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Lassen’s 42nd Anniversary!

Let’s Celebrate with a Recipe Straight from Oda and Hilmar!, Lassen's, Lassens, Danish+Pancakes
These are no ordinary pancakes–they are Danish Pancakes from the recipe file of Oda and Hilmar Lassen!  They look like crepes, but since they came from Denmark, they have their own Danish, Natural Food twist!, Lassen's, Lassens, Danish+Pancakes

Like most pancakes, the ingredient list is pretty simple.  And like most of their recipes, you’ll need to go by the feel of things as much as by amounts!  I’ll give amounts here, but pay attention to the descriptions of what the batter should feel like.  This recipe is for 2-3 people.

You’ll Need:

  • 3 organic, free-range eggs.  Hilmar taught me to do one egg per person, plus one more egg.  I found that when I had a bunch of teenaged boys to feed, I needed much more than that–2 eggs per person!
  • 1 TBSP organic honey
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup organic whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup organic unbleached white flour
  • 2/3 cup organic milk (I used 2%)
  • 2/3 cup water

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Beat the eggs and then add the honey and salt and mix., Lassen's, Lassens, Danish+Pancakes
Don’t be too concerned if the honey doesn’t blend into the eggs much.  When you add the rest of the ingredients it will get blended in just fine.

Flours, Lassen's, Lassens, Danish+Pancakes
Add the flour a spoonful at a time until the dough is very thick and you think you can’t blend any more flour in.  Depending on how big your eggs are, you many have to add a little more or a bit less flour than what is stated on the ingredient list.

Milk and Water

Add about 1/2 cup of milk and 1/2 cup of water.  Blend until smooth.  Add more milk and water until you have a very thin batter.  

Prepare the Pan, Lassen's, Lassens, Danish+Pancakes
The Danish way is lots of butter, but you can spray the pan with non-stick spray, if you’d like.  Heat the pan until quite hot.  The butter should brown.

Start to cook!, Lassen's, Lassens, Danish+Pancakes

Pour the batter in a thin stream onto the hot pan.  Tilt the pan at the same time to keep the batter thin on the pan., Lassen's, Lassens, Danish+Pancakes


Gently swirl the pan around to coat the pan with a thin sheet of batter.  Let the pancake cook until the batter is dry-looking and the edges are lightly browned., Lassen's, Lassens, Danish+Pancakes


Flip the pancake over and cook on the other side until slightly browned.  Place on a warm plate and cover with a lid while you make the rest of the pancakes., Lassen's, Lassens, Danish+Pancakes


Top with jam–I chose strawberry here–and whipped cream, if desired!  Roll the pancakes  and then enjoy!, Lassen's, Lassens, Danish+Pancakes


Some in the family have Americanized these pancakes and eat them with maple syrup, but the true Danish way is with jam.

Open Wide!, Lassen's, Lassens, Danish+Pancakes
Yum!  These amounts made 8 large pancakes.

Bonus Recipe!

I found this idea for strawberry jam on Pinterest and decided to give it a try, since I’d like to reduce the amount of sugar I eat!, Lassen's, Lassens, reduced+sugar+jam


Put 2 cups of organic strawberries in a blender., Lassen's, Lassens, reduced+sugar+jam


Add 2 TBSP organic chia seeds and 2 TBSP organic honey (to taste)., Lassen's, Lassens, reduced+sugar+jam, chia+seeds


Blend!  If you’d like some chunks of strawberries, add them after blending., Lassen's, Lassens, reduced+sugar+jam, chia+seeds


Pour into clean containers, cover, and refrigerate overnight.  The chia seeds will thicken the berries and there is no need for pectin or lots of sugar.  This jam was delicious on the Danish Pancakes!  I had them for breakfast this morning!
Enjoy these easy but elegant pancakes for breakfast, a brunch, or even as a dessert!
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Oh Avocados!
So many options! So many ways to transform their wonderfully versatile taste into brilliant works of art! At only 99¢ per Organic Avocado for the rest of July at Lassens, chances are you’ll be buying in bulk!
Of course there are those lazy summer days when the amount of effort you’re willing to put in doesn’t quite match up with the expectations of greatness that sits at the edge of your taste buds.
Fear not my friends, for I come armed with a little snack that’s not only packed with nutrients, but it is also as easy as 1-2-3! In fact, that’s exactly the amount of ingredients that go into this little creation. 
Here they are, are you ready?
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You’ll Need: 

