Archive | July, 2010

Summer Squash, Potato, and Carrot Purée with pistou

So yesterday in my garden class we harvested buckets of squash (and zucchini–don’t worry, it will show up later), bunches of carrots, and pounds of potatoes. And I thought to myself, “What could I make with this that is yummy + new + pretty easy?” Answer: purée. Let me just say that I love purées. […]

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Chicken Recuerdos de Tucson

Barbara Kingsolver describes her book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle as “part memoir, part journalistic investigation.” The book outlines her family’s experiences in moving from Tucson to a Virginian farm and living off locally grown food for a year. Kingsolver includes a bunch of great recipes as she goes through each season. When I was reading the […]

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Blueberry Scones

I’d never had a scone before today. When I think of scones, I picture high class hotel room-service or the traditional “event” of teatime. Today, people buy their assorted pastries and scones from Starbucks–all loaded with sugar, cream, butter, and glaze. Suffice it to say that my first bite of these blueberry scones surprised me: […]

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Mixed Berry Pie

I baked this pie two weeks ago, at the very end of the raspberry season, the middle of the blueberry season, and the very beginning of the blackberry season here in Oregon. It was a lot of fun picking the berries–and even more fun baking this pie. The pie crust recipe comes from Cybele Pascal’s […]

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Chilled Cucumber Soup

This soup is a great dinner appetizer or fresh lunch dish. It’s also an interesting way to eat cucumbers. Since this recipe calls for yogurt, there are several choices. If you eat dairy, you can use regular cow’s milk yogurt. If soy isn’t a problem, you can use soy yogurt. Or, you can use coconut […]

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Roasted Potatoes with Herbs

In the urban gardening class I’m taking, we can take home as much of the harvest as we want (hurray!). Today we dug up some potatoes, including some Peruvian purples, reds, and Yukon golds. I wanted to roast them, and adding some yellow squash and heirloom striped zucchini was the perfect touch. Ingredients assorted potatoes […]

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Blueberry Coffee Cake

You know what July is? Blueberry Season! When I was picking berries the other day for this recipe, my friend told me it reminded her of a book she read when she was young called Blueberries for Sal. In it, a little girl named Sal and her mother, and a baby bear and his mother, […]

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Simple Stir Fry

So, as a school nerd (and with a vague possibility of studying abroad in the spring), I’m taking some college classes this summer. Most days the load is light, but Tuesdays and Thursdays I have class from 9 to 2. Lunch? What? Eating in the middle of the afternoon can be a pain, and I […]

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Pesto

I’m pretty sure basil is my favorite herb. There’s just something about it: the smell, the taste, the way you can put it in basically anything…I really should buy a plant of my own. But in the meantime bunches of basil are pretty cheap right now at farmer’s markets because they’re in season (for some […]

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Vegetable Hummus Pizza

Do you ever miss pizza? The tang of tomato sauce, the greasy cheese, the delicious crust? Rest easy, because pizza is completely do-able on a gluten-free (and dairy-free, and egg-free, and many other “free”) diet(s). (Hurray!) I’ve bought some ready-bake pizzas in the store before (like Amy‘s Spinach Pizza with rice crust). They’re great, but […]

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