Monday, September 30, 2013

Vegan Goodness: Rainbow Chard and Handpicked Apple Salad

Apple season is in full swing now which means that it is pretty easy to find neglected fruit trees ripe for the picking.  Why buy apples in the store when you can forage for free? You'll want to ask your neighbor first, of course but they'll most likely be game. It's better than having them rot all over their sea of grass.  So I stalked the neighbor's tree and now it's time to make applesauce. Instead of sharing my applesauce recipe, I'm going to write about my latest favorite lunch option.  More on that later. 

While listening to Jo Robinson on Splendid Table, I recently learned that not all apples are created equal. Over thousands of years, humans have bred many nutrients out of the plants we eat. Therefore, some plant species have more phytonutrients than others.  I will let Jo Robinson, author of Eating on the Wild Side, explain what phytonutrients are and why they are so important to our health.

"Phytonutrients are basically a plant compound -- all plants produce them to protect themselves against their enemies. They can't run and hide, so they make these chemicals that will ward off insects and browsers and protect them from ultraviolet (UV) light. If we eat them, then we absorb those particles, phytonutrients, and they protect us from our enemies, which happen to be cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and obesity. Their protection becomes our protection."  

Jo Robinson also shared that some of the more nutritious apples are Granny Smiths, Fugis, Braeburns and Galas. 

Back to my favorite lunch. 

Having a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) with Echocollective means I get  lots of produce and I don't always know what to do with it or how to reinvent it.   Being that this is my fourth year (woot!)  at it, it's been more about new food creations.  Let's be honest here, I am responsible for about 25% (some would argue less) of the cooking in this vegan household but when I do cook, I make it count! Stir fry everyday? Not when I'm at the (kitchen) helm.  

Rainbow Chard and Apple Salad

1 bunch rainbow chard 
1- 2 apples, chopped
1/4 cup raisins
1 small onion, chopped
1 tablespoon Bragg's apple cider vinegar 
1 tablespoon soy sauce
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
almonds, optional.
extra virgin olive oil
cast iron skillet if available

First, place raisins in a bowl with just enough water to cover them and set aside for 10 minutes. 

Cut the stems off of the chard. Trim and discard the bottoms of the stems if they’re dry, and chop the stems into 1/4-inch slices. Set the sliced stems aside. Cut the leaves in half lengthwise and then slice into 1/2-inch strips. Keep the sliced leaves separate from the stems.

Okay so this next part is sorta like stir fry. 

Heat your skillet. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until they begin to brown. (If necessary, add water a tablespoon at a time to prevent sticking.) Add the chard stems and apples and cook for another 2 minutes.

Drain the raisins, reserving the water. Add the raisins and the chard leaves to the pan and stir well. Add 1 tablespoon of the raisin water to the pan and cover tightly. Stirring every minute or two, cook until the chard is tender, about 6 minutes. Remove the lid and cook briefly to boil off any excess moisture. Remove from the heat, stir in the soy sauce and apple cider vinegar, and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.

Serves 2-4 people.

Excellent with a grilled avocado + tomato sandwich! 

 -Theresa of Vegan Goodness

Photo by Chris Ford
About our Blogger: 

A lover of nature, board games, animals, Volvos, crafting, and adventure of all varieties, Theresa is also a talented and enthusiastic vegan baker & cook.  She has been known to raise the bar at every potluck she attends and always breaks for squirrels. 

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Shopgirl Top 10: Owner Sheila's Current Faves

To celebrate 10 Years of Revival, the Shopgirls have picked their 10 current favorites from our new/used/vintage wares.  It is only appropriate to finish out our birthday month a Top 10 from Revival's owner, Sheila Davisson.  When asked to describe her style, Sheila once shrugged and said, 'eclectic urban chic?' which we feel is pretty accurate.  A lover of classic lines, bold statement pieces, a little bit of heavy metal, and more than a touch of DIY; Sheila's personal look has set the bar for the Revival style we all love so well.

10 Years!!  One MUST jump for joy!  

We adore our new tee design by local artist Sirus Fountain 

1. Revival Custom Made 'Athena' Tank. Artwork by Sirus Fountain. Printing by Chris Burd. $24 (shop now

2. Revival Custom Made Linn Street Locket. $18 (shop now)

Mad Men-tastic. Also available in black.

3.  Replay Vintage Dead Stock Mad Men Sunglasses: Tortoiseshell. $22 (shop now)

Sheila welcomes you to Revival!  Don't worry, it's ALL cute!

4. Tulle On The Prowl 80's Style Cheetah Coat. $100 (shop now)  ***Seriously amazing.  Sheila is obsessed and will be wearing it everyday.  

5. Faux Leather Trimmed Tuxedo Leggings. $18 (available in store) ***also seen in the recent Little Village fashion shoot

Our beloved 10YEARS artwork by Heather Atkinson

6. Revival Vintage Chambray Shirt sz. S. $10.50 (available in store)
7. Perfectly Fall Navy Tie Dye Maxi Skirt. $42 (available in store/coming soon to Revival Online) ***This skirt is a serious Revival bestseller.  BIG TIME.  

Amazing shoes add a POP of color to Fall's neutral color palette

8. Revival Resale Kelsi Dagger Coral & Snakeskin Heels, sz. 7. $42 (SOLD)

9. Very J Twilight Tweed & Vegan Leather Shift Dress. $42 (shop now)

10. Revival Resale Alexander Wang Donna Hobo Bag in Tan. $124. (shop now) ***Softer lambskin leather just doesn't exist.  This bag is...amazing.

