Betsy Wharton

PENINSULA KITCHEN: An old dessert adds a sparkle to Thanksgiving

I MET A reader in the bulk section of our local food store last week. These conversations generally start out in a certain way with… Continue reading

 

PENINSULA KITCHEN: Broths warm you up in cool weather

LEAVES TURNING, NEW snow on the mountains and the short days of winter on their way. My advice to you: Go outside every chance you… Continue reading

 

PENINSULA KITCHEN: Many mushrooms make mouths moisten

IT’S MUSHROOM SEASON and fervent foragers are finding fungi fruiting in the forests. We are uniquely blessed here on the Olympic Peninsula to have a… Continue reading

 

PENINSULA KITCHEN: Seize the moment for heat-loving summer vegetables

FROM A NORTHWEST locavore’s perspective late August is the long-awaited time of year when we can finally access locally grown, vine-ripened tomatoes and peppers. Marinara… Continue reading

PENINSULA KITCHEN: Cooking grass-fed beef requires lower heat, longer times

THE FIRST TIME I splurged on a locally grazed, 100 percent grass-fed sirloin steak, well … quite honestly, I blew it. I carefully prepared all… Continue reading

PENINSULA KITCHEN: For a change of pace, make your own soap

TAKING A BREAK from the kitchen this week, I thought I’d share a recipe meant for the laundry room. This recipe came to me from… Continue reading

PENINSULA KITCHEN: Choose My Plate plan provides healthful meal

FORGIVE ME WHILE I geek out a little about nutrition. Remember the old USDA Food Pyramid? With grains comprising the largest bottom layer, then fruits… Continue reading

PENINSULA KITCHEN: Use spices, herbs to enhance and enrich recipes

ANCIENT TRADERS CROSSED continents and fought wars for access to culinary and medicinal spices. These same aromatic seeds, fruits, roots and bark can transform our… Continue reading

PENINSULA KITCHEN: A kale soup for all seasons

A COUPLE OF weeks ago, I received a handwritten letter (a wonderful and rare occurrence these days) from a reader who was requesting a recipe… Continue reading

PENINSULA KITCHEN: Leeks, a mild onion relative, are great to have around

ON FEB. 17, I walked into TAFY (The Answer for Youth) to begin my weekly shift as garden grunt at their Sprouting Hope Greenhouse and… Continue reading

PENINSULA KITCHEN: It’s thyme to start harvesting fresh plants

THE SKIES HAVE been mostly gloomy and news reports (real or imagined) leave me feeling either scared or angry. But if you look close there… Continue reading

PENINSULA KITCHEN: Pot pie helps use up leftover meat

I HAD THE pleasure of visiting with Kate McDermott last week, our very own local food celebrity. (It’s not too late to get a signed… Continue reading

PENINSULA KITCHEN: Roasted Brussels sprouts make for healthful snack

BRUSSELS SPROUTS DO well in this cold, dark season of the nearly solstice. Just like the farmers who tend them, they are intrepid. A cold,… Continue reading

PENINSULA KITCHEN: Warm up this fall with curried winter squash soup

NOT WANTING TO be left behind in the tech age, I have been cultivating my cyber skills recently by posting photographs on social media and… Continue reading

PENINSULA KITCHEN: A friend shares a muffin recipe

ALONG THE TRAIL between Obstruction Point and Deer Park, my friend Candace Kathol pulled out some muffins to share. Exercise, fresh air and beauty do… Continue reading

PENINSULA KITCHEN: 4-H members offer easy-to-make recipes

IT’S THE END of summer, the grass is dry, and the Clallam County Fair wrapped up last Sunday. Next thing you know the kids will… Continue reading

PENINSULA KITCHEN: Homemade fruit leather makes a good snack

IN HER MOST recent Peninsula Kitchen column, Carrie Sanford shared some great tips for maintaining sanity on a cross-country road trip by being mindful of… Continue reading

PENINSULA KITCHEN: A salad for all dietary needs

AS THE YOUNGEST of my offspring prepares to fly off into adulthood, there have been a lot of celebratory events this month: last concert, last… Continue reading

PENINSULA KITCHEN: Season ripe for fresh salad

I DON’T KNOW about you, but I could not make myself come inside last Sunday to write up this recipe. It was sunny and warm,… Continue reading

PENINSULA KITCHEN: Food says what you can’t when times are tough

HOW DO YOU show your support when someone is hurting? A death in the family, illness, marital separation, a lost child … it can be… Continue reading