Four elegant toast recipes for the perfect Valentine’s breakfast

toast_2You’ve got the perfect dress, a killer pair of heels, a reservation for two at the hottest new restaurant and a bottle of your favorite Cabernet in the wine rack. In other words, you’ve got Valentine’s Day in the bag.

Well, almost. If you haven’t planned what you’ll make your S.O. for breakfast in bed the next morning, you haven’t fully planned. But don’t worry: We’re not even going to suggest you get up early and start cracking eggs. Instead, we’ve pulled together four deliciously simple toast recipes that will make breakfast in bed a snap. Each recipe makes one serving.

Honey Almond and Apple Toast
Ingredients:
1 slice of Hippie Loaf from Empire Baking Co., toasted
2 spoonfuls of Justin’s Honey Almond Butter from Green Grocer
¼ Fuji apple from Apples to Zucchini, thinly sliced
1 spoonful of Sweet & Spicy Almonds from Butterfield Gourmet, chopped

Spread toast evenly with almond butter and garnish with apple slices. Roughly chop almonds and sprinkle on top.

Avocado and Radish Toast
Ingredients:
1 slice of Hippie Loaf from Empire Baking Co., toasted
½ avocado, pitted and thinly sliced
1 radish, thinly sliced
pinch of Chef Milton’s Himalayan sea salt
pinch of Chef Milton’s Smoked Pepper Melange
1 lemon wedge, squeezed

Arrange avocado slices on toast and garnish with radish slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and finish with a squeeze of lemon.

Mascarpone Honey Nut Toast
Ingredients:
1 slice of Hippie Loaf from Empire Baking Co., toasted
spoonful of mascarpone from Mozzarella Co
spoonful of pistachios or cashews
drizzle of honey from Texas Honeybee Guild

Spread evenly with mascarpone and drizzle with honey. Garnish with chopped nuts.

Savory Arugula and Goat Cheese Toast
Ingredients:
1 slice of Hippie Loaf from Empire Baking Co., toasted
small handful of arugula from Thomas Mushroom Co.
drizzle of Roasted Garlic Olive Oil from Texas Olive Ranch
1 TB Purple Haze goat cheese, crumbled from Scardello
pinch of red pepper

Arrange arugula on bread and drizzle with olive oil. Top with goat cheese and a pinch of red pepper flakes.

Brew a pot of hot coffee, pour a glass of orange juicechampagne optional—and toss some fruit salad into a bowl and you are good to go.

 

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Tea time with Artizone

Tea timeIn all the excitement of the new year and our healthy-living resolutions, we almost forgot to tell you that January is National Hot Tea Month. As we round out the last few cold months, now is the perfect time to introduce more variety to your tea routine. If you’ve been drinking black tea, try oolong. If you’re used to using tea bags, try loose-leaf tea. See how milk, honey, lemon and other additions can enhance the flavor of your favorite brews. And if you think tea is just a beverage, check out some of these amazing recipes that incorporate tea.

At Artizone, we’re proud to work with several artisans dedicated to bringing you the very best in flavorful, healthful tea.

The botanist-founded Single Origin Teas, for instance, is a family-run business dedicated to showcasing the unique qualities of different teas from around the world. Because harvests vary depending on weather and environmental conditions, each batch will vary in flavor as the year progresses. These differences are an opportunity not only to explore tea, but to think about the world around us. In addition to teas, Single Origin carries tea accessories such as bags and brewers.

Patti’s Place sources high-quality loose-leaf teas from around the world to create unique blends. With hundreds of varieties at the owner’s fingertips, there’s always something new and exciting to try. If you don’t like the ritual of brewing loose-leaf tea, you can order
single-serving tea sacks that offer more convenience. Patti’s Place also carries fresh roasted coffee, sweet treats and jellies.

And if you like to keep things simple, you should check out Zante Organic. Everything from this storefront is 100 percent natural, organic and artisan-crafted. The teas are sourced from around the world and thoughtfully packaged to minimize waste. Zante Organic also carries dietary supplements and essential oils.

So bust out that kettle—it’s tea time.

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Eat your veggies: tips for cooking our favorite vegetables

AsparagusYour mom always said to eat your vegetables, and with good reason: If you eat a greater variety of vegetables, you take in a greater variety of nutrients. These nutrients work in conjunction with one another to give your bod a major boost. So if healthy eating is one of your New Year’s resolutions, making a point to fit them into every meal makes sense. Here are some tips on cooking those vegetables to perfection:

You don’t want to boil asparagus, though you can simmer it for three to five minutes or until crisp-tender. You also can steam it for eight to 10 minutes or wrap it up in moist paper towels and microwave for two to four minutes. Try it folded into an omelet or as a pizza topping.

