Summer-veggie stuffed mushrooms with polenta*

We were just visiting my mom over in Western Montana, she loves food too and, has a great garden. She ended up kind of “Iron Chef” challenging me to cook her dinner. She brought in her big basket of kale from the garden, added some other stuff from her fridge and wished me luck making dinner!…

More opportunities to eat local- on vacation!

With the 4th of July indicating that summer and summer vacations are officially on in full-force, this presents some challenges to local eating, but some great opportunities as well! We explored several of these opportunites during our recent vacation around Washington State One highlight was the chance to give a workshop about local and seasonal…

Stuffed Morels

This should be my last morel-specific post for awhile. If you are interested in morel preservation and general mushroom hunting make sure you check out the previous posts. Also, this great article from WSU news, on the “Shroom Boom” of the PNW, can attest that we are not the only ones obsessed with these amazing fungi…

More on Morels

“Believing is Seeing – Mushroom hunting can teach us a lot about the larger world. A common experience of mushroom hunters is not being able to see a particular kind of mushroom when they first try to collect it. One woman wanted to find morels… and spent an entire morning looking, without finding a single…

Spring Cleaning Breakfast – Carol McFarland

The days are getting longer and warmer and it sounds like the local chickens (at least those at Link’d Hearts Ranch) are starting to ramp up production again. I call this the “Spring Cleaning Breakfast” because eggs, mushrooms, cilantro, green onions and the vitamin C in strawberries are all supposed to support the body in…

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…

Early Spring SLIDERS! – Carol McFarland

It is now April and the daffodils have been transitioning into tulips. I even saw some lilac buds beginning at the WSU campus. Things are feeling a bit lean on the local food scene these days and I confess I went to my favorite warehouse store last weekend. It was a busy week and unfortunately…

Happy and Healthy Easter Brunch! -Carol McFarland

Just a bit of inspiration today! Quick and easy for two or at the core of a larger brunch for family and friends. Bacon bits, carmelized onions, and mushrooms with spring asparagus and seasonal grapefruit with some bread on the side. This can easily be made vegetarian or vegan, it can be pumped up with…