Eating locally

Strawberry picking and a recipe for pickling

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

The three of us headed to the Skagit Valley on Saturday for the ultimate strawberry picking event.  Jon Rowley, the man who was named the “Disciple of Flavor” by Saveur magazine, organized this second annual field trip north to show us where the sweetest variety of local strawberries are grown.  This is the same man […]


Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Walk through the farmer’s market at this time of year, and you’ll find fewer produce farmers and slimmer pickings.  Don’t get me wrong, we live in a great part of the country for growing food, and in the winter we still have beautiful greens, apples galore, winter squashes, and carrots to brighten up your bag.  […]


Sunday, June 28th, 2009

I spend all year dreaming about summer produce, especially our local Washington fruit.  For a couple weeks now, I’ve gone strawberry-crazy, making ice cream, jam, and eating them plain with a touch of our really nice balsamic from Italy, which is sadly almost gone. I was about to make a strawberry tart this weekend, when […]

Freezer food

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Hm, I’ve been slacking on the blogging front, haven’t I?  Life has gotten a bit crazy lately, but here I am again.  During crazy times, we often find ourselves digging around in our freezer on weeknights, looking for something that might make a quick and easy dinner.  Which got me to wondering, what do other […]

A quest for buffalo mozzarella

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

It was a hot August afternoon when we arrived in Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley.  We had been traveling by car and ferry for over six hours, and although we knew we were close, we thought we might have made a wrong turn when the country dirt road passed a sad stretch of logged tree stumps.  […]

Dog Mountain Farm dinner

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

We had perfect weather last Sunday for Dog Mountain Farm’s fourth farm dinner of the season – skies with barely a cloud in sight, and warm sunshine, but not too hot (which was nice since the dinner tables are not shaded!).  We were looking forward to this dinner, since we thought it might be a […]

Fava beans

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

A recent farm basket from Tiny’s Organics included some beautiful fava beans.  Dawn and I look forward to favas each spring, and we ordered them at restaurants around town whenever we could this past month.  Now that we had our own, I spent an hour peeling them, twice – once for the outer pod, which […]

SIFF film: Good Food

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

We’ve purchased our tickets to Wednesday evening’s SIFF documentary Good Food.  This will be the world premiere of the film, but there is another screening Saturday afternoon, too. This lively tour of various Washington state farms and ranches that have adopted healthier organic methods in raising their products offers several lucid arguments in favor of […]

Braised Mangalitsa pork jowl

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

What had I gotten myself into?  Just before our friends arrived, I pulled the meat out of the braising liquid.  It jiggled like jello.  I hope Heath Putnam is right, because this stuff appeared to be almost entirely fat.  And here we were going to serve it to friends and call this dinner. We have been […]

Saturday afternoon snack

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Market fresh ricotta from Sea Breeze Farm, spread on Tall Grass Bakery bread, drizzled with local honey, and sprinkled with salt and some thyme leaves from our garden.  The weather inspired us to brew up some iced tea (Barnes and Watson Tahitian Blend, our favorite tea for iced).  What could be better on a warm […]

Eat Local: not just for Queen Anne

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Queen Anne has become the most recent foodie destination, with new restaurants opening practically monthly.  Queen Anne isn’t very convenient for us to get to, however, so we usually only head up there with a specific destination in mind.  This is why we are envious of all the Queen Anne folks who have ready access […]

Toffee pretzels and other Saturday morning eats

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

We’re lucky to live close to one of the biggest farmers markets in the area, in the U-District.  Open year round, it’s our favorite place to shop.  During the summer, the place is jam-packed and for some items it’s essential to get there before the 9:00 opening bell.  In the winter, however, the booths are […]