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Mashed Cranberry Beans

Category : May, Recipes, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Mashed Cranberry BeansRecently I interviewed Krista Rome, who started the Backyard Beans and Grains Project on some farmland near Everson (see an article about that interview).

I purchased some cranberry beans from Krista to experiment with in my kitchen, and I asked her if she had any cooking tips to offer. When it comes to cooking with beans, Krista recommends keeping it simple. “Also,” she says, “don’t add salt or anything acid until the very end. It stops them from softening.” Continue Reading

Backyard Beans and Grains Project

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Category : CSAs, On the Farm

Backyard Beans and Grains ProjectFifteen years ago, Krista Rome began a small garden in her yard as a way of getting more connected with her food. Each year she enjoyed what she calls “peaceful tinkering,” tending her garden with basic hand tools. Then in 2008 she read three books back to back which changed her life: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver; Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan; and Plenty by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon, who first wrote about the locavore “100-mile diet” (eating only foods produced within a 100-mile radius of where you live). Continue Reading

Yorkshire Pudding Popovers

Category : Breads, Holidays, May, Recipes, Snacks

Yorkshire Pudding PopoversYorkshire Pudding is a classic dish in Great Britain. By tradition, it is made to accompany the Sunday roast beef dinner in England, and is part of their national cuisine. It’s often served with gravy at the beginning of the meal. Continue Reading

Taking Personal Responsibility

Category : About Food Sources

No GMOsAmerica’s primary food production systems have serious problems, not the least of which is deep dependence on petroleum, a non-renewable resource. Pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers–most of these are petroleum based. Then there’s genetically modified food (GMOs), hormones, antibiotics, additives–the list goes on and on.  Continue Reading

Down Home Biscuits

Category : Breads, Breakfast, May, Recipes, Vegetarian

Down Home BiscuitsCooking is an essential part of eating as a locavore (a person who eats only locally grown foods as much as possible). Fortunately, flavorful local ingredients only require simple cooking methods. Continue Reading

Learning to Cook

Category : Make It Yourself, Whatcom Locavore Basics

Learning to CookLast fall at a farm event, a woman told me she always enjoys reading my recipes. I asked her if she had a favorite. “Oh, I’ve never tried one,” she said. “I don’t know how to cook, but your recipes always sound so good.”

I was reminded of our conversation again just recently when I found an online video interview featuring Food Network star Alton Brown. Brown was asked if he thought a person could learn to cook by watching TV shows. He emphatically replied, “No.” Food shows could entertain and educate, he said, but too much about cooking requires hands on experience best learned from someone in person. Continue Reading

Veg Express – Food Truck Local

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Category : Bellingham, Farmers' Markets, Retail Stores, Where to Buy Local Food

Veg ExpressBellingham Dealsaver (sponsored by the Bellingham Herald) recently offered coupons for Veg Express, a food truck which operates at 700 Ohio St. just off I-5 in Bellingham. Though it’s been in operation for about two years, I hadn’t heard of it before. Continue Reading

Homemade Paneer Cheese

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Category : Appetizers, Make It Yourself, May, Sauces and Dips, Snacks, Vegetarian, Whatcom Locavore Basics

Homemade PaneerIf you love cheese, learning to make it at home can open a whole new world of culinary adventure. While some cheese requires special ingredients and tools, many cheeses can be made with equipment you probably already have in your kitchen. Continue Reading

Kohlrabi Bouquet

Category : Bellingham, Farmers' Markets

Fresh KohlrabiI couldn’t resist posting this photo of Roslyn McNicholl’s beautiful display of kohlrabi just before the Bellingham Farmers Market opened one Saturday morning recently. Roslyn owns Rabbit Fields Farm in Everson.

When I saw these beautiful vegetables I knew I had to take a picture. As I moved in closer, I bumped into another photographer who was intent on capturing the same image. We had a good laugh about being attracted to the same thing out of the whole market of possible images.

The fresh purple kohlrabi were exquisite. Nice trimming Roslyn!