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Locavore Chili

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Category : Main Dishes, Recipes

Locavore ChiliHere’s the recipe for the chili I entered in the 2010 Lummi Island Chili Cookoff sponsored annually by Lummi Island Heritage Trust. I used ingredients almost entirely grown on Lummi Island.  Continue Reading

Lummi Island Chili Cook-off 2010

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Category : July, Seasonal Menu Ideas

Lummi Island Chili Cookoff 2010Everything was ready. I’d spent nearly two weeks tracking down and gathering ingredients from my gardening friends. The mixture had been simmering all night in crockpots and the wonderful fragrance in the morning held promise.

It was the day of the 2010 Chili Cook-off, an annual event sponsored by the Heritage Trust* on Lummi Island. I was entering for the first time with my recipe for Locavore Chili. Continue Reading

Artichokes with Sour Cream Oregano Dip

Category : Recipes, Sauces and Dips

Artichokes with Sour Cream Oregano DipA good friend had some extra artichokes harvested from her garden recently, and bestowed the treasure on me. I love artichokes!

Everyone has their own way of preparing artichokes, but I like to take some time trimming an artichoke before I cook it so I can eat it as soon as it comes out of the pot. I start by putting enough water to cover the artichokes in a large heavy pot over high heat. I add about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (Bellewood Acres, Lynden) to keep the trimmed artichoke edges from turning brown. Continue Reading

Locavore Basil Pesto

Category : Recipes, Sauces and Dips, Vegetarian

Locavore Basil PestoHere’s the challenge which was the starting point for this basil pesto recipe:

Fresh basil is abundantly available right now, and I love basil pesto on pasta. But how do I make basil pesto without olive oil, which is not produced locally? Continue Reading

Cloud Mountain Farm

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Category : Farm Stands, July, Seasonal Menu Ideas, U-Pick Farms

Cloud Mountain FarmAnyone who lives in Whatcom County has probably eaten some food produced by the dedicated people at Cloud Mountain Farm near Everson. Have you eaten at Nimbus, Prospect Street Cafe, or Boundary Bay? Enjoyed some of the exotic fruit flavors in Mallard’s ice cream? Some of the ingredients you ate were almost certainly grown at Cloud Mountain Farm. Continue Reading

You’re Invited to Lummi Island!

Category : Events, Grow Your Own

Habanero Chili Pepper - Photo by Ryan Bushby

You are warmly invited to come to the Chili Cook-off next Saturday, July 17, starting at noon at the Otto Preserve on Lummi Island. It’s a fund-raising benefit for the Heritage Trust, an organization that works to preserve the natural beauty of the Island. I’ll be there offering Locavore Chili, which will be made with (almost) all Lummi Island ingredients: grass-fed beef, home-canned tomatoes from last year’s harvest, garden grown habanero chilis, onions and beans, and more! Only a couple of spices will be non-local. It’s going to be awesome! Please stop by, taste, and vote for your favorite chili! (Full recipe will be posted here after the event.) Continue Reading

Early Summer Stir-fry

Category : Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian

Early Summer Stir-fryCooking a perfect stir-fry dish requires careful planning as the ingredients are being chopped and prepared. Especially important is to group the ingredients by cooking time. Continue Reading

Stir Fry Season

Category : July, Seasonal Menu Ideas

Stir Fry SeasonBaby bok choy, snow pea pods, zucchini, broccoli–it was time. Everything was ready for making my first summer stir-fry of the year!

I love this time of the growing season when a wide variety of local vegetables are available. It’s easy to assemble a stir-fry with enough hearty flavors to be called a one-dish meal. Continue Reading

Locavore Mayonnaise

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Category : Recipes, Sauces and Dips

I had difficulty naming this recipe. Let me explain.

It all began with the idea of making a mayonnaise recipe that didn’t use vegetable oil, which is  not produced in Whatcom County. What I ended up with was a mixture which had the consistency of mayonnaise and a wonderful tangy flavor, but not a typical mayonnaise flavor.  Continue Reading

Cherry Corn Pancakes

Category : Breakfast, Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian

Cherry Corn PancakesWe associate cherry blossoms with early spring, but what says early summer better than the cherries themselves? Cherries and berries are the earliest fruits of the year in this area, and their fresh sweet flavor is such a treat after a long locavore winter of root vegetables and food from the freezer. Continue Reading

Boxx Berry Farm Store

Category : Farm Stands, July, Seasonal Menu Ideas, U-Pick Farms

Boxx Berry CanesOn Thursdays or Fridays I do my locavore shopping, looking for ingredients to inspire these weekly recipes. I usually start at Terra Organica, because all their produce is organic. Next I go to the Community Food Co-op. Both stores label produce sources prominently so local food is easy to find.

Inspiration didn’t strike, though, until I got to Boxx Berry Farm. I stopped there last because it was a warm afternoon, my daughter and grandson were with me, and I had strawberry shortcake in mind. Boxx has outdoor picnic tables and a Shortcake Shack in their farm store where you can get Edaleen ice cream, strawberry sundaes, and strawberry shortcake–delicious! Continue Reading