`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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If you're looking for new ways to economize, we've come up with a way for you to save money while stocking your pantry shelves at the same time. We've got new lower prices on some great options when you buy in bulk. The classic Larabars you know and have come to love are now 4 for $5. Individually, they cost $1.69, so you can save almost $2 per 4 bars and scoop up all your favorite flavors! Frozen Amy's Burritos and Wraps are regularly priced at $2.99 — they're now available at 2 for $5! Fill the freezer with these quick-and-delicious meal makers and take them to work every day for lunch! Finally, load up your cart with one of our favorite regional products, Green Mountain Creamery Greek Yogurt. Choose from plain, vanilla, black cherry, coffee, strawberry, raspberry, maple, and blueberry, all in the 5.3-oz. size. Normally priced at $1.49 each, these cups of creamy goodness are now 10 for $12! Stock up and save at your favorite co-op!