June 25, 2015
June is definitely the month for strawberries. And ice cream. And cookies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 24, 2015
This lovely recipe is the epitome of healthy and simple goodness.
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.
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
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.
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.
November 26, 2014
Without fail, every year after Thanksgiving, our family has reached its pumpkin saturation point.
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.
October 28, 2014
It goes without saying that one of the best things about living in Washington are the apples.
We are the apple state, after all, and no self-respecting Washingtonian should be without at least one or two killer apple pie or apple whatever recipes up their sleeve. Considering it’s now the height of apple season around here, there really is no reason not to get in the kitchen and get crackin’.
September 23, 2014
September seems always to be a time of change and contradiction, not quite fall, not quite summer.
Warm and sunny days are often juxtaposed with cool and ever quickly-arriving evenings. This change is evidenced in my kitchen as well. I find myself reaching for recipes that feature more squash, potatoes, beets and other root vegetables. All of my dishes seem to be touched with these ingredients lately.