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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

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

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

Locavore Slow Cooker Beef Goulash

Category : August, Main Dishes, Recipes

Locavore Crockpot Beef GoulashI recently reviewed the book Best of Bridge Slow Cooker Cookbook. Eating as a locavore (a person who eats only locally grown food as much as possible) means you’ll be preparing meals at home most of the time, and using your crockpot can help make meal preparation simple and easy. Continue Reading

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

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

Summer Harvest Hash Recipe (One-dish Meal)

Category : August, Main Dishes, Recipes

Summer Harvest Hash RecipeBy August, local food sources are overflowing with bounty. Early berries are pretty much gone, but nearly every kind of vegetable is being harvested, and the promise of fall apples and pears are on the horizon.

An abundance of vegetables often means the produce drawer in the refrigerator is full of things just on the verge of spoiling that practically shout, “Use me NOW!” 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

Blackberry Refrigerator Jam Recipe

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Category : August, Condiments, Recipes

Blackberry Refrigerator Jam RecipeBlackberries inspire ambivalence in most of us who live around them. Their aggressive, spiky, spreading growth requires fortitude and determination to prevent their unwanted invasions into parts of the yard intended for human use. 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

Perfect Poached Eggs

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Category : Breakfast, Main Dishes, Recipes

Perfect Poached EggNever poached an egg before? Have you tried, but had trouble keeping the egg from turning into a lacy mess?

With the right technique and a little practice, it’s easier than you think. 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