This week’s food inspiration: fresh, mostly local

beet carrot radish salad coriander

My garden is not going gangbusters but I am enjoying a new CSA we are trying this summer, Growing Washington. Having so  many colors and options to play with makes the peak of summer a great time to prepare food. Mixed in you might also find ways to integrate food from the larder to make way for […]

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Simple single ingredient dog treats – Happy Cow Heart Chews

dog treat anticipation dried beef heart organic homemade hypoallergenic

Happy Cow? Yes, I asked the rancher. Also grass fed and local.  A friend and I purchased a quarter cow from a local farm near Seattle (Hallet Family) this summer. When picking up at the butcher they asked if I wanted an offal. Yes! Liver (made pate), kidney, tongue (can you say TACOS!) and heart. […]

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Pots of Potatoes : Container Gardening

I did an experiment this year, planting some organic potatoes I had purchased that had sprouted eyes. Nothing to lose as though would be composted otherwise and not at risk of growing some weird GMO capsule, I put my sprouted potatoes in pots, and covered with dirt. Once the plants starting growing, I just covered […]

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Sunshine Strawberry Oven Jam

Sunshine strawberry oven jam comes to us from the Small Batch Preserving book. The “sunshine” comes in as reference to the throwback process of placing the cooked berries out in the sun for several days to evaporate the liquid and thicken up the jam. I can only imagine the bugs, primarily bees in my yard, […]

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Preserving the Strawberry Bounty: How to Hull a Strawberry

Sure, I could have titled this post Strawberry Fields Forever, but it just seems so obvious… I recently was unsupervised out at Bolles Farm, near Monroe Washington, (aka berry picking with a group of co-workers sans hubs) and returned with sixteen pounds of organic strawberries.  Sure two of them were “for the MIL” but the […]

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