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snake river tea company

For the winter edition of Edible Idaho I discovered a tea shop I've passed a hundred times for the first time. Photos by Guy Hand. Some might think that tea comes in one variety – black. A bag extracted from a crispy white envelope and suspended in boiling water by a...

water tower gimlet

Call me old fashioned but I still like the feel of the pages of a book in my hands; still love turning the pages; still love random slips of paper tucked in as impromptu bookmarks.  But I have to admit, I haven't been reading as much the last few years. In fact, I'm...

cake in a crate

Who doesn't love to come home to find a little present on their doorstep? Especially when there's something delicious inside? Well that's just what happens when you're a Bob's Red Mill Hero of the Mill. And let me tell you, it makes for a good day indeed. Previously...

citrus bliss salt scrub

As much as I love my December issue of Bon Appétit with all its glossy pages filled with drool-worthy holiday treats, the last thing I really need is more sugar – now, or anytime, for that matter. It's everywhere I turn these days. The break room at work is filled...

book review: the dirty life

Driven inside by days that are darker and colder, one of my intentions has been to read more. I renewed by library card and promptly started scouring internet lists for book suggestions. That's where I found The Dirty Life by Kristen Kimball. I had expected it to be...

harvest party in the SNOW block alley

Thanks to Anna Webb, friend of the alley project and writer for the Idaho Statesman, the SNOW Block alley made it into the paper again. This time for a harvest/birthday party. It's something that I've dreamt of since the very beginning –  long tables with white...

chinese hot-and-sour mushroom soup

When I first met my Midwesterner husband, he considered black pepper to be hot, Mexican food was out of the question and spices, if used at all, were applied with a timid hand. Six years later it's a completely different story. Not only is he making his own hot sauces...

press & pony

For the fall 2016 edition of Edible Idaho, I popped in to check out the handcrafted sodas and tonics at this carefully tucked away drinking spot in downtown Boise. Inside the Adelmann Building in Boise, through the wooden double doors on Idaho Street, it’s not...

spiralized potatoes with fried rosemary

Is it breakfast? Or is it a side dish? My husband and I can't seem to agree. I think this recipe for Spiralized Potatoes with Fried Rosemary seems more like a dressed up hash browns. He thinks it would be the perfect accompaniment to something meaty. What we can agree...

redesigning garden city

For the Summer 2016 edition of Edible Idaho I paired up with Scott Ki to write this article on the changing scene of Garden City. Redesigning Garden City Artisans blend drinks and design in urban environment By Scott Ki and Linda Whittig Photos by Gabriel Border In...

strawberry fruit leather

Growing up my mom was the kind of mom that rationed the sugar. I studied the ingredient statements on boxes in the cereal aisle at the grocery store with serious determination as I was only allowed ones whose first ingredient was not sugar. This is harder than it...

smoked cream ice cream + candied bacon + pecans

This was originally posted on August 11, 2012 but I've updated it a bit and also added new photography. Enjoy! I have yet to find anything that isn't better with bacon. I'm not saying it's not out there but it's seeming doubtful. I tried testing the theory by making...