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...]

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...]

Vanilla Spice Rubbed Pork Chops with Roasted Pears

Vanilla Spice Rubbed Pork

I think the vanilla bean is underused in savory cooking.  It's a uniquely flavored spice that can certainly make any dessert taste spectacular.  But it can also make a plain pork chop light up the dinner hour. You guessed it.  I had some pork … [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...]

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...]

Apricot and Sage Stuffed Pork Loin Roast… and a Thank you

I just read the blogging world is now over 2 million strong.  2 million.  That’s a lot of bloggers. I’ve never considered myself a true blogger.  Just a personal chef and culinary instructor who happens to give her recipes a home, on a blog.  … [Read more...]

Huckleberry Barbeque Sauce with Thin Cut Pork Loin Chops

It’s the first day of spring. It feels like winter. I wish it were summer. I love summer in the Northwest. Blueberries, blackberries, huckleberries and raspberries.  Rainier cherries, apricots and peaches. And sunshine. … [Read more...]

Weeknight Ragu over Jovial Brown Rice Pasta

Yep, I did it again. Second time in a week I forgot to plan dinner.  I plan at least 3-4 meals at one time.  Always.  But it’s my busy season and I got sidetracked. It happens. Right? Thankfully my crew is easy to please (Mmmm… fairly … [Read more...]

Pork with Pears and Golden Raisins

I’ve become a pear hoarder. I’ve made three trips to the market this week specifically to purchase pears. I know you’re wondering why.  Because I have pear snatchers (I guess I should say “snackers”) living in my house. Two to be exact. … [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...]

Spice Rubbed Pork Loin Chops with Sweet and Smoky Barbeque Sauce

Mmmm.... there is nothing like the sweet and smoky flavors of barbeque.  And this time of year when the weather is gray and the grill cover stays on more than off, barbeque seems like a real treat.  Yep, it's that time of year when we … [Read more...]

Slow Roasted Italian Pork Shoulder with Rosemary White Beans


This dish is what the Bennett crew calls "pork and beans".  Most definitely not the traditional pork and beans I grew up on, you know, the kind that's heavily laced with barbeque sauce and lots of smoky bacon. Although the traditional pork and … [Read more...]