A Virtual Oyster Fest

A Virtual Oyster Fest

Shucking crowds for a socially distant event

(May 28, 2020) As the days grow warmer and COVID-19 lingers, bivalve enthusiasts have wondered what's to become of the 30th annual Arcata Bay Oyster Festival, née Oyster Fest. On Saturday, May 23,...

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Soup for the Soul

A Humboldt restaurateur cooks for sheltering seniors

(May 21, 2020) It's a Friday afternoon, and Christine Silver is at Humboldt Soup Co. on Myrtle Avenue in Eureka getting a pot — a very big pot — of soup ready. But...

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Chicago Dog House's unlikely opening

(May 14, 2020) The Chicago dog is born of hard times. During the 1930s, a nickel "Depression dog" with mustard, onions and relish, or one that was "dragged through the garden," the meat...

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Rice Sacks and Blessings

Hmong and Lao volunteers feed their communities

(May 7, 2020) Every April the Humboldt Grange fills with music, prayer, the chanting of Buddhist monks and Lao food — tables laden with aluminum trays of fried fish, spring rolls, rice...

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Wolves During Wartime

M.F.K. Fisher on food, security and love

(April 30, 2020) Editor's note: As we shelter in place during a global pandemic, it seems like a good time to revisit Simona Carini's take on M.F.K. Fisher's wartime rationing recipes and reflections,...

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Shopping for Strangers on Instacart, Relying on Friends

(April 23, 2020) Rachael Trump started delivering for Instacart in early February, when the U.S. was counting its first confirmed COVID-19 cases and weeks before Humboldt County and the state of California instituted...

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The Joy of Handmade Pasta

From the North Coast Journal archives

(April 16, 2020) Editor's note: The Journal's website is a treasure trove of recipes to explore while you shelter in place. This week we've plucked a Simona Carini's simple, three-ingredient homemade pasta...

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Taking (Some of) the Contact out of Take-out

Restaurants and staff are trying to minimize COVID-19 exposure

(April 9, 2020) In the Friday afternoon lull between lunch and dinner, Eduardo Lopez still has to put the phone down to help customers at Toni's 24-hour Restaurant. "It's enough to keep...

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Switching up the Recipe

Local distillers turn to making hand sanitizer

(April 2, 2020) Barbara and Michael Jewell are still selling Jewell Distillery's moonshine, vodka, gin and local blackberry liqueur out of their Blue Lake shop, but they've added a new item to their...

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Of Penguins and Chickpeas

A pantry staple pleasure from simpler times

(March 26, 2020) Fifteen years ago, my husband and I visited New Zealand for the first time. One day we kayaked in the Kenepuru Sound, located in the country's South Island. It was...

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Six Feet of Dining Separation

Oberon Grill works around COVID-19

(March 18, 2020) A server makes her way to the end of the bar with menus in hand, announcing to the trio of women waiting there, "Sorry but we are out of rice."...

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Entertaining for the Hesitant Host

And a low-pressure orzo to serve

(March 12, 2020) I was nervous the first time I gave a dinner party but it turned out to be a blast. Two friends from the Vancouver Unitarian Church annihilated the tuna fish...

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Going Dutch

How a couple's love of campout cooking won them a YouTube following

(March 5, 2020) The elk scaloppini episode from the Outdoor Cast Iron Cooking YouTube channel starts with a few cooking shots before Joanie "the Teardrop Nanny" and Dean "the Fogcrawler" introduce themselves...

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10 Items or Fewer

Asia's Best edition

(February 27, 2020) Swing behind Sacred Heart Church at 2085 Myrtle Ave. and you'll find Asia's Best market tucked in its back lot. You'll also likely find Feda Ignacio, who owns the...

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Pretty in Purple

Sprouting broccoli with almonds and garlic

(February 20, 2020) The word broccoli conjures up the image of a dark green globe of close-knit florets but not all broccoli is created green. Some years ago, Janet Czarnecki of Redwood...

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What's Good

Have the seafood

(February 13, 2020) Po' boys and sympathy If you go to Fat Anne's Bakery & Bistro's new spot on Main Street in Ferndale (939 Main St.), get the fried chicken. Then tell me...

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