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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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An Adventure for the New Year

The new year. Time to take down the holiday decor, finish off ...
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Preserving the Summer Bounty

Ever since I was a kid, August has been my favorite month ...
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Summers are made for outdoor cooking!

July has arrived and summer is upon us. With the temperature rising, ...

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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 […]

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Today is Food Day!! October 24

Today is National Food Day, a celebration and movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable food.  Sounds like my kind of celebration!! http://www.foodday.org/ I celebrated by heading out-of-town, beyond the wheat fields and into the apple orchards, to fill my car with crates of Olympus pears.  The Korean variety of asian pear is to be this […]

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Taste of Washington Day at our Local Schools

Today was Taste of Washington Day in cafeterias all over the state.  Over 300 schools and at least 30 local farms will participate in Taste Washington Day to celebrate the state’s agricultural diversity and encourage healthy eating habits. The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) and the Washington School Nutrition Association (WSNA) are partnering with […]

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West End Farm Dinner-Sept 16, 2012

Come join us for a savory selection of the seasons best at the West End Farm Dinner this September 16th!  Featuring farm fresh Berkshire pig, along with a bounty of late summer produce, picked fresh that morning, the event will be a spectacular evening of delicious food, beautiful atmosphere and wonderful company. Tickets are $50 […]

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Taste of Portland at Food Bloggers Conference

Biwa treats: seasoned tofu with dashi, ginger and soy sauce, pickled mackerel with Asian slaw. The guys at Smokehouse 21:B.J. Smith, owner/chef, and Michael Spencer. Urban Farmer’s Executive Chef Matt Christianson with his housemade bacon and corn salad. Gregory Gourdet of Departure  Restaurant with his  albacore tuna sushi and steam buns. And lots of other […]

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Taste of Oregon live food blogging

I’m here at the International Food Blogger conference in Portland for the weekend. For the first days activity, we’re doing a live blogging event, with local food producers presenting their goods in short 5 minute-shots, speed dating style. Packer Orchards and Bakery, Hood River fruit jams: cherry, spiced vanilla pear, marionberry peach, pear-sweetened raspberry jam. […]

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Melon Tasting at the Walla Walla Farmers Market

Come join us at the Walla Walla Farmers Market this Saturday, August 18th from 8am to 11am for melon tasting.  We will have a variety of local melons donated from our neighboring farmers to sample, from casaba, ananas, galia, to yellow and red watermelons, and green, white and orange honeydew. Never heard of some of […]

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Blackberries and peach

A match made in heaven! Some of the best summer has to offer, blackberries and peaches together. For a mid-afternoon snack, I put together this lovely treat: toasted brioche bread, fresh whipped cream, perfect local peaches and fresh-from-the-farm, boysenberries. Very much like blackberries, but a little paler and more tart. Delicious! At the restaurant right […]

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Sunday Morning Blueberry Picking

One of the wonderful things about living in a small farming town is summertime.  Local produce is plentiful and the hot days provide a variety of delicious options.  This week I received an invitation for a weekend blueberry picking, from a small local farm with acres of the biggest juiciest blueberries I have ever tasted. […]

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Summer Wheat

The summer wheat is ready for harvesting in the Walla Walla Valley! It’s an amazing sight, rolling wheat fields as far as the eye can see.  Beautiful!

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