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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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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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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Soup is a good way to welcome fall

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.

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

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.

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Summer means heading to the grill for meals

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.

By Karista Bennett This grilled yogurt and basil pesto marinated chicken recipe is a great way to start off your backyard grilling season.

By Karista Bennett
This grilled yogurt and basil pesto marinated chicken recipe is a great way to start off your backyard grilling season.

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.

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