• Limoncello

    November 6, 2016

    I first made Limoncello at a Portland Culinary Alliance event and steeped my lemon peels on my office window for a couple of months. I was hoping to approximate the lovely Limoncello I had sipped with my girlfriends when we celebrated our collective 40th birthdays in Rome. We consumed homemade Limoncello at the home...

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    Apple Cream Cake

    October 25, 2016

    I am not a big cake person, but I saw this recipe and had a huge bag of apples from Apple Fest, so cake it is. This was so delicious! I clipped this recipe from Sunset Magazine, which describes the apple dessert as a cross between a cake, a custard and a dutch baby....

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    Fried Squash Blossoms

    August 19, 2016

    My first vegetable garden in Portland West has been generous and at times, mercurial. My ambitious (greedy?) crop of tomatoes have been yielding much but I crowded them so I have to dig through the jungle to find the scarlet treasures. My dill plants were evocative of Jurassic Park and so large that birds...

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    Parsley Pine Nut Bread

    June 3, 2016

    It’s Memorial Day weekend and already I have a bumper crop of parsley – broad leafed, emerald green Italian parsley. Let the preserving begin. If you haven’t tried tucking away some fresh parsley for later use – ensconced in olive oil ice cubes, then give it a whirl. Finely chop your washed and de-stemmed...

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    Spring Greens Fritters

    May 2, 2016

    As promised, I have more greens to share this month. I recently purchased this luscious hardback cookbook by English blogger and creative vegetarian cook, Anna Jones,  called A Modern Way to Eat. She has great ingredient combos and lots of gluten-free options. Next up is a cauliflower/almond meal pizza crust. Don’t knock it until...

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    April 14, 2016

    Spring has sprung in the Pacific Northwest, although I could have said that a month ago. Milder temps have pushed the growing/blooming season back weeks. Cherry blossoms in late January, daffodils in February, I can feel the northerly glaciers melting. Are you craving greens, like I am? Asparagus, spinach, chard, sign me up. How...

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    Roasted Cauliflower with Red Pepper Sauce

    January 22, 2016

    One of my favorite yoga teachers opened an early January class with a proclamation that she doesn’t do New Year’s resolutions. My ears perked up. Ooh, a chance to ease my cognitive dissonance around this time of year when I vow to accomplish grand things, then get paralyzed by too many goals, desires, and...

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    Peppermint Bark

    December 23, 2015

    Merry Christmas and Happy Solstice! I have a sweet treat for you. This is my favorite Christmas splurge, and I usually cough up a ridiculous amount of money each wintry season to nibble away at a box. This year, I went for homemade. A neighbor of mine made this for an Open House, and...

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    Cranberry Cherry Chutney

    November 23, 2015

    Happy Thanksgiving! The Cranberry Cherry Chutney has become a staple of my Thanksgiving, and I make enough to outlast the leftovers. Make some extra to use on post-holiday sandwiches or for some color and texture on a cheese plate. I love a food-centered holiday, so Thanksgiving ranks high for me. It also creates a...

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    Apple Walnut Salad with Lime

    October 26, 2015

    We headed to Portland Nursery for their annual Apple Festival last weekend. I was looking for a muse for this month’s blog post and found one amidst the large wooden crates of apples – the yield of trees from Oregon and Washington that we had the great good fortune to buy and consume. I...

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    Fig Paté

    October 1, 2015

    I wanted to get a post in before September ran away, but I may be late. I have been stymied once again by technology. It’s been a theme since I moved into my house just before Labor Day. Mercury is still in retrograde, and I am feeling the full force of it. Please excuse...

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    Spicy Corn Cakes with Ricotta

    July 18, 2015

    My kitchen is in boxes stuffed in a truck and headed across the country back to Oregon. I miss my stuff already. I will be a nomad for a while, attempting to embrace the lightness of my temporary lifestyle. We spent the last week making our goodbyes and tying up loose ends. Amidst the...

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