The Salad Equation

In early spring, fresh greens are abundant, and, if you are like me, you are thinking of the months of salad ahead. Over the next several weeks, I will be sharing some of my favorite salad combinations and award-winning (in my opinion) simple salad dressings and vinaigrettes. Amongst my friends, I am known as the…

Arugula Breakfast Salad

If you have ever dined at Bloom, one of Moscow, Idaho’s local food restaurants, you may have seen the arugula breakfast salad on their menu.  It is one of my favorites!  I am always so happy to be able to enjoy a homemade breakfast salad!  Now, with spring greens popping up, you’ll soon be able…

Hodapps Berry & Dairy

This week was the grand opening of Hodapps Berry and Dairy in Lewiston.  Conveniently located at the bottom of the Old Spiral Highway and only 35 minutes from Moscow, visiting the farm was a great Saturday outing.  When we got to the farm, we were met by farmer Greg Hodapp and his enthusiastic canine sidekick,…

Butternut & Red Lentil Soup

While salad is my absolute favorite food, soup is a close second ~ especially on these erratic spring days when you can have sunshine one minute, hail the next followed by a dark clouds and an unexpected rainbow.  This soup, easy to prepare, relatively quick, and extremely delicious, is a great addition to your spring…

Selecting Seeds

It is already the end of March and many of us have fingers itching to get into the garden!  Along with spring gardening fever comes seed selection.  And, not all seeds are the same. When you think about it, it makes sense to buy seed that is adapted to your local climate.  Enter Snake River…

Spring Spinach Risotto

The past few weeks, spring spinach from WSU Organic Farm has been available continuously at the Moscow Food Co-op.  While I love fresh spinach, its not a favorite of others in my household.  Risotto, on the other hand, is.  Combining the two, we are all pretty happy! Usually, risotto is made with a dry white…

Luck of the Irish

  The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and my Irish luck, is to have fresh mache, an early spring green, from Deep Roots Farm (Moscow, Idaho), raw, unpasteurized goat’s milk garlic basil chevre from Red Roof Farmstead (Athol, Idaho) and corned beef from Oregon Country Beef (brined by the Moscow Food…

Fuel Up to Play with White Bean Hummus!

Locally grown white beans from Affinity Farm! What a treat to find in the cupboard on a cool, late-winter day. These locally grown dry beans were a new addition to my 2017 Affinity Farm CSA – one I got pretty excited about last fall and again this week when I realized I had not used…

Local Food, Safe Food

Farming is more than planting, harvesting and selling great tasting local produce.  It is a commitment to continual learning, improvement and creativity.  And, some days, that includes thinking deeply about what it takes to bring safe food to your table. I want to give a shout of appreciation to the farmers from across the Palouse…

Craving Fresh Greens!

Locally grown spinach in February! Fresh from the Eggert Family Organic Farm on the Washington State University Campus. A delight I found at the Moscow Food Co-op this week along with local onions (and a variety of local root crops from Ronnigers Organics, but the root crops are another story!). Fresh, local spinach is such…

The Tang of Buttermilk

Buttermilk pancakes are my kids’ favorite, especially on slow Saturday mornings.  Since buttermilk is not a staple in my fridge, I need to think ahead to make sure I have this signature ingredient on hand when the weekend arrives. At the Moscow Food Co-op, you can find local, raw buttermilk fresh from Mary Jane’s Farm…

Winter Sunshine

If you are like me, at the end of farmers market, you stock up on winter squash.  It is mid-winter, and I still have five, yes, five beautiful butternut squash from Tonnemakers Farm that I purchased at the Moscow Farmers Market last October.  Now, I am combing through my cookbooks looking for recipes I can…