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...]

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Last June I decided it was high time I got out-and-about my local area and begin meeting some of my fellow food bloggers and food writers.  After all, I can’t just hang out with my chicken girls all the time. ;) While attending various food and … [Read more...]

Raspberry Jam Muffins

jam filled muffins prepared with Einkorn wheat flour

I’ve always felt dinner was the easy meal.  You know me, I’m all over dinner.  It’s been my life’s work for the last 13 years and I’d like to believe I’ve gotten it down to a science.  Well... most days anyway. But breakfast?  Ugh.  It’s the meal … [Read more...]

Kabocha Squash Soup

Kabocha Squash Soup

I have a brother.  I also have a twin sister, who I completely adore, but this particular post is about my  brother… and Kabocha Squash. Yep, my baby brother.  My “Bro” as my sister and I love to call him.  Youngest of three, six feet of handsome, … [Read more...]

Coconut Pecan Crusted Chicken with Sweet and Spicy Apricot Sauce

Coconut Pecan Crusted Chicken

Sauces reign supreme at the Bennett Camp.  And why you might ask? I blame it on culinary school.  Almost every entrée recipe I learned to prepare had some sort of brilliant sauce.  I loved practicing sauces.  I relished the challenge of tweaking … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Sole Almondine

I love it when I am reminded of recipes past.  One of my friends, Jodi, asked if I had a recipe for classic Fish Almondine (or Amandine as it's sometimes referred) as she had sampled a delicious Sole Almondine while traveling and wanted to re-create … [Read more...]