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  “… asparagus, tinged with ultramarine and rosy pink which ran from their heads, finely stippled in mauve and azure, through a series of imperceptible changes to their white feet, still stained a little by the soil of their garden bed….” Proust has it right concerning the joys of asparagus. My idea of the perfect […]

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Chicken pasties, designer mulled lemonade, buskers and juicy produce; the Bellingham Farmer’s Market has it all.  Yesterday under the glorious sunshine we got a chance to visit this vibrant place.      

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Rhubarb Crisp

The rhubarb is exploding out of the ground – it’s time to make a crisp!  There are many ways to eat this tangy plant but my favorite way is in a crunchy, nutty, sweet and sour dessert. Ingredients: Fresh rhubarb stems 1/4 cup tapioca or flour for thickening the juices 2 cups sugar One cup […]

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Ginger Bug!

This zesty fermented drink is the base of a great ginger ale or beer.  You can also use it for rhubarb or other flavored sodas. Making it is a easy as chopping up some ginger, putting it in a jar, adding dechlorinated water and some sugar.  The recipe calls for two teaspoons of ginger, two cups water and […]

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“I will trade you a basket for that garlic aioli.” I said with conviction.  “Done!” said the woman next to a row of promising jars.  This month’s Backyard Barter fair was held at the Ballard library and featured a range of delicious and interesting things to trade; tangy pickled brussel sprouts, Elaine Corets’ quince paste, […]

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Time to Harvest Nettles!

Nettles are an amazingly versatile plant; the young shoots are high in protein and vitamins, the older plant can be used to make fiber and the leaves and roots can be used at any time to make a green dye. Right now is a good time to harvest the young tender leaves.  To find this valuable plant, look for […]

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I planted a huge amount of kale last summer; it over-wintered beautifully and now it’s ready to bloom.  After a few frosts the leaves are almost sweet and quite tender.  The flower heads taste a lot like broccoli and are delicious as a salad or stir fry. Ingredients: Kale flowers and leaves, 4 cups Canola […]

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So what do you do if you have very little land, a thrifty budget and still want to eat super local?  Wild edibles can be a great way to go! By following a few simple rules you can safely harvest a bounty: Only eat what you know Harvest small amounts Don’t harvest near roads or […]

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Winter Salad

The sky is grey and the nights are cold so it’s time to make zesty winter salads to pick us up and keep us going until spring.  Last night I made a salad that was good enough that my family kept eating way beyond politeness. Ingredients Emmer or wheat berries Delicata squash Kale – from […]

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Oranges are in season right now and staying inside on a cold, rainy day to make marmalade is a great way to pass the time.  Your whole house will smell wonderful! Peel the oranges by scoring the orange and carefully peeling off the skin. Peel off the white pithy part of the orange and save […]

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