Salt of the Sea

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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Hum Plate

Summer pleasures

(July 7, 2016) Key Player Some of us leap flip-flop first into summer at the first hiss of lawn sprinklers. For the rest of us, zipping up our hoodies in vampiric fear of...

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Humboldt on Tap

Can your glass make your beer taste better?

(June 30, 2016) This is a story about marketing, glassware and how your brain loves you and wants you to be happy. Let's start in 2001, when a French study used food coloring...

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Champion Oysters

At the fest and in your backyard

(June 23, 2016) Out on the Arcata Plaza, the crowd was swelling and soaking up sunshine, beer and melted butter from half shells. Just inside the window of Mazzotti's, however, we 14 judges...

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Chimichurri in a Hurry

Up your grill game with Argentinian sauce

(June 16, 2016) Whether you're throwing beef, chicken, fish or tofu on the grill this weekend, one sauce that works with them all is chimichurri. It's easy to make and will earn you...

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Spring Curry

Saag paneer with wild mustard leaves

(June 9, 2016) Ever since we were kids, when springtime came around, my brother and I would browse patches of wild mustard greens while out in the fields. The spicy, sharp flavor always...

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Hum Plate Roundup

Casting off the burden of choice

(June 2, 2016) Have not recent political events and the return of 1980s fashion made us all question our collective ability to make good choices? Take a break from weighing the pros and...

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  • Re: Ramen Rumble

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