The buffalo burger suits my palate, has nutritional and health benefits and allows me to daydream about the enormous thundering herds of yore. Of course, the American bison (the actual name, though “buffalo” is used interchangeably) was nearly wiped out. By 1893 about 300 animals remained of an estimated 40 million. Thanks to Teddy Roosevelt—conservation efforts, national parks and refuges—today there are half a million in … Read More
As the red and green of the winter holidays fade away, imagine those colors coming back into focus as slices of green and red jalapeños in the kitchen of A’Tavola Gourmet Marketplace and Café in Boise. These vibrant ingredients sit in large mixing bowls waiting for A’Tavola’s owner, Lisa Peterson, to gently press them into glass jars for pickling.
Peterson works off an old family recipe … Read More
Rolling hills of cactus clawed up from the ground surrounding Lupe Loza’s childhood home, which had no running water or electricity. Raised in the arid state of Aguascalientes, Mexico (named for the abundance of geothermal hot springs), Loza grew up on cheap and filling fare: homemade tortillas, potatoes, beans and cactus (nopal) collected from her backyard.
Loza is now a successful business owner in Buhl, Idaho—also known for its hot … Read More
In 1993, my Aunt Patsy introduced this former city girl to the sport of asparagus hunting. We left her house on a cloudy spring evening and started what was to be my “maiden search” through the farmlands near Twin Falls. Time seemed to stand still as we hunted with Patsy’s three dogs following along behind us. It started to rain, but the minute we talked about … Read More