Artichoke, Lemon and Hazelnut Tagliatelle

artichoke, lemon and hazelnut pasta

I bet you thought I'd gone missing.  There have been moments, this past summer of chaos, I often entertained the thought of going missing.  Or hiding under a rock somewhere. Maybe hiding at my sister's house, poolside, sipping a pretty pink … [Read more...]

Sugar-Crusted Salmon with Avocado Peach Salsa… a Guest Post by Alaska From Scratch

It's amazing how new friendships are born.  I've been following Maya at Alaska From Scratch for a while now and after a few blog comments and email correspondence she has become a cherished colleague and dear friend.  Her delicious food blog captured … [Read more...]

Slow Oven Baked Ribs

oven baked baby back ribs

If there is one thing the Bennett Crew loves, it’s a barbecue.  The deck table filled with Grandma Eilene’s Macaroni Salad, Chipotle Lime Grilled Corn on the Cob and this weekend... Slow Oven Baked Ribs. Once the weather turns lovely, we dine … [Read more...]

Sweet Baby Peas and Mushroom Pappardelle tossed in Sherry Cream

spring peas and mushroom pappardelle in sherry cream sauce

Assorted lush shades of green encompass the landscape this time of year.  Spring, a time of revival, renewal and start over’s.  Yes, start over’s.  As in something keeps eating the spring greens in my garden, so now I have to start over. At least … [Read more...]

Eggs in Purgatory with Spring Greens

baked eggs in tomato sauce

My chicken gals are rolling out the eggs these days.  I’ve been passing them out to my lovely neighbors who put up with an occasional cranky hen.  One that decides to exercise her vocal chords at 6am or during the dinner hour.   I adore my plump and … [Read more...]

Chive Blossom Popovers from Pink Patisserie

Chive Blossom Popovers

I love seasonal, I love fresh, especially fresh from the garden or local farm, and I love my friend Maria. Maria is the author of the baking blog Pink Patisserie.  I've known Maria for over 10 years.  A gracious, beautiful and talented gal who … [Read more...]

Chicken Avocado Tortilla Torta

chicken avocado tortilla torta

Oh for the love of all things Avocado.  I’m on an intense avocado kick these days.  I feel like adding avocado to everything. Actually, Suzie Q, my youngest, made that very comment the other day.  “Mom, you add avocado to everything.  Next it’ll … [Read more...]

Banana Chip Cookies from Everyday Maven

I'm so pleased to present this most delicious Guest Post and recipe by my friend and fellow food blogger, Alyssa from Everyday Maven. I met Alyssa last year at a blogging conference here in Seattle and we've been friends ever since.  Alyssa is an … [Read more...]

Tacos, Ceviche and a Dessert

Cinco de Mayo recipes

Over the years, I've had a long love affair with Mexican food.  I must have 50 different taco recipes floating around my kitchen.  All with an abundance of fresh ingredients, fragrant aromas that fill my house and robust and spicy flavored dishes … [Read more...]

Porcini and Rosemary Slow Braised Pot Roast

Porcini and rosemary braised pot roast

There is something exceptional about porcini mushrooms.  They aren't your run of the mill button's and much more interesting than cremini; although I do love a bowl of sautéed cremini's. Still, much more flavorful than shitake's and almost as … [Read more...]

Mixed Seafood and Avocado Ceviche

ceviche with halibut, bay shrimp, cilantro, white onion, sriracha, and avocado

I've forgotten how much fun it is to take a road trip.  Cruising down the highway to some cool tunes, aptly selected and managed by my teenage daughter. Stopping for a coffee and then a little snack. Talking, laughing, reminiscing about my … [Read more...]

Crawfish Fettuccine

crawfish fettuccine with white wine bechamel sauce

Late winter and early spring I always get a craving for crawfish.  It’s in season around this time of year and paired with Mardi Gras, these two events always remind me of several delicious years living in Louisiana. My time in Louisiana were … [Read more...]