Inland Northwest, High Desert

June, 2004
Regional Report

Web Finds

Arbor Day Foundation
The National Arbor Day Foundation Web site is worth a visit. They've updated their hardiness zones and say that they've got us pinpointed to within 10 degrees of our average, annual, low temperatures. Just type in your zip code and the zone comes up, highlighted in color. An added benefit of the site is a link to trees that grow well in your zone. Read their list carefully before you run out and buy anything, however. Many of those listed want "moist, well-drained" and/or acid soil. We've got very little of either in these parts.

Recipes

Garlic Snow Peas
These are good and crunchy.

Ingredients
2 tablespoons oil
2 or 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 scallions, chopped
1 large sweet red, yellow, or green pepper, diced or chopped
1 pound fresh snow peas, trimmed
1/2 cup jicama or water chestnuts, cubed
2 teaspoons soy sauce

Preparation
Heat oil in a wok or deep skillet. Add garlic, scallions, and sweet pepper, and saute until softened and fragrant -- about 1 minute.

Add the snowpeas and jicama and saute until cooked but still tender-crisp -- 2 to 3 minutes. Add soy sauce and toss together. Taste for seasoning, adding more soy sauce if desired.

Serves 4 to 6.

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