Valarie Russell on July 23rd, 2012

Many moons ago, Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest discovered the pleasures of planking—cooking fish on wood over a smoldering fire. Plank grilling is easy. It’s fast and tastes phenomenal. Start with precut wood planks from Russell Veggies or get some from the local cooking stores. Cedar, cherry, hickory, pecan, maple, apple and alder work […]

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Valarie Russell on May 3rd, 2012

I love Cinco de Mayo for its festive bright colors, celebratory spirit and…food. It reminds me a bit of the Fourth of July but the fireworks are reserved for the backyard grill or fire pit! This salute to Mexican heritage and pride is celebrated throughout the U.S. as well as regionally in Mexico and is […]

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Valarie Russell on April 7th, 2011

This is a terrific recipe that a patron of the New Albany Farmer’s Market gave to me several years ago.  Lynn, used to stop by and purchase the largest zucchini that we had available. One day I asked what she used all of them for, she told me she took the home to Terre Haute (Indiana) […]

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Valarie Russell on September 15th, 2010

Excess summer bounty is perfect for this outstanding simple pizza. Grilling the veggies first brings out their wonderful flavors. I also like to add some black olives and pine nuts before adding the cheese. Ingredients: 8 small fresh mushrooms ~ halved 1 small zucchini ~ cut into 1/4 in. slices 1 each small sweet red […]

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