Sunshine Substitute

BY AMY PENNINGTON This time of year, the best way to boost your pantry is to step outside our local sources and reach for some citrus. As winter draws to a close, we could all use a little zing, and these two recipes are both zingy and versatile. The secret to a good marmalade is in your preparation. Make sure to leave time to peel and slice your fruit properly, and reserve the seeds for an added boost of pectin. You can leave the citrus rinds as thick or thin as you prefer, but I like long thin slivers in my marmalade. This recipe is a great marmalade basic that will leave chewy rinds suspended in clear orange jelly. You may use...

lemon rosemary hot drink

Throat Coats

From Edible Seattle March/April 2011 If there's one thing you can rely on Seattle farmer's markets to have in March, it's honey. Buy a jar and try one of these throat-taming teas. Meyer Lemon and Rosemary Tea: Add boiling water to a mug with the juice and (squeezed) half of a Meyer lemon, a sprig of rosemary, and plenty of honey. Honey-Ginger Posset: Simmer 1 thinly sliced thumb of ginger in 6 cups water for 15 minutes. Add honey to taste and strain into mugs. Add about 1/2 tablespoon butter to each cup, and stir until melted. Apple Cider Vinegar Tea: For a convenient twist on the traditional lemon-and-honey concoction, add 1 tablespoon vinegar and about 2 teaspoons honey to a mug of just...

Olympic Peninsula

Treats like heirloom apples, fresh ground flour, Dungeness crab mac-n-cheese and U-pick blueberries await. Visit www.olympicculinaryloop.com for detailed events and itineraries. Wildfire Grill 919 W. 8th St., Port Angeles (360) 452-0400 www.wildfiregrillpa.homestead.com Olympic Cellars 255410 Hwy. 101 E., Port Angeles (360) 452-0160 www.olympiccellars.com Johnston Farms – U-pick blueberries 1046 Heuhslein Rd., Port Angeles (360) 452-1936 Finnriver Farm & Cidery 62 Barn Swallow Rd., Chimacum (360) 732-6822 www.finnriverfarm.com Alderwood Bistro 139 W. Alder St., Sequim (360) 683-4321 www.alderwoodbistro.com...

Long Beach Peninsula

Fresh, inexpensive oysters abound, along with and dishes featuring crab or cranberries. The primary website for the visitors to the peninsula is www.funbeach.com The Depot 1208 38th Pl., Seaview (360) 642-7880 www.depotrestaurantdining.com Cranguyma Farms 113th and Sandridge Rd., Long Beach (360) 642-3201 www.cranguymafarms.com Cranberry Museum & Research Station 2907 Pioneer Rd., Long Beach (360) 642-5553 www.cranberrymuseum.com Nancy and Jimella's Klipsan Market Cafe 21712 Pacific Way, Klipsan Beach (360)665.4847 www.klipsanmarketcafe.com Bailey's Bakery & Cafe 26910 Sandridge Rd., Nahcotta (360) 665.4449 www.baileysbakerycafe.com Oysterville Sea Farms 1st and Clark, Ocean Park (360) 665.6585 www.willabay.com...

A Tale of Two Peninsulas

After a century and a half of struggle, the Washington coast is ready for its culinary close-up...

Precocious Peas

Willi Galloway gets a jump on the season by pre-sprouting pea seeds in her kitchen before planting....

The Seedy Season

Have you discovered the wonder of growing at least some of your own food? Then you know how good fresh-from-the-garden-moments-ago produce can be. This year, take the next step and sow your own. It's easy!...

Diversifying the Bean Pot

To get started with your own heirloom garden, you need look no further than the plentiful, versatile bean....

Cultivating the Past- Heirloom Vegetables

When you sit down to dinner with the folks at the family homestead, a dish may circulate that sparks discussion. Not about the food, but about the vessel: an antique passed down through generations, carefully stored and brought out on special occasions. It often comes with a story about where the original owner got it, or how it has traveled to be in your hands. What if the food inside that dish carried such a heritage? In some cases, it does....

Youth in Revolt

According to USDA Census report from 2007, the average age of a farmer in Washington State is fifty-five, though that wasn't quite the crowd I was expecting to find as I boarded the ferry to Vashon Island this past fall. Heading out to an event billed as a 'Young Farmers Mixer', I was expecting more of a fresh-faced turn out—and the event did not disappoint....

Finding Rent’s Due Plant Starts

This year's on-farm plant sale is scheduled for May 7th. The official start date each year changes according to weather, but typically begins in mid-March. You can find Rent's Due plant starts seasonally at these locations: Seattle Walt's Organic Fertilizer Co., Ballard Goods for the Planet, Downtown Swanson's Nursery, Greenwood City People's Garden Store, Madison Park Magnolia Garden Center, Magnolia Greenwood True Value, Phinney Ridge Village Green Perennial Nursery, West Seattle Seattle Tilth plant sales (Seattle and Eastside) Seattle Metro Bellevue Nursery, Bellevue Snow-Isle Co-op, Everett Hayes Nursery, Issaquah Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville My Garden, Mill Creek Grey Barn Nursery, Redmond Sky Nursery, Shoreline Smoky Point Nursery, Smoky Point Orchards Nursery, Stanwood Farmers Supply, Stanwood Multiple Locations Haggen/TOP Foods PCC Natural Markets Related: A Perfect Pea: the exceptional row crops of Rent's Due Ranch...

