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Spiced Hot Apple Cider

5 Ingredient Spiced Apple Cider

Written by Denae

Have we worn you out with all things apple this season? We sure hope not because we’ve got a delicious spiced apple recipe for ya! It’s super easy, only 5 ingredients, and so SO tasty!


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Spiced Hot Apple Cider
Course Beverage
Cuisine Beverage
Cook Time 45 minutes
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Course Beverage
Cuisine Beverage
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to large pot and simmer on low for 45 minutes.
  2. Pour cider through colander to sift out spices.
  3. Garnish if desired with cranberries and sliced oranges.
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Vegetarian Greek Pitas with Tzatziki Sauce

Vegetarian Greek Pitas with Tzatziki Sauce

Written by Denae


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Vegetarian Greek Pitas with Tzatziki Sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20-25 minutes
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Vegetables
Tzatziki Sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20-25 minutes
Servings
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Vegetables
Tzatziki Sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 400 degrees. Chop up your vegetables in to bite size pieces.
  2. In a large bowl combine the vegetables. Drizzle with olive oil, add all the spices, and mix together.
  3. Spread the vegetables on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, or until vegetables can be easily pierced with a fork.
  4. While the vegetables are roasting, make the Tzatziki Sauce. Combine Greek yogurt, finely chopped cucumber, lemon juice, dill, minced garlic, and salt to taste.
  5. Serve the vegetables over a warmed pita bread and drizzle with Tzatziki Sauce.
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Pumpkin Hummus

Pumpkin Hummus

Written by Denae

Something tasty, high in protein, and still seasonal is a nice break from all the treats that come around this season! Instead of feeling chained to bringing a cookies platter to your work potluck, surprise everyone with this delicious pumpkin hummus!

The seasonings are so easy to play around with too, which is nice if you want to spice things up a bit! See what I did there 😉

We hope you enjoy this lovely and INSANELY easy dish!

Love,

Lassens

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Pumpkin Hummus
Prep Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth throughout, be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally while blending.
  2. Serve with vegetables, chips, crackers, in wraps and sandwiches, or whatever else your little heart desires for this hummus!
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One Pan Salmon Roasted Asparagus

One Pan Salmon Roasted Asparagus

Written by Denae with recipe from Salty Girl Seafood

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One Pan Salmon Roasted Asparagus
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Cut bottom 1/3 off of asparagus. Place on cooking sheet.
  3. Drizzle olive oil on asparagus, add a pinch of salt and pepper.
  4. Place Salty Girl Seafood salmon on top of asparagus.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until salmon flakes easily with fork.
  6. Garnish with lemon slices and parsley (optional) - Enjoy!
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Eggs with Everything

Eggs with Everything

Written by Denae

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Breakfast food is amazing! Not just for breakfast, but lunch… and especially dinner! So while this recipe may be called appear “breakfasty”, don’t deprive yourself of deliciousness just because the time of day. 

This meal always makes me think of Saturday mornings with my siblings. We’d sit around the kitchen and talk while I made breakfast, and for some peculiar reason it was always eaten in a cup instead of on a plate. I suppose those were pre-arugula loving days though. However, I will debate that it still does taste just a little better inside of  a cup 😉

This recipe has a lot of flexibility, which is always nice if you’re looking to whip something up real quick. Since I don’t cook by recipes (making it really hard sometimes to remember to measure and write stuff down when doing these recipes) I’ve done a lot of different varieties of this same kind of dish.

The beauty is that it’s general enough that you know you could throw whatever leftovers/veggies/meat/anything hanging out in the fridge, in with the eggs and BOOM you have a meal! When I made this recipe I had a bell pepper and red onion that needed to be eaten, so this was a perfect reason to use those up. The ingredients can be anything. Over the years we’ve thrown in anything from leftover steak, to frozen pre-seasoned potatoes, to food that was going to be tossed in a day or two if it wasn’t used. 

