Thanksgiving HELP!

All of the information, techniques and recipes you need to prepare a successful, delicious meal! Please feel free to use these links as a resource in your holiday meal preparation, and enjoy the fruits of your labor with friends and … Continue reading

it’s all about the gravy….

Uh huh! at my house, it’s all about the sauce, and for turkey, that means gravy! The very best gravy begins with a flavorful stock and great pan drippings. Using the right flour will give you a silky smooth sauce, … Continue reading

Chicken Normandy

It’s apple season and what better way to enjoy the best of fall with a delicious dinner where fresh apples are the star attraction.  This meal always reminds me of my visit to the beaches of Normandy France, which at … Continue reading

Tweaking my gnocchi recipe

I’m quite proud that my new daughter-in-law prefers my potato gnocchi to anything she has found in the best Italian restaurants. My gnocchi is, by my own account, excellent, but last night it got even better! I have been thinking … Continue reading

peach plum burrata salad

This past Saturday, the first one of Autumn, was one of those days you just wanted to take a bite out of, and savor! We chose to spend our afternoon at Pike’s Place Market. Ahhh, it’s always inspiring to see … Continue reading

the last of the nectarines

Well, the weather here has turned cool and damp — I have hopes that we will have a few more warm days yet, but I can still celebrate the end of summer with some gorgeous nectarines I found in the … Continue reading

pesto

I planted basil in early June, and have harvested it for so many things this summer — but now, it’s beginning to bolt, so it’s time to harvest it and put away a bit of summer, to enjoy when the … 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

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