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The Forests and Wetlands are Blooming

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a forest as a “dense growth of trees and underbrush covering a large tract.”  This seems, to me, to be a description of an ecosystem at its most base level.  Of course, I could wax poetic about the majesty and true splendor of a forest.  For now I will save you the…

Week 16 – Slaw with Peanut Dressing

Spring is in the air, but the new spring vegetables just aren’t quite ready for harvesting (at least not in my yard). In the meantime we must continue to dine on winter vegetables. This salad is another excellent dish that bridges that gap between winter and spring. The cabbage and celery root are winter leftovers,…

Food and the Land it Comes From

This weekend one of my favorite friends took me to see one of my favorite authors. Michael Pollan was speaking at the University of Portland on food and eating and our health.  I love what he has to say about food, but did you know that his first book was on gardening (Second Nature, A Gardener’s…

Week 15 – Sunomono

It is my son’s sixth birthday today and while salads are not his preferred food, sushi is a favorite. The boy could eat his weight in raw fish! Needless to say, sushi has become a favorite for family date-night and when asked what he wanted for his birthday celebration dinner, the response was quick and…

April

The weather this week has been very conducive to wandering.  The trees are flowering and my baby seeds are sprouting (at least some of them!). I enjoy wandering around my yard in the morning, to see what might be new, what might have grown and how things are coming along. My concentration level seems to…

Week 14 – Frisee with Bacon and Dates

One of my favorite appetizers is a little bite-sized Spanish tapa, especially when it comes from my favorite Portland restaurant, Toro Bravo. Bacon is wrapped around a date, which is wrapped around a slice of almond. It is then warmed through and a sweet glaze is drizzled across the top. It takes just one of…

Green Shoots

Upon arriving home from a week away, one of the first questions out of my son’s mouth was, ‘how are our seeds, Mommy? I wonder if our seeds are grown!’ You can imagine the delight when we marched outside to witness the smallest of green shoots stretching out of the dark earth. These first tender…

Week 13 – Celery Root, Apple Salad

  At my local supermarket this week, there was only one vegetable (besides beets!) that came from local sources.  And so I set myself a challenge to figure out what to do with what might be called ‘ugliest’ vegetable.  Enter the celery root.  Also known as celeriac, this vegetable is available during the long months…

Spring Break where the Sun Shines

Last week my family spent a glorious (sunny!) vacation enjoying the little beachside town of Sayulita, Mexico.This was the first time we took our kids out of the country. And so, the typical pre-vacation crazies that go along with all those pre-vacation chores was compounded with the pre-vacation anxiety of taking my children to a…