Let’s Taco Bout It

There are few foods more versatile and satisfying than the taco. Corn tortillas make for a great gluten-free entrée, veggie-based fillings mean delicious vegetarian options abound, and toppings create the potential for infinite flavor combinations. Here in the North Sound, we may be far from the southern border, but we’re lucky to have plenty of delicious taco options within easy reach. Check our list of favorite destinations, or browse through local hot sauces,…

Grilled Cheese, Skagit Valley Style

The herbed vache and the brined sweetness of the pickled blueberries come together in a grilled cheese that is light, fresh, and delicious.

Charred Salmon with Lemon Herb Israeli Couscous and Fava Beans

This healthy, flavor-packed meal features charred wild salmon served over Israeli couscous with fava beans and sweet corn, all tossed with a bright lemon vinaigrette.

Massaged Kale Salad with Roasted Maple Almonds

This massaged kale salad is a great way to get in your daily serving of cruciferous greens without the usual digestive side effects.

Chocolate Hazelnut Oat Porridge with Fall Fruit

This oatmeal recipe combines cacao powder, cacao nibs, and hazelnuts with delicious fall fruit.

Tips & Tricks for Perfect Homemade Pretzels

Homemade pretzels entered my life when my in-laws gifted me a class at the King Arthur Baking School, at the Bread Lab in Skagit Valley. When it was time to decide which exact class, the choice to enroll in the pretzel making course was a no–brainer. The hands–on experience was fun and informative, but best of all it made me realize that making pretzels at home was not only doable, but a must!   Once you’ve…

A Day in the Life of a Farmstead Cheesemaker

Think there’s nothing betta than feta? Nothing more good than gouda? If you’ve ever wondered about the people behind the cheese, here’s a look at the day-in-the-life of a Farmstead Cheesemaker.

Blueberry Cantaloupe Panzanella

Put your stale bread to good use with this sweet and savory Italian bread salad recipe.

Your Health in the Time of COVID-19

Improve your metabolic health during quarantine with this Cajun shrimp recipe and list of helpful tips.

Hanger Steak with Sorrel Chimichurri and Red Potato Smashers

The Skagit Challenge – how many Skagit Valley growers and producers are making up your meal? This recipe counts three farmers, one rancher, and one brewer.

Have a Happy Gut with Apple Cider Vinegar

As winter winds down and spring approaches, it’s time to seek out energizing food and drink options. That’s where this elixir comes in. Raw apple cider vinegar is a golden gift to the digestive system.

Balance & Bowls

This Deconstructed Spring Roll Bowl is nourishing, full of nutrients and flavor, and is ready in less than 30 minutes.

Giving Thanks More Thought

Nutrition blogger, Cassie Elliott, invites readers to try this easy-to-prepare Pumpkin Custard, which is grain free, dairy-free, and free of refined sugar.

Autumn’s Comforting Bounty

Nutrition blogger and food photographer, Cassie Elliott, utilizes the fresh foods of the season to create this flavorful, gluten-free dish.

The Almighty Breakfast Salad

Sara Southerland invites readers to try out a nutritional breakfast that’s versatile, full of greens, and topped off with a delicious lemon garlic aioli.

Lime Time

This month’s online exclusive is a sneak peek at our summer barbecue feature — a grilled margarita shrimp recipe that is sure to wow your guests.

Smoothie, To Go

Arlené Mantha, professional chef from Los Angeles, shares her favorite green smoothie so you can take a nutritional breakfast on the go.

In Spring, Get Radishes for Pickling

With the coming of Spring, you’ll want to try this recipe for pickling watermelon radishes. They are nutritious and can be preserved for months.

What the Heck is a Drink Called Shrub?

Josh and Tomo Kramer are the founders of Cascade Shrub Farm, bringing you a healthy, refreshing, locally infused cocktail and soda mix.

Seasoned Generously with Love

Cassie Elliot remembers cooking with her grandmother, Ella Gutknecht and shares a recipe for Cauliflower and Bacon Chowder, part of her 20-Day Sugar Detox.

