Summertime Souping – with Kate from Boulder Organic!

By now you’ve heard me moan about how hot it is in Florida right now, right?! (I’m probably moaning more than usual because pregnant with twins in July in Florida is a lot hotter than I thought it would be, HA!) However, no matter the temperature, when we’re out grabbing a bite to eat and the server asks my hubby if he wants soup or salad, he ALWAYS goes for the soup. And I just don’t get it. It’s far too hot for SOUPING!

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Or so I thought until I took the time to chat with Boulder Organic Foods founder Kate Brown, who shared about the company’s Summertime Souping! Though many (like me) don’t consider soup a summer-time staple, the Boulder-based brand is committed to offering consumers robust flavor profiles that taste great without overindulging in sugar or calories even during the warm summer months.

Kate founded Boulder Organic Foods in 2006, with a vision to craft “oh my gosh!” good food using garden-fresh ingredients. All of the soups are made in small batches and are certified organic, certified gluten-free and non-GMO verified. They are sold in the deli refrigerated section at grocers nationwide. I caught up with her to ask her some questions about organic foods, how the company “makes soup better”, and life in general! 

  1. Tell me a little bit about yourself, your family and your life!

I am a Colorado native and grew up in a wonderful family business environment.  My parents were tremendous mentors, modeling hard work and an entrepreneurial spirit.  I was very lucky to be exposed to the startup and growth stages of their business.  My home truly is the mountains of Colorado. I love to travel but I belong, heart and soul, in the Rocky Mountains.  Boulder has been an especially kind place to raise my family and start an organic food business. There aren’t enough hours in the day to grow Boulder Organic and squeeze in golfing, hiking, fishing, family, gardening…the list is endless!

  1. When did you first become interested in creating organic foods?  

It was a very unexpected time in my life – I was busy raising my daughter and the lack of “unadulterated” fresh soup caught my attention.  The more I mentioned it to my family and friends, the more I saw a huge discrepancy between how we think about the foods we love and what is actually offered in the marketplace.  Although I am appreciative of the food technologies that help bring safe food to more people, I think that much of our food system turns out over-processed foods that contain too many additives, stabilizers, preservatives and flavor enhancers. Turning that trend around, one bowl of soup at a time, seemed like the right thing to do!

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Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Graeter’s! (GIVEAWAY INCLUDED!)

Here in Florida, our temps have been averaging out at about 95 degrees every day. That’s with me being seven-and-a-half months pregnant with twins, by the way. It’s HOT. I’m extra thankful for our air conditioning, and I’m REALLY thankful for any kind of COLD treat. Like ice cream, for example.

However, even being the ice cream lover that I am, I had no idea that July was National Ice Cream Month! Did YOU know that?! (I can’t believe you didn’t tell me!) I’m excited to celebrate it, and National Ice Cream DAY, of course, which is July 17! And one of the best ways to celebrate ice cream is to do it with Graeter’s!

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Graeter’s Ice Cream is a nationally recognized and awarded ice cream brand (Named Top 5 in the Country by the Food Network!) that was founded over 146 years ago in Cincinnati, OH. The fourth-generation family owned and operated company has perfected the art of using the French Pot, a traditional, small batch artisanal process of making ice cream. Known for their indulgent, premium flavors and ingredients, they’re also widely recognized for their gargantuan gourmet chocolate chips. 

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As you can see, I thought it best to try out several flavors of Graeter’s…just to get the full effect, you know!

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On the Road in June

Happy July 1, everyone! Are you ready for the 4th?! We plan on seeing some fireworks and celebrating with family!

In reaching the beginning of a new month, we realize that the previous month is now gone. As always, it went quickly! Let’s see what went over best here on the blog.

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A Grilling Season GIVEAWAY! Plus, an AWESOME Burger Recipe! With Stubb’s!

We’re wrapping up June and headed into July, which means if you haven’t been grilling already, you’re soon to be! Steaks, burgers and chicken have seen our grill so far, how about yours? 

While steaks, burgers and chicken are pretty standard as far as meats that end up on grills, I’ve got some bigger plans for the near future, thanks to Stubb’s! Because, just like everything else in the world, there are TRENDS in barbecue, too!

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Stubb used to say “it all starts with a great rub,” and in 2016 that includes not only steaks, brisket and ribs, but also burgers! And, as always, my favorite thing about Stubb’s is that it gets its bold flavors from real ingredients, with no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners. It contains no high fructose corn syrup, which is the No. 1 ingredient in most national BBQ sauce brands!

Today, Stubb’s BBQ expert and grandson Rocky Stubblefield is sharing a great tip to help us jump on a new BBQ trend: the “Boosted Burger” trend!

Rocky’s tip: Create over–the-top burgers by coating each patty with Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Rub, then sprinkle with a little smoked sea salt to really enhance that smoky barbecue taste. Let the patties sit for a while before cooking – you can actually see the flavor seeping into the meat! Before you throw them on the grill, make a thumbprint in the middle of the patty to get a flat, evenly cooked burger instead of a plump, rounded one that is undercooked in the middle.

Try out your luck with this recipe for a Stuffed Pork Burger:

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On the Road in May

Y’all. We are HALF-WAY THROUGH 2016. Can you even believe that?! I’m already seeing people count-down until Christmas. Please. I just cannot. Stop the madness.

In the spirit of ignoring how quickly we are moving through the year, how about a look at what you all named the top 5 posts here on the blog in the month of May? Sounds like a plan!

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