1 organic avocado
1 organic lemon (juiced)
1-2 Tablespoons of Braggs Liquid Aminos

If that sounds a little too simple to you, rest assured, the taste is NOT!
Of course it can be dolled up if you wish (I’d recommend Phony Baloney Coconut Bacon or pine nuts), but sincerely, this flavor combo can stand alone!
But why is it a POWER SNACK, you ask?
The secret lies in each ingredient’s list of benefits.
Some of the best things in life are simple – this snack is no exception.
Enjoy and have a lovely and healthy day!
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Joy’s Chia Smoothie

Ah… Here it is! What a good lookin’ smoothie!

Before we get too deep into berries and chia seeds, let’s meet the lovely creator of this healthy drink!, chia+smoothie

This is Joy!, chia+smoothie

Joy is Lassen’s Regional Marketing Director. She’s the sweet face behind all our interesting Facebook and Twitter posts. As a former Pilates instructor, Joy lives a very healthy lifestyle that she shares with her husband and two adorable Great Danes, Scout and Hunter (who just became a Certified Therapy Dog! Congrats Hunter!)


Once upon a few days ago, Joy and I found ourselves talking about our favorite super-foods when Chia Seeds came up.

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Well aside from the fact that when they are left to soak in a liquid for a small amount of time, they take on an amazing gooey consistency (reminiscent of Boba or tapioca pearls found in certain Taiwanese tea-based drinks), but they also contain a handful of wonderful health benefits including Omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, minerals and fiber! They have also been known to aid in weight loss due to their ability to satiate hunger cravings in between meals!

“I have a really good chia smoothie that I make in the mornings!” said Joy with a smile.
“Care to share?”

And share she did!
Now from Joy’s kitchen, Lassens is proud to present…

Joy’s Chia, Berry & Spinach Smoothie, chia+smoothie, chia+smoothie
 You’ll Need:
  • Handful of organic spinach
  • 1/2 cup of organic frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of organic frozen blackberries (could use raspberries, blueberries)
  • 1 frozen organic banana
  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds
  • Approximately 2 1/2 cups of almond milk (or soy milk)


Place spinach in first, then chia seeds, then all other ingredients.
Pulse to desired thickness. For a thicker smoothie, use less almond milk. For a thinner consistency, use more almond milk.
Makes 2/3 servings, chia+smoothie, chia+smoothie, chia+smoothie

This smoothie packs a health-lovin’ punch! It acts as a great breakfast or a wonderful snack or meal replacement any time of day!
We hope you try it and love it as much as Joy does! Cheers!



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Now, This is a Family Enterprise!

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It All Started in 1971

Although the family had been farming for at least 70 years, the Burroughs Family Farming formally began in 1971 with Ward and Rosie Burroughs, and Ward’s brother.  They farmed, and raised their children, and in 2004 Ward and Rosie dissolved the partnership with Ward’s brother.  They then formed partnerships with their children in various farming enterprises.  They like to say that they produce an ABC of products:  Almonds, Beef, Cheese, Dairy, and Eggs., Lassen's, Lassens, Burroughs+Family+Farm+Eggs


A few weeks ago we visited the Burroughs Family Farm in Denair, California, just north of Fresno.  We were able to see the dairy operation (they partner with Organic Valley), the free-range egg production, and the almond and olive groves.  We carry their eggs, and have just brought in their Benina Crema Gouda cheese., Lassen's, Lassens, Burroughs+Family+Farm+Eggs

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 Rosie Burroughs in the matriarch of a family committed to organic, sustainable farming.  We were very impressed with their farming philosophy.  We learned about how seriously they take the health of the soil, the pasture grasses, the trees, and the animals., Lassen's, Lassens, Burroughs+Family+Farm+Eggs


