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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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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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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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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It’s not summer without a fruit crumble

June 24, 2014

Now that summer fruits are in season, if you are at all like me, you are clamoring to enjoy them any way you can.

Fruit consumption goes way up for us this time of year. We try to cram as much delicious fruit into each meal at breakfast, lunch and dinner, with fruit for snacks in between. In years past, I’ve always felt a little guilty about all the fruit we consume. It’s just so simple, so fresh and so incredibly delicious that I get a little lazy on the rest of the food options available to us.

By Maria Nelson

By Maria Nelson

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Improve your chocolate chip cookies with browned butter

April 29, 2014

It’s hard to argue that few things are not improved by the addition of browned butter.

Over the course of the past few years, browned butter has pretty much taken over the world of baking. The thinking goes that any recipe that calls for butter can definitely be improved by the addition of butter that’s been melted, and milk solids that have been browned and caramelized. In my view, it’s pretty sound thinking. The alchemy that occurs when browning butter is nothing short of magical.

By Maria Nelson Kick your chocolate chip cookies up a notch by using browned butter.

By Maria Nelson
Kick your chocolate chip cookies up a notch by using browned butter.

Browned butter adds a salty complexity to baked goods and leaves the uninitiated wondering just what makes that cookie or that banana bread they’ve just devoured more amazing than anything they’ve ever had before.

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Get seasonal with spring greens, avocado and grapefruit salad

March 25, 2014

Spring is just around the corner. Can you feel it? Warmer, longer days, and daffodils and crocuses peeking through the soil all give me hope that winter day’s are almost at end.

Often, when I feel anxious for the beginning of a new season, the best way I find to welcome it into being is to begin doing so in my kitchen and, of course, by extension, onto my plate.

Spring Greens, Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

Spring Greens, Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

A light, colorful salad is the epitome of spring, particularly if it includes small micro-greens, shoots and starts. Packed with nutrients, delicious to eat and beautiful to look at, micro-greens should be in everyone’s salad at one point or another. More readily available than they’ve ever been, they are perfect additions to smoothies, stir-fry, sandwiches or on fresh roasted fish as a garnish with berries.

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Recipe shows eggs aren’t just for breakfast anymore

February 18, 2014

When I was growing up, my mother often served eggs for dinner. The idea that we could have what was usually a breakfast food for dinner was a fun and unique thing for us. For my mother, it was a great way to get a nutritious dinner on the table fast.

Baked Eggs with Polenta, Prosciutto and Swiss Chard

Baked Eggs with Polenta, Prosciutto and Swiss Chard

We had our fair share of waffles and pancakes for dinner, too, but for some reason, I remember the egg dishes the most. Most frequently, we had eggs in omelets, scrambled or my personal favorite, pan-fried in toad in the hole.

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