Hop to it!

A candy-maker infuses Yakima Valley hops into lollipops to make her signature LolliHops...

Eating Between the Pages

A reporter asked author Donna Leon about her crime series' protagonist, Commissario Guido Brunetti, a Venetian police inspector. “Did you give him a love of food so you could write about it?”...

Growing with Community

Central Co-op’s commitment to small producers and ethical sourcing makes it more than your average grocery store....

Inaugural Autumn

Here are a few quick and easy weeknight dinners that can be made in 40 minutes or less and require very little hands-on time. Best yet: The leftovers are easily packable and make for tasty lunches during the workweek. ...

Quick Braised Lentils with Blistered Tomatoes and Kale

The last of summer tomatoes enliven this dish and, when blistered, add sweetness and brightness. Fall kale is plentiful this time of year, and pairs well with earthy lentils and crumbled goat cheese. To save time with this recipe, buy pre-cooked lentils, which can be found at many upscale markets....

Quick Chickpea Biryani

Biryani is a fragrant and flavorful rice dish hailing from India, and varies greatly from region to region. This version is vegan and features chickpeas as the protein, minimizing the cooking time significantly....

Roasted Cauliflower Pasta with Parsley and Toasted Walnuts

Together with the toasted walnuts, this fall inspired dish boasts more cauliflower than actual pasta, making it a healthy, veggie-forward meal. Feel free to substitute or include other vegetables like roasted broccoli, peppers, or root vegetables to the mix....

Chefs Who Farm

A handful of top Western Washington chefs plant a new spin on farm-to-table dining — by doing some of the farming themselves....

Tannat

The Tannat grape originated in southwestern France, has become a favorite of winemakers in Uruguay, and is now taking hold in the Pacific Northwest....

Lentil Salad with Roasted Carrots and Labneh

The earthy taste of lentils goes perfectly with the earthiness of root vegetables. Carrots, roasted to a caramel sweetness, seem to be a particularly felicitous match....

Prawn Dhansak

The red lentils in this dish cook down to a mush, though you could add more robust lentils for a bit of a bite. Anglo-Indian restaurants often use canned pineapple to add sweetness, but butternut squash or pumpkin is more usual in Indian recipes, and it lends an extra creamy texture and a less aggressive sweetness to the lentils....

Italian Tomato, Lentil, and Bacon Soup

I couldn’t get enough of this soup the first time my Italian zia lifted a big pot of it from her stove, and it is still one of my family’s favorite suppers — rich, filling, and tasty enough to satisfy the heartiest of appetites and, if served with a loaf of crusty bread, the perfect one-pot meal for when the nights start drawing in....

Lentils

A staple in so many other parts of the world — lentils are bursting with nutrients, rich in protein, packed with fiber and slow-release carbs, incredibly versatile, and cheap to boot....

Back to That Dirt

Lesedi Farm germinated in the dirt of central Botswana and now bears fruit in the soil of Whidbey Island....

Taking the Bait

“They’re the Rodney Dangerfield of the sea,” says Warner Lew, Seattle’s herring evangelist and seller of high-end canned and smoked fish. “No one wants it; no one eats it. And I just think it could have a better fate.”...

Chilled Shrimp Salad

This flavorful recipe is from Mike Whisenhunt, chef at Brimmer & Heeltap....

Open to Interpretation

Brimmer & Heeltap chef Mike Whisenhunt uses familiar flavors as a springboard into the unknown....

As the Season Turns, Savoring Spelt

As we dip our toes into the waters of this new season, I think you just may find that spelt is a great excuse to crack open the window and let in some of that cool autumn breeze while preheating the oven. The best of both worlds, no?...

Spelt Berry Salad with Honey-Thyme Apples and Pecans

A colorful, flavor-packed salad boasting all the best this season has to offer, this is a great fall picnic or potluck candidate. If you can remember, soak the spelt berries overnight to speed up cook time; if you forget, you’ll simply want to let them cook an additional 15–20 minutes, until tender....

Sheet Pan Harissa Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

This dish takes just 10 minutes of hands-on time before going into the oven to bake. Mildly spicy and smoky, the quick harissa marinade is easy and simple — just stir it up in a bowl....

