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

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

ramen noodle bowls

Yes it’s true, a lot of folks lived on ramen to get through college — and you may not ever want to see it again! But, if you upscale it a bit, add some crunch, some healthy stuff, it can … Continue reading

soup — to soothe the soul

The holidays are past, and the gray days of January are upon us, alas! I am in need of comfort food, and a meal of soup, accompanied by a simple green salad and a glass of wine fills the bill, … Continue reading

coconut curry

When the weather turns cool, I like hot, spicy food, comfort food, deliciousness! So, this evening, I opted for all of the above, and made a family favorite, Thai Red Coconut Curry Halibut. The balanced flavors of sweet, sour, salty, … Continue reading

make ahead rice

Rice is king in so many cuisines, whether it’s long grain, short, or medium, brown or white, it’s a lovely accompaniment and flavor carrier. I truly enjoy brown rice, but it takes twice as long to cook as the white … Continue reading

lick your plate clean risotto!!

I LOVE frequenting the farmers market, and recently I spied the most fragrant, juicy nectarines, as well as a huge assortment of peppers — a rainbow of color, all sizes, shapes, hot and sweet. You may not think of putting … Continue reading

citrus salmon on the grill

Burgers and steaks a great on the grill, but frequently we want something a bit lighter. Fish is not always easy to cook on the grill, as it tends to break apart when turning, and it can be a bit … Continue reading