Costa Rican Fruit: Cashew Apple

I had read a few years ago about the interesting way that cashews grew, but never thought i’d get the chance to experience it in real life. Walking the pup the other morning, a blush-colored fruit caught my attention in the driveway. Focusing my attention, I couldn’t believe my eyes! Cashews growing right here, nonchalantly…

Visiting Feria Sámara/ Sámara Farmer’s Market

Rolling into my third and final week in Costa Rica, I didn’t need a whole lot at the market. Time to use up that which I have already stocked up the fridge and pantry. Looking for some peppers, cherry tomatoes, potatoes and, hopefully cacao. Need a replacement for my fresh cacao tasting, as the one…

Costa Rican Fruit: Granadilla and Maracuya (Passionfruit)

I can’t recall the first time I met her, the fruit of my dreams. For as long as I can remember, i’ve been deeply in love with the aptly named passionfruit. Living in Southern California, she grew wild on fences and along the side of the street, the most beautiful flower I had ever laid…

Costa Rican Fruit: Soursop (guanábana)

We first met in the Philippines. My Navy ship was doing a liberty tour in South East Asia, and we had a few days leave in Manila. Browsing the grocery store for snacks and drinks(one of my favorite activities in a foreign country), I passed over the familiar juices of mango, coconut and papaya, to…

Exploring Costa Rica through local food

Eating in Costa Rica is different than anywhere I’ve been in the world, and not what one would expect. No cheese, no salsa(in the traditional sense) and no spicy foods. The typical plate is quite simple with humble additions. Most meals include plainly-seasoned black beans and rice, with a choice of meat and a side…

Springtime in Piemonte

The grey cloudy days change to bring warm sunny ones and everything is in motion. The brown barren trees fill with lush green foliage and flowers burst seemingly overnight out of their winter hiding. The sweet melodies of the birds outside our window awaken us from nocturnal slumber and insects buzz about, working the newly…

Making Traditional Swiss-Italian Chestnut Torte

In planning and dreaming about this year off traveling in Europe, I was inspired by the thought of cooking traditional recipes with friends, family and people I meet along the way.  I did some research, of areas we knew we’d visit, and the typical local dishes and foods.  Thinking of the Ticino region of Switzerland,…

Visit to the Dungeness Valley

My favorite local raw milk dairy, Dungeness Valley Creamery. One of the beautiful, doe-faced new baby calves, outside the creamery. This way to Nash’s new farm store.  If you live on the west side of Washington state, and you’re a big fan of organic carrots, you should know Nash for his AMAZING carrots!  Best I’ve…

An Adventure for the New Year

The new year. Time to take down the holiday decor, finish off the last of the gifted candies and sweets and look forward to the fresh start of a new year. Often this involves lighter meals with more salads, to compensate for over indulgence over the last month. For some, this time of the year…

Have you signed the LABEL IT WA petition yet??

As many of you have heard, the initiative to label genetically modified foods in California was narrowly rejected by a vote of 52% to 47% , costing GMO supporters over 45 million dollars to convince voters.  Here in Washington state, a petition is circulating, to gather enough signatures to get a similar initiative on our…