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Garlic Rosemary Smashed Potatoes

Category : August, Recipes, Seasonal Menu Ideas, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Garlic Rosemary Smashed Potatoes Last year we tried growing the Col White variety of potatoes in our garden, an early producing variety. They were creamy and delicious, and we really enjoyed experimenting with them in some of our favorite potato recipes.

Here’s a recipe my daughter created that is soul satisfying after being outdoors on a chilly fall day. Continue Reading

Carrots With Hazelnuts Recipe

Category : August, Recipes, Side Dishes

Carrots With Hazelnuts RecipeLocal hazelnuts, known to some as filberts, are a wonderful counterpoint to a lot of fruit and vegetable flavors. They also can add a crunchy texture to soft foods, and ground hazelnuts make a nice finishing touch as a topping for meat sauces, desserts, and casseroles.

This recipe uses hazelnuts to add some complexity to both taste and texture in a simple side dish. It’s a good example of how you can use just a few simple locally grown ingredients to create a memorable finished dish. Continue Reading

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

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

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

Summer Harvest Hash Recipe (One-dish Meal)

Category : August, Main Dishes, Recipes

Summer Harvest Hash RecipeBy August, local food sources are overflowing with bounty. Early berries are pretty much gone, but nearly every kind of vegetable is being harvested, and the promise of fall apples and pears are on the horizon.

An abundance of vegetables often means the produce drawer in the refrigerator is full of things just on the verge of spoiling that practically shout, “Use me NOW!” Continue Reading

Blackberry Refrigerator Jam Recipe

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Category : August, Condiments, Recipes

Blackberry Refrigerator Jam RecipeBlackberries inspire ambivalence in most of us who live around them. Their aggressive, spiky, spreading growth requires fortitude and determination to prevent their unwanted invasions into parts of the yard intended for human use. Continue Reading

Dragon’s Tongue Beans

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Category : August, Recipes, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Dragon's Tongue BeansToday’s recipe is a good example of how little you need to do to produce extraordinary flavors when cooking with fresh, local ingredients picked ripe. There is so much natural flavor in Dragon’s Tongue beans that a little butter, basil, salt and pepper are more than enough to round out the dish. Dragon’s Tongue beans are a variety of green beans which are yellow like wax beans, but with vivid purple stripes. They are tender and sweet, with no tough strings. Just wash and steam! How easy can it get?  Continue Reading

Finding Local Food

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Category : About Food Sources, August, CSAs, Farm Stands, Farmers' Markets, Grow Your Own, On the Farm, Retail Stores, Seasonal Menu Ideas, U-Pick Farms, Whatcom Locavore Basics, Where to Buy Local Food

Finding Local Foods, and Red Cabbage MenuFinding locally grown organic food can be a fascinating treasure hunt, but it also can be time consuming, especially at first. Here are some food finding tips to help jumpstart your locavore lifestyle:

1. Start close to home.
You may have noticed that I mention some farms more frequently than others. That’s because they are the best sources I’ve found close enough to my normal errand routes to be convenient. My goal is to find the quality I want as close to home as possible. I go to Half Acre Farm for u-picking vegetables, but you may be able to locate a u-pick you like closer to where you live. Continue Reading

Trying New Local Ingredients

Category : About Food Sources, August, Farmers' Markets, Lummi Island, Seasonal Menu Ideas

Try New Varieties and Stuffed Zucchini MenuAs we begin to approach the peak harvest season in Whatcom County, I enjoy going to the Farmers Market to look for different or unusual varieties of vegetables I haven’t tried before. Instead of sticking to a shopping list, sometimes I like to let the vegetables themselves inspire my menus.

Zucchini is a familiar ingredient, of course, but this week Hillcrest Farm (Lummi Island) had a variety that was new to me. “Eight Ball” zucchini is almost perfectly round, and each was about the size of a grapefruit. They practically begged to be roasted and stuffed. Continue Reading

Rainy Day Soup Menu

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Category : August, Seasonal Menu Ideas

Rainy Day Soup MenuFixing a meal that takes awhile to cook just doesn’t sound inviting on hot summer days. A nice aspect of our Northwest climate is the occasional cool rainy days which give us a break from warmer weather.

A rainy day is a good time to take a look in the produce drawer of your refrigerator (and in your garden, if you have one). What needs to be used before it spoils or gets too ripe? Continue Reading