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 NYU Graduate and a dynamic, beautiful young woman on a mission to help others […]

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Asparagus and Leek Soup with Crispy Mushroom Gremolata

Asparagus Leek Soup with Mushroom Gremolata

It’s been a beautiful few days here in the Pacific Northwest.  Unusually warm spring weather brought everyone outdoors, with barbecues grills heavily in use.  It’s just a little exciting when one can grill outside without donning the rain gear. In addition to grilling all weekend, I made a big bowl of my Mother in Law’s […]

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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 that make my family smile big toothy smiles. The Bennett Crew and I have spent countless summer evenings sitting out on the deck, dining […]

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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 intriguing as chanterelles or oyster mushrooms.  I nearly swoon when I see the first of the fresh local chanterelles.  […]

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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 daughter’s childhood and the adorable things she did and said when she was […]

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Herbed Quinoa Salad

quinoa salad with fresh herbs, aromatics and Asian dressing

Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of meeting several culinary, health and nutrition professionals.  Brilliant individuals who have grown their passions into successful careers and practices.  One such professional is Frances Arnold, a Registered Dietician and Yoga Teacher and author of the website, Namaste Nutritionist.  I read Frances’ blog often and I’m constantly inspired by her work.  So […]

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Tuscan Grilled Rib-eye

Tuscan grilled ribeye with garlic and rosemary

The sun is slowly setting, gradually creating a luminescent twilight.  With twilight comes the warm fragrance of fresh and earthy rosemary, combined with the spicy knowing scent of simmered garlic in the freshest of olive oil. Two perfectly grilled rib eye steaks bask in the fragrant and luxurious liquid.  With just a moment of time, the […]

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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 pre-culinary school.  My lack of culinary skills back then were sorely evident.  […]

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Crab and Egg White Muffins

crab and egg white muffins, gluten free

There’s a whole lot of egg love goin’ on at The Bennett Camp.  Orange Cinnamon Raisin Baked French Toast and now these tasty little Crab and Egg White Muffins. It’s possible I’m a tiny bit over joyed with my chicken gals. They’ve been laying at least two eggs a day for a while now.  It’s feels […]

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Orange Cinnamon Raisin Baked French Toast

orange, cinnamon, raisin baked french toast

With sleepy eyes and mussed hair my youngest gal saunters into the kitchen for breakfast.  On the weekends my sassy gal of 14 is the last one to rise. I know she can smell whatever I’m cooking.  The lingering scent of food travels right to her bedroom.  It’s the best method for waking a teenage […]

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Fresh Spinach, Arugula and Lemon Risotto

spinach, arugula and lemon risotto

One of my chicken gals laid an egg today!  Yes, I splattered the good news all over facebook, instagram, and twitter. After my little social media blitz, I joyously announced the good news to my two sassy gals.  To which the reply was less than enthusiastic. One of my sassy gals gets a pass on enthusiasm […]

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Today, My Heart is Grateful

Roasted Beets, Cucumbers, Red Onions, Bleu Cheese Salad

Today, my heart is filled with overwhelming appreciation.  Friends and family who share in my fear and anxiety, my sadness and hope. Beautiful dishes of food, cookies, desserts and love arriving on my doorstep.  Meant to comfort and heal. Phone calls, texts, emails, messages of well wishes, friendship, love. Today, my heart is grateful.  Grateful […]

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