Say goodbye to limp gray florets by paying careful attention to your cooking time. Boil broccoli no more than four to six minutes, steam for no more than five to seven minutes and microwave for no more than two to three minutes. Drain, blot dry and store in the fridge, then toss into soups and pasta dishes.

To get the most out of your mushrooms, avoid boiling in favor of steaming for four to five minutes or microwaving for two to three minutes. They’re also delicious fried, but keep in mind that mushrooms are a sponge for fat, so use oil sparingly and don’t overcrowd the pan, which can cause the mushrooms to release too much water. Enjoy in sandwiches.

BeetsFor a little color, beets can’t be beat. You can boil them for 30 to 60 minutes, steam them for 40 to 60 minutes or microwave them for nine to 12 minutes until they reach desired tenderness. Serve on mixed greens with goat cheese, walnuts and a balsamic reduction for a flavorful warm salad. Beets also are delicious sliced thin, tossed with a little olive oil and sea salt and baked until crispy for a tasty alterna-chip.

If you’re not going to eat it raw in a salad, you can boil spinach for two to five minutes, steam it for five to six minutes or microwave it one to two minutes. Toss on top of some plain cooked oats and add a fried egg for a savory take on oatmeal.

At Artizone, we’re proud to offer the freshest in organic and locally grown fruits and vegetables from some of your favorite area vendors, so finding seasonal produce is as easy as pointing and clicking. And if you need more fresh ideas, be sure to check out our artisan-approved recipe section.

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Amber’s picks for January

DSC_0325_1At Artizone, we’re still going strong with our New Year’s resolution to eat better to live better. Accordingly, I have compiled a list of artisans who excel in crafting and curating products that make healthy living easy, accessible and, dare we say it, delicious. Here are my top picks for January.

Vim + Vigor specializes in cold-pressed juice blends made from 100 percent organic fruits and vegetables. Each blend is specially formulated by an in-house dietitian to harness the nourishing and cleansing powers of selected plant sources to deliver specific health benefits such as muscle recovery and mental clarity. These can be consumed as part of a juice cleanse or enjoyed as a healthy addition to your existing routine.

Sisters Annette Baker and Marianne Lacko, co-founders of Nature’s Plate, create nutritionally balanced vegan entrees, soups, salads and sweets that arrive ready to heat and eat. Each dish is made from at least 75 percent organic ingredients, with any ingredient appearing on the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen”—an annual list showing the 12 fruits and vegetables that typically retain the most chemical residue—guaranteed organic.

Sea Salt Live Love PopIf you’re looking for a guilt-free treat, check out Live Love Pop. The gourmet popcorn purveyor uses only three ingredients—popcorn, oil and salt—in its tasty snack packs. Each serving is only 35 calories, and did you know popcorn counts as a whole grain? It might not be the fanciest food out there, but it sure offers a lot to love.

Like any neighborhood market, Green Grocer is a great place to pick up beverages, pantry staples, vitamins and supplements and snacks. What sets it apart, though, is its commitment to featuring products that are organically grown or locally produced. This is the place to get your fresh organic fruits and vegetables, and its house-made cold-pressed juices—made from the aforementioned organic produce—are pretty great, too.

Kale Studio-026And while Kale Naturals’ all-natural offerings aren’t really edible, the skincare company’s washes, scrubs, moisturizers, shampoos and creams, which are made from ingredients such as kale, green tea, kelp and citrus, will leave you feeling clean and refreshed. Think of them as a green smoothie for your skin.

Whether you’re still going strong with your own resolutions, or if you need a little motivation right about now, Artizone has what you need to stay on track.

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Show Us Your Soup Contest!

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We are excited to announce a fun new contest with our friend Karl at Karl’s Craft Soup.

It’s time to show us your soup! We want to see what you can cook up. Submit a simple soup recipe + photo to our page. Soups can be whatever flavor and theme you like — we just have to be able to cook it up easily from home! Then get your friends and family to vote on your soup!

The THREE soups with the most votes get entered into a judging round by Karl Bader of Karl’s Soup. Of the top three, ONE soup will be chosen by Karl to be made in his kitchen and sold on artizone.com. Plus, the winner will get $100 credit to artizone.com!

Get your chance to have your original creation sold on artizone.com just like a real food artisan!

Contest ends February 2.

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