This blog, for the past seven years and more than 650 entries, has been an extension of the Mail Tribune’s weekly food section.
Blogging also has provided coverage of local food news and events that don’t make it in A la Carte, whether for issues of space, timing or newsworthiness. It’s been a platform for some writing I probably wouldn’t have done otherwise, including blogging while on a food-centric vacation in the Mediterranean several years ago.
Most readers recognize that while not updated every day, The Whole Dish is updated regularly: at least weekly but, more often than not, several times per week. That’s about to change for a few months while I’m on family leave. The break hopefully will nurture my household with more time in the kitchen and garden.
In the meantime, I encourage you to use The Whole Dish as a resource, particularly for finding and preparing seasonal ingredients. Within these hundreds of posts are hundreds of recipes easily searchable by specific words entered in the field at the upper-righthand corner of this page. The archives are organized by month and year a bit lower down.
Last year’s April and May entries included recipes for asparagus, rhubarb, fava beans, a make-ahead Mothers Day breakfast, even soft cheese. Previous years’ spring entries featured recipes for lamb, homemade salad dressings and chocolate-dipped strawberries. On the more esoteric end, there’s a guide to natural sweeteners and ideas for using fiddleheads and green garlic, as well as making the most of trips to local farmers markets where these are found.
The area’s weekly farmers markets are on my family’s list for springtime outings. We hope to see you there!