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German-style Sweet Potato Salad

Category : October, Recipes, Salads, Side Dishes

Sweet Potato SaladSweet potatoes can be prepared exactly as you would prepare regular white potatoes, though the flavor will be considerably different–richer and sweeter. In salads, as fries, mashed, sautéed, boiled, steamed, or however you choose to prepare them, sweet potatoes add a sweet earthy flavor to any dish.

I also use them in recipes just as I would squash or pumpkin. Their sweetness makes them ideal for desserts as well as savory dishes. The classic sweet potato pie is a good example. In the recipe below, I’ve used a favorite German potato salad recipe and adapted it to use sweet potatoes instead. Continue Reading

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Garlic Rosemary Smashed Potatoes

Category : August, Menu Ideas, Recipes, 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

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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

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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

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Caramelized Onion Topping Recipe

Category : August, Condiments, Recipes, Sauces and Dips, Side Dishes

Caramelized Onion Topping RecipeCaramelized onions add a sweetness to savory dishes that is hard to beat. If you want to make people hungry, start sauteing some onions. Works every time!

This caramelized onion topping goes especially well on smashed potatoes, steaks, scrambled eggs, pasta, or mixed in with other vegetables. It takes the flavor up a notch. Learn to make this recipe well and I promise you’ll use it often. Continue Reading

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Garlic Rosemary Smashed Potatoes Recipe

Category : August, Recipes, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Garlic Rosemary Smashed Potatoes RecipeMy daughter Joan created this delectable recipe, inspired by ingredients harvested from our home garden. Our garden is small, but we grow an amazing amount of food in it.

A caramelized onion topping is what really sets this recipe apart in terms of flavor. The sweetness of the caramelization and the slight bite of the garlic make a perfect taste combination with the creaminess of the Col White potato texture. Continue Reading

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Smoky Taco Salad

Category : June, Main Dishes, Recipes, Salads, Side Dishes

Smoky Taco SaladI’ve been creating locavore recipes on this web site for nearly two-and-a-half years now. This is the 138th recipe I’ve posted. I think I can honestly say this is one of the top three best in terms of flavor. Since I first prepared this salad, we’ve been having it at least once, and sometimes twice, a week. It’s taste is addictive! Continue Reading

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Roast Beef Hash

Category : Breakfast, June, Main Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes

Roast Beef HashRoast Beef Hash is a classic way to stretch a little leftover roast beef into a hearty dish suitable for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Quick and easy to fix, it can also be a one-dish meal. Continue Reading

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Mashed Cranberry Beans

Category : May, Recipes, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Mashed Cranberry BeansRecently I interviewed Krista Rome, who started the Backyard Beans and Grains Project on some farmland near Everson (see an article about that interview).

I purchased some cranberry beans from Krista to experiment with in my kitchen, and I asked her if she had any cooking tips to offer. When it comes to cooking with beans, Krista recommends keeping it simple. “Also,” she says, “don’t add salt or anything acid until the very end. It stops them from softening.” Continue Reading

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Fried Cabbage With Noodles

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Category : About Food Sources, April, Bellingham, Farmers' Markets, Main Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Fried Cabbage and NoodlesMost of the ingredients in this dish, except the butter, were items purchased at the Bellingham Farmers Market from Whatcom County farm vendors on opening day (April 7, 2012). Even this early in the spring, local farmers have an amazing array of vegetables and other foods from which to choose. Continue Reading

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Stewed Kale With Tomatoes

Category : March, Recipes, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Stewed Kale With TomatoesWhatcom Farm to School’s “Harvest of the Month” for March 2012 is kale, one of my favorite local greens. I’ve been growing, eating, and enjoying kale for years, so I was surprised to find that many people think of kale as an unusual vegetable. If that includes you, let me fill you in on what you’ve been missing. Continue Reading

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Sunchoke Potato Gratin

Category : January, Recipes, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Sunchoke Potato GratinWinter meals in the northwest corner of the Pacific Northwest are all about warmth, stick-to-your-ribs heartiness, and flavors with substance. For locavores, winter is also about root vegetables, the kinds of things that are harvested in late fall and can be stored over the winter. Continue Reading

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Mint Candy Cane Beets

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Category : Desserts, Recipes, Salads, Side Dishes

Mint Candy Cane BeetsIt was the last Farmers Market of 2011,  and I was looking for an ingredient to make a festive, end of the year dish which would be both a flavorful and a visual end-of-season celebration. I found exactly what I needed at Alm Hill Gardens–chioggia (pronounced “kee-OH-jee-ah”) beets. Continue Reading

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