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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

Homemade Corned Beef Recipe

Category : Main Dishes, Make It Yourself, March, Recipes

Homemade Corned Beef Recipe Spices

“Corning” beef is actually a method of pickling. The raw beef is soaked in a salty brine for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the recipe you use. (I opted for a few days, because that’s the way I am.) Continue Reading

Whatcom Farms Offering CSAs in 2014

Category : About Food Sources, CSAs, Whatcom Locavore Basics, Where to Buy Local Food

Photo of farm barnIt’s that time of year again–time to consider signing up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. (Learn more about what a CSA is and how it works.) CSAs can be a good local food solution for people who don’t have much time or inclination to shop for food.¬† They can also be more affordable than purchasing food items separately.

This year’s CSA offerings (see below) include produce, chickens, eggs, fish, flowers, and much more. It’s really quite amazing! We live in a local food paradise. Continue Reading

Cheese Stuffed Peppers Recipe

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Category : Appetizers, October, Recipes, Snacks

Cheese Stuffed Peppers 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.

I confess I love peppers. I love the look of them, the smell of them, and especially the taste of them.

It took me awhile to decide whether to use sweet peppers or hot peppers (I don’t like too much heat). I finally chose some Krimzon Lees, a pepper labeled “sweet with just a little heat.” They turned out to be perfect! Continue Reading

Cloud Mountain Fall Fruit Festival 2013

Category : On the Farm

2010 Cloud Mountain - Pink Pearl AppleWeather 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, and our family looks forward to the event held in early October.

Several key elements go together to make the Festival the remarkable event it is. The centerpiece is a tented area where an incredible variety of fruits are available for guests to taste. Apples are the main feature, but you can also taste varieties of: quince, both wine and table grapes, plums, prunes, currants, gooseberries, pawpaws, josta berries, walnuts, akebia fruit, persimmons, medlars, cranberries, kiwi, blueberries, peaches, cherries, garlic, and both sweet and hot peppers. Continue Reading

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

Spicy Beef Sausage Recipe

Category : Breakfast, Main Dishes, Recipes, September

Spicy Beef Sausage RecipeHere’s a beef sausage recipe I created as a substitute for chorizo in a recipe for Caldo Verde from the Winter Harvest Cookbook (see my review of the book). While this does not make chorizo, the spicy flavor makes a good alternative. It’s really quick and easy to make from locally grown grassfed beef. Continue Reading

Caldo Verde Recipe

Category : Recipes, September, Soups

Caldo Verde RecipeThis recipe is reprinted from Winter Harvest Cookbook by permission of the author, Lane Morgan (p. 68). (Read my review of the book.) I chose a robust soup for our chillier fall evenings.

The recipe is shown exactly as published, with notes added about how I adapted it to use all locally grown ingredients, including sources. I sauteed the beef sausage before adding the leeks and garlic.

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

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 Tomato Sauce Recipe

Category : Recipes, Sauces and Dips

Purslane Tomato Sauce Recipe¬†Purslane is a common weed in many parts of the world. But it’s also a green with a gourmet flavor. You’ll sometimes spot this delicious plant for sale at your Farmers Market. It’s a special treat of summer! Continue Reading

Daikon Fennel Slaw Recipe

Category : Recipes, Salads, Vegetarian, Whatcom Locavore Basics

Daikon Fennel SlawSimplicity itself in terms of preparation, this colorful slaw salad has spectacular flavors. It makes a unique summer picnic or potluck dish. The overall effect on the palate is light and refreshing. It’s a wonderful way to try a couple of ingredients you may not have used before–daikon radishes and fennel bulb. The carrots make this look attractive, even to kids. 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