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Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

Category : Canning & Preservation, Holidays, Main Dishes, March

Corned Beef and Cabbage RecipeSince 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. In the process I’ve made four simple discoveries which have revolutionized my overall approach to eating and feeding my family. Here they are: Continue Reading

Hot Cider Toddy Recipe

Category : Beverages, Holidays, November, Recipes

Hot Apple Cider ToddyThis recipe is inspired by fresh apple cider from BelleWood Acres. However, it also includes a beverage experiment I tried several years ago.

I was living in a cabin with a huge walnut tree just outside the door. Every year, I’d watch for the walnuts to ripen, but every year I’d awaken one morning to the sound of blue jays. That was the day the walnuts would all be gone. The jays were faster than me when the walnuts were ripe.

One year I read about an Italian liqueur called nocino, which is made from green walnuts steeped in vodka for a couple of months, sometimes with added herbs and spices. At last! I’d found a way to enjoy at least some of the walnuts before the jays ate them.

At first, the nocino I made tasted bitter, but everything I read said the flavor would get better with age (as in years). It did.  Continue Reading

Creamy Lobster Mushroom Sauce Recipe

Category : Holidays, Recipes, Sauces and Dips, September, Vegetarian

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. People also use lobster mushrooms to dye fibers for knitting or weaving.

Lobster mushrooms are particularly fascinating in the strange world of fungi. Read my article about Lobster Mushrooms.

If you’re interested in learning more about mushrooms and how to identify, collect and eat them safely, I’d recommend contacting the Northwest Mushroomers Association (NMA). Call Jack Waytz at (360) 303-4079 or Margaret Dilly at (360) 675-8756, or see their website at: www.northwestmushroomers.org   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

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

Sauteed Sockeye Salmon Fillets

Category : Holidays, January, Main Dishes, Recipes

Sauteed Sockeye Salmon FilletsSockeye salmon has a sturdy flavor and so needs very little in the way of preparation. In fact, some would say it is best eaten raw (first ensuring it is sushi quality, of course). I prefer to simply saute sockeye fillets in butter–no herbs and no sauce. At most, I might sprinkle on a little lemon juice after the fish is fully cooked. Continue Reading

Sweet Potato Chips

Category : Appetizers, Holidays, Recipes, Whatcom Locavore Basics

Sweet Potato Chips With Onion DipI don’t know anyone who doesn’t like potato chips, though the store-bought version is often a guilty pleasure. We all know the health hazards they present–transfats, high sodium, etc. But they’re just so…well, good!

Fortunately there are options. Making oven-baked potato chips isn’t very difficult, especially if you have a mandoline for slicing them thinly and quickly. (Be careful, those things are sharp! Use the hand guard.) The other trick for success is to watch the chips carefully in the oven. They go from done to burnt in seconds. Continue Reading

Meatballs With Wine Sauce

Category : Appetizers, Holidays, Recipes

Meatballs With Wine SauceA lot of appetizers are served cold, but sometimes it’s nice to have warmer options, especially during winter holiday entertaining. These meatballs with a creamy wine sauce make a heartier offering, but still are bite-sized to keep them easy for your guests to eat. It’s also a simple recipe to prepare. Continue Reading

Cheese Cone with Apple Slices

Category : Appetizers, Holidays, Recipes, Sauces and Dips

Cheese ConeYears ago I clipped a recipe for two kinds of cheese cones from a magazine. They were called “cones” because nuts are used to decorate the cheese dip so they look similar to a pine cone.

This is a locavore adaptation of one of those cheese cone recipes. Serve it with fresh slices of apples to dip into it. Try using Honeycrisp apples, as they don’t brown as easily as other common apple varieties, or put the slices in 4 cups water with 1/2 tsp salt dissolved in it. Let soak for about 5 minutes, then drain. Continue Reading

Smoked Salmon Potato Galettes

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Category : Appetizers, Holidays, Recipes, Sauces and Dips

Smoked Salmon Potato GaletteFresh caught local wild salmon is one of the great gastronomical perks of living in the Pacific Northwest. Smoking adds an extra special layer of flavor, but can also add to the cost (unless you know a fisherman). Fortunately, it doesn’t take much smoked salmon to enhance the flavor of otherwise mildly flavored dishes. Continue Reading

Stress-free Holiday Entertaining

Category : Holidays, November, Seasonal Menu Ideas

Vegetable Beef SoupIf you’re the cook in the family, thoughts of holiday entertaining may generate ambivalent feelings. On the one hand, hosting family and friends for a festive occasion is a special pleasure. On the other hand, it can also seem like a daunting amount of work in a season when time is already stretched thin with decorating, gifting, guests, and travel. How to resolve this conflict? Let me pass on a solution that has worked well for me. Continue Reading

Spicy Tomato Soup

Category : Holidays, November, Recipes, Soups, Vegetarian

Spicy Tomato SoupHere’s a simple, yet unique, tomato soup that I guarantee you will enjoy! It has a rich smokey flavor with just a hint of peppery heat. Continue Reading

Savory Stuffed Pumpkin for the Holidays

Category : Holidays, Main Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes

Savory Stuffed PumpkinColorful leaves, a chilly bite in the air, howling gales and horizontal rain–ah! Fall in Whatcom County, just the way we like it! And at the Farmers Market and farms all around the County, what says “Fall is here and winter holidays are coming!” more than beautiful orange pumpkins? Continue Reading