September 22, 2015
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Just as no self-respecting Washingtonian should not be without a few good apple recipes up their sleeve, nor should they be bereft of more than a couple chowder recipes either. As we enter into fall and cooler temperatures, it only seems natural now to break out the stockpot and cook up some warm you up comfort food Northwest style.
Never a fan of thick, stand-up-your-spoon chowder, I’ve always been on the lookout for recipes that have just the right combination of cream to broth. A loose, savory base with delicate garlic and onion flavors has always been necessary in my favorite chowder. The individual flavors of seafood and bacon shine at their best when a heavy, thick cream does not overwhelm them. And you can feel a wee bit better about the whole thing afterward.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
September 24, 2013
Easy, flavorful French onion soup is a perfect way to welcome fall.
With shorter days approaching, leaves beginning their slow, vibrant metamorphosis and wafts of fall greeting us at every turn, it’s time to turn our thoughts to warm and comforting food.
September is often our bonus month of summer. However, despite our lovely, frequently sunny days, a change in the air is most often immediately felt once the calendar turns and Labor Day has come and gone. Cooler, shorter evenings require soups, slow-cooked dinners and hopefully more time around the dinner table enjoying them.
June 25, 2013
One of the best things about summer is grilling season. Juicy flavorful burgers topped with thick slices of locally made Beecher’s cheddar, slow grilled ribs that fall off the bone and locally raised bone in chicken, grilled to perfection with just a little crisp outside and slathered in my favorite barbecue sauce.
Summer is a time of celebration and revisiting all of those beloved seasonal flavors that come but once a year.
Although The Bennett Crew could consume grilled chicken weekly, by the middle of summer, we’re hankering for some new flavors. Marinating chicken is a great way to infuse new flavors into a chicken dish, as well as keeping your chicken moist and juicy. This marinade uses yogurt to tenderize the chicken, and the basil pesto infuses it with a lot of enticing summer flavor.