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Eggs with Everything
Cuisine Breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
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Cuisine Breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Gather all your ingredients together. And chop them in to bite-size pieces
  2. Add the 2 T of olive oil to the bottom of a pan and thoroughly cook any meat or potatoes with the onion. Move those to another bowl and add the remaining 2 T of olive oil to the pan. Cooking the vegetables will vary depending on if you want them crunchy or soft. For soft veggies: Bell peppers soften about 10 minutes Zucchini softens in about 5 minutes Green Beans soften in about 3-5 minutes Tomatoes soften in about 2 minutes
  3. While the veggies are cooking, beat the eggs together in a separate bowl. Remove the veggies from the pan and scramble the eggs. Mix together all the cooked ingredients, mix in the cheese, and serve warm!
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Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Written by Denae

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I kind of have an obsession with shrimp. It’s not as severe as my obsession with coconut, but you can only imagine how happy coconut shrimp makes me! I’m also constantly on the lookout for making recipes that are easy, fast, and tasty! Aside from some manual labor on the shrimp, which can easily be avoided by purchasing shrimp that are already shelled and deveined, this meal is super fast!

The tart lime and flavorful seasonings make this dish a real treat. Although I always pick quinoa over rice, it can be served with rice and still be wonderful. Give it a go and let us know what you think!

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Cilantro Lime Shrimp
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Cook your quinoa (or rice) according to the instructions on the bag. I add the juice of half a lime to the water to give the quinoa more flavor.
  2. If you bought shrimp that wasn't already shelled and veined, these pictures will help you. Pinch the end of the shrimp and pull the shell off the surface, then remove the feet from the bottom of the shrimp. After, cut along the outside of the shrimp, just deep enough to see the colored vein. Remove the vein from the shrimp and throw away.
  3. Heat the oil in a deep pan. Toss in those shrimp and drizzle with the other half of the lime as they turn from gray/blue to pink. This should only take about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the drained black beans and drained sweet corn. Mix in the spices. Mix in the quinoa. Simmer until everything is warmed up.
  5. Serve with freshly chopped cilantro and a sliver of lime. Voila! Dinner served and family is happy 🙂
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Vegan Apple Crisp

Vegan & Grain-Free Apple Crisp

Written by Denae

Warm, fall-infused, comforting, vegan, and grain-free. These all make the perfect combination for a delicious apple crisp.

My favorite apples for apple crisp are the classic tart Granny Smith, and the juicy sweet Honeycrisp. Since they are both firm and crisp apples, they don’t become mush when they’re baked. 

The topping is another vital part. Since trying to stay away from grains, I’ve had to experiment with toppings while I make recipes. Originally I started with purely nuts, then threw in coconut, then I found quinoa flakes from Ancient Harvest. These flakes have changed how I make meatballs, crumbles, oatmeal, the list goes on. 

Enjoy this warm and sweet dessert,

Lassens

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Vegan & Grain-Free Apple Crisp
Course Dessert
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Prep Time 20-30 minutes
Cook Time 45-60 minutes
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Topping
Course Dessert
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Prep Time 20-30 minutes
Cook Time 45-60 minutes
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Peel and slice apples in lengthwise pieces.
  3. Combine the remaining filling ingredient in a bowl. Add the apples and mix together. Add to an 8x8 or 9x13 dish (depending how thick you want the dessert).
  4. After combining all the topping ingredients in a bowl, sprinkle over the apple mixture.
  5. Bake uncovered for 45-60 minutes; or until the apples are easily pierced with a fork and the topping is golden brown.
  6. Let cool for 10 minutes. Can be served alone, with whipped cream or ice cream.
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Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

FALL IS HERE!

Written by Denae

It’s the first day of fall! Can we just stop for a moment and soak that in, please?  These are the pretty decorations and delicious treats we had to kick off this fun season!

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Naturally, a recipe.. or two.. had to be made. First, we’ll start with the delicious Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip that I made.

I always feel hesitant to make something “cheesecake” like, because I am afraid of the cream cheese clumping up and the dip not looking very pretty. I’ve learned though, ROOM TEMPERATURE. So as you embark on this recipe adventure, make sure you give yourself enough time to lower the cream cheese temperature.

