Seasonal Eating Archive

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Blackberry Balsamic Reduction

Noxious, thorny, and destructive Himalayan Blackberry vines are everywhere. For most of the year they are the bane of gardeners, property owners, and even pedestrians whose ankles have been attacked strolling past a vacant lot or hillside. People have gone to dramatic, and even deadly lengths to eradicate this persistent weed but to no

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Fresh Peach and Rhubarb Sorbet

Last week my friends at Farmstr slipped me a box of peaches. (They have more stone fruit – get yours before they are gone!) Each velvety peach was perfectly ripe. Nested in their shallow box they looked like an August sunset. I knew right away what to do with the first few,

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Top Tips for U-Pick Berry Success

We are so blessed in the Pacific Northwest to have a climate well suited to growing all sorts of berries. We are also blessed that it is not particularly difficult to get out of the developed areas and visit berry farms or woods where the uncultivated native varieties grow. At the peak

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Roasted Strawberry Cookies

These cookies are midsummer. When I open the container to sneak one more cookie I smell sneakers brushing against swollen late afternoon strawberries desperate to be harvested from their sagging vines. I imagine the first drops from sprinklers on my herb garden after a day of baking under the aggressive rays of

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Caramel Apple Salad

Okay folks here goes – I have been sitting on this recipe for a…long…time. We were first introduced to Caramel Apple Salad at a recipe exchange potluck. Both the Mr. and I went nuts for the stuff. We have since made it for numerous gatherings and he is now the resident expert

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Festive Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Some very brave friends of ours started our Thanksgiving meals early this year when they invited all of their friends with kids to a pre-holiday feast. Over a dozen kids under the age of five generated a cacophony that made “11” sound like the mewing of a newborn kitten. Amidst the blur

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Farm Fresh Gorgonzola-Brussels Sprout Hash

I am fully embracing wooly sweater and fuzzy sock season. My love for cozy fall things extends from my wardrobe to my menu choices. But before I give you the recipe for this comfort food with a stinky cheese twist, let me tell you how I came to possess five stalks of

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Walnut-Oat Apple Crumble

An apple a day may keep a doctor away, but I bet they would come running if you put that apple into this crumble! I have been working my way through 80 pounds of apples. There was a full weekend of simmering that resulted in many quart and pint jars filled with

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From the Archive: Tomato & Sweet Onion Galette

This galette recipe was one of my favorites of last summer. I have been looking forward to revisiting it since plopping our little tomato plants in the ground in May. I plan to finally have the 2013 version on our dinner table tonight. The only thing I am going to change from

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Cardamom Peach Cake

Peaches and cardamom are one of my all time favorite flavor combinations. In my humble opinion cardamom is under appreciated in western cooking. Cooking with peaches (or nectarines for that matter) and not sprinkling in a dash of this aromatic spice is leaving a huge flavor opportunity on the table. We took

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Wild Blackberry Sorbet

A few days shy of my birthday in early June I opened a large Amazon box and yipped with glee. I was now the proud owner of an ice cream maker! Leave it to my sister to pick out just the right gift. She later confessed that the gift was given with

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Summer Berry Pavlova

“Pavlova is a meringue-based dessert named after the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova. It is a meringue dessert with a crisp crust and soft, light inside… The dessert is believed to have been created in honor of the dancer either during or after one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s… The dessert is a popular dish and an important part
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