Things of Rare Beauty

Things of Rare Beauty

Two eggplants two ways

(September 21, 2017) Let's talk about eggplants," I suggested to Spencer Hill at his Arcata farmers market stall on the eastern side of the plaza. We were talking over baskets filled with a...

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Whole Hog

A DIY water-powered pig roast

(September 14, 2017) Some time ago, my son approached me with the idea of building our own waterwheel-powered rotisserie large enough to spit and roast a whole pig. Every year he joins a...

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Figgin' Delicious

Fresh fig bar cookies (that are secretly gluten free)

(September 7, 2017) My dad says he doesn't like figs and it makes me want to club him over the head. How can you not love figs? Rich, heady, creamy flavor, absolutely...

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Bounty Hunting

Celebrating Local Food Month

(August 31, 2017) The light has turned from summer's glare to fall's golden glow. The changing of the light heralds the changing of the season. September is the month of bounty, when both...

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Hum Plate Round-up

On the corner and in the lot

(August 24, 2017) Welcome to the Neighborhood Let us pause to appreciate the neighborhood taco truck. True, the trucks parked beside your favorite watering holes are doing the Lord's work, putting tasty, blessedly...

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Humboldt on Tap

Making your beer safe for fish

(August 17, 2017) Humans have no monopoly on loving beer. From its warm, grain-rich beginnings to the last bit of water syphoned away during brewing, beer is a feast for species great and...

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The Best Thing Since Homemade Bread

Learning to bake with the Eureka Emblem Club

(August 10, 2017) Again, folks, it's flour, salt, water and yeast," repeats Linda Barry, attempting to assuage her students' fear of baking bread. In your granny's day, baking bread was a household chore,...

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Shared Secrets

The mushroom cobbler recipe you'll never get

(August 3, 2017) It makes sense for restaurant cooks to be jealous of their best recipes. I remember years ago teaching myself to make croissants. Nena Creasy, a great cook who lived nearby...

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Good Things Come Small-Packaged

Farmer's favorite grilled lettuce

(July 27, 2017) When I invited Janet Czarnecki, farmer and owner of Redwood Roots Farm, to contribute a recipe to my Farmers' Favorites series, she answered without hesitation: "Grilled little gems with cheese,...

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Smoked Monkeyface

A simple, exotic delight that you can only make at home

(July 20, 2017) It was 1994, and I was 10 years old and hungry. It's not as if there was no food in camp. We definitely had hot dogs and beans and such,...

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Humboldt on Tap

Here's juice in your beer

(July 13, 2017) The first time someone offered me a shandy — and explained the ingredients — I thought it sounded disgusting. I ordered one anyway, because what's the point of walking into...

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All That and a Pile of Gaufrettes

(September 11, 2017) Maybe you are among the economically wise and self-disciplined folks who bring lunch to work. Even you, my fiscally responsible friend, will slip eventually — oversleeping, running out of...

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