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Sarah Lemon

Coconut cake bridges fruit seasons

Coconut is the third ingredient in a tropical trifecta that inspired my latest food section column. The grated flesh, the rich milk and even coconut extract tie...

Chutney preserves pineapple’s shine

Pineapple brightened this week’s food section. The peak-season fruit that inspired some bright recipes more often is consumed in my household as a snack or meal...

Ticket to the tropics

Little green nubs on my strawberry vines and blueberry bushes harbor hopes for a bountiful summer. Temperatures still so springlike, though, keep berry harvests...

Guacamole a vehicle for therapeutic herbs

I’ve been relishing California’s avocado season. This springtime window offers reasonable assurance that avocados are buttery and smooth without any stringy fle...

Feeding our future

Chicken coalesces in Anne Leavens’ kitchen as “strips,” “nuggets” or “popcorn” — depending on what the national supply chain can muster. Adapting daily to the a...

‘More of an experience than a meal’

A food foray to Portland and Seattle convinced Andrew and Michelle Finazzo the “best in the Northwest” was back at home in the Rogue Valley. The Medford couple,...

Safety in numbers

Dirty floors, dusty shelves, grimy grill hoods — all deserve hardly a glance from health inspectors evaluating the state’s restaurants. Inspectors are looking f...

Kefir, kraut, kombucha

Deflated from working as a nurse throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Lisa Brown felt her enthusiasm bubble when brewing kombucha. The longtime Phoenix resident...

‘The healthiest food you can get’

Decades before social distancing and mask requirements discouraged grocery shopping in person, local farms pioneered produce sales for pickup and delivery. Comm...

Herbs and spices

Modern cannabis edibles may be light-years from 1960s pot brownies and puffed-rice treats. But the chef-owner of Ashland’s new Cosmic Muffin School of Cookery c...

Cabbage rolls are thrifty cook’s friend

At least one quintessential recipe was omitted from this week’s food section spread about Ukrainian classics. Cabbage rolls are considered pure comfort food acr...

Mix savory muffins in many combinations

Blueberry muffins caused me to wax nostalgic for a recent food section column. But carrot corncakes coerced me into the kitchen. Savory baked goods, after all, ...

Eat, drink and be merry

Festivals focused on food are whetting appetites in Southern Oregon once again, making for what should be a sweet and savory summer. “We definitely get the feel...