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Leslie AllenLeslie Allen
Reno, Nevada

I was born in California, and have fond memories of homegrown tomatoes and freshly caught crawdads. My family moved a lot when I was growing up. I even lived on the East coast for a while. More about Leslie

Laura SolorioLaura Solorio
Salinas, California

I am third in a line of strong Yaqui women. My grandmother was from Baja California, from the town of Santa Rosalia. She came to the United States as a young woman, with her first child, escaping an abusive husband. More about Laura

Scott SwendsenScott Swendsen
Boise, Idaho

I am in my late 40's and single and a bit selfish. Having no children and no spouse has allowed me to pretty much explore life in a much different way than most families would. More about Scott

Paulette ThompsonPaulette Thompson
Seattle, Washington

I, P. Thompson, also known as Paulette, love food. It should not surprise you that I love to cook and eat good food. I also love talking about it, thinking about it, and reading about it. More about Paulette



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Posted at 5:47 PM on January 9, 2009 by Paulette Thompson

As you have no doubt heard by now, the Northwest has been dealing with winter storms. We had several snow storms and now that the snow has melted, heavy rains have started innundate the region. Wind storms!
Eastern Washington. is buried under snow. In Western Washington has snow in the mountains. With the terrible weather and now floods, I - 5 is closed in areas. The mountain passes are closed so I - 90 is closed.

What does this have to do with locavore nation? Well, I'll tell you. Supply trucks have not been able to get through. Local products can.
So right now if you go to the grocery store, some items are missing or maybe just the brand you prefer.

What's in season?

Posted at 6:59 PM on January 9, 2009 by Paulette Thompson (1 Comments)

Winter is upon us. There is little to find at the store as a result of the bad weather. If you go to the farmers' market or the local food co-op, you'll find the cabbage family in full effect along with root vegetables galore.

I like turnips and rutabagas. Kale salads, cabbage salads (grate the cabbage, make a vinagrette with citrus juice and oil, then throw in a chopped chili pepper or red pepper flakes. Toss with toasted nuts) and other dishes made with greens are on my list for table time.
Potatoes are there, yes indeed. I am going to try parsnips; I saw a recipe for pureed parsnips in our Sunday paper. I love carrot salads. There is a cooked Moroccan carrot salad I love at this time of the year.

Hmm, time to go home to cook for the weekend!