summer coolers, peaches & ginger!

I absolutely adore sitting on my patio, nibbling on a delicious nosh, and sipping a cool, refreshing beverage. A couple of my friends introduced me to two of my new favorites for this year: a gin and tonic spiked with … Continue reading

early summer vegetables anyone?

The evenings are still quite cool here in June, so a warm dinner is just what I need. Having just made a trip to the farmers market, I had loads of early summer vegetables on hand, so, I turned to … Continue reading

ginger ale!

Ahhh, an ice cold drink, not too sweet, with a bit of zip — that’ ginger ale! And the homemade stuff is truly awesome! And, since it’s your own, you may make it as sweet as you like. If you … Continue reading

Ahhh, salmon!

Ahhhh, salmon! The most popular eating fish in America! In the Northwest, we are blessed with an abundance of salmon, and since it is so readily available, let’s get a bit more comfortable with the choice and preparation for our … Continue reading

sear-roasted salmon

My favorite, quick way to prepare salmon begins with a brine, and then pan-roasting, to achieve perfect salmon every time. If you are short on time, you may eliminate the brining step. I am captivated by the effects of brining … Continue reading

black truffle risotto

Time preparing risotto is time well spent. Chopping, stirring, enjoying the aroma from the bubbly pan, these are therapeutic actions, and the resulting risottos mouthwateringly good! Black truffle is VERY rich, soul-soothing, most aromatic, and extremely satisfying. I have paired … Continue reading