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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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Creamy Lobster Mushroom Sauce Recipe

Creamy Lobster Mushroom Sauce Recipe

By Nancy Ging | October 12, 2013 | Comments (0)

Creamy Lobster Mushroom SauceLobster mushrooms have a meaty texture, even more than portobellas. For that reason they are often used by vegetarians in recipes instead of meat.

Lobster Mushrooms

Lobster Mushrooms

By Nancy Ging | October 12, 2013 | Comments (0)

Lobster mushrooms are an oddity, even in the odd and fascinating world of mushrooms. I was excited when I saw lobster mushrooms being offered recently at the Cascadia Mushrooms stand in the Bellingham Farmers Market.

Honey Minted Poached Pears Recipe

Honey Minted Poached Pears Recipe

By Nancy Ging | October 11, 2013 | Comments (0)

Tree fruits, such as pears, 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.

How to Boil Water

How to Boil Water

By Nancy Ging | October 11, 2013 | Comments (1)

Locavore eating means cooking at home. Non-cooks often use the cliche, “I can’t even boil water!” Let’s start there. You can cook an entire meal just by boiling water.

Cheese Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Cheese Stuffed Peppers Recipe

By Nancy Ging | October 10, 2013 | Comments (2)

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.

Cloud Mountain Fall Fruit Festival 2013

Cloud Mountain Fall Fruit Festival 2013

By Nancy Ging | October 10, 2013 | Comments (0)

Weather cooperated, and the day was reasonably warm and partly cloudy as we made our way to the annual Fall Fruit Festival at Cloud Mountain Farm Center near Everson. Cloud Mountain has been hosting this festival at the farm for more than 20 years.

Brined Salmon Roe

Brined Salmon Roe

By Nancy Ging | September 14, 2013 | Comments (0)

Wild 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 brined salmon roe adds a note of special elegance to any meal.

Garlic Rosemary Smashed Potatoes

Garlic Rosemary Smashed Potatoes

By Nancy Ging | September 14, 2013 | Comments (0)

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 Garlic Rosemary Smashed Potatoes.

Eggplant!

Eggplant!

By Nancy Ging | September 12, 2013 | Comments (0)

Eggplants, 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.

Tomato Canning Process

Tomato Canning Process

By Nancy Ging | September 06, 2013 | Comments (0)

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. Here’s a classic tomato canning process.

Spicy Beef Sausage Recipe

Spicy Beef Sausage Recipe

By Nancy Ging | January 05, 2013 | Comments (0)

Here’s a beef sausage recipe I created as a substitute for chorizo in a recipe for Caldo Verde from the Winter Harvest Cookbook.

Caldo Verde Recipe

Caldo Verde Recipe

By Nancy Ging | January 05, 2013 | Comments (0)

This recipe is reprinted from Winter Harvest Cookbook by permission of the author, Lane Morgan (p. 68). (Read my review of the book.)

Winter Harvest Cookbook Review

Winter Harvest Cookbook Review

By Nancy Ging | January 05, 2013 | Comments (0)

I’ve enjoyed learning about winter vegetables and how to cook with them. One of the best resources I’ve found is a cookbook by local author Lane Morgan called Winter Harvest Cookbook