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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

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

2012 Whatcom Farm Tour

Category : About Food Sources, Events, Farm Stands, On the Farm, U-Pick Farms

September 8, 2012
10:00 amto5:00 pm
10:00 amto5:00 pm

Photo of farm barnNext Saturday, September 8, is one of my favorite events every year–the annual Whatcom Farm Tour! It’s a free self-guided tour of farms around the County who open their gates to visitors from 10am to 5pm. A lot of the farms offer special events, rides for the family, tastings, and more during the day. Continue Reading

Purslane: Pesky Weeds or Gourmet Greens?

Category : July, Seasonal Menu Ideas, Wildcrafting

PurslanePesky weed? Edible landscaping plant? Medicinal herb? Gourmet greens? Purslane is all of the above.Purslane (Portulaca olearacea–also called “pigweed”) is a determined and adaptive plant. According to a Whatcom County Noxious Weed Control Board* handout, a single plant can produce 240,000 seeds which can remain viable in the soil for up to 40 years. A small part of the plant can sprout into a whole new plant. If you pull it up, the plant can still go on to produce seeds, and if it’s anywhere near dirt it will root and grow again. It’s even a succulent (meaning it stores water), so can withstand a certain amount of drought conditions. (That means it’s also not an herb or vegetable.) Purslane takes hardiness to a whole new level. Continue Reading

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

Strawberry Pie

Category : Desserts, June, Recipes

Strawberry PieIs there anything like the taste of the first deep red strawberries of the year? Sweet-tart and juicy, local strawberries ripened on the plant before picking are a perfect example of the advantages of eating local foods.  Berries shipped in from California and elsewhere and ripened in a box are just not the same quality.

Deep red color and fruity fragrance add to the sensory pleasures of this early local berry. This recipe takes advantage of all your favorite features of strawberries to celebrate their peak season. Continue Reading

Local Foods On a Budget

Category : Whatcom Locavore Basics

Food BudgetWhen you first begin transitioning toward eating as a locavore (a person who eats only locally grown food as much as possible), you may experience sticker shock. Local food, especially organic, can be more expensive than its imported grocery store counterparts. There are ways, though, to stay within a food budget and still eat mostly local. Here are some ideas I’ve found helpful. Continue Reading

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

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

Veg Express – Food Truck Local

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Category : Bellingham, Farmers' Markets, Retail Stores, Where to Buy Local Food

Veg ExpressBellingham Dealsaver (sponsored by the Bellingham Herald) recently offered coupons for Veg Express, a food truck which operates at 700 Ohio St. just off I-5 in Bellingham. Though it’s been in operation for about two years, I hadn’t heard of it before. Continue Reading

Homemade Paneer Cheese

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Category : Appetizers, Make It Yourself, May, Sauces and Dips, Snacks, Vegetarian, Whatcom Locavore Basics

Homemade PaneerIf you love cheese, learning to make it at home can open a whole new world of culinary adventure. While some cheese requires special ingredients and tools, many cheeses can be made with equipment you probably already have in your kitchen. Continue Reading

Kohlrabi Bouquet

Category : Bellingham, Farmers' Markets

Fresh KohlrabiI couldn’t resist posting this photo of Roslyn McNicholl’s beautiful display of kohlrabi just before the Bellingham Farmers Market opened one Saturday morning recently. Roslyn owns Rabbit Fields Farm in Everson.

When I saw these beautiful vegetables I knew I had to take a picture. As I moved in closer, I bumped into another photographer who was intent on capturing the same image. We had a good laugh about being attracted to the same thing out of the whole market of possible images.

The fresh purple kohlrabi were exquisite. Nice trimming Roslyn!