Catch Plenty of Omega 3 With Your Salmon

Barlean’s Fishery Inc. in Ferndale provides fresh seafood for healthy eating. The company also manufactures and distributes Omega 3 supplements.

Skewered Salmon & Calamari

Here’s a recipe from Chef Willie McWatters of Guemes Island for his Skewered Salmon & Calamari, which he makes using locally sourced ingredients.

Fit Plan for Life

Jenn Bachtel shares a few favorite recipes, like cold Asian salad and protein bread, as well as substitutions to keep your meals varied and nutritious.

Winter Comfort

Cassie Elliot shares her recipe for a delicious butternut squash soup with toasted pumpkin seeds. It is low carb and fits within her 20 day Sugar Detox.

Meet the Chef

Chef Todd Alan Martin of Hundred North hosted his German-inspired dinner on Thursday, February 22 at Judd & Black Appliance in Mount Vernon. The four-course meal was full of comfort foods from parsnip soup to chocolate cake, each with its own flair and elegance. Martin’s attitude was laid-back, straight-forward, and far from over the top. His philosophy for cooking stemmed from a love of bringing people together around something…

Redlight Bar: Vanilla Bean Whiskey and MexiCoke

It is almost a cliché to describe whiskey as having a “smoky” flavor. But with the advent of infusion drinks, many different spirits seem to be getting new twists, and whiskey is no exception. Witness the concoction of vanilla bean-infused whiskey and Mexican Coke, which is Coke imported from Mexico that uses real cane sugar to…

Truffle Dungeness Crab Mac and Cheese – 13moons

INGREDIENTS: • 2 oz fresh Dungeness crab meat • 4 oz macaroni pasta • 6 oz heavy cream • 1 oz parmesan cheese • 1 oz Stilton cheese • 1 oz crimini mushrooms • 1 ea. shallots (minced) • 2 ea. garlic (sliced) • 1 tsp butter • 2 Tbsp white wine • Salt/white pepper • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil • ½ tsp white…

Piedmontese Flat Iron Steak – Lombardi’s

Enjoy with Castello Banfi’s Belnero, Rosso, IGT Ingredients 1 each Flat Iron Loin or 4 each 8oz Piedmontese Flat Iron (can be purchased at piedmontese.com) 4 each Kumato Tomatoes 4 springs Fresh Oregano 4 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 tbsp Gray Salt Salt and pepper to coat the steak Process Season the outside of…

Honey Mascarpone Semi Freddo – Lombardi’s

Ingredients 4 cups cream 1 cup mascarpone 1 cups sugar 1 cup honey 12 egg yolks 1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract Process In a mixer with a whisk attachment, whisk the cream and mascarpone into medium peaks Add the honey to the cream and continue to whisk until stiff peaks form Turn the cream out into a large bowl Clean the…

Roasted Yellow Pepper Carbonara – Lombardi’s

Enjoy with Banfi’s Chianti Classico, DOCG Ingredients 1 lb Fettuccine 4 ea Yellow Bell Peppers 1 qt Heavy Cream 4 oz Pancetta Salt and pepper to taste Canola Oil or Pomace Olive Oil for coating the pepper Process Pre-heat the oven to 400 Lightly coat each pepper in oil, place on a sheet pan and place in the pre-heated oven Cook the pepper…

Seared Ahi Carpaccio – Lombardi’s

Enjoy with Banfi’s Pinot Grigio, San Angelo Ingredients lb Ahi Tuna 1 tbsp Kosher Salt 1 tsp Black Pepper 2 oz Arugula Zest from 1 lemon 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 tsp Gray Salt Canola Oil or Pomace Olive Oil for Searing Process Lay the Tuna on a cutting board and pat dry with a paper towel Mix the salt and pepper together and generously season the entire outsideof the tuna Heat the oil in…

Italian Eclairs – Lombardi’s

Enjoy with Banfi’s Florus, Moscadello di Montalcino DOC Ingredients 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted 1/8 tsp salt 1 Tbsp sugar, if used…