A Perfect Pea

The exceptional row crops of Rent's Due Ranch BY TARA AUSTEN WEAVER PHOTOS BY ANDREA J. WALKER AND CAROLE TOPALIAN In front of the View Ridge PCC, in the early spring months, I saw a rack of plant starts—small shoots of lettuce and herbs, tender and green. I couldn't help but be amused when I noticed the name on the tags stuck in the containers: Rent's Due Ranch. Clearly someone had a sense of humor. The next time I saw this intriguing name was at the University District Farmers' Market, where Joane McIntyre (pronounced Joan-ie) presided over a stand filled with raspberries, crisp lettuces, and some of the sweetest peas I have ever tasted. McIntyre smiled and joked with her customers, many of them...

Wineries Worth Watching

Rowley won't release the list of 2011 "Oyster Award" winners until the competition wraps in April. Until then, seek wines from previous year's winners from these respected Northwest wineries. Anne Amie Vineyards This small Oregon winery wowed judges with its 2009 Pinot Gris and earned a second slot on the top ten list by submitting a less familiar varietal for judging: Müller-Thurgau. "It was a perfectly balanced wine with oysters and the acid level was vibrant," says Arthur. Cedargreen Cellars Hansen deemed the Sauvignon Blanc from this Washington winery light and crisp, while Arthur summed up the 2007 vintage in one word: gorgeous. Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery Rowley called this Woodinville-based winery's crisp, clean 2008 Sauvignon Blanc a quintessential oyster wine. Look for it under the winery's...

Oyster Wine Winners 2011

Taylor Shellfish Farms recently announced the 2011 "Oyster Award" recipients (listed alphabetically): *Brassfield Estate Winery 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (CA) Cadaretta 2010 SBS (WA) **Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc (WA) *Hogue Cellars 2009 Pinot Grigio (WA) **King Estate Signature Collection 2009 Pinot Gris (OR) **Kunde Family Estate 2010 Sauvignon Blanc (CA) Pine Ridge Vineyards 2010 Chenin Blanc + Viognier (CA) **Robledo Family Winery 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (CA) Three Pears 2010 Pinot Grigio (CA) *Van Duzer Vineyards 2010 Estate Pinot Gris (OR) *Prior "Oyster Award" winner. **Multiple prior "Oyster Awards" ...

Oyster Wines

A dozen Pacific Northwest oysters, served icy cold on a platter of shaved ice, hold the promise of an enlivening dining experience. Yet that very same platter represents a tough task for local wine connoisseurs and sommeliers, for those plump little oysters are notoriously difficult to pair with wine....

Binge: Yogurt

News flash: great yogurt doesn't have to come from Greece. In fact, the Seattle area is home to a huge array of yogurt makers, churning out delicious varieties from thick to thin, sweet to savory. Just don't get too attached to your breakfast spoon—some of our favorites are best paired with dinner....

Cooking Fresh: Catatonic

Spring is tough. As if the hundredth inch of winter Seattle rain isn't enough to drive you crazy, it's often a season of sniffles and sinus trouble—which means no matter how much you love cooking, there are days when all you want to make is a cure. This month, we've combed spring markets for ideas for calming tonics and foods that heal. Clear your head with a spicy (and perhaps sacrilegious) take on matzo ball soup, cozy up with mussels in a rich, warming broth, or detox with braised dandelion greens with a pancetta-based pot liquor. Before you know it, you'll be back on your feet—and with any luck, cooking. Mussels with Garlic-Parsley Butter Sacrilege Soup Braised Dandelion Greens with Pancetta Pot Liquor Throat...

Bainbridge Organic Distillery

Step through the door to Bainbridge Organic Distillers and the aroma is tantalizing, like bread baking. "That's mash cooking," says Keith Barnes, who owns the distillery with his son Patrick....

OUR AVAS – Red Mountain

There's no official ranking of vineyard quality in North America, but if there were, Red Mountain would surely be Washington's very best vineyard site, what the French would call a Grand Cru....

Urban Foraging: Books

Your Farm in the City Lisa Taylor—the Education Program Manager for Seattle Tilth—has given Northwest gardeners and wanna be urban farmsteaders an ideal textbook. Part of the brilliance of this book is how it's been arranged: complex data is condensed for effective troubleshooting and there's a sensible mind at work, providing glossaries, charts and maps to elaborate on necessary details. You can create an urban farm from scratch, starting with a site map and ending with the advanced stage of keeping small livestock, or you can cherry pick your way through its well-organized sections and solve a specific backyard problem. The emphasis here is strongly on edible crops and organic practices, and you'll find convenient vertical gardening tips, clear instructions on...

2011 Local Hero Awards

Congratulations to the winners of Edible Seattle's 2011 Local Hero awards. Farm/Farmer: Tonnemaker's Farm Nonprofit Organization: PCC Farmland Trust Beverage Artisan: DRY Soda Food Artisan: Mt. Townsend Creamery Chef/Restaurant: Seth Caswell, Emmer & Rye Food Shop: Metropolitan Market...