationships to supporting local small business owners in your area. And you’ll find it all here. What are the best wines at your favorite store... »