 The cows and chickens are moved to new pasture regularly (the chickens are moved every day, and the cows after each milking, twice per day.) Their pasture grasses have species diversity to naturally balance the nutrients for the animals, as well as to assure the health of the soil and pasture.  This makes their eggs and dairy products have a natural blance of Omega-3s and Omega-6s., Lassen's, Lassens, Burroughs+Family+Farm+Eggs, Burroughs+Eggs

Mobile Chicken Coop

These coops are on wheels, and are moved to a new pasture daily.  The chickens can come into and out  of the coop as they please.  Burroughs has about 2000 laying chickens, and 1500 chicks.  The chickens lay for about 18 months., Lassen's, Lassens, Burroughs+Family+Farm+Eggs, Burroughs+Eggs

The chicken get about 30% of their nutrients from the pasture, and about 70% from organic feed, which is available in the white troughs shown above and below.  I didn’t see any chickens going to the feed, so they clearly like to peck at the ground!, Lassen's, Lassens, Burroughs+Family+Farm+Eggs, Burroughs+Eggs


The chickens come into the coop to lay their eggs., Lassen's, Lassens, Burroughs+Family+Farm+Eggs, Burroughs+Eggs

There are laying boxes on both sides of the large coop., Lassen's, Lassens, Burroughs+Family+Farm+Eggs, Burroughs+Eggs

A chicken just laid this egg, which gently rolled down into the trough., Lassen's, Lassens, Burroughs+Family+Farm+Eggs, Burroughs+Eggs

Several eggs were laid while we were there., Lassen's, Lassens, Burroughs+Family+Farm+Eggs, Burroughs+Eggs

Peter shows off a newly laid egg!, Lassen's, Lassens, Burroughs+Family+Farm+Eggs, Burroughs+Eggs

Every day the eggs are collected and then refrigerated., Lassen's, Lassens, Burroughs+Family+Farm+Eggs, Burroughs+Eggs

These are definitely free-range chickens, not just cage-free!  They are pasture fed as much as they want, and then supplemented with what they can’t get from the pasture., Lassen's, Lassens, Burroughs+Family+Farm+Eggs, Burroughs+Eggs

Sometimes they just want to take a little nap on the roosts., Lassen's, Lassens, Burroughs+Family+Farm+Eggs, Burroughs+Eggs

This little hen was clearly not sure about getting her photograph taken!, Lassen's, Lassens, Burroughs+Family+Farm+Eggs, Burroughs+Eggs

Other Enterprises

The Burroughs family also has 865 acres of organic or transitional almond groves.  (Transitional means that they are treated as organic trees, but will not get the organic certification for three years.), Lassen's, Lassens, Burroughs+Family+Farm+Almonds, Burroughs+Almonds


You’ll notice that there is grass between the trees.  That is because the Burroughs family does not kill the grasses with herbicides.  They use a drip irrigation system to keep the grasses down as much as possible., Lassen's, Lassens, Burroughs+Family+Farm+Almonds, Burroughs+Almonds

The young almonds look like young peaches here!, Lassen's, Lassens, Burroughs+Family+Farm+Almonds, Burroughs+Almonds

The young almonds can be cut open like a cucumber.  Here you can see the edible part has been taken out of the half on the left.  

 The Burroughs Family has been growing olives as well, and last year pressed their first bottles of oil., Lassen's, Lassens, Burroughs+Family+Farm+milk

I couldn’t resist adding the photo of their Dairy Milking facility. It is open air and very clean.  The Burroughs Family takes such good care of their cows that they will produce milk for 10+ years.  The industry average in only 2.6 years!  I’d say that Burroughs Family has happy cows!, Lassen's, Lassens, Burroughs+Family+Farm

The Burroughs Family even gave us a delicious lunch after our farm tour.  We had a wonderful day, and hope that you try their delicious eggs.  You can really taste the difference!, Lassen's, Lassens, Burroughs+Family+Farm+Eggs, Burroughs+Eggs


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Ole Ole Ole! Cinco de Mayo!

It’s Avocado Season!