Since there is a pumpkin shortage, or at least an organic pumpkin shortage, you can use a can of pumpkin pie filling instead of pureed pumpkin. Since it has more sugar and spices already in it, I’d only use about 3/4 the sugar amount and then add spices to taste until you’re satisfied — just try to not eat it all while you taste test!

Enjoy,

Lassens

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Cook Time 10 minutes
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Cook Time 10 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Mix together all ingredients, besides chopped pecans, until nice and smooth. With a spatula, fold in 3/4 of the pecans.
  2. Place on a serving dish, sprinkle with the remainder of the pecans and some pumpkin pie spice.
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Apples–The Fruit That Can Do Everything!

We’re Coming Up Galas at Lassen’s!

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The Gala apples are gorgeous and so delicious!  I love the crispy snap of Galas, and the taste has just enough tart and just enough sweet.  A friend of mine recently used Gala apples, sliced thin, in a turkey sandwich!  Great idea!

Yesterday I took advantage of the proliferation (and great price!) of Gala apples, and made some apple crisp for my family.  This is one of the simplest fruit desserts possible, and you can use all kinds of fruits to make a crisp!

Gala Apple Crisp

 
 
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You’ll Need:

  • 5 organic Gala, or other crisp apples (you could also use pears–especially the firmer Asian varieties, cherries, berries, or any combination of fruits desired.)
  • 1/4 cup organic maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup organic rolled old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup organic unbleached white or whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup organic brown sugar
  • 2 TBSP chia seeds
  • 3/4 tsp organic cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 TBSP organic butter, softened
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  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  • Wash, peel (if desired) and slice the apples into a 8- or 9-inch baking dish
  • Pour the maple syrup over the apples, and stir to coat.
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  • Mix the oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and chia seeds until well blended.
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  • Add the softened butter and blend with the back of a large spoon. 
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  • Blend until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs
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  • Pour the oat mixture over the top of the apples
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  • Spread the topping evenly over the apples.
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  • Bake 35 minutes, or until the topping is browned and the apples are tender when pricked with a fork.
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  • Remove from the oven, and serve warm.  I poured a little half-and-half over my warm apple crisp!
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I’d love to hear your favorite ways to use apples!  

Make a comment with your ideas for cooking or baking with apples!
 
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Focus on Local–Freezer Monkey Gourmet Frozen Treats

These Are Not Your Average Frozen Treats!  They are Gourmet!

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Meet Tiffany!

Tiffany grew up in Santa Barbara, and has always loved this area.  She went to art school in New York, but eventually ended up in San Francisco, where she found her true calling in culinary school.  She worked in restaurants for over 15 years as a pastry and dessert chef.  She got to develop recipes and see her creations bring joy to many patrons.
 
But life brought her back to Ventura County.  She decided that she wanted to branch out and do something on her own, so she took a 14-week course on how to start your own business through WEV–Women’s Economic Ventures.  (For more information on WEV, click here.)  She had to write a business plan, and thought that she might start her own bakery.  But those plans just didn’t seem right for her and her children.  In October 2011 a sweltering heat wave hit Thousand Oaks and she found herself making frozen treats for her kids.  They were a huge hit and the kids kept coming back for more.   It was a light-bulb moment.  She dug out her recipe collection, looking for sorbet and ice cream recipes.  Her business plan abruptly changed.  Soon she created several different flavors and launched the Blueberry Dessert Company.  Her son named the line of pops when he came in, asking for more of those “freezer monkeys!”

 

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Watch This!

Last week I got to follow Tiffany around as she made her Caramelized Pineapple Pops.  First, she caramelizes some sugar in a heavy pot.  (To learn how to do this yourself, see my post on candying pecans for a spinach/pear salad found here. )

 

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Tiffany poured the caramelized sugar over fresh pineapple pieces, 

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and then added a little red Hawaiian sea salt.

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Tiffany blended the pineapple, caramel and salt until pureed.  

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Once everything was pureed very fine, she strained the mixture to remove the tough solids. 

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After removing the foam (too much air for a pop!) Tiffany poured the strained puree into these amazing molds that she got from Brazil.

