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 … [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...]

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 … [Read more...]

Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Roasted Red Pepper Hazelnut Sauce

Roasted Red Peppers, Hazelnut, sauce for pork

I always keep a spare pork tenderloin, or two, in the freezer.  It's one of those quick fix meals that pairs beautifully with most any sauce or roasted winter fruit.  I had planned to use this tenderloin with a spiced apple compote, which is … [Read more...]

Cardamom and Ginger Spiced Yogurt Sauce

Cardamom and Ginger Spiced Yogurt Sauce over Roasted Eggplant

I’ve been a member of several book clubs over the years.  Each time, I joined with the exuberance of a puppy playing with a new bone.  Excited about all the new books I’d be discovering and reading, all the new friendships to be made and girlfriend … [Read more...]

Super Bowl Sunday Round-up!

Asian marinated pork tenderloin sliders with caramelized onions

As usual I'm "late to the party" with this post.  But if you're like me and haven't decided what to prepare for Super Bowl Sunday, here's a rowdy round-up of complete deliciousness … [Read more...]

White Fish Florentine

White fish baked in Spinach, Dijon, cream, panko and parmesan

Life is not perfect.  But of course, we all know this right?   In fact, my life is messy (sometimes literally). Like many, I work diligently to keep it all together while raising a family, building a career and business and nurturing the important … [Read more...]

Slow Cooked Red Ginger Chicken

Urban Farm Chickens

My girls (of the chicken variety) are growing up and will be egg laying hens soon.  Although they are now considered pullets, my teenage chickens are finding their grown up voices and developing the most comedic personalities. I love to walk … [Read more...]

Baked Eggs in a Basket

Soft baked eggs and cheese in Canadian bacon

My twin sister will cringe when she reads this blog post.  Sunshine was my nickname in high school.  Yep, I was quite the perky gal.  Too perky probably.  Annoyingly positive.  I’m not sure why.  Life certainly wasn’t always sunshine and roses.  But … [Read more...]