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and avocados weren’t exactly on our shopping list or in our grocery stores.  But when I married a Californian, they became an essential item at our house.  And I became more acquinted with Mexican food!  (The closest we had in Washington was Taco Time.  Sad, I know.)
But our children grew up with lots and lots of avocados, and we use them in so many dishes.  

Here is One of Our Favorite Breakfasts, Featuring Avocados!


Eggs with Everything

Creative name, right?

Our daughters spent a lot of years in gymnastics, and meet days always required a favorite breakfast.  Our youngest daughter always requested this one because it tastes wonderful and is filling, but never felt heavy.  She called this her lucky breakfast!


You’ll Need:

  • As many eggs as you have people, plus one or two, depending on how heartily they eat.
  • Shredded and mixed Montery Jack and mild Cheddar cheese–1 TBSP per person
  • Bacon (if desired), cut in small pieces–1/2 slice per person
  • Spanish onion, chopped–2 tsp per person
  • Green or red peppers, chopped–2 tsp per person
  • Mushrooms, sliced–1 per person
  • Jalepeno pepper (if desired), chopped 1/2 tsp per person
  • Tomato, chopped–1 TBSP per person
  • Avocado, chopped–1 TBSP per person
  • Cilantro, chopped–1 tsp per person
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Tortillas (if you want your breakfast burrito style!), warmed 

Chop First, Then Cook

First, chop your vegetables.  Set the tomato, avocado, and cilantro aside.  Shred the cheeses and set aside.



With a fork or whisk, scramble the eggs in a small bowl, and then set aside



Now You Can Start to Cook

If you are using bacon, fry it until it is almost crisp, and then drain off the fat.

Add the onion, peppers, mushrooms and jalepeno to the pan, and fry until tender.


Pour the eggs over the vegetables and bacon, and stir it around.



Add the cheese, tomato, avocado, and cilantro, and stir until eggs are cooked through.



Spoon into a warm tortilla, and serve with salsa!

And Prepare to Receive Applause!


Happy Cinco de Mayo!

And enjoy avocados!

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Here’s a Block-buster Breakfast idea!

Subtitled: I am horrible at estimating how many bananas my family will eat…

I’m not much of a banana eater, and the others in my household eat them in fits and starts.  Consequently, I often have overripe bananas hanging around.  Yes, I freeze them (peeled) to use for smoothies (one of my daughters makes a smoothie almost every day, so that helps) but here’s another great recipe to use those bananas!

Saundra’s Banana-Date Breakfast Bars 


I got this recipe from my sister.  I won’t brag here about how amazing she is, but just trust me, she is.  This is a simple, quick, do-right-now or make-ahead recipe.  I’ve added some ingredients that we particularly like, such as ground flaxseeds, ground hemp seeds, and chia seeds.  These are optional, but I like the added nutrition.




Chia seeds have gained popularity over the last several years, and they are packed with nutrition.  This NY Times article tells about the great antioxidants, protein, and fiber in chia seeds.
Hemp seeds are a great source of amino acids, along with protein and healthy fats.
Flaxseeds (which should be ground in order to gain the nutritional benefits) contain fiber, protein, and Omega-3s and have been found to be good for lowering cholesterol.  See this article in Shape Magazine for information on all three kinds of seeds.

The original recipe also calls for wheat germ, which has been a popular source of protein, iron, Omega 3s and 6s, and more.  I found this helpful list of wheat germ’s benefits.

You Will Need:

  • 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • 3 TBSP wheat germ
  • Optional:  chia seeds, ground flax seeds, ground hemp seeds (I used 2 TBSP each)
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates (I used about 6 medjool dates, pitted and chopped)

First, Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.



Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl (oatmeal, wheat germ, seeds, whole wheat flour, baking soda)




Then in a blender, mix the bananas, oil, egg and vanilla.  




Pour the banana mixture over the dry ingredients


Chop and then add the dates.  Here’s a little tip about chopping those sticky dates.  I oil my knife so that the date pieces come off of the knife easily and don’t stick together as much either.




 (I will confess that sometimes I add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips too.  Does that make me bad?)  
Add the dates to the bowl and mix everything together thoroughly.  

