Spring has sprung and so has the green garlic

  by Dana Zia, Golightly Gourmet “Until recently, green garlic never appeared in the market and was largely unrecognized by cooks.”  –Alice Waters Things are beginning to look up; I reek like garlic and it is 77 degrees. Sunny warm and my kitchen smells like garlic. Things couldn’t be better. Walking around my yard earlier […]

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Reviving a 2 million year old tradition of cooking

By Dana Zia, Golightly Gourmet “Cooking, above all, connects us.” Michael Pollan In ancient Greece the word for “cook” is also the same word for butcher and priest and it also shares the etymological root as magic. Making a meal and sitting down to eat it is a true magical event in many households these […]

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Top 10 Individual Winners – Session #1

Congrats to our Top Ten Individual Challenge participants (list of names below) Alice Jeffers is the top individual YOW participant won a FitBit, donated by Fred Meyer.  And the top 10 were entered in a random drawing for a YMCA/NCRD gift certificate. 1.  Alice Jeffers 2.  Jim Jett 3.  Ahyde Cortes 4.  Cathy Colburn 5.  […]

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Radishes: Getting to Know the Spunky Root

By Dana Zia, Golightly Gourmet “Perhaps the most overlooked vegetable on the veggie-and-dip platter is the radish.” Edward Lee Spring has sprung and radishes are starting to pop up all over. They love to grow in our climate where it is cool all summer, temperate in the winter and they adore sandy, loamy soil. If […]

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Asparagus — the King of Vegetables

By Dana Zia, Golightly Gourmet “Asparagus inspires gentle thoughts.” Charles Lamb We have visiting royalty among our seasonal vegetables right now, Asparagus. It even has a crown to prove it. It was given the honored title, “king of vegetables” in the 18th century by King Luis the XIV, who could not get enough of it. […]

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Winter Squash, the crown jewel of the season

By Dana Zia, Golightly Gourmet Winter squash is one of the seasonal foods that I love to cook all winter long. They are so substantial and full of nutrition that it is hard not to love them, especially with names like “sweet dumpling,” “butternut” and “fairytale.” With spring right around the corner, it is time […]

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Steelhead trout, our NW winter bounty

By Dana Zia Golightly Gourmet We live in such a fertile rich valley here that some of our wonders are easily overlooked, like the fact that we have one of the most abundant winter steelhead runs in the NW. Fisher people all know this fact, as steelhead are one of the most sought after game […]

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A Winter’s Garden’s Gift, Kale

“Eat food, not too much, and mostly plants.” Michael Pollan   Kale is one of the gastronomic gifts that winter gives us, with its sweetness revealed with the kiss of the cold. It is abundant in local gardens right now, ready for our kitchens. This beautiful vegetable is bursting with great flavor and nutrients with […]

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Don’t be a Caveman; Eat your Brussels Sprouts

“We kids feared many things in those days – werewolves, dentists, North Koreans, Sunday School – but they all paled in comparison with Brussels sprouts.” Dave Barry   Brussel sprouts have about as clouded of a history as they do a reputation but it is a widely accepted that they were cultivated from the great […]

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