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…

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…

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…

Summer salads for those hot weekends!

With weather in the high 90’s last weekend, it was pretty important to not make our house any hotter than it was by trying to cook something. We were also moving, so having something quick, easy and heartier than a standard salad was a win. (Look for our apartment “kitchen remodel” results- coming soon!) I’ve got…

12-mile market

Last weekend, on the way back from a great camping getaway, I had the chance to stop by the 12-Mile Market. This gem is outside of Troy, ID and I had a lovely chat with Margo Kay and her business partner, Penny. Margo invited me right into her kitchen, where I had the pleasure of watching her…

Rhubarb, greens and chicken – Oh My!

Greens – Looks like the 2015 growing season has officially taken off! It is exciting to have so many lovely greens already in our fridge from our Omache Farm CSA share. Last week we got lettuce, spinach, arugula and kale, not to mention two different stir-fry greens(!) – they were all beautiful and have been…

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…