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The lid, with the sticks, went on last.  It clamped everything together.

 

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The mold was lowered into a container with propylene glycol, a food-grade liquid that has a very low freezing point.  The liquid was -15 degrees, and the pops were frozen in about 15 minutes!  (None of the propylene glycol gets into the pops–it just surrounds the mold.)

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Amazing!  The quick-freeze time reduces the opportunity for crystals to form in the treats, so the result is a smooth and creamy texture. 

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The treats were popped out of the molds, and they were ready for packaging.

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Tiffany stamps the date on every pop.  

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Lassen’s carries six Freezer Monkey flavors–all delicious!  Great for these hot days, but also for all throughout the year!  (No reason to stop eating frozen treats in California!)

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Next up for Tiffany?  Watch for her Bon-Bons, coming soon!  I tried the Vietnamese Coconut–it was amazing!

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There’s nothing like the fun of a frozen treat on a stick, and Tiffany’s Freezer Monkey Treats are more than just frozen colored sugar water!  They are made with real fruit and other natural ingredients!  You’ll love them! 

Love,
 
Lassen’s
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Pears to the Rescue!

Simple, Delicious, Nutritious!

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I have always love Bartlett Pears.  They are sweet and the texture is just right.  We would eat them by the dozens when I was growing up.  But when I left home for college I learned that some people did not love them like I did!  
 
Maybe you are one of those who haven’t yet learned to appreciate the humble pear.  So here are some great facts about them!
 
A medium pear has about 100 calories, and no fat, cholesterol, or sodium.  They are nutrient dense; high in Vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.  A single pear has almost 25% of the recommended daily amount of fiber!   Here is a brochure with pear facts and more recipes.
 
Pears are one of the few fruits that do not ripen on the tree.  They are mature, but still green, when they are harvested.  If you leave the green fruit in a bowl for a few days, you’ll see them begin to lighten to a nice yellow color.  Eat them before they get too yellow or start to brown.  Delicious!

Pears are Wonderful in Many Recipes! 

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Many times when I am going out to eat I will find a spinach salad on the menu that appeals to me.  I often order it, and I’m always happy with my choice (I have no menu envy when I do!)
 
When I noticed that these salads often only have four or five ingredients, I realized that I could make them myself, and now I do–a lot!  
 
So instead of spending upwards of $15 for a spinach salad, make it yourself!  This recipe serves 3-4 (2 for a main dish salad).

Spinach Pear Gorgonzola Salad

 

You’ll Need:

  • 1 package of washed, organic, baby spinach 
  • 2 TBP organic raw sugar (optional)
  • 1/4 cup organic raw pecans
  • 1/4 cup crumbled organic gorgonzola cheese
  • 2 ripe organic Bartlett pears
  • Organic Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil, or your choice of Organic Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Optional — Candied Pecans

If you’d like, you can candy your pecans.  I think it adds a nice crunchy sweetness to the salad, but it is optional.  If you want to do it, here’s how.

 

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In heavy-bottomed dry pan, pour 2 TBSP sugar.  Shake the pan to spread the sugar evenly over the bottom of the pan.  Turn the heat to medium and watch the sugar as it heats.  Be careful to not let the sugar burn on the sides, where the pan may be thinner.  You can stir it around.

 

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The sugar will melt.  Right when the sugar crystals have all melted, turn off the heat and sprinkle the pecans over the top.  

 

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Using a spatula, turn the nuts over.  You have to move quickly to coat the nuts with the sugar.

 

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Turn the nuts onto a plate to cool.  I try to separate them as much as possible as I get them onto the plate.
 
While the nuts cool, assemble the salad.  

 

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Place the spinach on a plate, core and slice the pears, sprinkle the cheese and nuts over the top of the salad.

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I twisted a few grinds of fresh pepper over the top.  
 
Then just choose your dressing!  Lassen’s carries a large variety of delicious balsamic vinaigrette dressings!  I like the Newman’s Own brand, but sometimes I just like to use plain Extra-Virgin Organic Olive Oil and Organic Balsamic Vinegar with some freshly ground salt on top.

