Humboldt's Food Business Meltdown

Racing against food spoilage during the PG&E shutdown

(October 17, 2019) Shortly after 2 a.m. on Oct. 10, employees at both branches of the North Coast Co-op were doing what nobody wants to do: throwing out food. Some worked 12-hour shifts...

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The Cookies

A forgotten treasure from the recipe pile

(October 11, 2019) My answer for any emotional extreme — sadness, joy, stress — is food. Recently my partner, who works in the production department at the Journal, was under a tight deadline....

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We are Never Only Talking About Food

A critical eye on food media

(October 3, 2019) I am always talking about food. Ask anybody. Better yet, try to have a conversation about anything else with me and keep an eye on your stopwatch to see how...

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Goat Cheese Galore in Bayside

Karin Eide's Spring Hill Farm

(September 26, 2019) Somehow, lavender is not the first scent you expect on a goat farm. But Karin Eide, owner and operator of Spring Hill Farmstead Goat Cheese in Bayside, is probably not...

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The Watergate 'Tricky Dick' Cake

A vintage family recipe for scandalous times

(September 19, 2019) If you grew up in the Midwest in the 1970s, you didn't attend a family holiday, barbecue, reunion or get-together without someone bringing a version of ambrosia salad: Some concoction...

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More Than Imitation

Mocktails that shine on their own

(September 12, 2019) Much inspires us to drink. We lift a glass in celebration or raise one in sympathy. We drink to ease social interactions, to find some liquid courage. We debrief...

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Spicy Chicken Sandwich Envy

Where to get the hot stuff in Humboldt

(September 5, 2019) At Popeyes drive-throughs and glass doors across the country this week, steering wheels were slapped and shoulders sagged as patrons read signs posted by beleaguered employees informing them the Spicy...

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A Boozy Flavortown Meat Party

(August 30, 2019) For the second year in a row, I ventured beneath the grandstands at the Ferndale Fairgrounds to check in at the “Judges Only” bar. Eighteen of us — mostly strangers...

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Add Melon

The summer fruit that plays well with others

(August 29, 2019) Great news: Melon season is in full swing. The list of melon varieties I encountered during recent visits to the Arcata farmers market and the North Coast Co-op is 16...

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What's Good: County Fair Edition

Treats that may or may not be worth your dignity

(August 22, 2019) First, a shoutout to the folks who amble to the fairgrounds toting bottles of water, sandwiches and baggies of carrot sticks. Bless your forethought and discipline. Say kind things about...

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Sun, Moon and Fig

A midsummer fig and goat cheese tart

(August 15, 2019) It's the still midsummer air that reminds me to check on the figs. With their deep green leaves shading them, figs are having the coolest, quietest summer of anyone. I...

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What's Good: Sauced

Four local condiments to go overboard with

(August 8, 2019) In the way that Colette might have looked back on her love affairs with a calmer eye and an appreciation for the sudden and temporary passions that drove her to...

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Butter and Belonging at Red Lobster

(August 1, 2019) My immigrant Japanese family came to America and fell in love with cheap steaks, sausage, corned beef and cabbage, lasagna and rye bread. But they drew a deep line...

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Sauvignon Blanc: Perfect for Summer

(July 25, 2019) Before I had ever tasted a sauvignon blanc, I was told it smelled like cat pee. The wine dork who told me this didn't even mean it in a bad...

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Zucchini Days of Summer

(July 18, 2019) Just saying the word "zucchini" evokes summer and the celebration of abundance for which zucchini plants are famous. I get inspired by the different varieties of zucchini and summer squash,...

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Pizza by the Sea

(July 13, 2019) When eating in Trinidad, it’s a totally understandable knee-jerk impulse to veer toward fish and chips, clam chowder or crab anything. It’s the seaside atmosphere. But are you overlooking...

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What's Good: Surprises

From small kitchens and unexpected spots

(July 11, 2019) Pizza by the sea When eating in Trinidad, it's a totally understandable knee-jerk impulse to veer toward fish and chips, clam chowder or crab anything. It's the seaside atmosphere. But...

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Meatless at the Barbecue Place

(July 9, 2019) Most of the vegetarians at Shamus T Bones (1911 Truesdale St., Eureka) are on the walls — the taxidermied heads of deer, elk and buffalo looming in all directions....

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Lady's Choice

(July 5, 2019) The grill at The Patron Kitchen (70 B Wildwood Ave., Rio Dell) can’t be more than 3 by 4 feet but the output, most of which winds up on...

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Ten Items or Fewer

Little Japan edition

(July 4, 2019) Maybe you're already swinging by Little Japan (2848 F St., Eureka) for the sushi-grade fish in the freezer (where else are you going to get a single curled octopus tentacle?),...

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in our blogs...

Moonstone Grill Changes Hands

(October 18, 2019) The iconic beachside restaurant Moonstone Grill, formerly owned by the same group that operates Plaza Grill and the Basement (formerly Abruzzi), is now a part of another cluster of establishments...

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CalFresh Recipients Given Extra Time to Replace Food Lost to Blackout

(October 18, 2019) The deadline for local CalFresh recipients who lost food during the Oct. 9 power outage to apply for replacement benefits has now been extended until Nov. 8, according to the...

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Yurok Tribe to Buy Mad River Brewing

(October 16, 2019) Hold onto your Steelhead. The Yurok Agricultural Corporation, which is owned by the Yurok Tribe, announced today it’s in the process of purchasing the 30-year-old Mad River Brewing and its...

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