2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,200 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

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Boudin Bakery- SooFoo Visits a San Francisco Institution

SooFoo Visits Boudin Bakery

We had the unique opportunity to have a private tour of a San Francisco food institution, Boudin Bakery.
The bakery was founded in 1849 and still uses the same starter yeast-bacteria culture that was made during the time of the California Gold Rush.
We got to watch the bakers prepare the delicious sourdough bread in San Francisco’s oldest continuously operating business. Located in Fisherman’s wharf, we could see Alcatraz and The Golden Gate Bridge outside the floor to ceiling windows.

 

Lots of bread options at Boudin Bakery

Lots of bread options at Boudin Bakery


SooFoo is always interested in learning about food history and culture, and our tour docent, Terry, did a great job of fielding all of our foodie questions. We finished the day with a glass of wine and a chicken dinner in the bakery restaurant. It was a perfect ending to a chilly winter San Francisco day!

Boudin Bakery

Boudin Bakery

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“Man-Up” a salad

How to “man-up” a salad…

 

"Man-Up" your salad!

“Man-Up” your salad!

Directions (although, no man would ever read directions, that’s why there’s a photo to glance at)

1. Grab a salad any chick(aka female) would eat
2.  Add a healthy portion of cooked SooFoo(mmm, nutty, smokey, man flavoring)
3.  Wash down with a frosty cold beer right out of the bottle without a cozy (this step is optional and only valid if over 21)
4.  Once finished, growl or snarl

Salad conquered with your man card securely in your pocket.  You’re welcome, now go chop some wood! 

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Saucy Salmon & SooFoo Recipe

Saucy Salmon & SooFoo

Pan seared salmon, dressed with creamy tomato vodka sauce, complimented by a seasoned blend of SooFoo’s whole grains, lentils, and brown rice, and sautéed vegetables.

Sounds fancy, huh?  Well, imagine having this delicious, nutritious, gourmet meal in less than 20 minutes, using no more than 2 pans.

Ingredients:
2 fillets of Salmon
Cooked SooFoo (hint: since it takes about 45 minutes to cook, cook up a bag at a time.  It stores for at least 2 weeks in the fridge and 2 months in the freezer and is easily reheated)
Fresh chopped vegetables
Vodka sauce (in a jar or can)
Teaspoon of minced garlic or garlic powder
Couple dashes of Italian herbs (we used McCormick brand)
Dash of black pepper
Dash of sea salt
4 tablespoons of olive oil

Instructions:
Pour 2 tbsp of olive oil in each of 2 pans; turn heat to medium-high
Place salmon fillets in one pan, add salt, pepper; cover

Pan Seared Salmon


Add vegetables to other pan; stir frequently
After 5 minutes, add cooked SooFoo to chopped vegetables pan; add garlic and herbs (look for Garlic and Herb SooFoo coming soon); continue to stir frequently

Garlic, Herb & Veggie SooFoo


After 8-10 minutes, remove cover from salmon and dress with vodka sauce; cover again
Continue to cook for about 5 minutes or until salmon is cooked through

That’s it!  It’s done.  Plate and serve.  You’ll feel like you just competed on an episode of The Food Network’s “Chopped”…and no way are you getting chopped with a dish this good!

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Got Leftovers? SooFoo Turkey Burgers!

SooFoo Turkey Burgers!

Seems like we’re all eating leftovers from Thanksgiving’s big meal!  But by now you might be bored of turkey and looking for something a little different when watching football or your favorite holiday movie and/or something hearty but simple from a long day of  shopping.   Why not make a turkey SooFoo burger?  You can blend up some of your leftover turkey or get some ground turkey from your favorite supermarket.

SooFoo Turkey Burger Ingredients

Ingredients:
-1 lb ground turkey (we used breast meat because its lean and mean)
-1 cup cooked SooFoo (cooking SooFoo is easier than making coffee, especially if you have a rice cooker.  What, you don’t have a rice cooker?  Check out www.soofoo.com for a special offer)
-1 egg
-2 tablespoons of mustard (we used Dijon)
-2 tablespoons of balsamic vinaigrette dressing
-1 tablespoon minced onions or 1/4 fresh onion chopped
-salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Form burger patties.

SooFoo Turkey Burgers Cooking

Cook in a pan on medium heat until browned on both sides and cooked through.
Add cheese if you like…of course you like! (we used lite havarti)
Recommended to serve with avocado or sautéed mushrooms..mmm.

The SooFoo adds flavor and heartiness to make more like a beef burger.  Good stuff!

Are those chips on the side?…YEP.  Don’t worry though, by skipping the bread, we could afford a few extra carbs.  Just make sure you go with a healthier variety.  Maybe try some lentil chips.

