Humboldt on Tap

Humboldt on Tap

Barley field of dreams

(September 29, 2016) Bent over his field, scythe in hand, Jacob Pressey moves across the barley like a farmer from some lost impressionist painting. Sunlight burnishes the dry stalks. A haze of...

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Salt of the Sea

Making your own sea salt

(September 22, 2016) I was first inspired to try making sea salt after watching the 1982 film Gandhi's depiction of the 1930 Salt March, in which scores of people on a 24-day, 240-mile...

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Beautiful Beans

More farmers' favorites

(September 15, 2016) Some plants have a lot going for them. Take, for example, scarlet runner beans (Phaseolus coccineus). Their clusters of bright scarlet flowers are quite ornamental, the pods can be...

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Chicken Soup for the Vegan Soul

With mushrooms and miso

(September 8, 2016) Like cooks everywhere, I scan recipes in newspapers, magazines, cookbooks, online. But I also have a private habit I don't tell many people: If I'm drawn to a recipe in...

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The Fruit of Your Labor

Blackberry picking and cocktails

(September 1, 2016) For nutrition alone, the call to capture the summer windfall of blackberries is strong. Blackberries are frequently hailed as a "superfood," a media term which simply means blackberries are really,...

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Ramen Rumble

Instant noodles, slurped and ranked

(August 25, 2016) Before I went to college, I had no idea white people ate ramen. In my hometown in upstate New York, noodles were too exotic. If you were broke, you ate...

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Humboldt on Tap

Yay, Yeast!

(August 18, 2016) Just when I'm purring along in no-place-could-be-better-than-Humboldt-mode, some other locale saunters by, its gaze smoldering over a frothy beer glass, and my heart wobbles. This time it's Oregon. Sweet, seductive...

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Japanese dumplings by the dozens

(August 4, 2016) An order of gyoza at a Japanese restaurant is almost never bad — a row of six pan-fried dumplings, translucent skins browned and crisped, the pork filling spiked with...

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Farmers' Favorites

(July 28, 2016) When in doubt, ask the farmer. Wondering about the name of a strange-looking vegetable or fruit? Unsure how to prepare some produce you only bought because it looked too beautiful...

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Summer Stock

Soups for zucchini season

(July 21, 2016) Your summer zucchini will shine in these two soup recipes perfect for a cool North Coast summer evening: sopa de calabacitas y elote, Mexican zucchini corn soup, and Peruvian caldo...

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The Many Lives of Strawberries

Sweet and savory and even in frittata

(July 14, 2016) When I buy a basket of strawberries, I put my nose in them and inhale deeply. I smell sun, spring then summer, long days and warm weather. As a child...

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San Diego Homesick Blues

(September 23, 2016) Now and then, you may see a faraway look in the eyes of those of us without Frumboldt stickers on our cars, who hail from elsewhere but were lured...

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Bone Deep

(September 9, 2016) Early evening at Five Eleven, with its azure concrete floor and shining glass tile bar, is a bit like relaxing in rather than beside a very chic swimming pool. On...

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