Monthly Archives: November 2016

Savory Salty Seasonings

Each kind of salt has its own particular qualities, which is why lots of cooks keep around a dozen kinds on hand. For everyday cooking use, medium coarse sea salt and kosher salt are excellent, inexpensive and widely available. Flaked sea salts melt fast, providing more salty zing with less sodium. Natural “finishing” salts offer a specific, unique flavor, from black or red Hawaiian lava salt and Indian black sanchal salt to slightly sweet French grey sea salt. Continue reading

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Celebrating & Remembering

Everybody loves mashed potatoes with gravy, so here’s a really delicious vegan version made with buttery-tasting avocado oil. Reserve some potato water (the cloudy stuff at the bottom of the pan) for the gravy, and recycle any leftovers as potato cakes.To give plant-based gravy a fuller, richer flavor, use buttery avocado oil, and umami-rich mushrooms, adding a little nutritional yeast to round it out. Use your favorite mushrooms, or a mixture of white buttons (highest in antioxidants) and tasty brown field mushrooms, or chanterelles or shaggy manes, or whatever you like best. Continue reading

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After The Fall

If you already know where your heart lies, go out and do everything you know how to do, and be willing to add new skills to your tool kit. If you aren’t so sure, set aside time to ponder and meditate and listen for that deep heartfelt call. What can you bring to the world to promote peace, compassion, healing, justice, hope?
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Dog Salmon Not For Dogs

here the maritime northwest, dogs can die from eating raw or undercooked salmon (or their trout cousins). What?!? Yup, sad but true. Here’s the scoop; because of a complex series of parasite-host relationships, fish raised in northwestern waters can cause Salmon Poisoning Disease, which can kill dogs (and coyotes, and wolves, and foxes) in a week or two. Most commonly, dogs get the disorder when they eat fish guts or raw kitchen scraps, or find dead fish along spawning streams or riverbanks. Continue reading

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