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Poaching in syrup lends stone fruits succulence

Watching my kids’ jubilation over cherries in our yard, I can’t help but feel a pang for the apricot tree that passed on before they were born. The tree was gnarled and bent but every few years produced a riot of pink flowers and the most delicious fruit I’d ever tasted. Spindly to start with, […]

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Buckle down and use up those frozen blueberries

Cherries just starting to redden on our tree this week put me in mind of last year’s crop — still reposing in my freezer. As I admonished my sons to wait a few more days for the fruit to really ripen, I vowed in the interim to use up last year’s cherries, followed by last […]

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Shellfish on the stove or fire is simply satisfying

Appetites sated on sausages, burgers, even kale salad after a week of camping, we couldn’t bypass a meal of mussels. The bivalves were a featured dish at a Hood River brew pub, our pit stop on the journey home. We’d gotten our fill of little lake fish, referenced in this blog’s previous post. But mild, […]

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Indoors or out, basic flavors enhance freshest fish

Eating well in the outdoors elicited the past couple of posts to this blog, as well as my most recent column in the Mail Tribune’s food section. Read next week’s installment for a few more of my family’s campout favorites. There’s often the chance, though, that any one of these meals — carefully planned, prepped […]

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Sausages and kraut, a match made for outdoors

Consider the first food you ever speared on a stick and perched over a campfire. Chances are it was a marshmallow or hot dog. While most of us tend to outgrow an affection for sticky blobs of scorched sugar (until we introduce our own kids), our tastes for meat-in-tube-form grow up. Good-quality sausages — Andouille, […]

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Griddled or fried, polenta is a campout favorite

Campout cuisine constituted my most recent column for the weekly food section. While the piece focused on fried rice, I also gave tips for preparing foods ahead of time that can be laid away in the freezer and transported frozen to a campsite. Largely because of its sturdiness and relevance at any meal, polenta is […]

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Pack up chilled asparagus, egg salad for picnics

The garden is starting to show promise after long months of little edible yields. Peas, artichokes, radishes and rhubarb all are coming on in quantities large enough to constitute a meal. And still announcing its relevance with a few new spears every day is the asparagus patch. Although it’s slowed down a bit in the […]

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Late asparagus, early peas make elegant salad

Asparagus recipes had no sooner popped up on this blog than the weekly food section proclaimed it was time for peas. True, the season for the two, when both are fresh and locally grown, do overlap a bit. And that window in Southern Oregon is typically June, when latecomer asparagus and the earliest peas are […]

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Ponzu-dressed asparagus plays up poké bowls

Asian flavors have been influencing family meals over the past few months since we realized the relative ease of making our own poké bowls. Fairly priced, good-quality yellowfin tuna available in the freezer case of my locally owned grocer is the main ingredient. All the raw fish needs is a light dressing of tamari, rice […]

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Simmer succulent chicken in spring-onion salsa

The Whole Dish podcast: Spring onions, other tender alliums infuse fresh flavors My lifelong journey to embrace alliums hasn’t quite come full circle. If it had, I’d be out in the garden pulling up the scallions and munching them — roots and all, unwashed—like I did as a toddler. That early enthusiasm quickly waned, perhaps […]

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