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…

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…

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…

Summer-Harvest Vegetable Soup

As we move past mid-September, the Palouse-Clearwater region has been experiencing some hints of the transition from summer to fall. I find this a bittersweet time, because I love the changing fall leaves and their crunch and shadows on the sidewalks, the abundance of harvest season, and when it is a bit cold and rainy…

Putting Food By – Drying Peppers, Peaches and More!

I love dehydrating things for winter! One of the big concerns with eating an exclusively local diet is getting the daily requirement of vitamin C in the wintertime. Dehydrating all kinds of fruits, including tomatoes and peppers, can be a great way to still eat them when the plants have long-since dropped their leaves. The…

Walnut- “Pate” Sandwiches

I’ve been mentioning lately that things have gotten pretty hectic. Between crunching data for the home-stretch of my Master’s Degree, recent traveling, a health issue that had me laid-up for a couple weeks and moving, I’ve really had to use planning ahead as my friend, to create short-cuts and make things easier later- to keep us…

More Lentils!

In honor of the recent lentil festival, I made a couple of yummy lentil dishes to accompany all of the amazing late summer produce available right now. The first recipe is a variation from a cookbook I’ve enjoyed spending time with over the past couple of years. The second is a pretty simple, “go-to” foundational lentil…

Lentil Fest!

Did you go to the National Lentil Festival in Pullman last weekend? We did, and we had a great time! It’s not every day that we get to dress up like a vegetable and joing a parade (and have all your friends see/mock you for it), listen to one of our favorite musicians and eat…

Tuesday Night Summer Curry

Tuesday night is time to get ready for the next infusion of delicious veggies in our weekly basket from our CSA membership. Another point of inspiration, is that my friend and office-mate Jason, always has the best smelling lunch. It is because he makes a lot of vegetable curry dishes. These tend to be highly…

Saucy-Chick Salad and Wrap

Who loves moving? Moving when it is above 90 degrees, is just about as fun as it sounds. Having done this recently, I had a fun challenge coming up with quick and easy meals, while generating as little excess heat as possible. Enter – this saucy creation with some of the usual chick (-en and…

Weeknight Summer Dinner – a Quick Inspiration: with Salsa-Salad

At the height of summer in the Palouse-Clearwater region, we’ve got lots of amazing goodies that can be put together for a simple evening meal. Maybe you are working extra hard during harvest time, or to welcome the students back or maybe you’ve been out playing hard and want to throw together a quick “square…