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Sarah Lemon

Sarah Lemon covers the Rogue Valley’s food scene with an enthusiasm that rivals her love of cooking. Her blog mixes culinary musings and milestones with tips and recipes you won’t find in the Mail Tribune’s weekly A la Carte section. When she’s not in the kitchen or unearthing the freshest seasonal produce, she dishes on local food trends, products and events. Add your own recipes, tips and ideas to this blog or email thewholedish@gmail.com

Falafel ‘hash’ is a forgiving alternative to fritters

Falafel, the Middle Eastern chickpea fritter, earned a recent mention in this blog. Extolling the virtues of chickpeas, I revisited my family’s fondness for falafel, particularly when summer cucumbers, tomatoes and fresh herbs are handy in the garden. For a slightly richer version, I like to pair falafel in pita with sautéed summer squash, eggplant [...]

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Sweet peas, sesame make stunning summer salad

An update on the standard picnic spread’s sandwiches, watermelon and potato salad sets the tone for summer in this week’s A la Carte. My family’s favorite fresh corn salad would be right at home alongside the black bean salad and “walking chicken tacos” suggested in this week’s story. Like beans, it holds up well in [...]

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Chickpeas have crispy, crunchy snack potential

As a candidate for meatless meals, chickpeas are just one of so many legumes, mentioned in a previous post to this blog. But the chickpea’s status is elevated when it comes to snacking. All those tubs of supermarket hummus have done more for chickpeas’ pop-culture following than millennia of cultivation by humans. Satisfying the craving [...]

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Bottled barbecue sauces rarely omit liquid smoke

Barbecue-season tips fill this week’s food section. Whether the fuel is charcoal or gas, the top-10 list supplied by Weber grillmeister Jamie Purviance should help backyard cooks fine-tune their craft this summer. When it comes to grilling, one tenet holds true: Where there’s fire, there’s smoke. Liquid smoke, that is. Among the hundreds of commercially [...]

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Combine shelling, snap peas in the same dish

The season for garden peas is upon us, just one reason I’m grateful for recently cooler temperatures. Peas are notoriously intolerant of heat waves. But who isn’t when it’s just two weeks into June? Freshly picked and shelled, English pea varieties need little in the way of cooking. Just toss them into pasta, rice, soup [...]

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Creamy chickpeas curry favor beyond hummus

It worked for quinoa. The South American seed’s fame and popularity skyrocketed after the United Nations declared 2013 the International Year of Quinoa. If such trends hold true, “pulses” will be the next household catchphrase. That’s beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas to you and me. A spread in this month’s Oregon Healthy Living reinforces the [...]

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Saffron-steeped steamer clams are happy indeed

The season for Pacific pink shrimp sparked a recent post to this blog, just the latest of many over the years. I simply can’t visit my native South Coast between late spring and early autumn without indulging in the fresh-caught, cocktail-sized shrimp. Plump and juicy with a briny sweetness, they swayed even my picky 3-year-old [...]

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Grab locally grown greens before they’re gone

Searing heat is sapping locally grown greens of all varieties, making room in the fields and home gardens for the bounty of summer vegetables But before they bid us farewell until the return of cooler weather, it’s time to take advantage of greens in all their glory. And who doesn’t want a big, crisp, refreshing [...]

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Fire up the grill for U.S or Mexican Gulf shrimp

The summerlong season for fresh Pacific pink shrimp has become even more precious over the past decade or so. That’s the approximate time span since I began a rigorous refusal of any and all farm-raised shrimp. Exposés on the conditions in Southeast Asia’s shrimp-shelling sheds only reinforce my resolve that shrimp raised in “freshwater” ponds [...]

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Cheesecake bars please this fruit-loving palate

What to make for a child who can’t tell you what he likes? I’ve learned through the past three years of celebrations — sprinkled with some spontaneous bribery, pacification and rewards — that chocolate is a pretty safe bet. Thus, my older son’s palate determined the cake flavor for his younger brother’s first birthday. Without [...]

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