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Cutting Corn Off the Cob

Cutting Corn Off the Cob

Now is the moment when fresh sweet corn is piling in almost faster than you can eat it. You've been waiting for it all year and you're gorging yourself silly on it, but are you starting to wonder how you can keep up? Deborah DeBord has a few tips for getting corn off...

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Barn Bits:  Picked at the Peak

Barn Bits:  Picked at the Peak

­CSA members might find something puzzling at their harvest pick-ups these days. It very well could be an unfamiliar type of produce...that Sputnik-looking kohlrabi thing? A handful of something called tatsoi? An enormous, all-at-once amount of basil? Rather than...

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Spring CSA: One Woman, One Story

Spring CSA: One Woman, One Story

Welcome to Spring! After a long, hard winter, it's truly a relief to feel warmth seeping into earth's bones and emerging as life irrepressible once again. With spring's resurrection of a lush growing season ahead for most of the country, I'm happy to announce renewed...

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Late-Summer Reflections from Helsing Junction Farm

Late-Summer Reflections from Helsing Junction Farm

This week's blog post comes from Helsing Junction Farm in Rochester, Washington, south of Seattle, which is mentioned in my book, Bounty from the Box: The CSA Farm Cookbook. We’re big fans of this farm that was founded in1992 by Annie Salafsky and Susan Ujcic as one...

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Savoring the Most Simple Foods There Can Be

Savoring the Most Simple Foods There Can Be

For someone who has written two cookbooks, I don't spend much time in the kitchen. In fact, it may shock you that I hardly ever cook. Part of the reason is the time of life I'm at; I no longer have a family to cook for, and my husband's food preferences are quite...

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Gastronomy for the Ear: My Favorite Food Podcasts

Gastronomy for the Ear: My Favorite Food Podcasts

As part of my occupation as a book designer, I spend many hours doing pleasurable but mindless formatting work. To keep my brain sufficiently challenged, I started listening several years ago to a multitude of food podcasts. Here are a few of my favorites, ranging...

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The Glories of Green Garlic

The Glories of Green Garlic

In recent weeks, as the produce offerings at your local farmers market or grocery store (or even your first CSA boxes, which are appearing in many parts of the country now) transition into spring, you may have seen some rather wildly curved stalks with whippy things...

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A Coming of Spring: Rhubarb

A Coming of Spring: Rhubarb

You know that spring has sprung when you start seeing the huge crimson or rose-blush stalks of rhubarb laid out on the farmers market table, or perhaps vigorously growing in your own garden beneath enormous leaves. In the Western Hemisphere, rhubarb typically comes...

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A Remembrance

A Remembrance

At the end of this past March, my father, Dewey Lipe, transitioned in his sleep after a tremendous 14-year journey with Lewy Body dementia and Parkinson's. Normally, my blog posts here are about food, cooking, and local agriculture, but I wanted to take this moment to...

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Packing Healthy Meals and Lunches for Kids

Packing Healthy Meals and Lunches for Kids

This guest post comes to us from Claire P, an engineer at Brillopak, a robotic packing and Palletising machine manufacturing company in the UK. In this post, Claire talks about how to pack lunches for your children that are not only healthful and nutritious but are...

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The Case for Not Cooking

The Case for Not Cooking

Did you make New Year's resolutions to improve your health this year? If so, how is it going now that we're nearly a month into 2018? Are you feeling good about yourself sticking with diet, exercise, yoga, meditation, or other wellness changes? Did those plans include...

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