Smoky Drop Biscuits

Category : Breads, Breakfast, Recipes, Vegetarian

Smoky Drop BiscuitsWarm biscuits fresh out of the oven and dripping with melting butter–what a luxurious way to start a Sunday brunch!

Biscuits are quick and easy to make if you get the ingredients in the right proportions. Stir everything together, drop on a baking sheet, and bake for less than 15 minutes. It’s a perfect last minute option. Continue Reading

Yorkshire Pudding Popovers

Category : Breads, Holidays, May, Recipes, Snacks

Yorkshire Pudding PopoversYorkshire Pudding is a classic dish in Great Britain. By tradition, it is made to accompany the Sunday roast beef dinner in England, and is part of their national cuisine. It’s often served with gravy at the beginning of the meal. Continue Reading

Down Home Biscuits

Category : Breads, Breakfast, May, Recipes, Vegetarian

Down Home BiscuitsCooking is an essential part of eating as a locavore (a person who eats only locally grown foods as much as possible). Fortunately, flavorful local ingredients only require simple cooking methods. Continue Reading

Ground Cherry Bread


Category : Breads, Breakfast, Grow Your Own, Recipes, Snacks

Ground Cherry BreadRecently Lynn and Marvin Fast of Red Barn Lavender gave me some ground cherries from their garden to try cooking. Marvin  explained that ground cherries will never be a commercial money-maker because harvesting them is very labor intensive, but they are delicious to eat nevertheless. Why not grow some yourself? As you do more locavore eating (eating only locally grown food), sooner or later you’ll be motivated to do a little home gardening. I’d like to encourage you to give it a try. Fall is a good time to start planning for next year. Continue Reading

Herbed Trefoil Biscuits

Category : Breads, Recipes, Vegetarian

Herbed Trefoil BiscuitsHerbed biscuits are not hard to make. Start with a basic biscuit recipe, such as my Baking Powder Biscuits, stir some fresh chopped herbs into the batter, and voila!

Sometimes, though, you want a fancier appearance for your biscuits. It only takes a little extra time to step the look up a notch. Continue Reading

Baking Powder Biscuits

Category : Breads, Breakfast, Recipes

vMy mother and my grandmother come to mind when I think of baking powder biscuits. Both knew how to make them light and flaky, a perfect complement to almost any meat and vegetable meal. Continue Reading

Blueberry Blue Corn Muffins


Category : Breads, Recipes

Blueberry Blue Corn MuffinsThis week I didn’t have time to go to the mainland to buy groceries (I live on Lummi Island), so I relied on what was in my pantry and what I could find at the Lummi Island Farmers Market and the Islander grocery store. What a delight to walk into the Islander and see fresh Boxx Berry Farm blueberries in boxes on the checkout counter!

Some didn’t make it home, of course, and others promptly disappeared upon arrival, but I had enough left to bake into something. I had a little blue cornmeal from Fairhaven Organic Flour Mill on hand in my pantry, so decided to make some “blue in blue” muffins. Continue Reading

Quick Pizza Crust

Category : Breads, Recipes, Vegetarian

Quick Pizza CrustPizza is a go-to food when time is short. For homemade pizza to be a serious contender for dinner, I had to find a dough that was fast–and I mean really fast–and easy to make.

This recipe fills the bill beautifully. It’s yeasted, but you don’t have to wait for it to rise. You don’t have to knead it. You don’t have to toss it in the air. Continue Reading

Quick Brioche

Category : Breads, Recipes

Photo of Quick BriocheBrioche. Sounds like something gourmet that would take hours to prepare, right? And it tastes like it, too. In reality, you can make a loaf of brioche in less than two hours–and most of that is rising time and baking time, during which you can read a magazine.

As far as I know, no one grows grains commercially in Whatcom County. It’s not the ideal climate. However, Fairhaven Organic Flour Mill (Bellingham) uses regional grains from as close to home as possible. They grind organic flour freshly each week, and they make a hard red spring wheat flour especially for use in bread making. The texture, fragrance, and flavor are delightful. Continue Reading

Blue Cornbread

Category : Breads, Breakfast, Recipes, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Photo of Blue CornbreadLast week’s menu introduced Fairhaven Organic Flour Mill (Bellingham) and the fresh grain flours they grind weekly. This week I wanted to try some of their blue cornmeal. Blue corn has more protein and lysine than yellow corn, which is high in beta carotene. The blue color is a nice change, too. Other than that, you can cook with blue cornmeal just the same as you would with yellow or white.

Really fresh cornmeal has an extra bit of crunch to it that gives cornbread a nice texture.  Some local butter and honey on the fresh warm cornbread is simply out of this world! These are flavors to savor slowly. Continue Reading