Be My Valentine

Looking for a not-so-sweet rolled cookie?  Try this sour cream sugar cookie!  Kids love to help make them and to eat them.  Made with local flour, local eggs, fair trade sugar, and other ingredients from Organic Valley Cooperative and Frontier Co-op, you can feel good about indulging in this Valentine’s treat. The Palouse is one…

German Butter Ball Mash

Local German Butter Ball potatoes grown at the WSU Organic farm ( pictured here) have a very rough skin but a golden, buttery hue instead. This color is were I’m guessing the name comes from, as well as the texture, which is fairly creamy compare to a russet type baking potato. Want to grow some…

Chestnuts

                          We are all finished singing about chestnuts roasting on an open fire, but this December I did enjoy roasting some chestnuts I bought at the Moscow Food Coop. So beautiful and shiny! Thanks to the infographic created by Alex Boake I was easily…

Happy Halloween!

I hope you all had a great Halloween! It also happened to be the last rainy and cold day of the Moscow Farmer’s Market for this season, I know many of us will miss it. It’s been a great season and many vendors were there, still selling lots of yummy stuff, like leeks, kale, pumpkins,…

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…

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…