Savory Blueberry Ginger Salsa

fresh blueberry ginger salsa with shallots and mint

It's funny how sometimes life rolls in a direction never anticipated.  Catching us by surprise, with both trepidation and promise. It's been an eventful year for my family.  My first-born conquering a long and tedious health challenge, my youngest … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Grilled Summer Peach Crepes with Lavender Mascarpone

Peach Crepes

One of best things about being a chef is teaching people to cook. I cherish the moment when I see the knowing gleam of light in a student’s eyes.  The moment when they have mastered a new cooking technique or when they have discovered the answer … [Read more...]

Blueberry Ginger Salsa with Grilled Fresh Halibut

One could say I’m a bit over zealous when it comes to our summer fruit here in the Northwest. After all, we do have to wait several seasons for the sweet treasures. So it’s no surprise when I end up with loads of stone fruit and berries on my … [Read more...]

Roasted Mini Pepper and Fresh Basil Relish over Grilled Salmon

My youngest gal told me this morning that I talk about food all the time. Really? This, after my subtle launch into why we don’t consume sugary chocolate cupcakes on an empty morning tummy.  (can you see her eyes rolling?) I know, I know, once … [Read more...]

Cilantro Salmon

Last week I told Ranger Craig I’m in need of a field trip.  For those of you who don’t know Ranger Craig, he’s my main man, best bud, adventure partner, resident food critic and husband.  I had a reader ask me once if he was my boyfriend. (Hee hee, … [Read more...]

Pancetta and Radicchio Wrapped Grilled Scallops

I am my own worst enemy when it comes to my craft.  The brilliant recipe idea that turns into utter disaster and causes my heart to plummet off the side of a cliff.  Or, one of my favorite scallop recipes, so delicious and so wonderfully summer, is … [Read more...]

Tio Cameron’s Salsa Verde over Grilled Rib Eye Steaks… and a Family Reunion.

This was the summer of the family reunion.  As I’m writing this post, visions of the classic Vacation movies pop into my head (hee hee). For some reason Christmas Vacation seems to come to mind. Nope, I do not belong to the Griswold … [Read more...]

Asian Style Grilled Pork Loin Chops with Sauteed Sweet Onions … and a trip to Lopez Island Farmer’s Market!

I'm a Farmer's Market obsessed mad woman this summer.  It all started with the lovely flight over to Orcas Island this past June.  Oh yeah, that's the one that got me going. On the flight back home from Orcas, I turned to my hunky pilot (new … [Read more...]

Grilled Romaine with Sweet and Tangy Bleu Cheese Vinaigrette

Grillin and chillin, that's the way the Bennett Crew does summer.  We love our grill,  I guess I should say Ranger Craig loves our grill.  He's the grill master around here and I'm ever so happy to relinquish that task. Suzie Q often requests her … [Read more...]