It’s Time to Grill Garlic Scapes

Ricotta Gnocchi with Garlic Scapes, Mushrooms and Fennel In season now, fresh garlic scapes caught my eye at Metropolitan Market and I grabbed a bunch. I followed the cooking tip posted in-store, brushed them with olive oil and tossed them on the grill to accompany chicken kebabs. Easy and quick – scapes brighten, soften and […]

The World of Pasta Grows Beyond Wheat

Asparagus-Basil Pesto Move over wheat – the action in the pasta world is with “alternatives” made from vegetables, legumes, quinoa and grains like rice and corn.  These alternative pastas are only about 2% of the pasta category, but their growth is remarkable, up 19% annually.  Compare that to traditional wheat pasta, a “low growth” category, […]

Antidote to a Spring Storm

Mediterranean Chickpea Stew It’s April and spring is “in the air,” however on days like this one it means torrential rain and wind. I suggest this comfort-food antidote – Mediterranean Chickpea Stew. The ingredients that wrap flavor around the chickpeas will whisk you to a sunnier Mediterranean land – fresh rosemary, garlic, tomatoes and meaty […]

What’s In Your Freezer?

    March is National Frozen Food Month, a reminder of the convenience, cost-saving and nutrient content of frozen food. Most of us need to eat more produce and frozen versions can make it happen. It’s a myth that fresh is most nutritious. Research shows that produce that’s picked at the peak of ripeness and […]

Pounds and Pounds of Produce – A Visit to Kruger Pepper Farm

Sicilian Caponata This year, instead of being jealous of the people who rave about their extraordinary harvest of tomatoes, peppers and the like, I made a 2 1/2 hour road trip to the Kruger Pepper Farm in Wapato, Washington, a candy store for cooks who are not serious gardeners. Thanks to my husband’s Italian heritage […]

What Color Are Your Vegetables?

Roasted Rainbow Carrots with “Everything Seasoning” Rumor has it that many people return from “Moms’ Weekend” at Washington State University (WSU) with a hangover. Not me – but I did return with a bottle. A sucker for all things “seasoning,” my take-home was Everything Seasoning. Every table of a popular Pullman restaurant, South Fork, included […]

Blueberries Will Travel

Finally, blueberries are ready for the road.   A sample of Naturipe® blueberry packets arrived on my doorstep just in time. We’re entering the fall frenzy when over-tasked schedules challenge healthy eating efforts.   Ideal for back-to-school lunches and snacks, I tried an “extended usage” of these ready-to-eat blueberries. Into my blender went an entire […]