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...]

Lavender Biscuits

Lavender Biscuits

I remember the first day of my ninth grade Home Economics Class.  A class filled to the brim with giggling, and not so serious, ninth grade girls. Half listening to our Teacher talk about the foundation of Southern cuisine. The biscuit. Bet you … [Read more...]

Beef Tenderloin Medallions with Madeira Wine Pan Sauce

Pan seared beef tenderloin with madeira wine sauce

When I was little, I would stand with my face pressed against the chain link fence that surrounded our yard, watching my Grandfather attempt his daily chores outside.  Grandpa was a hard worker.  Once a policeman, then a plumber and always … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]