by the handful

Nutritious culinary and healing recipes collected from the North American garden, orchard, forest, river and ocean

Herb Encrusted whitefish

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Spring has not quite started yet but fresh herbs are already showing up in my garden.This recipe is easy and versatile and the simple herb combination complements rather than overwhelms this wonderful fish. Read more…

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A Leek

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It may seem like this recipe is a bit too simple to deserve official recipe status. Well let me ask you this, have you ever made it before? Of course people don’t generally cook a leek as a single ingredient, however this simple preparation may just be one of the healthiest recipes you could ever make. Read more…

Coffee-Molasses Braised Short Ribs with Root Puree

ribs3Braising meat is nearly foolproof and you end up with a succulent gourmet meal. Short ribs, like so many other grainy meats, were once the cheap cuts but have now become more popular as slow-cooking and braising have caught on. Read more…

Turkey Pumpkin Tamales

tamale7 If you are looking for an interesting way to recycle your Thanksgiving leftovers, look no further. How many dried out turkey sandwiches can you eat anyway? This recipe looks a little different than the usual tamale, however Turkey and Pumpkin along with epazote, clove… well heck, this entire list of ingredients used here are native to North America and were commonly utilized by the ancient peoples of Mexico. Read more…

Zucchini Cakes with Charred Sweet Pepper Sauce

zucchini-fritter2This recipe cheats the fall season a little by using summer garden vegetables that have their days numbered but are still around, barely. If there are two vegetables that are here and then gone completely until the next season it’s tomatoes and peppers. You simply cannot get them fresh and they also won’t survive being shipped so when they are gone they are gone. Read more…

Egg Drop Soup

eggdrop4Traditional Chinese restaurants used to be a staple in the Portland area and other cities on west coast. It’s sad to see that they have had a major decline since my childhood. Some remain but the proud Chinese traditional restaurants of the past seem to be harder and harder to find. Every Chinese restaurant has an egg drop soup and they range from forgettable to fit for a king. Read more…

Stuffed Zucchini Blossom and Heirloom Tomato Salad

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Zucchini blossoms are a great seasonal ingredient and a fun one to work with. Yes, you will get a little less zucchini when you harvest the flowers to eat but I think anyone who has grown zucchini can agree that this is just fine. The fried zucchini blossom sitting atop a fresh heirloom tomato salad is a divine treat. Thank you, garden! Read more…

Herbal Teas

herbtea4Making tea out of your fresh garden herbs is so easy you will wonder why it took you so long to start doing it, I did at least. Any fresh herb can be dried and made into tea. You can make tea from just one herb variety or combine several to make a more complex tasting herbal tea.
This quick drying method is fast, simple and works the same for any fresh herb you have on hand. Rather than let the leaves slowly air dry (which does work) using the oven on low heat quickly achieves the same result. Read more…

Oregon Grape Jelly

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Oregon Grape may just be the most underused yet widely available foraging opportunity out there. Oregon Grape grows all over the northwest and beyond, it’s also an especially popular landscaping plant. Read more…

Cod with Morels and Garden Peas (Surf n’ Earth)

DSCN0838If I could only eat two categories of foods, they would be fish and vegetables. Cod is a mellow tasting fish, ready to be prepared with other ingredients and it really shines when fried up with only butter cooked up hot and fast. Read more…

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