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May 26, 2020 / Alyson Sheppard

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Lummi: Island Cooking by Blaine Wetzel

To get to the isolated Willows Inn on Lummi Island, you have to first land a coveted reservation and then travel to Seattle, drive two hours north (or one-and-a-half hours south from Vancouver) and take a ferry to Gooseberry Point, Washington. Or you can try to recreate chef Blaine Wetzel’s James Beard Award-winning cuisine at home, which he beautifully captures in his new book, Lummi: Island Cooking. The hyperlocal ingredients are foraged, farmed and fished around the Puget Sound, and the dishes sound like they were plucked out of a fairy tale: blackberry stew, green figs with leaf cream, and wild beach pea tips with lovage stems and leek gratin, to name a few.

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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