Fresh Green Bean Soup

It is hard to believe summer has wound down and I am using the last of my green beans from my Hands and Hearts CSA, but I am!  This cold soup has a consistency close to that of gazpacho.  Creamy with texture.  The pepper in this soup makes it a little spicy, a nice twist…

Roasted Radish and Feta Summer Salad!

This salad is another great way to eat roasted radishes. Cool and refreshing, it pairs well with grilled meats and summer soups. Salad Ingredients 1 batch roasted radishes and garlic scapes, cooled 3 ounces sheep milk or Brush Creek Creamery marinated feta, crumbled 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley Lemon-Chive Vinaigrette Ingredients: 1/2 cup olive oil…

Peruvian Aji Verde Sauce

I was first introduced to this fresh, spicy green condiment at Sangria Grille, a farm-to-table restaurant in Moscow, Idaho.  For years, my family and I thought the base of the sauce must be cilantro, so we experimented and made some excellent cilantro-based sauces.  Then, one day I was speaking to George Skandalos, co-owner of Sangria,…

Roasted Radishes

Here on the Palouse, and across Idaho, radishes are one of the first foods (after spring greens) to arrive at farmers markets and in CSA boxes. Roasting removes the spicy, hotness of the raw radish and replaces it with a surprisingly mild sweetness. Ingredients: 2 radish bunches 3 garlic scapes 2 tablespoons olive oil ¼…

Dal-icious

Dal is a staple of Indian food.  I used Shasta yellow lentils and coconut oil rather than the more traditional salmon-colored red lentils and vegetable oil or ghee.  There are also many variations for the final flavorings of dal.  For this recipe, I chose a combination of whole black mustard seeds, bay leaf, finely grated…

Shasta Sunshine

Hummus is one of the most versatile recipes. Traditionally made with garbanzo beans, hummus can also be made with a wide variety of lentils or other beans. This past week, we prepared this Shasta lentil hummus recipe for the Nez Perce HIPT Food Summit in Lapwai, Idaho. Smooth and creamy, this hummus was a hit!…

Quick & Delish Whole Wheat Pancakes

Pancakes are a special treat at our house. I started making pancakes from scratch over 20 years ago, following a pancake recipe in the Betty Crocker’s Cookbook. Over time, I modified the recipe to fit the local tastes of our family. While I no longer measure ingredients, here is an approximation of what I include…

Arugula & Brown Butter Pasta

Myzithra, brown butter and pasta are a great combination, only made better by the addition of fresh arugula. This recipe was inspired by the myzithra spaghetti from the Old Spagetti Factory in Spokane, Washington and an amazing risotto with fresh arugula I enjoyed at a small restaurant on Italy’s Mediterranean coast.   1 pound fresh,…

The Wait is Over!

The CSA and Farmers Market season has begun!  This is the fourth week of my Affinity Farm CSA and the fourth week of the Moscow Farmers’ Market. With the our sunny Saturdays, the Moscow Farmers Market has been packed with excited customers, brightly colored booths, vegetable, flower and fruit starts and early spring greens!  And,…

The Salad Equation

In early spring, fresh greens are abundant, and, if you are like me, you are thinking of the months of salad ahead. I look forward to sharing some of my favorite salad combinations and award-winning (in my opinion) simple salad dressings and vinaigrettes. Amongst my friends, I am known as the person who will be…

Arugula Breakfast Salad

If you have ever dined at Bloom, one of Moscow, Idaho’s local food restaurants, you may have seen the arugula breakfast salad on their menu.  It is one of my favorites!  I am always so happy to be able to enjoy a homemade breakfast salad!  Now, with spring greens popping up, you’ll soon be able…

Hodapps Berry & Dairy

This week was the grand opening of Hodapps Berry and Dairy in Lewiston.  Conveniently located at the bottom of the Old Spiral Highway and only 35 minutes from Moscow, visiting the farm was a great Saturday outing.  When we got to the farm, we were met by farmer Greg Hodapp and his enthusiastic canine sidekick,…