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SooFoo Easy Fajitas

SooFoo Easy Fajitas

Yes, please!  Here’s the recipe, bachelor style…

 -Cooked SooFoo(piece of cake to cook.  Throw it in the rice cooker or a pot with some water and come back 45 minutes later)
-Canned cooked white breast chicken…it’s by the canned tuna (optional)
-Canned black beans
-Red and yellow bell peppers (if you don’t have both, it’s ok, but you’ll be “slumming” it)
-Onions
-Canned green chiles

 -Dash of chili powder, black pepper, and sea salt

SooFoo Fajitas Ingredients


Cookin instructions:
Sauté all together with 2 tablespoons or so of olive oil.  Cook until your mouth is watering and you MUST take a bite

Serve with:
-Tortillas (we used blue corn-pretty looking and healthy!)
-Lettuce
-Tomato
-Avocado
-Guacamole (yes, ask any Californian, you cannot have too much avocado!)
-Salsa and/or HOT sauce

More or less healthy and ridiculously delicious!  Guaranteed to impress the ladies 🙂

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SooFoo Fall Recipe Contest

Our 2011 Recipe Contest Winner

SooFoo is having a Fall Recipe Contest.  We’re looking for fall-inspired dishes that we would want to serve at Thanksgiving dinner.  Recipes can be for an entree, a side dish, an appetizer, a dessert, a baked good or whatever recipe you can come up with.  Recipes must contain SooFoo.  Recipes will be judged on creativity, appearance and other factors so make sure the photo looks good and make it easy for us to follow along with.   The winning recipe will win a $50 grocery gift card.  If we get 10 or more valid entries we will also add two runners up who will each take home some SooFoo prizes.   The winning recipe will also be featured on the recipe section of our new SooFoo Website!

There are two ways to enter.  You can post your creation on our Facebook wall or you can E-mail your recipe to social@soofoo.com.

SooFoo is sold in many health food stores and select Whole Foods Markets.  You can check for a retailer near you or it is also available to order on our website.  You have until November 17th to enter, so Good Luck!

Rules:  Only unique recipes will be allowed.  All recipes must include a recipe name, photo of the finished product, a list of ingredients with amounts and step-by-step preparation instructions and all recipes must include SooFoo in some form.  We will accept entries until Saturday, November 17th at midnight PDT. By entering you allow SooFoo the right to use your recipe on it’s website, blog and social media sites.  We will select a winner and if we get more than 10 entries, 2 runners up prizes.  Grand Prize will be a $50 grocery gift card and any runners up prizes will either be a SooFoo Rice Cooker Prize pack or packages of SooFoo.  This contest is not affiliated with Facebook.

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Be Green: Composting

Compost Bin

Composting is an easy and free process that adds important nutrients to your garden. With composting you can introduce an amazing amount of vitamins and minerals to your garden using leftover kitchen and yard scraps. We at SooFoo are fans of creating a healthy community, a good value, and simple steps- Here are some tips on How, What and Why to compost.
 
How to Compost:
You can either just start a pile in your yard, or  buy or make a composting bin. You can build your own bin from a heavy duty garbage  can and drill or pound 1 inch aeration holes throughout the can.
 

Some things you can compost: grass, paper, egg cartons, small branches, etc.

What to Compost:
Lay twigs or straw at the bottom a few inches deep. Add compost materials in layers, alternating moist and dry.
Dry materials: straw, leaves, wood ashes, newspaper etc..
Wet materials: vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, lawn clippings  (NO proteins like eggs, meats or dairy)
Cover with a lid or tarp and turn with a pitchfork or shovel every week. It is so simple you won’t believe it!
 
Why to Compost:
Conditions the soil for planting; acts like a mulch and retains moisture around plants. Recycles kitchen and yard waste which is great for the environment. Most landfills in North America are filling up fast and one-third of landfill “waste” is made up of compostable materials!
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Behind the Scenes at SooFoo: Photo Shoot

While our main goal here at SooFoo is to produce the freshest organic rice blends available, we sometimes need also need to show off our hard work.  Last week we had a photo shoot scheduled for our Original SooFoo and some potential upcoming SooFoo products. While we haven’t had a chance to view the results of the photo shoot, here is a little look into what went on behind the scenes:

Which bowls should we use?

We went ahead and tested lots of different bowls.  Different bowls showed off our many different usages of SooFoo so we ended up taking photos with many of these!

Behind the Scenes!

While the photo shoot itself was clean, behind the scenes in the SooFoo test kitchen we left quite the mess.  Lots of props, dishes, cleaners and of course freshly prepared SooFoo!

Putting Parsley on SooFoo!

Here’s one example of us getting SooFoo prepared for shooting.  This is our original SooFoo prepared with only fresh parsley.  Will this bowl make the cut?
We can’t wait to share with you the results of a couple long days in the kitchen and studio and we’re excited about what the future holds.  Until then, check out our new website to order SooFoo and see some of our wonderful new recipes!

 

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SooFoo Stuffed Butternut Squash

SooFoo Stuffed Butternut Squash

Last weekend we had to serve a meal to some vegans so we thought we’d try something all new! We decided on a SooFoo stuffed butternut squash since it is fall and we’ve always wanted to try it.  We basically served this as the entree with a side green salad and baked apples stuffed with oatmeal and maple syrup for dessert. A healthy autumn dinner.

We made these the morning of the dinner; we cut the squash in half, scooped out the seeds and baked for 45 minutes at 350F. In a bowl we combined cooked SooFoo (leftovers) with red onion, diced potatoes (leftovers), mixed veggies, garlic, and threw in some garbanzo beans.  We then reheated for 30 minutes before dinner was served and they were excellent!

Not necessarily a real “recipe”- but the is beauty of SooFoo, you can combine it with anything and it tastes amazing!

It is cold and drizzly in NorCal, yuck- but very inspirational for warm comfort-food cooking!  Try this wonderful fall dish today!!!

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