So long September.  So long to our anniversary fun!  We sure will miss you.


Friday, September 20, 2013

Shopgirl Top 10: Liz's Current Faves

To celebrate 10 Years of Revival, the Shopgirls have picked their 10 current favorites from our new/used/vintage wares.   Next up is Ms. Liz, our visual coordinator and what would traditionally be called 'a spitfire!'  Her personality and tastes are colorful, eclectic and more than a touch bold, and her top 10 picks are certainly a reflection of this.

Shop all of Liz's favorites in store or online.  Free shipping & 10% off when you use coupon code 10YEARS at Revival Online.

This is Liz.  She is a gorgeous goof.

1. Dear Creatures Jolene Dress in Olive (pictured)//$72 (shop now)
2. Fine Floral & Gold Quilted Purse//$42 (shop now)

3. Delux Bruxelles Feathered Felt Cap//$34 (shop now)
4. Revival Vintage Villager Floral Top sz. M//$26 (shop now)
5. Velvet Forest Green Scalloped Fall Shorts//$42 (shop now)

6. Revival Vintage Tan Work Boots sz. 6//$48 (shop now)
7. Revival Vintage Red Felt Cape sz. XS//$32 (shop now)

8. Replay Vintage Golden Gate Sunglasses in Gold//$20 (shop now)
9. Revival Resale Poetic License Polka Dot Shoes sz. 6.5//$24 (shop now)
10. Mata Traders Sailor Moon Dress//$76 (shop now)

To 10 more years of Revival Style!


Monday, September 16, 2013

Shopgirl Top 10: Abbey's Current Faves

To celebrate Revival's 10th birthday, all the Shopgirls have picked their 10 current favorites from our new/used/vintage wares.  Next up is Abbey, our original Shopgirl, lover of classic, simple, and comfortable sophistication. Gray, blacks, camo and golds make for an urban jungle feel, while a combination of lace, fleece, cotton, leather and vegan leather provides a bit of luxury.

Shop all of Abbey's favorites in store or online.  Free shipping & 10% off when you use coupon code 10YEARS at Revival Online.      

This is Abbey.  She is the bomb. 

1. Nameless Camo Button Down Jacket//$58 (shop now)
2. Erica Weiner Clean Slate Necklace//$55 (shop now)
3. Baggu Gold Leather Pouch//$40 (shop now)

4. Anama Knubby Knit Jacket//$76 (shop now)
5. Revival Custom Made Brass & Leather Bracelet//$14 (available in store)

6. Revival Vintage Eel Skin Black Clutch//$18 (shop now)
7. Blu Pepper Zipper Back Chunky Knit Sweater//$56 (shop now)
8. Revival Resale Triple Pyrite Necklace//$28 (shop now)

9. Revival Resale Cole Haan Two Tone Pumps sz. 8//$38 (shop now)
10. Nanette Lepore Boudoir Lace Top sz. 8//$72 (shop now) not pictured

To 10 more years of Revival Style!


Monday, September 9, 2013

Local Love: Hey RSVP. You're Cute.

Dear RSVP,

As you approach your 15th year in business, we just wanted to let you know that us Revival Shopgirls think that...

Actually, the cutest.  The moment we walk through your door, bright colors, sweet words, and the darling style of your cards, gifts, decor, and wrapping supplies takes over!  We leave inspired to send that note, say thank you in a different way, plan that fun party, and to pay attention to the little decorative details.  Everytime.     As Revival celebrates its 10th year this month, we just want to say 'Thank you' for being a favorite & supportive Northside neighbor.  

Mail is fun, and so are you!  

For more info on the sweetest stationery store around visit RSVP's website


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Shopgirl Top 10: Teah's Current Faves

10 Years, 10 Things: These area few of Shopgirl Teah's favorite things.   

To celebrate Revival's 10th Birthday this month, all the Shopgirls have picked their current favorites from our curated new/used/vintage wares.  First up is Teah, our resident young romantic and lover of Southwestern motifs.  For Fall, she is giving these motifs a tailored edge. 

Shop all of Teah's favorites in store or online.  Free shipping and 10% off when you use coupon code 10YEARS at Revival Online. 

This is Teah.  She is a hilarious goofball.  

1. Revival Resale Levi's Black Denim Jacket {sz. L}//$28 (shop now)
2. Revival Vintage Brass Concho Leather Purse//$68 (show now)
3. Dinosaur Toes Arrow Fletching Bracelet//$48 (shop now)
4. Dinosaur Toes Geometric Brass Cuff//$36 (shop now)

5. Lumiere Rick Rack Oversized Top//$34 (shop now)
6. Revival Vintage Two Tone Western Chambray Shirt {sz. M}//$16 (shop now)

7. Leo the Lion Astrological Shirt//$32 (shop now)
8. Revival Resale Nocona Western Booties {sz. 8.5}//$42 (shop now)

9. Erica Weiner Mitre Wood & Gold Necklace//$70 (shop now)
10. Revival Resale Rag & Bone Navy Trench Coat {sz. 8}//$178 (shop now)

Here's to 10 years of Revival Style!  


Throwback Thursday: "Store Looks for Revival of Fittest" Daily Iowan, Sept. 2003

Daily Iowan, Sept. 2003

Happy 10!!  All September, Revival is celebrating 10 Years of Revival Style.  

  • 10% Off the entire store through Sept. 8th.
  • 10% Off & Free Shipping at Revival Online with coupon code 10YEARS
  • $10 weekly deal: this week, all NEW sunglasses are $10
  • Flash sales!
  • Special gift with purchase for every $75 sale