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Garlic Scapes Pesto

Category : June, Recipes, Sauces and Dips, Vegetarian

Garlic Scapes PestoMany people were involved in creating this recipe (read about it here), and it turned out to be one of the best locavore recipes yet. Exotic looking and richly flavored garlic scapes provide the green herb for this pesto (instead of basil), and light and delicate hazelnut oil provides a robust support with a flavor strikingly different than the more commonly used olive oil.

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Strawberry Pie

Category : Desserts, June, Recipes

Strawberry PieIs there anything like the taste of the first deep red strawberries of the year? Sweet-tart and juicy, local strawberries ripened on the plant before picking are a perfect example of the advantages of eating local foods.  Berries shipped in from California and elsewhere and ripened in a box are just not the same quality.

Deep red color and fruity fragrance add to the sensory pleasures of this early local berry. This recipe takes advantage of all your favorite features of strawberries to celebrate their peak season. Continue Reading

Smoky Taco Salad

Category : June, Main Dishes, Recipes, Salads, Side Dishes

Smoky Taco SaladI’ve been creating locavore recipes on this web site for nearly two-and-a-half years now. This is the 138th recipe I’ve posted. I think I can honestly say this is one of the top three best in terms of flavor. Since I first prepared this salad, we’ve been having it at least once, and sometimes twice, a week. It’s taste is addictive! Continue Reading

Roast Beef Hash

Category : Breakfast, June, Main Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes

Roast Beef HashRoast Beef Hash is a classic way to stretch a little leftover roast beef into a hearty dish suitable for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Quick and easy to fix, it can also be a one-dish meal. Continue Reading

K Is for Kale and Kohlrabi

Category : June, Seasonal Menu Ideas

Curly Kale PlantMy garden had an abundance of kale that needed harvesting this week, so those dark leafy greens became the centerpiece of  this menu. If you haven’t tried kale, you’re in for a treat. It’s nothing short of amazing, both in flavor and nutrition. If you’ve tried it and didn’t like it, stay with me for a few minutes. You might change your mind. Continue Reading

Farm Store Adventures

Category : Farm Stands, June, Seasonal Menu Ideas

Grilled Cheese With Basil MenuI was in the mood to bake bread this week, so I decided to attempt an improved, locavore grilled cheese sandwich. The Appel Farms Cheese Shoppe immediately came to mind. I remembered their Sweet Red Pepper Gouda, a perfect central flavor. If I sliced the cheese onto homemade bread, added a generous amount of fresh basil leaves, put it onto the grill to melt into gooey perfection…well, my goal was clear. I headed out the door, turning toward Ferndale on Northwest Road, on a quest for the ingredients. Continue Reading

Spring Salad Menu

Category : June, Seasonal Menu Ideas

Spring Salad MenuIt’s that wonderful time of the year for putting together spring salads with enough variety to make a meal unto themselves! Gardens and farms are currently harvesting a cornucopia of lettuces, mixed salad greens and other salad vegetables. Continue Reading

Garlic Extras

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Category : June, Seasonal Menu Ideas

Garlic ScapesMoving toward a locavore lifestyle (eating only food grown locally in Whatcom County) can initially seem to limit your choice of ingredients. For example, bananas and mangoes require a tropical growing climate, and don’t do well in our mild Pacific Northwest weather. However, as I’ve begun to explore local foods, I’ve also found new ingredients and food varieties to add to my meals. Garlic scapes and green garlic are excellent examples currently in season. Continue Reading