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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

Clean anything with lemons, baking soda, vinegar

Lemons as cleaning agents will be a sidelight to today’s citrus class with Master Food Preservers. The concept didn’t make the cut for Wednesday’s story in A la Carte on preserving citrus. But I figured most savvy cooks know they can freshen a sour garbage disposal by feeding it a lemon half or two. Hands [...]

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Citrus fruits shine in foods fresh and preserved

Like rays of sunlight, citrus brightens just about any food it touches, observed a local chef quoted in this week’s A la Carte. Once the weather is reliably warm and sunny, it’s easy to forget that the citrus season is waning. So with citrus at its best, now is the time for capturing its essence [...]

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It’s time to lavish love on heart-healthy lentils

Lentils will anchor a cooking demonstration I’m putting on this evening as an ACCESS volunteer. Participants in an Asante employee wellness program will get a taste of these little legumes in tortillas topped with common taco fillings. The idea, of course, is that lentils are a protein-packed yet fiber-rich alternative to meat or even more [...]

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Custard mashup omits scary step for amateurs

Given the choice between custard and cake, I’d take the former any day. So the only decision left for someone of my ilk is which creamy, sweet iteration: pot de crème, crème brulee, crème caramel or maybe panna cotta. If only there was a dessert that combined them. And actually, there is. The Inn at [...]

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Braise chicken with fennel for one-pot feast

Biweekly deliveries of fresh, organic vegetables from a local farm go far toward filling my family’s produce needs. The highly seasonal nature of community-supported agriculture, however, requires me to use carrots, turnips, potatoes, kale and spinach week in and week out. I can think of worse fates for a cook who prides herself on preparing [...]

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Cupcakes can be good for sweetheart’s heart

More than a decade since “Sex and the City” made cupcakes chic, the frenzy has faded around these cutesy desserts. The essential character of a good cupcake, however, hasn’t changed, according to local bakers. And the decades-old concept has only improved with innovations spawned from cupcakes’ status as sweet-treat sensation. Among the cupcake’s attributes is [...]

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Bone broth on hand makes for effortless flavor

Apart from health, the reward for making bone broth is rich, deep flavor. Because just about every culture and culinary tradition has its version, bone broth broadens a cook’s menu options far beyond soups and stews. Add it to pan sauces. Cook whole grains, beans or pasta in broth. Braise meats and vegetables in it [...]

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Raise a cup of bone broth to better health

Sipping a hot cup of bone broth is no bizarre-foods experience for me. Anyone who’s made homemade stock should have felt the urge to ladle up a bowl before squirreling the lion’s share away for other uses. Likewise, when I was casting about my kitchen for some fast but wholesome sustenance earlier this week, homemade [...]

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For light, lacy tempura, minimize mixing batter

I’ve never considered vegetarian dishes a form of dietary deprivation. Still, a little fat goes a long way in recasting vegetables as comfort food. Tempura is a meal that my husband and I periodically crave. When the garden is a riot of eggplant, green beans and summer squash that we’ve prepared in almost every conceivable [...]

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Trends aside, butternut squash a seasonal darling

Exclusion from this year’s lists of trendiest vegetables doesn’t take anything away from butternut squash. A food darling for several years, the squash’s appeal isn’t exactly news. It’s a good source of fiber, potassium and magnesium, as well as an excellent source of vitamins A and D. It’s a naturally sweet substitute it for any [...]

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