Tag Archives: GMO

Simple Turkey Brine Recipe

This simple turkey brine recipe will ensure that your turkey is moist and flavorful whether you’re baking, frying or smoking your bird this Thanksgiving!


To begin you’ll need:

1 cup kosher salt

1/2 cup organic brown sugar

1 tbsp peppercorns

1 tbsp allspice berries

1 tbsp chopped ginger

1 gallon vegetable stock

1 gallon ice water

Add all your ingredients (except ice water) to a medium stock pot over high heat and stir until dissolved. Remove the pot from the heat and add your ice water. Allow the brine to cool and insert your turkey, breast side down for 12 hours. Flip the bird half-way through. The next day, remove your turkey from the brine and rinse off excess brine. Your turkey is now ready to cook. Enjoy!

To view the step-by-step instructions, please visit our YouTube channel

Recipe adapted from: FoodNetwork.com

Chef Dawn’s Super Simple Breakfast Quinoa


You’ve heard about the many benefits of ancient grains, with the most popular being Quinoa. This ancient grain is packed full of protein and is a great way to start your day! Check out our recipe:


To begin, you’ll need: 3/4 cup water & 3/4 cup milk 1/4 tsp kosher salt 1/4 tsp organic cinnamon 1 cup white quinoa (rinsed) 1 organic apple (diced)


1/4 tsp kosher salt 1/4 tsp organic cinnamon 1 organic apple (diced)


1 cup organic white quinoa


Combine all your ingredients and liquids into a medium pot or slow cooker and put over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes. The quinoa will be light and fluffy when cooked. **Note** Be sure to watch the pot because this can boil-over. Serve warm with a light cinnamon dusting. Enjoy!

Also, be sure to check out our video on Quinoa, where Chef Dawn explains its benefits and many uses:


Prop 37: Food Navigator explains how a ‘processed food clause’ in Prop 37 would kill off the ‘natural category is California. NewHope 360 reports that organic retail giant, Whole Foods, supports California’s Prop 37. Click here to find out why. … Continue reading

HQO Weekly News Roundup

A collection of some of the organic food news we’ve been reading and discussing at HQO.

Hot Topics

Has ‘Organic’ Been Oversized?The New York Times published this article over a month ago but it’s still getting a lot of attention.  So, what do you think?  Is the growing list of approved non-organic ingredients in a labeled organic product a concern to you?  Even though organic is the most regulated food on today’s grocery store shelves, should the standards be higher?

Some follow-ups from the article:


California’s GMO labeling initiative Prop 37 is a win-win

Is Team Organic Outspending Team Big Ag in the GMO Labeling Fight?

Monsanto’s GE Sweet Corn to Hit Store Shelves

Market Insights

Millennials or baby boomers: Which should you target?

U.S. Hispanic consumers pose strong market

Dean Food launches IPO for WhiteWave

Just for Fun

Honest Tea will test Denver’s honesty next week – A cute social experiment that has perked our ears.  Have you been involved in a social stunt like this?

Lapka’s iPhone Plug-In Tests If Your Food Is Really Organic