No-Cook Homemade Fruit Leather

Make this year round and keep everyone snacking happy.

The plum trees this year kept on giving and giving. I gave grocery bags to my neighbors, posted a giveaway on our community Facebook classifieds page and ate two plums every time I passed by the trees in the yard on my way to the garden.

Still, there were so many and they were so sweet, I had to find a way to preserve all that goodness before anymore fell onto the ground and became feed for the deer. (more…)

6 Reasons to Get Pickling + Recipe Links

This instant and easy pickle platter can be yours! Just add friends.
instant appetizer pickle platter

It’s harvest season, so there’s no time for chit chat now. I’ve got a bucket of cucumbers ready to pickle, plus plum jam to can, tomatoes to roast and freeze… That’s just the start.

This is our chance to put up all the local food we can for the long winter ahead. Have you noticed the mornings are dawnier and the evenings duskier?

So, why pickle? Even if you’ve never tried it before? (more…)

Seared Scallop Roll Recipe

Seared scallop rolls are for any time of year.seared-scallop-roll-closeup

Over a month ago, I mentioned wanting to share a scallop roll from my vacation on Cape Cod. It was so good that it completely distracted me from my lobster roll obsession.

Scallops are one of those low-maintenance seafood items that freeze and transport exceptionally well. So even though, I’m landlocked here at home in eastern Oregon, I can still buy good-quality sea scallops all year round.

Good thing, because I have a major food crush on that scallop roll! (more…)

Fresh Green Beans for Nicoise Salad

Fresh green beans are the centerpiece of this late summer salad.
salad nicoise overhead

It’s the end of your summer and you’ve eaten salads 93 days in a row. Or maybe more.

But the garden is giving it’s final burst. And those green beans just won’t stop coming.

The last of the cherry tomatoes are falling off the vine at your very touch and the potatoes are new, tender fleshed and barely the size of golf balls. (more…)

How to Make Great Grilled Salad

Is there anything that isn’t better grilled?
Grilled Salad ready on the grill

Grilled salad may sound a bit weird. Like the vegetable adoration trend taken a bit too far.

If you’ve never tasted grilled salad at a restaurant (and I just recently had one at the fabulous Cape Sea Grille that made me a believer yet again), you may wonder if we’re all just getting a bit too carried away. (more…)