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Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage RecipeCrockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe Since beginning the transition toward eating as a locavore (a person who eats only locally grown food whenever possible), I've learned to make a lot of things myself that I used to buy ready to eat. Enjoy St. Patrick's Day with this homemade Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe.

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Homemade Corned Beef RecipeHomemade Corned Beef Recipe The Homemade Corned Beef recipe below is part one of two created in honor of St. Patrick's Day. "Marco Polo rules" were applied, which means the use of non-local spices was considered an acceptable exception to strict locavorism.

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Hot Cider Toddy RecipeHot Cider Toddy Recipe This recipe is inspired by fresh apple cider from BelleWood Acres. It also includes homemade nocino (walnut liqueur). Great for holidays!

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German-style Sweet Potato SaladGerman-style Sweet Potato Salad In this Sweet Potato Salad, I've used a favorite German potato salad recipe and adapted it to use sweet potatoes instead.

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Braised Short Ribs With Mushrooms RecipeBraised Short Ribs With Mushrooms Recipe In honor of the 2013 Wild Mushroom Show, here is a recipe for succulent short ribs braised in a bone broth flavored with vegetable mirepoix, shiitake mushrooms, and fresh rosemary.

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Braised Short Ribs With Mushrooms Recipe

Braised Short Ribs With Mushrooms Recipe

By Nancy Ging | October 26, 2013 | Comments (0)

In honor of the 2013 Wild Mushroom Show, here is a recipe for succulent short ribs braised in a bone broth flavored with vegetable mirepoix, shiitake mushrooms, and fresh rosemary.

2013 Wild Mushroom Show

2013 Wild Mushroom Show

By Nancy Ging | October 26, 2013 | Comments (0)

Every year in October the Northwest Mushroomers Association (NMA) hosts a Wild Mushroom Show at Bloedel Donovan Park in Bellingham. It is a unique event, and a remarkable demonstration of the diversity of nature. It’s also really fun!

Northwest Vegetarian Cookbook: Borscht Recipe

Northwest Vegetarian Cookbook: Borscht Recipe

By Nancy Ging | October 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

Borscht recipe is reprinted by permission from The Northwest Vegetarian Cookbook by Debra Daniels Zeller. It’s been adapted for local Whatcom ingredients.

Book Review: Northwest Vegetarian Cookbook

Book Review: Northwest Vegetarian Cookbook

By Nancy Ging | October 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

One of my favorite cookbooks to browse is The Northwest Vegetarian Cookbook: 200 Recipes that Celebrate the Flavors of Oregon and Washington by Debra Daniels-Zeller.

Fruit Ball Delight Recipe

Fruit Ball Delight Recipe

By Nancy Ging | October 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

One fall day at the Bellingham Farmers Market, Nooksack 9 was offering Butterscotch melons, a deeply flavored variety of cantaloupe. Cantaloupe is something I’ve missed since moving to western Washington state years ago.

Fall Farmers Market

Fall Farmers Market

By Nancy Ging | October 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

A fall chill was in the air, and by “chill” I mean it was windy and cold. I hadn’t been into town to visit the Bellingham Farmers Market for several weeks, so I was looking forward to seeing the produce vendors and what they were offering.

Roasted Squash Seeds Recipe

Roasted Squash Seeds Recipe

By Nancy Ging | October 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

Don’t let the work of seed cleaning stop you from fixing this healthy autumn snack. The rich flavor and concentrated nutrition make Roasted Squash Seeds worth the effort.

Winter Squash Adventures!

Winter Squash Adventures!

By Nancy Ging | October 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

If you want a real winter squash adventure, as well as a creative challenge, start with a large squash and try to figure out how to get to the delicious, creamy flesh inside.

Sauteed Pears With Vinegar Reduction Recipe

Sauteed Pears With Vinegar Reduction Recipe

By Nancy Ging | October 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

This recipe uses a vinegar reduction for a tart contrast to the sweet Bosc pears, some hazelnuts to add a roasted crunch, and some basil as an earthy note to warm up the pear’s brightness.

Bosc Pears

Bosc Pears

By Nancy Ging | October 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

Washington is known as the largest apple producing state in the country. Did you know that Washington farmers are also the top producers of pears? I can still vividly remember when I first tasted fresh pears with Gorgonzola cheese. I think I may have swooned.

Smoked Salmon Recipe Using Barbecue Grill

Smoked Salmon Recipe Using Barbecue Grill

By Nancy Ging | October 15, 2013 | Comments (0)

I’d read you could smoke salmon in a charcoal barbecue grill using a hot smoking technique, so I decided to try it with some fresh reefnet chum fillets.

How to Clean a Fresh Salmon

How to Clean a Fresh Salmon

By Nancy Ging | October 15, 2013 | Comments (0)

When you buy fish directly from the fishermen on the beach at the end of the fishing day, you get the freshest possible fish in the most perfect possible condition. Here’s how to clean a fresh salmon.

Beef Jerky Recipe

Beef Jerky Recipe

By Nancy Ging | October 13, 2013 | Comments (0)

Beef jerky is a snack I grew up eating, and it’s perfect for traveling. It doesn’t require refrigeration, is loaded with flavor, needs no preparation, and provides a long-lasting energy boost because it’s mostly protein.