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’dĀ 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-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…

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…

Asian-dumpling soup – Carol McFarland

As we count down to the first Farmer’s Markets and experiencing the uncertainty of dressing appropriately for the Palouse spring weather – I keep digging into the remnants of my frozen and dried foods from last season. This soup is perfect for a rainy spring day, and was inspired after inheriting some wonderful (super-authentic) Chinese…

Fresh Spring Rolls – Carol McFarland

Here’s a quick lunch or dinner to-go if you are looking for a way to use up some of that delicious Roasted Chicken from Link’d Hearts Ranch, or Yellow pea dip. I love how quick, easy and cooling they are on a warm spring day 1 pack of (tapioca starch-based) spring roll wrappers sliced cabbage…