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Sylvia Fountaine a finalist in Saveur’s 2018 Blog Awards

Sylvia Fountaine, who co-founded Mizuna in downtown Spokane and used to write a monthly Food column for The Spokesman-Review, is a finalist for her blog, “Feasting at Home.”


Seasonal Kitchen: Chard

Not only is chard colorful and inspiring in the kitchen, it is a nutritional powerhouse – full of anti-inflammatory agents and a multitude of antioxidants – but one of the …


Seasonal Kitchen: Honey is the essence of the flower

The color of honey often hints at its flavor.


Seasonal Kitchen: No other ingredient evokes the feeling of love quite like chocolate

Bitter, sweet, deep, nuanced and complex, chocolate possesses many faucets.


Seasonal Kitchen: Spirit-lifting lemongrass lightens and brightens

It’s not from around these parts, but it’s still very much worth getting to know.


Seasonal Kitchen: Cheers! Holiday cocktails bring festive note to the season

Toast the holiday season with these festive cocktails.


Seasonal Kitchen: Give beets a chance

Sweet and earthy, this humble root vegetable with vibrant jewel tones adds nutrition and a pop of color to fall dishes.


Seasonal Kitchen: Pears offer a variety of flavors, textures throughtout the season

In season from late summer through late winter, pears are one of the few fruits that actually ripen off the tree.


Okra speaks of summertime

Tender green pods associated with the South grow in the Pacific Northwest, too.


Cucumbers offer refreshing relief from summer’s heat

It turns out there actually is truth to the old saying “as cool as a cucumber.” Even in very hot weather, the inside temperature of a cucumber always remains cooler …


When spring greens come calling, it’s time to get cooking

From the brightest chartreuse to the deepest emeralds, spring greens are surprisingly diverse. To those who love to cook, the variety and availability in the Inland Northwest is inspiring and …


Give dishes a kiss of spring with fresh tarragon

Tarragon livens up dishes while bridging winter and spring


Blood oranges add a bit of drama to any dish

From chocolate cake to Moroccan salmon, let blood oranges brighten up your February blues


The pleasure of persimmons

Plump and mildly sweet, persimmons are a winter treat.


Pomegranate seeds pack a festive punch

Gem-like, garnet-colored seeds offer numerous uses in the kitchen – from topping salads to chocolatey desserts


No noodling around: Pair versatile spaghetti squash with favorite sauces and ingredients

Pasta-sounding names offers a hint of what’s inside


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 21, 2015

Sweet potatoes offer taste of fall

Satisfying and filling, humble orange tubers get dressed up by chef Sylvia Fountaine


Vine-ripened tomatoes are all they’re cracked up to be

The end of summer gives us one of the season’s most luscious parting gifts: colorful, juicy, vine-ripened tomatoes. Full of real tomato flavor, local varieties taste of summer itself – …


Freshly picked sweet corn is a summer must

Nothing says summer quite like biting into fresh plump kernels of sweet corn right off the cob. And hands-down that’s my favorite way to eat it – for its simplicity, …


Local growers making the most of blueberry season

Right in the middle of summer, when temperatures soar, the earth offers up cool, brightly colored treasures, a consolation gift for enduring the sweltering heat. Each month of summer produces …


Rose parade

Walking through the world in June, it’s almost impossible not to notice everything in bloom. One of the most aromatic blossoms to come into season is the rose. Spicy, musky …


Art of asparagus

Our mild winter and unusually warm spring brought purple-tipped, tight-budded spears of spring asparagus a little early this year, an unexpected but welcomed surprise. These days, asparagus can be purchased …


The Seasonal Kitchen: Seeds of wisdom

It took some time before I came to fully appreciate the intense flavor of caraway. As a child I remember its strange and jarring sharpness in rye bread – and, …


Meyer lemons balance blend of tart and sweet

There is nothing like the scent of Meyer lemons to lift us out of our winter doldrums. In season from November through March, they bring a much needed cheeriness to …


Seasonal Kitchen: Ancient grains, modern meals

Lately there’s been a growing interest in whole grains, especially biologically diverse grains. They’re the ones existing for thousands of years and now being marketed as “ancient grains” in everything …


Spicing up winter: Cardamom serves up legendary flavors

In winter, when temperatures drop to bone-chilling degrees, warmth can often be found in the kitchen. During the cold months, I find myself gravitating toward the warming the spices of …


Seasonal Kitchen: Behold the varieties of locally grown spuds

This time of year, local farmers markets brim with the vibrant colors of fall. Pumpkins, apples and winter squash dominate with their rich warm hues and bright pops of color, …


Seasonal Kitchen: Huckleberries great for sweet, savory dishes

It wasn’t until I moved to the Northwest that I tasted my first huckleberry. I was amazed at how something so tiny could pack so much intense, berry flavor. Not …


Peaches play supporting role in savory dishes

It almost seems disrespectful to tinker too much with the perfection of a tender, juicy, perfectly ripe peach. To this day, my favorite way to eat a peach is just …


Season brings bounty of alliums

For those who enjoy cooking with fresh seasonal ingredients, this is a very exciting time of year. Local farmers markets are full of people, produce, music and vibrancy. Spring alliums, …