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Lynne Curry grew up in New England, tasted and rejected a fashion journalism career in New York City, and moved to the Pacific Northwest “for the summer."

Over 20 years later, she's lived and cooked in a rustic cabin, on a tall ship, at high altitude and for four-star restaurants in Washington and Oregon. Feeding her family of four in her own renovated kitchen has been the hardest of them all.

A former vegetarian, Lynne spent a year eating a lot of grassfed beef to write her first cookbook, Pure Beef: An Essential Guide to Artisan Meat with Recipes for Every Cut (Running Press), published on May 15, 2012. Part narrative and user-friendly instructional manual with 140 recipes, it promotes a mindful and joyful way of eating meat.

Lynne writes and develops recipes, cooks and teaches from her home in Joseph, Oregon. Find more of her writing and her Rural Eating blog at lynnecurry.com.

Caramelized onions make any burger better. Credit: Copyright 2016 Lynne Curry74573+http://i0.wp.com/zesterdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Burger-with-caramelized-onions-1.jpg?fit=580%2C387

At a time of year when most people are fixated on berries and peaches, corn and tomatoes, it's also the season to get excited

Grilling the perfect bird. Credit: Copyright 2016 Lynne Curry74209+http://i2.wp.com/zesterdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/grilling-chicken-closeup-1.jpg?fit=580%2C387

It's hot, you're busy and company's coming for dinner. Nothing's easier than tossing some chicken on the grill. Am I right? Not at all! Think

Roast chicken. Credit: Copyright 2016 iStock73493+http://i1.wp.com/zesterdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Zester-Curry-Buying-Poultry-1-e1462221984274.jpg?fit=580%2C387

I eased my shopping cart along the meat counter in a national chain grocery store to buy a whole chicken. Roast poultry for dinner seemed

Yotam Ottolenghi's yogurt-drizzled butternut squash. Credit: Reprinted with permission from NOPI: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully, copyright 2015. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Food photography: Copyright 2015 Jonathan Lovekin Location photography: Copyright 2015 Adam Hinton72910+http://i2.wp.com/zesterdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/butternut-squash-1-e1459197664293.jpg?fit=580%2C386

Yogurt is not for just breakfast or smoothies anymore. While the dairy cases in supermarkets across the nation populate with more brands, tubs and

Cut-out sugar cookies decorated with sprinkles and frosting. Credit: Copyright 2015 Lynne Curry71361+http://i2.wp.com/zesterdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/CookieMain.jpg?fit=580%2C387

Sugar cookies are as essential to the Christmas season as lighted trees, wrapping paper and "Jingle Bells." While there are as many varieties of

A best-seller inspires the urge to declutter a kitchen. Credit: Copyright 2015 Joe Whittle Photography70285+http://i1.wp.com/zesterdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Declutter11.jpg?fit=580%2C387

Six small offset spatulas. A stainless steel falafel maker. A Tiffany bowl weighing as much as a bowling ball. A set of measuring cups

A cow grazes on a pasture. Credit: Copyright 2015 Lynne Curry65141+http://i1.wp.com/zesterdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/dairy-cow-grazing-on-pasture-e1431274212612.jpg?fit=580%2C384

Spring, on farms throughout the U.S., is marked by beginning of a new grass season. And when it arrives, cattle stop feeding on winter

Main photo: Beet Chocolate Cake. Credit: Lynne Curry57359+http://i2.wp.com/zesterdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Chocolate-Beet-Cake2.jpg?fit=580%2C436

I never thought of myself as a beet fanatic. Sure, I like this versatile root vegetable well enough, but only recently realized that beets