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Cinderella Story, Celeriac Salad & Shrimp

Or maybe it’s The Ugly Duckling story. What’s beneath Celeriac’s gnarly surface is a beautiful thing. Dress it up and take it out for dinner. If you wear a beret and call it *Céleri Rémoulade it’s French. I’ve purchased this salad in a to-go box at Pasta & Co, loved it, and  thought I’d try […]

Festive Farro Salad Fit For A Feast

The vibrancy of a Christmas tree inspired this festive farro salad. Farro – we love you, but you’re not exactly dazzling – and kale, a deliciously textured grain and a winter green, each a vehicle for almost anything, in this case dried fruit and a citrus dressing.  With dried cranberries, cherries, apricots, candied hazelnuts, a […]

Kale Caesar!

A perfect storm of conditions prompted me to make a kale version of the classic Caesar: a craving for a from-scratch Caesar, a dauntingly large crop of kale in the garden, and, I have a nice batch of freshly made croutons; it’s autumn, the season for dark greens, and finally, it’s  über healthy. Croutons, garlicky […]

Green Beans & Julia’s Salad Niçoise

The livin’ is pretty easy at the moment with mid-summer vegetables in full swing.  Green beans, for example, are like a pair of summer sandals, culinarily speaking – they’re laid back, slip easily into any meal, and, like a comfy sandal, they make you feel good (vitamin C, iron, protein and potassium). A couple of […]

A Party: An Enchanted Summer Evening Supper

Thirteen friends, the December dinner group, met for supper mid-August. We had a blast wearing flip flops and shorts instead of boots and sweaters. We gathered in the backyard, used many of our own vegetables and herbs, and enjoyed food mostly made ahead. The Menu: Roasted summer vegetables with goat cheese ricotta on crostinis, prosciutto-wrapped […]

Tabbouleh & Grilled Salmon, Summertime on a Plate

Tabbouleh from the middle east meets salmon from the PNW and it’s a summer romance that tastes delicious. This is the moment for herbs. In warm, dry conditions, they flourish. Actually, it’s false to characterize herbs as having a moment, or even a season – many will last well into fall and some far beyond […]

Louie Louie, Get Down With Shrimp & Crab

Crab Louie may have its origins in San Francisco, CA, Portland, OR, or Spokane, WA, each place has a story to prove it. Anyway. Pacific Northwest-ish it is. Plus we have our iconic Louie Louie rock ‘n’ roll tune, written by Richard Berry, popularized by the Kingsmen in the 1960’s. Now it’s played at every […]

Parsley Steals the Show

Polite parsley — she never draws attention to her own bright self. Invite her to any party and she’s content to stand by and let everyone else shine by her mere presence. I thought it was high time this under-appreciated herb got her day in the sun so I set out to find recipes where […]

The Best of Spring: Just Asparagus & Rhubarb for Supper

I’m introducing a novel idea that makes so much sense and it comes from, of course, my Mom. She loved to describe her favorite childhood meal: a platter of freshly harvested corn on the cob with butter and salt, strawberries for dessert. Just that. She and her eleven siblings ate well and savored that meal, […]

Spicy Meatballs & Their Sidekicks

Not sure I make lamb meatballs because it’s an excuse to eat the tzatziki sauce that belongs with them, or make the tzatziki in order to indulge in the lamb meatballs. Either way, they’re perfect pals, they go everywhere together. The Greeks figured out a while back that you can’t make one without the other, […]