London Bridge 9 – Keenan’s at the Pier

London Bridge 9 – Keenan’s at the Pier • 1.5 oz Bellewood Honey Crisp Vodka • .5 oz St. Germain • ¾ oz Cranberry • .5 oz Lemon juice • Few dashes of grapefruit bitters • Top off with Cock and Bull ginger beer Can’t get to London this season? No need to cry a river, just treat yourself to a London Bridge 9! Measure vodka, St. Germain, cranberry and lemon juice, and bitters into an ice-filled martini shaker and give it a whirl. Pour…

Lavender Collins – Keenan’s at the Pier

Lavender Collins, by Keenan’s at the Pier • 1.5 oz BelleWood Gin • .5 oz Lavender Syrup • .5 oz Lemon juice Top off with cold soda…

Final Say – Keenan’s at the Pier

Final Say by Keenan’s at the Pier • Wild Turkey Rye • Yellow Chartreuse • Maraschino Cherry Liqueur • Lemon Juice • Brandied Cherry for garnish Final Say is, as Kisbye points out, “fully leaded.” Keenan’s uses a Maraschino cherry imported from Italy. Be judicious when selecting preserved cherries for your version of this powerful cocktail—after one of these cocktails you won’t have to worry over who has the last word. Measuring this drink…

Raspberry Tartlets – Crave Catering

Raspberry Tartlets from Chef Justin Hawkinson of Crave Catering FOR THE FILLING: • 3/4 cup raspberry juice (about 2 cups of fresh berries) • 1 tablespoon water • 1 cup sugar • 2 eggs • 1/4 cup butter • 1 vanilla bean • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (optional) FOR THE CRUST: • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour • 3 tablespoons sugar • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder • 7 tablespoon chilled butter • 2…

Nuestra Paloma – Keenan’s at the Pier

Nuestra Paloma by Keenan’s at the Pier • 1.5 oz El Jimador tequila • .5 oz Cynar • ¾ oz Triple Sec • .5 oz Fresh squeezed lime juice • 3 dashes of bitters to add depth and a character Nuestra Paloma…

Creamy Polenta – Crave Catering

  Creamy Polenta by Chef Justin Hawkinson of Crave Catering • 3/4 cup dry polenta (golden corn grits) • 2 cups milk • 2 cups chicken stock…

Garden Variety – Keenan’s at the Pier

Garden Variety by Keenan’s at the Pier • 1.5 oz BelleWood Gin • 3 or 4 fresh basil leaves • 1 oz fresh grapefruit…

Northwest Oyster Stew – Crave Catering

Northwest Oyster Stew by Chef Justin Hawkinson of Crave Catering 3 dozen cleaned Pacific oysters (ideally fresh and in-shell) 1/4 cup butter and 1 lb. butter (keep separate) 1 lb. all-purpose flour 2 fennel bulbs with tops 2 medium leeks, small chop 1/4 cup minced garlic 2 large white or yellow onions, small chop 1/2 cup BelleWood Acres Gin 1…

Frisee Salad with Gin Vinaigrette – Crave Catering

Recipe from Chef Justin Hawkinson of Crave Catering • Mixed greens with frisée • Finely shredded green apple and/or cucumber • Slivered almonds • Zest and juice from 2…

Spot Prawn Ceviche – Acme Farms + Kitchen

Try pairing this with Saison Du Kulshan: Farmhouse style Saison has a soft lemon and white pepper scent, light fruit flavor.

Green Smoothie Recipes

Green smoothies and juices are an optimal way to get those necessary servings of vegetables. Simple cold drinks like these can provide plenty of vitamins, minerals, good fats and fiber.

