Posts made in June, 2012

Beet Kvass

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in Beverages, Digestion, Ferments & Preserves | 0 comments

Beet Kvass

When I first heard about a drink made out of soaked beets, I just couldn’t wrap my taste buds around the whole concept. When offered a glass, I puckered up like I was about to sip poison, but I was pleasantly surprised. It tasted earthy, a bit salty, a hint of sour, yet a titch of sweetness and a light effervescence that I wasn’t  expecting. I liked it! The history behind kvass is that the Ukrainians and Russians have been drinking it for over a thousand years – czars and peasants alike. An electrolyte drink, this lacto-fermented beverage could be called the traditional,...

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Beets with Garlic and Fennel

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in Condiments & Sauces, Digestion, Ferments & Preserves | 0 comments

Beets with Garlic and Fennel

I planted my beets in February this year and I received a bumper crop! Unfortunately, they began to bolt last week so I knew it was time to harvest them. What to do with a sink full of beets? Ferment them! Fermentation? Like beer? Well, yes, but . . .  You know that yogurt you enjoy? Not only does it taste good, but it has probiotics, good bacteria, which benefit your digestion. That’s fermented milk. Do you realize that every civilization throughout time has had their history of fermented foods and beverages? They had to utilize fermentation for lack of refrigeration. Today, most of...

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Zucchini Boats

Posted by on Jun 20, 2012 in Vegetables & Sides | 0 comments

Zucchini Boats

Happy first day of summer! Here in the Pacific Northwest, we joke that summer doesn’t actually start until after the 4th of July. The last couple of years our weather has been so cold in the spring that tomatoes didn’t grow very well or produce much at all. Squash? Never a problem, is it? This year we’ve had bouts of warmer than usual weather . . . followed by bouts of chilly, wet days when we wish our tomatoes were getting more heat. I have my fingers crossed that this will be a great year for my heirloom varieties and I’ll be harvesting plenty of tomatoes to dry,...

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Garlic Scape Pesto

Posted by on Jun 4, 2012 in Appetizers & Snacks | 0 comments

Garlic Scape Pesto

Have you tried garlic scapes? If you are a garlic lover like me, you’ll find this yearly delicacy right now (early to late spring) at your farmer’s market or green grocer. Young, tender scapes can be chopped into salads or used as a topping like you would scallions. Mature scapes can be treated like asparagus – sautéed lightly and tossed into pasta or a egg dish, mixed with cooked greens, pickled or in any dish that would be complimented by garlic. My favorite way to use scapes is in this garlic scape pesto. Recipe: Garlic Scape Pesto Summary: Use this as a dip for veggies,...

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