Good Things Come Small-Packaged

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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Hum Plate Round-up

Breakfast sweets and grilled cheese get serious

(July 6, 2017) Doughnuts Rising Sit-down doughnut options are too few and far between. And yet the doughnut should be a legitimate breakfast option alongside bacon and eggs, pancakes and waffles. Drive-thru doughnut...

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Potato Salad Fight

Bridging the divide with two kinds

(June 29, 2017) Want to start a fight at a barbecue? Two words: potato salad. Googling settles most quibbling over when to flip a burger or how long the chicken should cook. However,...

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Shelling Out

The cost of competing at Oyster Fest

(June 22, 2017) After nearly four hours on lockdown at Mazzotti's, judges for the Arcata Bay Oyster Festival handed in our score sheets for head Oystress Rachel Marrella and her team to tally...

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In Defense of MSG

(June 15, 2017) They're not like salt crystals, exactly. They're longer, like white bugle beads from a glamorous 1920s dress. In a pile, they sparkle like dreamy snow in a stop-motion Christmas movie....

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Hum Plate Roundup

The call of sunny climates

(June 8, 2017) Mussel Bound Put away your clam diggers — domoic acid has put the local clam digging party on hold and mid-calf pants are hard to pull off anyway. But this...

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Holed Up

Can you make New York bagels in Humboldt?

(June 1, 2017) I've got a lot of feelings about bagels. They came home in paper bags on my mother's commute home from New York City: glossy pumpernickel, onion, poppy. When she moved...

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Sushi Party

Temaki family style

(May 25, 2017) Sushi was not always such high-brow cuisine. In the 1800s, sushi street vendors were the taco trucks of Edo (now Tokyo), hawking fish and rice preserved with the vinegar from...

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High on the Hog

(May 18, 2017) Back when I lived in Brooklyn, shopping "locally" was a real problem. I made the effort to eat organically and locally, but it proved prohibitively difficult. There was no supermarket...

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