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

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

lemon cloud pancakes

Mom deserves something truly special and memorable for the single day in the year where the family dotes on her and she is the star.  She will appreciate your time and effort as this pancake recipe takes a little additional time to prepare, but … 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

chocolate for your soul and soulmate!

It’s Valentine’s Day, time to cook your way into the heart of your soulmate, or feed your own soul for that matter! And, on this special day of love, chocolate is always at the top of the list. Here are … Continue reading

vanilla salted chocolate cherry decadence

Well, having been tasked to create a fabulous recipe to pair with a truly great wine, here is my result — it’s party, a chocolate party — in your mouth! A sumptuous balance of sweet, tart, bitter, salty goodness, Pair … 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