Pour into a greased 9″x9″ pan and bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  My pan is actually a 8″x8″ so I baked my bars for about 28 minutes.



You can cut the bars and serve immediately or cool.  These will keep for a few days at room temperature, or you can freeze the bars and pull them out for a quick breakfast or snack.  My kids like to take a bar for lunch, too.  They make a great breakfast with a protein shake or just juice!




Happy baking!
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Oda’s Granola

Oda Lassen’s Granola

Written by Gayle

As promised a week ago, here is a great granola recipe.  I got this recipe from Oda Lassen herself, although I have modified it a bit–her tastes were for things a bit sweeter than mine!



Start with some old-fashioned rolled oats
I love these two spices!

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 cubes butter (6 oz) (Horizon Organic Butter is on sale this month!)
  • 2 cups of honey (I like to use the local honey, especially the Orange–Yum!)
  • 1 1/2 TBSP cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 TBSP cardamom (This is a spice that is used a lot in Scandinavian cooking.  I LOVE it!  I sometimes “accidentally” spill more than the recipe calls for!)
  • 4 cups of chopped nuts and seeds (6 or more kinds–I like almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, pistacios, etc.  You can also add coconut or other dried fruits, but I would add them after baking so they don’t get dried out.)
  • 8 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees

Melt the butter and honey together in a large pan, then remove from heat



Add cardamom and cinnamon, mix well

Add the chopped nuts and seeds, mix well




Add the rolled oats, and mix until everything is thoroughly coated.

Spray an 11 X 17  baking dish with Spectrum High Heat Canola Spray Oil
Spread the mixture into the pan, but don’t smooth it out
Bake at 325 degrees for 18 minutes

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With a large spatula, thoroughly stir, turning the granola over 

Bake an additional 18 minutes, until slightly toasty brown

Remove from the oven and stir once more

Cool and then keep in an airtight container.  I usually keep my granola in the refrigerator, since this is a large batch.  (You can easily half this recipe, if it’s too big for your needs!)
I have given this granola for gifts–it’s nice to make it and then give it in a festive container with the recipe as well.
This granola, along with yogurt and fresh fruit makes a wonderful, quick breakfast.


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Enjoy a wonderful breakfast with Oda’s Granola!



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The Organic Protein Shake of Dreams


This is a true story, and if I may add, also a love story.



One morning I was flying over Antarctica with Morgan Freeman
trying to snatch up miniature rainbow colored penguins in my giant hands,  
when suddenly –
Dee-deetle-deee! Dee-deetle-Dee!
(This is the sound of my accursed alarm clock)


With a unnecessary huff, I pulled myself onto my feet and got ready for work.

With 20 minutes before I have to run out the door, I popped my head into the fridge for a glimpse of what may soon become my breakfast. It seems that all of that subzero soaring and chit chatting with Mr. Freeman had really given me an appetite.
Eggs, goat cheese, organic spinach and organic free range chicken sausage? Sounds like an amazing omelet to me, but I’m sort of strapped for time so I reach for the cold sweet vanilla bean Orgain, a ready-to-drink organic protein shake.
With not enough time to make a scrumptious omelet, but more than enough time to drink down this Orgain, I decide to improvise.

The Organic Protein Shake of Dreams

 You’ll Need:
  • 1 Vanilla Orgain
  • 6 organic frozen strawberries
  • ½ an organic banana
  • 1 ½ Tb organic ground flax seed


Add all ingredients into a high powered blender and, well, blend, for Pete’s sake!
Pulse the blades at the end to make sure that the strawberries are fully chopped.




Without the strawberries, banana and flax, Orgain is already a great meal-on-the-go.

  • 255 calories
  • 16g of high quality organic protein
  • antioxidants = 10 servings of fruits and veggies
  • 24 vitamins and minerals
  • and did I mention it’s 100% certified organic?!
However, the addition of the fruit & fiber turns this delicious little protein shake into a breakfast of champions! Fruity, creamy and filling, it’s a delicious and simple solution when you’re stuck between too-much-time and not-enough-time and creates a smoother and happier transition from dream world into reality!