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Honey Minted Poached Pears Recipe

Category : Desserts, Recipes, September

Honey Minted Poached Pears RecipePoaching is a simple cooking technique used for things which need to be cooked gently, either because they are very tender or because they cook really quickly. Poaching is very forgiving in terms of slowly cooking things to the point of being perfectly done.

Tree fruits are often good poached. The low heat of poaching allows you to cook them slowly so you can determine when they are just soft enough to pierce with a fork, but not so soft that they begin to fall apart. Continue Reading

Cheese Stuffed Peppers Recipe

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Category : Appetizers, October, Recipes, Snacks

Cheese Stuffed Peppers Just before we left the Cloud Mountain Farm Center Fall Fruit Festival this year (2013), I made a trip through the farm store to find something to feature in a recipe. I chose something not always recognized as “fruit”–peppers.

I confess I love peppers. I love the look of them, the smell of them, and especially the taste of them.

It took me awhile to decide whether to use sweet peppers or hot peppers (I don’t like too much heat). I finally chose some Krimzon Lees, a pepper labeled “sweet with just a little heat.” They turned out to be perfect! Continue Reading

Brined Salmon Roe

Category : About Food Sources, Appetizers, Condiments, Holidays, Other Food Producers, Recipes, Seasonal Menu Ideas, September

Brined Salmon RoeWild salmon are considered by many to be the stars of Pacific Northwest cuisine. Smoked, grilled, or baked on cedar planks, the flavor of fresh wild salmon steaks and fillets is distinctive and adds a note of special elegance to any meal.

Salmon is even nutritionally suited to people of the Northwest. What’s a vitamin in which most of us are deficient? Vitamin D, the sun vitamin. What vitamin does salmon have in abundance? Vitamin D. How convenient! Continue Reading

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

Eggplant!

Category : Recipes, September, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Eggplant for CaponataEggplants, those lovely deep purple vegetables with smooth skin and undulating curves, are difficult to grow in our climate. That makes it a particular pleasure to find at the Farmers Market or in a home garden.

I recently found some beautiful certified organic eggplant at the Sunseed Farm booth at the Bellingham Farmers Market. I wanted to make some caponata (see recipe below), so selected one to bring home with me.

At the last minute, just as I was getting ready to do the cooking, that eggplant met with an untimely end in my refrigerator. Now, since I had planned to write about eggplant for this column, I had a full blown eggplant emergency. something for which I had no preparedness plan.  Continue Reading

Tomato Canning Process

Category : Canning & Preservation, September, Vegetarian

Canned Tomatoes In the life of a locavore (a person who eats only locally grown food as much as possible), summer is a time for both enjoying the seasonal harvest bounty and planning ahead for the winter food supply.

Instead of providing a recipe this week, here’s the process I use for canning tomatoes. It’s a classic method, not something I invented. Continue Reading

Spicy Beef Sausage Recipe

Category : Breakfast, Main Dishes, Recipes, September

Spicy Beef Sausage RecipeHere’s a beef sausage recipe I created as a substitute for chorizo in a recipe for Caldo Verde from the Winter Harvest Cookbook (see my review of the book). While this does not make chorizo, the spicy flavor makes a good alternative. It’s really quick and easy to make from locally grown grassfed beef. Continue Reading

Caldo Verde Recipe

Category : Recipes, September, Soups

Caldo Verde RecipeThis recipe is reprinted from Winter Harvest Cookbook by permission of the author, Lane Morgan (p. 68). (Read my review of the book.) I chose a robust soup for our chillier fall evenings.

The recipe is shown exactly as published, with notes added about how I adapted it to use all locally grown ingredients, including sources. I sauteed the beef sausage before adding the leeks and garlic.

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

Sticky: Second Kindle E-book: Vegetarian Holiday Menu Plan

Category : December, November, Seasonal Menu Ideas, Whatcom Locavore Products

2012 Holiday Dinner Menu Plan - VegetarianAmazon.com now is offering the vegetarian version of my 2012 Holiday Dinner Menu Plan as a Kindle book. This is for lacto-ovo-vegetarians, as the recipes do use eggs and dairy products.

Holiday highlights often involve sharing meals with gatherings of loved ones in our lives that we may not see as often as we’d like. We want dinners we prepare to be delightful taste experiences, but we don’t want to spend all our time in the kitchen in the process. We want to be free to spend time visiting and relaxing with our friends and family. Continue Reading

First Whatcom Locavore E-book Launched Today!

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Category : December, November, October, Seasonal Menu Ideas, Whatcom Locavore Products

2012 Holiday Menu Plan (Beef)We’re so excited! The first Whatcom Locavore Kindle book was just published last night! We took one of our Holiday Menu Plans (the beef version), removed some of the specific geographical information, and formatted it for the Kindle reader. As of this morning, if you search the Kindle Store for “holiday menus” we’re coming up first! The salmon and vegetarian versions will be coming next!

The book appears to be the only one available that is a complete plan for preparing a holiday dinner. Most holiday meal books are collections of recipes, but our book not only has recipes but a complete menu with shopping list and recommended preparation schedule. It’s the details for a stress-free holiday dinner, all in one package.

Purchases from Amazon by clicking here. These small books are a great gift idea, too!

Recipes have been fully tested and are guaranteed to deliver the “wow” factor in flavor, especially if you start with farm fresh locally grown ingredients. Cooking methods used are easy, and the suggested preparation schedule leaves plenty of time to visit and enjoy your guests.

Best of all, these recipes can be used together or individually anytime during the fall and winter when the ingredients used are readily available from Whatcom farmers at the Farmers Market.

Happy holidays and a ho ho ho from our home to yours!

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