Recipe: Malbec Pots De Creme

Malbec Pots de Crème 2 C Malbec 6 oz Semisweet chocolate 2 C Hazelnut butter 12 Egg yolks ½ C Sugar 3 C Milk 2 C Cream 1 tsp Salt 1 tsp Vanilla 1 tsp Espresso powder Place Malbec in saucepan, reduce at slow simmer until only 2 Tbsp remain Place hazelnut…

Recipe: Wagyu Ribeye The Steak

Wagyu Ribeye The Steak 8 oz Wagyu rib steak per person Pinch salt and pepper The Garlic Mash 5 Yukon gold potatoes 2 Tbsp Minced garlic 3 Tbsp Butter 2…

Recipe: Dungeness Crab Cakes

Dungeness Crab Cakes 2 Red bell peppers (diced) 6 Stalks scallions 1 Pinch Garlic 1 Tbsp Butter 15 Table crackers 1 Tbsp Mayo 1 Tbsp Old Bay Spice 1 Egg 1 lb Dungeness crab Sauté bell pepper and scallions with garlic in butter until soft Process crackers to consistency of kosher salt Place cooked peppers, scallions in mixing bowl, add cracker crumbs and combine Add egg, mayo, mustard, and old bay, fold together Gently fold in the…

Recipe: Seared Scallops and Pear Salad

Seared Scallops and Pear Salad 20-30 Sea Scallops 20-30 strips Hickory bacon 1 Asian pear (julienne) 30 oz Organic greens 1 Grapefruit 2 Tbsp Honey 2 Tbsp Mayo 4 Tbsp Rice…

Sweets of the Season

Regardless of religion or tradition, so many of us have memories of a special treat at the holidays. From ancient ritual to cookie swaps, treats have been a part of celebrations in just about every culture you can name. The holidays are the perfect time to dust off some recipes and engage in a centuries’ old practice of making something sweet for the sweet ones in your life.   Caramel & Chocolate Dipped…

Constructing A Cheeseboard

The beloved and always appropriate cheeseboard. Most likely, you will encounter the time and place where you will have the desire or necessity to…

Apples & Oranges- Pairing Wine, Beer & Spirits

Ten strangers met on a warm summer evening in Bellingham, WA for a night of wine, beer and cocktail pairings at The…

Recipe: Waygu Beef Tenderloin with Smoked Pear and Truffle Demi-Glace

Waygu Beef Tenderloin with Smoked Pear and Truffle Demi-Glace Wagyu Beef tenderloin a Japanese-style of beef, and the most tender cut you can get. Slightly springy, delicately marbled, it is a rare find these days, but a worthy one. • ½ gallon beef or veal stock/broth • ½ bottle red wine • ½ ounce shaved truffles, or other wild mushroom…

Recipe: Pan Seared Halibut with Pork Rillon and Stoneground Fennel Toss

Pan-Seared Halibut with Pork Rillon and Stoneground Fennel Toss Peppery without being too much so, this second course was both substantial enough to be an entrée, and yet delicate enough to be a small plate. Fresh halibut makes a huge difference in quality. The fennel toss was tangy and complemented the flaky halibut nicely. Pork rillon gave the dish a…

Recipe: Warm and Cold Lamb Caprese Lamb Tenderloin

Warm and Cold Lamb Carpaccio Caprese Lamb Tenderloin This appetizer combines the delicacy of shaved lamb with the fresh flavors of a traditional caprese. Heirloom tomatoes add flavor and texture, as does hand-made mozzarella. The saffron is a quiet undertone. This dish is perfect for a summer patio dinner. • ½ cup Kosher salt • ½ cup medium course black pepper • ½ cup chili powder • 3…

Meet the Chef: Chef Perry Mascitti from Tulalip Resort Casino

On May 15th, Bellingham Alive and Judd & Black Appliance hosted Chef Perry Mascitti, who created a beautiful threecourse meal that drew on the seafood, meat and produce of our area. Perry is the Executive Chef at Tulalip Resort Casino. After his education at the Culinary Art Institute, he spent many years in resort and hotel kitchens before taking the helm at Tulalip. Perry began the evening with a lamb tenderloin carpaccio caprese with saffron-infused mozzarella….