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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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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Collection of Little Treasures

Just a show and tell of a recent weekend of treasure hunting and gathering with my Mom (dad and hubby too, but not as much enthusiasm). I include links for reference and my memory, no conflicts of interest here. Destinations include: Port Gamble, Kingston, SODO, Beacon Hill, and hometown delivered. Exhibit 1: Vintage Pyrex Refrigerator […]

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Tisket-a-Tasket Put Some Parsnips in Your Basket

Easy Gourmet! Praise for the lowly parsnip! Raise the Root (vegetable)! Parsnip Apple Soup, Smoked Trout, Roasted Beets & Watercress Salad Parsnip Soup with Brown Butter and Crème Fraiche (originating on amazonfresh.com SOUP (doubles easily) 1/2 lb Parsnips 1/2 Medium Onion 1/2 Fuji Apple, peeled 1 T Butter 2 T Olive Oil Ginger 3 Sprigs […]

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Church Potluck Throwback Recipes: Cookie Salad and Carrot Raisin Salad

It’s the first Wednesday of the month! This means many things, like a big meeting at work but most importantly…. it was potluck at the First Presbyterian! In the rearview, this is full of great memories for me (my parents may recall some whining or stubbornness on my part): food, fellowship, surrounded by all who […]

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