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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

Home-canned artichoke hearts a ‘revelation’

For years, I was the one doling out food tips to fellow Mail Tribune staffers, including the design guru behind so many editions of the newspaper’s food section. This week, I was on the receiving end, as my friend and food-section counterpart filled me in on how to grill artichokes. Clearly, some variations on this [...]

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Spur quicker consumption with quick pickling

The last post to this blog betrays my tendency to purchase more food than we can consume in a reasonable period of time. It’s not so bad when the item is shelf-stable, at least for a couple of years. But many of us overestimate how often preserved food will keep. In many instances, it isn’t [...]

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Blueberries bring natural pectin to jam-making

If there’s one food without a chance of escaping my innate hoarding tendencies, it’s jam. I’m ashamed to admit it isn’t even homemade jam, a backlog in the pantries of many avid food preservers. Because my husband, Will, consumes jam with such abandon, I’d never be able to keep up. That’s why I stockpile it [...]

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Hands-on knife class needs keen participants

Sharps knives are much safer in a cook’s hand than dull knives, or so most of us have heard. And sharp blades also are more efficient, allowing cooks to work faster and with less effort. But how many of us maintain the right tool with conscientious care only to wonder how exactly to wield it? [...]

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Baby’s berry blues warrant look at prewashing

Fresh blueberries have been a commodity at local farmers markets and U-pick patches almost since the start of summer. But they’re just starting to come on at the Oregon Coast, my preferred locale for U-picking organic berries at a family farm that’s grown them for several generations. I mined the bushes with more fervor than [...]

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Ways with watermelon span summer months

There’s no trick to eating summer’s sweet, juicy watermelons, as Doreen Bradshaw pointed out in this week’s A la Carte. The owner of Seven Oaks Farm in Central Point keeps a bowl of chilled watermelon wedges in her refrigerator to keep her cool as she traverses the farm’s fields and country store all summer. But [...]

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Strawberries, apples make jams just right

Peaches, blackberries and even local apples are starting to dictate food preservers’ plans. The biannual peach-canning spree with my mother-in-law is slated for Friday. But that hasn’t kept her from filling the freezer with other local fruits, including blackberries I picked, to put up at her leisure. Indeed, strawberries, given the low- and no-sugar treatment [...]

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Pack these salads, chilled soup for picnics

Saturday at Britt Festivals wasn’t just a chance to see one of my favorite artists; it also afforded one of the summer’s first occasions to picnic. Kudos to Britt for still allowing outside food and beverages at its venue. It’s a tradition I always plan to exploit, not least because I have so many garden [...]

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Dairy-free dressings won’t weigh down salads

Salads are the cook’s defense against cooking in such searing heat. Although a stove or grill is indicated for portions of the recipes that ran with this week’s salad story, lower serving temperatures still have the cooling effect we’re craving this time of year. And while the salads featured in this week’s food section are [...]

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Steamer clams for the stockpot stir memories

Speaking of abundant seafood: A cache of steamer clams narrowly missed their date with my stockpot after a recent weekend at the coast. Seeing those sturdy shells never fails to remind me of my childhood dining at the now-defunct Moe’s restaurant in Coos Bay, where plastic sand pails of steamers were a staple. I still [...]

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