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Locavore Slow Cooker Beef Goulash

Category : August, Main Dishes, Recipes

Locavore Crockpot Beef GoulashI recently reviewed the book Best of Bridge Slow Cooker Cookbook. Eating as a locavore (a person who eats only locally grown food as much as possible) means you’ll be preparing meals at home most of the time, and using your crockpot can help make meal preparation simple and easy. Continue Reading

Slow Cookers Make Home Cooking Easy

Category : Book and Movie Reviews, Whatcom Locavore Basics

Best of Bridge Slow Cooker CookbookEating as a locavore (a person who eats only locally grown food as much as possible) means you’ll be preparing meals at home most of the time. It also means those meals will be prepared mostly from scratch (i.e., no processed foods). Most people, I think, agree that eating at home would be better for their health, but some balk at the amount of time they think they’ll have to spend in the kitchen.Now, I could make a pretty good science-based argument that a lifestyle so hectic you don’t have time to ensure you eat well has other inherent health risks (stress effects on hormones, for example). However, it’s even easier to demonstrate that spending a lot of time in the kitchen in order to prepare healthy meals is totally unnecessary. Continue Reading

Refrigerator Vegetable Pickles Recipe

Category : August, Condiments, Recipes, Snacks, Vegetarian

Pickled VegetablesThis recipe is extremely flexible and makes a small quantity, so you can try it many times with various ingredients. Feel free to adjust to your own particular taste. Send me an email or leave a comment below, and let me know what combinations you particularly enjoyed! Continue Reading

Pickling Vegetables

Category : Whatcom Locavore Basics

Pickling VegetablesIn past articles, I’ve talked about how eating as a locavore (eating only locally grown foods as much as possible) means learning how to store and preserve summer harvested foods in order to have them available later in the winter. There are multitudes of ways to do that: root cellaring (even if you don’t have a root cellar), canning, freezing, smoking, dehydrating, salting, fermenting, etc.

One of my favorite food preservation methods is pickling. Crispy pickles make a nice treat as a side dish, condiment, or snack and the variety of flavors and possible combinations of ingredients are limitless. Continue Reading

Caramelized Onion Topping Recipe

Category : August, Condiments, Recipes, Sauces and Dips, Side Dishes

Caramelized Onion Topping RecipeCaramelized onions add a sweetness to savory dishes that is hard to beat. If you want to make people hungry, start sauteing some onions. Works every time!

This caramelized onion topping goes especially well on smashed potatoes, steaks, scrambled eggs, pasta, or mixed in with other vegetables. It takes the flavor up a notch. Learn to make this recipe well and I promise you’ll use it often. Continue Reading

Garlic Rosemary Smashed Potatoes Recipe

Category : August, Recipes, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Garlic Rosemary Smashed Potatoes RecipeMy daughter Joan created this delectable recipe, inspired by ingredients harvested from our home garden. Our garden is small, but we grow an amazing amount of food in it.

A caramelized onion topping is what really sets this recipe apart in terms of flavor. The sweetness of the caramelization and the slight bite of the garlic make a perfect taste combination with the creaminess of the Col White potato texture. Continue Reading

Garden Bounty

Category : About Food Sources, August, Grow Your Own

Vegetable Garden

By Southern Foodways Alliance

Nothing defines “bounty” quite like a visit to my garden at this time of the year. Everywhere I look, miraculous things are going on.My two-year-old grandson accompanies me, as usual. We take a huge bowl with us and I have a kitchen knife to help us harvest. His route around our 12 by 24 foot garden is a history of the order of ripening crops.First he races to the strawberry plants. Those are done producing for the season, but “hope springs eternal” and he checks them anyway. Continue Reading