Quick & Delish Whole Wheat Pancakes

Pancakes are a special treat at our house. I started making pancakes from scratch over 20 years ago, following a pancake recipe in the Betty Crocker’s Cookbook. Over time, I modified the recipe to fit the local tastes of our family. While I no longer measure ingredients, here is an approximation of what I include…

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…

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…

Take-Out Challenged: Local Sweet and Sour Chicken

Here’s another simple layer and bake dinner option, using some great early fall local food. The focus of this dish is the amazing pastured chicken from Link’d Hearts Ranch. Which turned into some delicious sweet and sour chicken with three simple steps: The first, was to chop onions, garlic, red peppers and carrots, all from local…

Local Food Snack Attack!

As leaves crunch under my feet on the way to farmer’s market, I’ve been getting the urge to snack more than usual. Finding myself in pursuit of more quick mini-meals, I’ve been challenged to find simple, healthy, quick and easy options, fitting my dietary restrictions, especially those that are local. Fortunately, fresh food isn’t gone…

Dutch Oven Ham with Apples and Winter Squash

As much as I love the bounty and freshness of the summer harvest, as we transition into autumn season meals, I love the richness and higher prevalence of umami flavor in fall meals. Have you heard of umami? Described by the Japanese word, it has been discovered as the fifth primary taste, right along with…

Veggie Egg Sandwich

Things have been getting hectic again with another move coming this weekend. So, it is more quick and easy food these days and trying to sneak in as much nutrition while I’m at it. I grew up on egg sandwiches, so they are also kind of a comfort food, but the simple version doesn’t pack…

Crop Mobbing at Pokey Creek Farm

As the rich green hues of the Palouse begin to shift to a more rustic palette we start to see harvest celebrations centered around local food, like Buy Local Moscow’s Eat Local Week (great post with details here). Last Sunday I had the privilege of rounding out a wonderful week of local love at Pokey Creek Farm in…

Celebrate Autumn – with Apple-Plum Pork Chops

WSU Family-Graduate Housing, has a lot of great programs, but one of my favorites has always been the fall apple picking at Bishop’s Orchard in Garfield, Washington. This event was last weekend and it was a beautiful day for it! We came away with 12 pounds of apples –  some of them, of course, have…

Veggie-Hummus Sandwich

Here’s a quick classic. This one takes me back to always coveting the lunch of a vegetarian friend, who often brought this sandwich. It always looked so fresh, crisp and delicious, that I finally starting making these sandwiches for myself and they are always everything I dream of: fresh, hearty and delicious! They are great…