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…

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…

Late-summer Salsa Verde

It is that time of year – the field crops are being harvested, there is an unfortunate amount of smoke in the air from nearby forest fires (though I can’t complain about the smoke-intensified sunsets), and of course – so much amazing local food is available all around the Palouse-Clearwater region. Late summer is the…

Dried cherries, for year-long summer enjoyment!

Cherries are from the genus “prunus,” (just like plums, peaches, apricots and almonds) and come in many varieties. Common varieties around the Palouse-Clearwater region are pie cherries, Rainier cherries and Dark cherries like Bing, Van and Lambert. Cherry season is pretty much over in the Palouse-Clearwater region. Great places to get them, often during the…

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…

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!…

U-pick blueberries!

Update:  Summer 2019  This farm is under new ownership and is now called JM Farms. I just had the best Friday night! How great is summer! We piled in our car with a friend of ours and went for a drive. Our first task was to pick up our awesome July chickens from Link’d Hearts…

Summer Sunday French Toast

We had a chance to visit my mom in Montana last weekend. We went to the Farmer’s Market, that I have watched grow and change since the mid-90’s, to find her favorite bread bakers. We were successful in finding them and some of their freshly baked and delicious cranberry-walnut bread. I French-toasted this amazing bread…

A GLIMPSE INTO URBAN BEEKEEPING WITH TERRY

I first met Terry Ellard while getting on a plane headed to Lesotho, where we had all committed to serving two years as Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs). Terry was headed for his second round as a PCV – having served several decades earlier, during the early, and arguably more hard-core days of the program. We…

Theo Chocolate Factory Tour in Seattle

One of the greatest parts of our vacation to “the West Side” was taking a tour of the Theo chocolate factory in Seattle – here’s my attempt to vicariously share the experience with my wonderful readers here in the PCW foodshed! One of my favorite tidbits from the tour, is that the company, Theo, is…