 

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And there you have it!  A restaurant quality salad with your own, gorgeous organic ingredients, including the humble and delicious Bartlett pear!
 
Happy eating!
 
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Team Member Spotlight–Our Artist, Mykey!

She’s Behind the Scenes…  But Making Great Scenes!

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Let the Artist Work!

Mykey has worked at Lassen’s for nearly five years, but she has really made her own path here!  She started as a cashier in our Thousand Oaks store, but her goal was to work in the Supplements Department, which she was able to do after just a few months.  She said Jamie in the Thousand Oaks store is the “Best Teacher Ever!”  Mykey loved being a Supplement consultant, and she put her own twist on the department….

 

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With her Artwork!

Whenever there was a need for a display to be spruced up, Mykey stepped in with her creativity and artistic talent.  
 
She even won a contest with this display!

 

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All of this extra creativity didn’t go unnoticed.  Soon the Owner and Regional Manager saw Mykey’s work, and asked her to design a reusable bag for the stores.  This was what she likes to call her “initiation!”

It. Was. Fantastic.

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Mykey came up with a design that we all love!  Even the sides of the bags are creative and beautiful!

 

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You can buy these reusable bags in all of our stores! 

Funny.  Kind.  In Love.

When I asked Mykey to tell me three quick things about herself, she said first that she likes to make people laugh.  She and her friends love to act in and make funny YouTube videos.  She loves to be a ham in front of the camera!  Her wish for the world is that everyone would be kind and respectful.  And  (drum roll, please!) …. she is getting married in less than 100 days (She knows exactly how many days.  You’ll have to ask her what the countdown is now!)
 
And this is how her fiancee proposed…
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Oh look, her foot is popping!

  Can I get an “Awwwwwww…..?”

In the Beginning

Mykey started out in Pasadena, and then her family moved to Thousand Oaks when she was in second grade.  Her mom would sneak health foods into their meals, and so she grew up with an interest in eating in a more healthy way.  She was always a little artist–before she could write she would draw pictures and make up stories that her dad would write down for her.  She always took art classes in school, as well as music and film editing.  She said, “Anything that I can get my hands on I like to take a whack at it!”

 

Mykey loves to create and develop characters.  You may have seen some of her creations around!  Here are two of them on our Kid’s Day Ad–Pink Lady and Broccoli Boy:

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She also has come up with some villains to draw attention to the need for healthier eating.  Here’s the Mystery Fried Nugget that was part of the Mega Food Display.

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And who could ever miss ZenPeach?  Isn’t she great?  (And you ought to try one of these smoothies from our Deli–delish!)

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She’s Got Some Favs!

Mykey said there are many things she loves about her job at Lassen’s.  She loves the people she works with.  She loves being able to create and see her creations developed.  She loves being a part of the team that has philosophical discussions about the business and the business direction.

And Here are Some of Her Favorite Products

Mykey has a lot of favorites!  Some of them I hadn’t had before, but immediately picked up and gave them a try!

Artisana Coconut Butter

 
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Mykey spreads this on toast with cinnamon for a quick and delicious breakfast.  I had never tried this, and found it wonderful!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Renew Life Triple Fiber

Mykey adds this fiber to smoothies, yogurt, or applesauce.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Wild Poppy Drinks

Mykey’s favorite is the Peppermint Lemonade.  These drinks are found in the refrigerator case. I tried the Grapefruit Ginger, which was also wonderful!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Lassen’s Deli Raw Kale Salad

Mykey will often order this salad when she comes out of the office for lunch.  It is a very popular salad from our Deli!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 Majestic Garlic Spread

This is an amazing Non-GMO, Raw, and Vegan spread that is fantastic on bread or vegetables or crackers.  We usually have some of this spread at my house, too!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So next time you see some fantastic artwork at Lassen’s, you’ll know to thank Mykey!  So…

Lettuce Celebrate!

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Enjoy the artwork!  (And aren’t we grateful for the amazing talent of our artists?  I sure am!)
 
love,
 
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