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Sticky: Second Kindle E-book: Vegetarian Holiday Menu Plan

Category : December, November, Seasonal Menu Ideas, Whatcom Locavore Products

2012 Holiday Dinner Menu Plan - VegetarianAmazon.com now is offering the vegetarian version of my 2012 Holiday Dinner Menu Plan as a Kindle book. This is for lacto-ovo-vegetarians, as the recipes do use eggs and dairy products.

Holiday highlights often involve sharing meals with gatherings of loved ones in our lives that we may not see as often as we’d like. We want dinners we prepare to be delightful taste experiences, but we don’t want to spend all our time in the kitchen in the process. We want to be free to spend time visiting and relaxing with our friends and family. Continue Reading

Raspberry Cheese Snack Recipe

Category : Appetizers, July, Recipes, Snacks

Raspberry Cheese Snack RecipeEating to improve your mood isn’t always a bad thing! Healthy local foods can actually give your mood a lift and boost your energy, too. 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

Locavore Onion Dip

Category : Appetizers, Recipes, Sauces and Dips, Whatcom Locavore Basics

Locavore Onion DipOkay, I confess. I love the old onion dip made with sour cream and dried onion soup mix. When I started eating as a locavore, I just had to come up with an alternative that tasted as good.

Here’s the recipe I concocted. I actually like it even better than the old version. Let me know what you think. 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

Last Farmers Market 2011

Category : Bellingham, December, Farmers' Markets, Seasonal Menu Ideas

Rabbit Field Farms - Who Grows Your Food?Moods at the last Bellingham Farmers Market this year ran the gamut from holiday frivolity to sadness that the season was coming to a close. Farmers were having relaxed and jovial conversations about their winter plans (mostly involving things like chopping firewood or working on projects they hadn’t had time to tackle during the busy summer season). A couple of young women vendors at one booth were talking excitedly about a spa day someone was giving them. Some were glad they were going to be able to stay warm and dry at home for the next few Saturdays. Continue Reading