Staff picks

This article was originally published in January 2016

Blood orange

In season: organic produce

  • Blood oranges
  • Autumn Glory apples
  • Murcott tangerines
  • Cara Cara navel oranges
  • Seville oranges (for cooking)
Lucini Rustic Tomato Basil sauce


Jacobs Creamery Bloomy cheese

A local, oh-so-delicious and creamy brie, it will knock your socks off!

— Diana L., cheese specialist, Greenlake

Lucini Rustic Tomato Basil sauce

The perfect sauce, not too sweet and good with any pasta dish.

— Lorraine S., office

Ginger People Ginger enerGizer juice

Sweet apple balances out spicy ginger to create a zesty beverage that perks you up with every sip.

— Chloe C., Greenlake Aurora

Smoked Mozzarella Pasta


Mashed Yams and Goat Cheese

Because they’re #1, goat cheese, and #2, yams. You don’t even have to chew them, just savor, savor, savor.

— Elizabeth P., office

Sesame, Edamame and Quinoa salad

Very nourishing and satisfying, like you’re giving your body what it needs.

— Suzanne P., Redmond

Smoked Mozzarella Pasta

My reason for living!

— Matthew M., office

Alaffia Africa's Secret Lotion


Alaffia Africa’s Secret Lotion

This time of year it’s amazing for keeping my hands from getting chapped. It keeps my cuticles healthy and the propolis is a nice antibacterial boost.

— Jamie W., Issaquah

Gaia Herbs Quick Defense

Every time I feel a cold coming on, I use this and my symptoms are gone in two days.

— Mackenzie P., Kirkland

Umcka Cold Care

The Soothing Hot Drink and Throat Spray keep me up and running in winter!

— Robin B., View Ridge

Also in this issue

Tell FDA: what is "natural?"

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking your input as a consumer on how it should define "natural" for food labels. Please participate by February 10.

Letters to the editor, January 2016

Missing PCC from the Midwest; Natural, effective deodorant; Kids eat what they need; and more

Quality standards update

Recently PCC updated our quality standards for several controversial ingredients — caramel color, titanium dioxide, silicon dioxide and carrageenan. We also asked FDA to define "grass-fed" for dairy.