Roasted Pumpkin Risotto

roasted pumpkin risotto

I probably have 20 different methods of preparing risotto.  Mostly because that's the one dish my youngest gal always requests. Suzie Q will request risotto for her birthday dinner, when she's sick, when she scores a perfect 100 on an exam, when … [Read more...]

Sweet Onion Marmalade with Pork Chops

sweet onion marmalade

Nothing says Washington State like sweet onions, apples, stone fruit, blackberries, Dungeness crab, lavender and of course.... rain.   Just to name a few. Seattle is a culinary heaven.  James Beard award-winning chefs, a divine selection of … [Read more...]

Miso-Saki Glazed Scallops


My baby chicks arrived!  They are just as sweet as I imagined. Ginger, Rosemary, Cocoa and Pepper. Four little ladies currently basking in the warmth of a heat lamp, or wrapped in a towel and snuggled up with one of the two sassy … [Read more...]

Butternut Squash and Swiss Chard Lasagna

Butternut Squash and Swiss Chard Lasagna

The enchanting colors of Autumn are beginning to make their appearance. The beautiful colors remind me of harvest and make me crave Beef Barley soup, squash and hearty leafy greens and sometimes grilled cheese and apple butter on dark … [Read more...]

Cambozola and Pear Tart

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I'm going to be a new Mama!  A chicken Mama.  My little baby chicks arrive soon and I'm over the moon excited. Ranger Craig spent the last few weeks building my super fabulous chicken coop.  I think I nearly drove him crazy with my constant … [Read more...]

5 Sassy Sides

sweet potatoes

“A side dish, is a side dish, is a side dish”, said one of my sassy gals.  Until, of course, she tasted one of my sassy sides. A sassy side can rev up dinner and make it take off to new heights.  Especially when fresh, lovely produce is … [Read more...]

Roasted Chicken Tacos with Spicy Avocado Crema

chicken tacos

I’m almost embarrassed to post these.  I feel like the crazy taco woman. In fact, I think I’m a taco posting maniac.  I probably serve tacos once a week.  It’s the one night during the week that everyone shows up for dinner, all at the same time.  … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Brownies

This is the time of year that gets me into trouble.  Yep, I get the baking bug. And of course if I bake something, I have to taste test it.  Right? I also have friends who bake.  And they bake the most delicious treats.  In fact, two of my … [Read more...]

Slow Cooked Hawaiian Pork Roast with Coconut Rice

I wish I could tell you I just got back from a spectacular Hawaiian vacation.  But I didn't. :(  It's been a few years since visiting Maui, but I remember it like yesterday. Probably because when I vacation with Ranger Craig it's not really a … [Read more...]

Simple Roasted Halibut Tacos with Spicy Slaw

Halibut Tacos with spicy slaw

I can't believe I've lived in the Pacific Northwest for 10 years and I just made my first trip to Portland, Oregon.  I've been everywhere else in this part of the country but for some reason a visit to Portland just never seemed to … [Read more...]

Roasted Chicken and Sweet Peaches

The last few months I've been reading dozens of informative and sometimes funny DIY remodeling blog posts.  Mostly because I needed to read about other people’s headaches and successes with home remodeling and renovation. I thought it might … [Read more...]

Herb Crusted Pork Loin with Balsamic Roasted Figs

A new page is posting on Karista's Kitchen, "Weeknight Fresh". Fresh, seasonal and delicious recipes that won't make dinner feel like a second job. As a busy Mom, business owner, culinary instructor and food blogger,  sometimes life … [Read more...]