Urban Foraging

Green Eileen The line stretched around the block for the official opening—a rare sight in Seattle, but unheard of until now for Columbia City. Green Eileen is the not-for-profit offspring of Eileen Fisher, the upscale women’s clothing line that makes use of sustainable fabrics. You won’t find new clothes at Green Eileen, but instead wonderfully cared for used Eileen Fisher clothing—everything from accessories to leggings to sundresses, at prices substantially lower than the new styles are sold for. Perhaps the best news of all: the proceeds go to benefit local women’s charities—every cent of that opening day extravaganza benefited the Jubilee Women’s Center, and more partnerships are in the works. You can also look for occasional crafty classes in basic sewing...

Cool Season Abundance- Succession Planting

At long last, the first tomatoes are on the vine, the beans are coming in bushels, and friends are beginning to ooh and ahh over your burgeoning vegetable beds. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning for winter....

Ducking Under the Radar

world class foie gras from a local farm BY ABRA BENNETT PHOTOS BY KELLY CLINE AND SHEL HALL “Eat your liver” your mother may have insisted, over your vehement protests. Yet for centuries legions of gourmet diners have sought out the silken delights of foie gras, a delectable, if unlikely, liver treat with an ancient culinary history. How ancient? Amazingly, a how-to manual of foie gras production was produced two centuries B.C. by Cato the Elder, and the enlarged and...

Mahalo!

BY BECKY SELENGUT The Hawaiian Islands are obscenely blessed with everything good in life: intoxicating smells, idyllic weather, perfect growing conditions for some of life’s best ingredients: coffee, avocado, coconut, passionfruit and pineapple; the locals are super laid back and friendly. Clearly something has to give. It turned out to be consonants. Oh, we had vowels. Lots and lots of vowels. But you always want what you can’t have, so two days into our Kaua’i vacation we craved a...

Sour Beers

The sour beer renaissance is upon us...

The Idea of Pasta

working hard to make life beautiful STORY & PHOTOS BY TARA AUSTEN WEAVER "I'm pretty sure I should have been born Italian," says Mike Easton, standing behind the counter of Il Corvo, his Pioneer Square restaurant devoted to fresh pasta. "When I worked with French chefs it was different, but Italians seemed like they wanted to be at the table enjoying the food." Il Corvo is the result of this enthusiasm for good food and conviviality, a long and...

You Say Tomato

I have been a dedicated home canner for years and have preserved damn near everything for stockpiling the season—jams, chutneys, sauces, drinks, tuna—you name it. ...

Building a Farm

endangered sheep, fresh flowers and creative flexibility BY TARA AUSTEN WEAVER PHOTOS BY KELLY CLINE and JILL LIGHTNER From downtown Port Townsend you could ride a bike the four miles to Wilderbee Farm, passing residential neighborhoods that fade into fields and farms along the way. As you approach you might smell lavender, or be greeted by the curving horns and quizzical expression of the rare Soay sheep. All this is due to the work and vision of Casey and Eric Reeter, self-confessed "farm geeks," who have built Wilderbee from the ground up. "We bought the property in 2007, thinking we would move out here eventually," says Casey. When Eric had the opportunity to take a twenty-year retirement from the...

Wild Salt

a tale of two processes BY BETH MAXEY If you’re willing to stretch your definition of local by a few extra miles, our region can now claim not one but two artisan salt makers: Ben Jacobsen, of Jacobsen Salt Co., in Tillamook Oregon, and Brady Ryan of San Juan Island Salt, on—you guessed it—San Juan Island. Arguably, salt is the world’s oldest commodity. Where there are oceans, water is either boiled down, or concentrated by the sun. Where there is no water, salt is mined. If it cannot be mined, it’s traded. Some of the world’s oldest trade routes follow the path of salt across continents—from the Imperial Canal, in China, to the Trans-Saharan Caravan in Africa. You...