Shortbread Toffee Bars

Once in a blue moon we must have a dessert post.  I'm not big on dessert mind you, only because when I make dessert I end up consuming much of what I've just prepared... with no leftovers!   I have a huge sweet tooth for warm baked cookies, cakes, … [Read more...]

Roast Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Apples, Cranberries and Shallots

Years ago, when Ranger Craig and I lived back East, we had the opportunity to visit Plymouth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  It was an amazing experience each time we walked through the village.  So much fun in fact, that we decided to spend … [Read more...]

Grilled Swordfish Topped With a Coconut, Lemongrass and Ginger Sauce

There are moments when I believe I must eat, drink and sleep "food".  I wake up most mornings thinking about the next delicious dinner creation, contemplating ideas during most of my day, and mentally assembling those ideas into what I hope will be a … [Read more...]

Grilled Halibut Tacos with Fresh Pineapple Slaw

I love tacos!  Any kind of tacos really.  Just put a taco in front of me and I'll probably eat it, and enjoy every bite.  But alas, I'm trying hard to keep my calorie count in check, so if I'm going to indulge in my favorite food I'll need to include … [Read more...]

Spicy Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Peach and Ginger Compote

This time of year fresh summer peaches are a staple in our fruit bowl.  But with all those peaches I'm usually scrambling to use them before they turn soft and end up as peach preserves.  One of Ranger Craig's favorite peach dishes is white peaches … [Read more...]

Grilled Mahi Mahi With a Savory Strawberry Salsa

Recently Ranger Craig and I found ourselves without teenagers for a few weeks and decided to take off on our own summer adventure while our girls were away.  Of course my idea of summer adventure is somewhat different from Ranger Craig's.  That being … [Read more...]

Risotto alla Veronese (Risotto with Ham)

A few evenings ago I was preparing the most lovely risotto with porcini mushrooms, roasted asparagus tips and Gruyère cheese.  Doesn't that sound divine?  Well, not to my little gal.  I could see the scrunched and scowling look on her face as she … [Read more...]

Grilled Halibut with Fresh Blueberries and Lemon

This is one of those recipes that truly came together last-minute.  I had a pint of fresh organic blueberries starting to shrivel in my frig and I really needed to use them.  I was thinking I’d make muffins or possibly pancakes, but then I thought … [Read more...]

Roasted Red New Potatoes with Fresh Basil and Lemon

This post is actually a two for one.  I just love a versatile recipe, so when I last prepared these potatoes, the Bennett crew decided they didn't want the fresh basil and lemon version but something a little more indulgent.  Imagine that, roasted … [Read more...]

Spring Steamers

With four busy schedules, two terrier's (dubbed "The Burly Bennett Boys", and for good reason), garden's that constantly need weeding or clean up of some sort, not to mention our ongoing house renovations, life can seem chaotic.  So, when Ranger … [Read more...]

Peach, Cardamom and Cinnamon Crisp

As spring ends and summer begins I start craving our beloved Northwest stone fruit.  Unfortunately, the delicious, ripe and juicy fruit won't arrive for another month or two, depending on the weather.  So what's a girl to do when she's in need of a … [Read more...]

Coconut Bon Bon’s

I suppose I should really post these decadent little sweets around the holidays, however, I just made a batch and couldn't resist sharing.  These bon bon's will forever be in my childhood memories, as I often watched my Aunt Dawn La Rae make these … [Read more...]