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Try slightly smoky baked beans instead of refried

With a cooking surface several times larger than a Weber kettle, a wood pellet-fired smoker is seeing lots of use at my house. Mentioned in a previous post, my husband’s new Rec-Tec is proving its versatility, even as a pizza oven. Not only can we cook several components of a single meal at once, but [...]

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Stoke meat-smoking passion with these tips

Two years of researching brands and saving spare cash paid off last month when my husband set up a wood pellet-fired smoker on the back deck. Will has since smoked everything from whole chilies to rabbit in the Rec-Tec. It comes as little surprise, though, that beef tri-tip has been the most well-received by Will [...]

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Top toast with smashing beet, cheese spread

Ways for enjoying beets with cheese have been suggested in several recent posts to this blog. Whether the root vegetable is roasted or raw, the cheese firm or soft, rich, savory dairy adds a satisfying note to earthy beets. But really, doesn’t cheese make just about everything better? So in that vein, here is one [...]

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Have a ball at this weekend’s cheese festival

Course after course of cheese, from cheesy risotto and cheese shaved over carpaccio to fresh mozzarella curds and whipped chevre Chantilly cream for dessert, will unfold tonight at Larks restaurant in Medford. The sold-out meet-the-cheesemaker dinner kicks off the weekend’s 11th annual Oregon Cheese Festival at Rogue Creamery in Central Point. The meal celebrates Oregon’s [...]

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Fewer and fewer of us eschew brilliant beets

Beets haven’t graced the section front of the Mail Tribune’s A la Carte for eight years. Although frequently mentioned in this blog, the root vegetable didn’t exactly meet with other newspaper editors’ favor. Recalling that bias, I savored my chance to run the recipe for dark-chocolate brownies devised to disguise beets for those who haven’t [...]

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Chocolate festival winners came from near and far

Chocolatiers beyond Oregon took home some of the top honors at last weekend’s Oregon Chocolate Festival in Ashland. For the first time, the 11th annual festival opened competition to chocolatiers in other states. Two California companies placed in the top three. Best in show was awarded to San Francisco’s CocoTutti. I deliberated with other judges over [...]

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Airy mousse rivals ease of pudding from a box

I’m not the only one missing out on tonight’s Chocolate Makers Dinner at Ashland Springs Hotel. Tickets sold out quickly for the popular event, which kicks off this weekend’s 11th annual Oregon Chocolate Festival. Chocolate in every course is the dinner’s calling card. Foie gras with cocoa-nib mustard and celery-root bisque with a chocolate crouton [...]

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Pizza is a canvas for season’s freshest veggies

If you’ve signed up for a CSA, the action is an expression of optimism. Community-supported agriculture, explained in a previous post, represents hope for a bountiful harvest months in the future. Maybe shares will yield enough produce for favorite dishes: eggplant Parmesan or stuffed peppers, perhaps. Looking forward, the seasonal cook won’t compromise with vegetables [...]

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Support local CSA farms by signing up Saturday

The last load of farm-fresh vegetables arrived today from my community-supported agriculture program — just in time for subscription renewals. Small farmers and local-foods advocates tout Saturday as National CSA Sign-up Day. As explained in a previous post, my family participated in a winter CSA designed to provide locally grown produce when local farmers markets [...]

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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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