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Cauliflower ‘steaks’ can replace meat at mealtimes

The headline on my story in this month’s Oregon Healthy Living just as easily could read: “Meatless meals aren’t just for Mondays.” That was the message from a prominent vegan physician locally and a cooking instructor with a longtime vegan ethic. For anyone hazy on the terminology, vegan is the more stringent form of a [...]

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Za’atar is a basic formula with many variations

Za’atar, a Middle Eastern spice blend, generated some discussion recently on my Facebook profile after I shared a friend’s post. Commonly sprinkled on flatbread, eggs and cheese or used as a rub for grilling meat, za’atar has as many uses as variations. My friend, who brought my supply back from a trip to the Middle [...]

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Sweet peppers star in romesco or skillet chicken

Apples and pears are autumn extras in many community-supported agriculture shares. Boxes of farm-fresh produce from Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative have boasted both fruits. But neither could be had this week when I was planning recipes for a cooking class at Medford Family YMCA. I wanted participants to prepare a roasted chicken dish similar to the [...]

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Even bug-damaged, backyard fruit is a fall treat

Autumn’s apple abundance warrants this weekend’s collection on behalf of the Backyard Orchard Community Cider Project. Read more in this week’s food section about the partnership between Ashland Food Co-op and Apple Outlaw that’s turning unwanted fruit into a limited-release, alcoholic beverage. With a decades-old tree in a corner of my garden, I also could [...]

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Burrata’s cream center enriches tomatoes, fruit

Fresh mozzarella has been a mainstay of my shopping list for months. One large ball suffices for the pizza that we make every few weeks with fresh dough. But when garden tomatoes are in full flush, I keep several containers of mozzarella on hand in various sizes for Caprese salad, mentioned in this blog’s previous [...]

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Stuff, bake, then broil end-of-summer tomatoes

Recent rains sent me scurrying to salvage ripening tomatoes from the garden, lest they split from the excess moisture. Awaiting a few more Brandywines, I’d laid in some fresh mozzarella for the last few Caprese salads of the season. But the chill has left me craving a heartier treatment, with some earthiness, savor and crunch [...]

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Sample salmon Saturday to decide $1,000 prize

A smokin’ good time is set for this Saturday on Medford’s Commons. The Southern Oregon Smoked Salmon Fest gained a new location and a new format in its third year. Moving from Jacksonville’s Britt Festivals grounds to downtown Medford’s Pear Blossom Park, the competition will be determined by a “people’s choice” vote rather than a [...]

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Brined olives, cheese, nuts make savory baklava

A recent post about pizza discouraged topping blue cheese with brined olives on the basis of both being quite salty. Yet I lamented a lack of olives in my fridge last week when I served up my favorite Israeli feta for a friend’s visit. The feta, admittedly, is milder in flavor than blue cheese, making [...]

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Evidence abounds for pizza as the ‘perfect food’

Pizza has enjoyed a lot of attention from food writers over the past month or so. As one article put it, pizza is in many ways the “perfect” food. Conveying all the main food groups in a single dish, pizza also is the great equalizer: beloved of gourmets and fast-food fans alike. But the most [...]

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Small eggplants rival squash for stuffing status

Southern Oregon’s Indian summer lived up to its reputation for the visit of my dear friend who often misses the region’s weather. Too bad my garden didn’t do the same. Not a single ripe tomato could I procure for a care package to accompany her home. Fortunately, she picked plenty of summer squash, chilies, cucumbers [...]

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