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

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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It’s apple pie time in Washington

October 28, 2014

It goes without saying that one of the best things about living in Washington are the apples.

By Maria Nelson Harvest season is the perfect time to whip up a simple apple almond pie recipe.

By Maria Nelson
Harvest season is the perfect time to whip up a simple apple almond pie recipe.

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’.

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Recipe Box — It’s the best time of year for soup

September 23, 2014

September seems always to be a time of change and contradiction, not quite fall, not quite summer.

Coconut Curry Soup

Coconut Curry Soup

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.

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Back-to-school meals are easy with kalua pork

August 26, 2014

Back-to-school time almost always means busy, manic schedules.

To make it easier each year, I gravitate toward easy-to-throw-together meals originating with a slow-cooked main, so leftovers easily morph later in the week into quickly prepared meals using few, simple and delicious ingredients.

Kalua Pork is a family favorite and an absolutely wonderful way to make many great meals fast. Below are some recipes to help you answer that endlessly asked and panic-inducing question, “What’s for dinner?”

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Get a simple, affordable steak fix from the grill

July 29, 2014

No matter who you are or where you live at one point or another during the dog days of summer, your mind will turn at some point toward grilling.
Regardless of what you cook, be it strictly vegetables or meat or some amalgamation of both, the undeniable allure of cooking over flame is a strong one.
Steak, grilled to crispy outer deliciousness with a meltingly soft interior is often, for us, the way to go. A naturally easy and delicious way to grill most always involves minimal prep of both meat and marinade, allowing the delicious flavors of both shine through.

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