`We all know that food can nourish us in more ways than one. Those that feed our emotional well-being we call comfort foods. Sometimes they call up positive memories of childhood (think macaroni and cheese or mashed potatoes), and other times they soothe via indulgence (chocolate, anyone?).
More often than not, comfort foods are home-cooked foods (not gourmet) and, well, they're not always wholesome. But that doesn't mean they can't be made more nutritious while still satisfying. Upgrading begins with choosing or adding healthful, quality ingredients.
By Kristie Snyder,
Coffee tends to be a passionate subject, and Ithaca's newest coffee roasters are passionate about offering a great product. For Danny Burns and Mary Loehr, longtime friends and owners of Silent City Uprising Coffee, roasting coffee complements their lifestyles as peace and justice activists. They state right on the product label: "We are pro-worker, pro-farmer, pro-union, peace and justice roasters, and we're not ashamed to say it!"
Roasting coffee offers a way for the pair to work part-time, allowing them time to travel, participate in protests, be arrested and go to jail if need be in support of their causes, while at the same time supporting organic, Fair Trade coffee farmers abroad and local causes closer to home. A percentage of profits from each batch goes to a cause such as Veterans Sanctuary or Loaves and Fishes. Recently they sent six pounds of beans to the Occupy Wall Street protestors.
Silent City was named for a historic area of Ithaca along the inlet that was populated by mostly immigrant families, who lived in shacks made of gathered materials and supported themselves by poaching, fishing, day jobs and whatever else they could cobble together – and by supporting each other. "They supported each other and looked after each other," Mary says, "and that's why we chose the name."
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New in Grocery
Cool down with frozen yogurt bars, non-dairy ice cream, cocktail mixers, or (old-school!) a simple bag of ice!
As we say here in the Grocery Department, the heat is on! Have you tried our new frozen Yasso Greek Yogurt bars? Beat the heat with sea salt caramel, strawberry, mint chocolate chip, or blueberry flavors. Dairy not your thing? Try the new non-dairy coconut-based ice cream options from Steve's, in cookie dough, pistachio, and chocolate salty caramel flavors. If you'd rather relax with more "adult" action, we've got the best of Powell & Mahoney's vintage style cocktail mixers! We brought them back in as a summer special, sure to cool you down when you get too hot! Try their Bloody Mary, Peach Bellini, Ginger, or Margarita mixers. All of this too much for you? Looking for a low-key option? Fine, just grab a bag of local ice, provided by Ithaca Ice Company. It'll definitely cool you off, if that's what you're into. ...