This week’s food inspiration: fresh, mostly local, cleaning out the fridge

My garden is not going gangbusters but I am enjoying a new CSA we are trying this summer, Growing Washington. Having so  many colors and options to play with makes the peak of summer a great time to prepare food. Mixed in you might also find ways to integrate food from the larder to make way for […]

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Cheesecake with Balsamic Strawberry Sauce

Once you try the pairing of balsamic vinegar and strawberry, your life may never be the same. Strawberry Balsamic sauce is simple and versatile. The best part (other than flay-vore) is that at the end of the recipe you actually end up with two products: the chunky fruit sauce and the strained strawberry vinegar. The […]

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Cucumber Ginger Salad – Crunchy Pow Pow

Crunchy. Pow Pow! Is the sound this quick and fresh salad will make in your mouth. While it sounds and tastes decidedly Asian, I actually came across this simple quick pickle (quickle?) salad idea in my Scots Cooking By Sue Lawrence book, tucked underneath with a roast beef recipe. This recipe is one of those […]

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Waldorf Salad with Holiday Twist

Just another variation on a timeless and glamorous salad. The Kitchen Project does a great review of the Waldorf and its many incarnations, so no sense me even trying. I made up this version for Thanksgiving adding pomegranates for a more holiday feel. There are really limitless possibilities with this salad and should have more […]

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Grilled Summer Salad with Basil, Pepitas, Pickled Fennel and Cojita

Nothing pairs better with summer and grilled meat, especially pork, than fruit. For this summer salad, we grilled up nectarines and plums, but you can do pineapples, peaches, mangos, apricots etc. Produce aisle is the limit. Pickled fennel is easy to make and stores up nicely. Pickled anything with charred meat is a hit in […]

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Summer Pea Salad – Dress it up or dress it down

This is a family favorite and in its honor, my mom is the star chef (note her hand performing the tasks with surgical precision) and we are posting from her (guest) kitchen. The origins are unknown but the recipe is loved by many. There are some many variations, but today I share with you the […]

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