• Sweet Potato, Pomegranate and Pistachio Salad

    October 28, 2017

    A little alliteration for you this late October. I have been crazy for sweet potatoes this season. These vibrant tubers get underused in my kitchen. They are standards in my Spicy Chili, and they get cubed and roasted with corn before I fold them into an enchilada casserole. But now, I am seeing this...

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    Chocolate Pistachio Cherry Ice Cream

    September 8, 2017

    We have been sitting under a haze of forest fire smoke here in Portland with a fine coating of ash covering everything.We have it better off than most in our corner of Oregon but our beloved Columbia Gorge is burning. Rain would be a welcome antidote but that’s not in our near future. Poor...

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    Blackberry Shrub

    September 4, 2017

    I am big fan of drinking vinegars. Suja makes several yummy varieties, but they aren’t cheap. Apple cider vinegar and some fresh fruit is a much better deal.  Hence the shrub. I found this recipe on Stir and Strain, with no need for tinkering. This makes a refreshing summer drink when topped off with...

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    Squash Blossom and Quinoa Patties

    August 18, 2017

    Heat and sun have been the theme this Portland summer. I don’t often get to say this, but we are riding a record-long stretch of sunny days — 57 blessed days without rain. This is to match our equally long and far less enjoyable record long stretch of rainy days this spring. The garden...

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    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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    Chimichurri

    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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