Home canning is regaining popularity as part of the local food movement. If done right, families can enjoy home grown fruits, vegetables and even meat all through the winter. But if done wrong it can be devastating, if not deadly.
A lawyer for the state of Washington recently learned that lesson the hard way.
Rebecca Lerner is the Dandelion Hunter. She’s a forager for wild plants for food and medicine, twine and paint, soap and incense. Ross Reynolds walked around the University of Washington campus with Rebecca to see what they could find. Her new book is called "Dandelion Hunter: Foraging the Urban Wilderness."
This week Sheryl Wiser talks with Ross Reynolds about fava beans and radishes. She swears that both are good for more than just a creative play in Scrabble. Did you know that radishes have their own holiday in Oaxaca, Mexico? It is true — La Noche de Los Rabanos is celebrated yearly on December 23. We learn about that and more in this week's edition of "Getting Fresh with Ross and Sheryl."
This week at the market, peas and greens are what’s on the menu, and our guest Sheryl Wiser, from the Puget Sound Fresh program at the Cascade Harvest Coalition says these week’s sugar snap peas should live up to their name – sweet and crunchy. For one idea on how to use your snap peas, follow this Pickled Sugar Snap Peas recipe. Ross Reynolds talks with Sheryl Wiser about how to pick the best peas and greens.
Washington voters will decide in November whether food products with genetically engineered ingredients should be labeled. California voters rejected a similar measure in last year’s general election—but the vote was close with nearly 49 percent in favor of labeling and 51 percent against it.
Here in Washington, the campaigns are already recruiting supporters. Ross Reynolds hears from both sides of the debate. On the pro-labeling side representing the Yes On 522 Campaign is Trudy Bialic. She’s the campaign’s co-chair and also the public affairs director for PCC Natural Markets. Heather Hansen is the spokesperson for the No On 522 Campaign. She’s also executive director of Washington Friends of Farms and Forests—an umbrella group that advocates for various AGRA-business interests.
Summer Grilling And BBQ Tips There's nothing like firing up the grill for summertime outdoor cooking. Rachel Yang, chef at Revel and Joule, and Kenyetta Carter, head chef at the Kingfish Café, bring us tips and tricks for grilled food that is an alternative to the norm.
Summer Travel For The Long Weekend From the Salmon River to the Columbia, there are many travel adventures to be had this summer. Travel writer Crai Brower suggests summer activities and destinations around the Northwest.
There are stories out today about the cherry crop here in Washington being devastated by rain. Some reports saying as much as 25 percent of this year’s cherry crop is unsalvageable. Does that mean no cherries for you? Ross gets the answer from Sheryl Wiser, from the Puget Sound Fresh program at the Cascade Harvest Coalition, a food and farming resource center.
One of the oldest restaurants in the University District is closing its doors on Sunday. The Continental Greek Restaurant and Pastry Shop has been a fixture on “The Ave” since 1967. It’s a family business. As news of the closure spread, 40 years’ worth of regular customers have been filling the sky blue dining tables, eating their favorite dishes one last time.
What’s The Deal With The Budget? Jordan Schrader of the Tacoma News Tribune reports on the latest happenings in Olympia.
The Legacy Of Nelson Mandela Robert Taylor, former dean of Seattle's St. Mark's Cathedral, was born and raised in South Africa. He bore witness to the breakdown of apartheid. He reflects on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.
Radio Retrospective: Protecting Kids Parents worried about what children heard on the radio, just like they worry about television, movies and video games today. During radio’s heyday, it was estimated that there were 1,500 murders a week on the air. As a result, strict guidelines were put in place for kids' shows. Did they work?
Recommended Eating Food writer Sara Dickerman recommends a lunch spot and a cookbook.
This Week In Olympia Lawmakers have until July 1 to reach a budget agreement or the government will shut down. Everett Herald reporter Jerry Cornfield joins us with a look at what’s happening in Olympia this week in special legislative session number two.
The History Of Food We eat every single day, but we rarely pause to consider why we eat the food we do. How did food evolve throughout history? Where did pasta come from for instance? Who baked the first cupcake? When did humans start recording recipes in cookbooks? William Sitwell has written "A History of Food in 100 Recipes."
Computer Science And Social Justice Computer science technologies play a powerful role in service of the military and industry, but don’t seem to be widely used by visionaries in the fields of social justice and sustainability. Ideas like complexity theory and nanotechnology seem to have a distant connection to making an impact on social change. Mathematician Dr. Ron Eglash believes in the power of computing for social justice and sustainability. He explored the state of technology today and how it can impact future social change in his work as co-editor of recent book “Appropriating Technology.”
This is the second installment of Getting Fresh with Sheryl, The Conversation’s new segment, where we tell you about fresh and local fruits and veggies. Sheryl Wiser manages the Puget Sound Fresh program at the Cascade Harvest Coalition. Today she talks to David Hyde about the incredible versatility of strawberries. Plus, when are they in season, and where can you get really good ones?
Have you ever wandered through a farmers market and found yourself staring at a beautiful vegetable and thought, “Man, I have zero idea what that is.” If so, it’s time to pull out a pad and paper. David Hyde kicks off a brand new segment called "Getting Fresh with Ross and Sheryl" featuring Sheryl Wiser of the Cascade Harvest Coalition and manager of the Puget Sound Fresh program.
Every year, the average American eats 70 pounds of sugar. The amounts of salt and fat are equally staggering. The processed-food industry thrives, raking in $1 trillion a year. Meanwhile, the costs to our health include obesity and diabetes.
Michael Moss talks about how companies use salt, sugar and fat to get us addicted to their products, and what we can do to fight back. He spoke at Seattle’s Town Hall on March 15, 2013. The talk was moderated by Chip Giller, president and founder of Grist.
Your Bike Helmet Isn't As Safe As You Think You probably think your bicycle helmet keeps you safe getting a concussion. You’re wrong. It doesn’t. Most helmets only prevent skull fractures. As a result, bicycle deaths are down, but concussions and other brain injuries are on the rise as biking becomes more popular. Writer Bruce Barcott explains that some helmet manufactures have ignored the concussion problem because they believed it couldn’t be fixed. Others thought consumers would be unwilling to pay more for a protection they assume they already have.
Who's A Genius? We often toss around the word “genius,” but what does it really mean? How does the definition of genius change depending on region or expertise? Eleven years ago, the staff at The Stranger weekly newspaper came up with the tongue-in-cheek Genius Awards for artists in the Seattle area. They were joking, but over the past decade, awards have gone to some people who would fit the dictionary description.
Radio Retrospective: From Live To Tape During the early years of radio, performances were always live — that is, until tape was invented and accepted by the industry. How did tape change radio?
A Lunch Recommendation Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also has a pick for a great cookbook!