Berry bonanza bodes well for blueberry crumble

August 25, 2015

NEW — 6:08 p.m. Aug. 25, 2015

For as long as I can recall, I’ve been a fan of a good berry crumble. Easy to assemble and equally easy to consume, it has stood the test of time in our household.

I think the thing that makes it so appealing, in addition to the delicious flavor, is the simplistic, no-nonsense nature. Less fiddly or time-consuming than a pie, you can quite literally have one in all it’s steaming, bubbly glory on your table in less than an hour.

By Maria Nelson A blueberry ginger crumble is just the right recipe for the height of berry season.

By Maria Nelson
A blueberry ginger crumble is just the right recipe for the height of berry season.

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Make wild rice salad your go-to summer dish

July 29, 2015

NEW — 10:55 a.m. July 29, 2015

Salads and summer are ubiquitous partners, naturally melding together in our conscious and subconscious thoughts and always provide, thankfully, a simple answer to the never-ending question of what to eat for dinner.

By Maria Nelson

By Maria Nelson

Salads are simply the best go-to option for many of us this time of year. They provide a healthy meal that uses the best of what’s fresh, abundant and delicious, and they can be thrown together quickly without the sweat-inducing necessity of turning on the oven.

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June is perfect month to combine ice cream, cookies and strawberries

June 25, 2015

June is definitely the month for strawberries. And ice cream. And cookies.

By Maria Nelson

By Maria Nelson

Heck, if I’m honest it’s always the month for those things, but truly right now it’s all about the berries. Washington strawberries are at their peak right this very minute and it’s all I can do to stop myself from throwing them into everything I eat.

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Enjoy rhubarb season with some easy recipes

May 27, 2015

Rhubarb season is finally upon us, and this year as in most years, I often run out of recipes for using rhubarb before I actually run out of my desire to consume it.

By Maria Nelson

By Maria Nelson

Pies, of course, are always the go-to vehicle for rhubarb around our house, and lately along with them, I’ve taken to lightly pickling rhubarb to add as a savory component to salads and savory cocktails. There are few things as delicious or complex than a vodka martini with a sliver of pickled rhubarb for garnish.

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Recipe Box — Fresh, homemade cookies and milk are never out of season

April 28, 2015

After a few months of kale and Brussels sprouts, I thought it only fitting that I share with you this recipe for these delectable Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies.

By Maria Nelson

By Maria Nelson

Healthy is all well and good, but really this is the kind of recipe that makes my heart and stomach most happy. With spring and summer on the horizon, I will no doubt feature plenty of fruit and vegetable recipes here, so it’s only appropriate that we deviate into the world of sweets a bit before the seasonal tide shifts to healthier fare.

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Everything is better with bacon, even kale

March 25, 2015

There is just something infinitely lovely about recipes that can be prepared in advance.

Make-ahead meals have a way of allowing us to feel just a bit more in control of our often hectic daily existence, and the simple fact that some food simply tastes better prepared this way makes those recipes all the more wonderful.

By Maria Nelson This kale and bacon casserole is easily prepared the night before it’s required.

By Maria Nelson
This kale and bacon casserole is easily prepared the night before it’s required.

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Learn to love your Brussels sprouts again

February 24, 2015

This lovely recipe is the epitome of healthy and simple goodness.

By Maria Nelson Shaved Brussels sprouts salad, with walnuts and Pecorino cheese, will alleviate your fear of the sprouts’ bitter taste.

By Maria Nelson
Shaved Brussels sprouts salad, with walnuts and Pecorino cheese, will alleviate your fear of the sprouts’ bitter taste.

Crunchy shaved Brussels sprouts, combined with salty and delicious, hard Pecorino and whole walnut halves are the basis for this easy-to-prepare salad that goes well as a starter, or on it’s own for a smaller meal.

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A super tailgating recipe worthy of the big game

January 27, 2015

Despite the fact that it’s January and many of you are likely watching your diets, I just couldn’t let the opportunity pass to share with you this simple and delicious gameday, tailgate recipe. You simply can never have too many recipes like this up your sleeve and you never know when you just might need something easy and delicious to prepare for well, let’s say a Super Bowl party or something. Ahem. Read more

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With a fire in the hearth, down a gløgg

December 23, 2014

There’s something about living in the Northwest that makes our winter weather seem a bit colder than what the thermometer says it should be.

By Maria Nelson

By Maria Nelson

I’ve always thought that it had to do with the persistent and ever-present wet that seeps into the bones and refuses to leave. Dryer, colder temperatures often fail to affect me in the way wetter and slightly warmer ones typically do.

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Let eggnog provide relief from pumpkins

November 26, 2014

Without fail, every year after Thanksgiving, our family has reached its pumpkin saturation point.

By Maria Nelson

By Maria Nelson

While growing up, it was fairly routine for my family to continue to serve pumpkin pie for the remainder of our holiday celebrations, and seeing how there were very few other pumpkin-flavored options available to us at the time, we were all thrilled to partake. It’s hard to believe it sometimes, but there was life before pumpkin-flavored lattes, pumpkin brittle and pumpkin-flavored mochi. Shocking, I know.

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