Urban Foraging

West Coast Road EatsA couple years ago, Anna Roth’s story about Seattle sourdough won an EDDY award for historical writing. We know she can write, that she’s something of a history nerd, and that she’s good with the details. She’s also willing to drive miles out of her way for a great fried oyster. It’s not surprising that her food-centric travel guide is thorough, smart, entertaining, informative and deeply useful.Most of the travel is geared towards I-5, from the border to southern California, with occasional side trips to check out the coastal Highway 101 and various wine and agricultural areas. Each section includes a basic map and information about the best and worst times to visit and helpful tidbits of...

Baby Honey-Hazelnut Chocolate Cakes

serves 4 | start to finish: 35 minutesfrom Edible Seattle May/June 2013 If you’d like your cakes on the gooey side, remove them from the oven when the centers are still quite shiny, after about 15 minutes. If you can’t find ground hazelnuts, also known as hazelnut meal or hazelnut flour (we like the Holmquist Hazelnuts product), substitute almond meal or almond flour. vegetable oil spray3 ounces bittersweet chocolate (65 to 70% cacao), chopped1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon mild honey1/8...

Sharing Good Food

the man behind the meat at Dot's Delicatessen BY REBEKAH DENN PHOTOS BY KELLY CLINE ...

A Pollinator Pathway

Along a swath of Columbia Street, thin strips of what used to be grass are now humming microcosms. Bees, moths, butterflies, and the occasional hummingbird flit from lavender flowers to columbines and trilliums, dutifully pollinating as they go....

A Taste of Home

the successes and frustrations of the Cottage Food ActBY ABRA BENNETTPHOTOS BY SHEL HALL You know those candied kumquat salted-caramel brownies you make? The ones everyone says are so killer that you should be charging for them, even though you’re “just” a home baker? Well now you’ve got a shot at it, thanks to Washington’s new Cottage Food Act, which allows you to sell what the state calls “low-risk foods” like cookies, cakes, pies, breads, muffins, jams, jellies, vinegars, and herb or spice blends, all made in your home kitchen.Don’t grab the cupcake sprinkles just yet, though. First you’ll need a permit from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), and there are quite a few hoops you’ll need to jump...

Honorable Pleasure

a cautious celebration of Washington's newest herb BY JILL LIGHTNER PHOTOS BY KELLY CLINE Welcome to the post-i502 world of legal marijuana, although for the moment we must assume that a bag of it falls out of the sky and lands gently at your feet. While the state Liquor Control Board is developing rules for non-prescription retail sales to those over the age of 21, along with regulations for growing it, they have several more months to finalize those plans. Once those rules are in place, we can expect all sorts of interesting new tourists in Washington, and if projections hold, an astonishing $400 million in new tax revenue annually. It wasn't a universally popular change in our state...

Seaweed Camp

I’m hauling an 11-foot seaweed snake over the bow of my kayak and slicing off the blade with a pocket knife. Harvesting kelp blades in this fashion allows the seaweed to keep growing, making it truly 100% sustainable. “We’re giving it a haircut,” says Jennifer Adler, nutritionist, owner of Passionate Nutrition and founder and co-leader of our three-day Seaweed 101 adventure on Lopez Island....

Not Exactly Normal

the sustaining heart and passionate ideals of Meander's Kitchen  BY REBEKAH DENN PHOTOS BY CLARE BARBOZA Packing her bags and boarding a Greyhound bus, Miranda Krone told her Midwestern roommates that she had to return to her native Northwest. "I missed the way blackberry vines smell in the sun," she said. Krone was 21 at the time, already well into the journey that would lead her years later to open Meander's Kitchen in White Center. It's a restaurant so homey that faded aprons inherited from Krone's grandmother hang on the walls, plus extra vintage aprons donated by regulars—that's the kind of place it is—and even strangers are greeted with a floating "Hello, lovelies!" and a "take a...

To Grill or Not to Grill

  BY JESS THOMSON Cooking outdoors this time of year is always a little iffy. We pray for sun and pretend summer starts in June, even though Seattle meteorological history tells us we're crazy. Nevertheless, our hearts move the dinner table to the porch, and sometimes, it works. But it's a gamble. Here's a meal that works outdoors or in, so no matter what the weather gods give, you'll be ready. Start with a cedar-planked salmon with cider caramel, made by simply boiling apple cider down until it turns to a thick fruit-based glaze. Pair it with flash-fried English peas, a green salad, and a hunk of great bread, then finish the meal with oven-fresh baby chocolate cakes, made with honey and hazelnut...

Planting in Succession: The Past and Future of Alm Hill Gardens

BY TARA AUSTEN WEAVER PHOTOS BY TARA AUSTEN WEAVER AND CAROLE TOPALIAN  “Whatcom County grows more raspberries than any other country,” says Gretchen Hoyt. She should know. Gretchen and her husband, Ben Croft, have been growing raspberries on a hillside a few miles from the Canadian border for more than forty years. Ben knew this hillside long before he farmed it. He grew up in the nearby town of Everson and his family ran their dairy heifers on the acreage off Alm Road. In 1967, when he was sixteen years old, the property came up for sale. Ben pooled money he had saved from his paper route and cattle he had raised, and bought the property with his father. Gretchen had started planting and...

Editor’s Letter

If you live in the Seattle Metro area, it's easy to think that all of Washington works for a software company, a biotec firm, a moderately confusing internet startup, or the airline business. It's certainly that collection of industries that power the growing populations of both the Eastside and the islands in Puget Sound, the ever-increasing density of Capitol Hill, the entire new and nearly unrecognizable neighborhood of South Lake Union, and the growing gentrification of the Rainier...

Alcohol & Air Quotes

Alcohol & Air Quotes BY BECKY SELENGUT "To alcohol! The cause of, and the solution to, all of life's problems." -- Homer Simpson. My appreciation for a well-made cocktail (read: full of alcohol) runs in the family. My great-aunt Alice used to "like her drink," which is how my family would whisper it, as if they were saying "cancer" instead of something fun. To me, she was a roaring good time—a real character, as they used to say—and always ready with a song. More like an extension of her hand, than something apart from it, was an ever-present cigarette, always with too much dangling ash. In the other hand, a dry Beefeater gin martini; so dry, in fact, that my grandmother would...