The Easy Island

“You’re not afraid of heights, right?” my guide asks me as I walk up to the edge of the zipline platform and try not to look down at the swirl of leaves and earth far below my feet. I am, in fact, quite terrified of heights, but, hey, life is short....

Pumpkin Spelt Loaf with Pepita Streusel

Whole-grain loaves can often be sturdy and squatty, but this fall beauty is almost stately in stature, with a light crumb and subtle kiss of spice. While I love grinding down pepitas to use in the batter, you can certainly use almond or hazelnut meal if you prefer....

Midsummer Italian Feast

Have you ever wondered why food in far-off places like Tuscany or Provence tastes so much better than at home? More often than not, it’s because dishes are prepared with locally grown ingredients...

From Farm to Freezer

What started as a simple summer treat for Mandolyn Hume’s children is now a thriving business....

When Life Gives You Lemon Balm…

Don’t despair if your yard is overrun with lemon balm at this time of year. Instead, grab big handfuls and make a delicious lemon balm simple syrup...

Beyond the Bean

That foamy-white cappuccino – your sunshine in a cup – has a dark side. What you don’t see are the neck-deep piles of discarded coffee-cherry pulp rotting in the tropical heat, producing greenhouse gases and serving as breeding grounds for disease-borne mosquitoes. A former Starbucks employee named Dan Belliveau is out to change all of that....

Eating in the Moment

When Dustin Ronspies talks — let alone laughs — the sound comes from a deep place. From his diaphragm, of course, but also from his history, which is as nonlinear and unconventional as the chef himself....

Grow Epic Tomatoes

Bill Thorness stakes out the best way to cultivate your growing treasures....

Palencia Albariño

White wines are extremely intimidating to a winemaker. The flaws are so easy to detect. They’re very unforgiving. I build myself up for harvest every year, mentally and emotionally....

Witches’ Brew

Walking into the apothecary, I pass by rows of dried herbs in tall glass jars, a tiered display of small, hand-woven nests, window shelves filled with shiny, colorful crystal gems, and a display of animal bones and antlers. It feels as though I’ve stepped into a voodoo shop....

Rustic Rosemary Cornmeal Tart with Wild Blackberries

The recipe has grown up with me and reflects my fondness for herbs with sweets and my propensity to add the crunchy, nuttiness of cornmeal everywhere I can! Make one big tart or individual galettes, and serve warm with vanilla bean ice cream for dessert. If there are leftovers, have a second slice for breakfast with coffee....

Summer Jewels: Blackberries

Overripe wild blackberries, warm with the sun — preferably whiffed from a hiking trail or the saddle of a bike — are the smell of summer in the Pacific Northwest....

A Drop in the Ocean

St. Jude Tuna has been the work and livelihood of Joe and Joyce Malley since they began marketing it in Seattle around 2000....

Halibut with Summer Vegetables, Dashi & Curry Oil

You can’t go wrong with a bowl of fresh halibut and summer vegetables in a light dashi broth. Dustin Ronspies (Art of the Table) recommends pairing this dish with a dry Riesling from Wichmann Dundee Estate in Willamette Valley, Oregon....

The First Cookie

A couple of years ago, my husband, Andy, received a package in the mail from his father: a small plastic box containing a collection of family recipe cards....

Lunch and Learn

Ethnic Seattle’s food tour helps bridge the gap between Little Saigon’s restaurants and first-time patrons — bringing these hidden gems into a well-deserved spotlight....

Strawberry and Lemon Balm Drizzle Cake

Lemon balm has long been used for medicinal purposes — hence the name — so this cake is practically health food. That’s my story anyway....

Straight-up Strawberry Ice Pops

Fannie’s Ice Pops makes “fun on a stick” — frozen summertime treats that are vegan, gluten-free, all natural, and feature local, organic ingredients whenever possible....

Farm to Fork on Lopez Island

A farm stay in the San Juan Islands yields a deeper appreciation for the care that goes into raising your food....

A Scape Education

Garlic didn’t get much attention in our house when I was growing up. When I moved to Seattle after college, I learned the word allium, the family of onions and garlic....

Mint Perfect!

Mint. It grows like a weed around these parts and we might sometimes take its ubiquity for granted. Yet there is no easier way to conjure up a burst of summer sunshine than by throwing a handful of zingy, fresh mint into a dish....