Archive for the 'Recipes' Category

Muffin Variations

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Elise’s Lemon Poppy Seed muffin recipe has remained my absolute go to muffin recipe, three years and counting. Some fun variations/substitutions I use in my weekly muffin making: + cutting the recipe in half, using only 1 cup of flour, 1/3 cup of sweet, and using a 1/3 cup scoop results in 6 “normal” sized [...]

back from hibernation with chocolate summer jam

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

I’ve admitted to not being much of a jam eater. This can make the process of putting up jars and jars of jam in the summer a bit silly feeling. That is until these cold crisp sunny wintry mornings when one of those jars gets snapped open. Or until they are handed out as Christmas [...]

My favorite flavor: charred tomatoes

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Every year of eating tomatoes (only three years now), I seem to learn something new about them. This summer I have a new obsession thanks to the cookbook Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way, by Francis Mallmann: charred tomatoes. Several of Mallmann’s listed appetizers call for burning the featured vegetable (cherry tomatoes or carrots) or [...]

Spoils of summer: fruit popsicles

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

With the height of summer’s ripe-wave, I find myself often failing to keep up with the super juicy berries in my kitchen. When its too darn hot outside, do I want to fire up the stove top to turn these fruity gems into jam? No. To deal with over-ripening fruit super quick, my answer is [...]

Strawberry on strawberry action

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

I’ve only recently come to love strawberries. Yeah- I know how odd that is? I had some silly convictions I carried with me through childhood as a picky eater. Strawberries use to be in that category of untouchable foods -like tomatoes. But now that I’m enjoying foods in season, strawberries have revealed themselves to be [...]

Grilled cheese grown up

Friday, June 12th, 2009

I’m in the midst of a simple bliss- enjoying a new favorite cheese. Not only that, it’s nestled in between slices of the grainiest bread I know and melted to oblivion. Half-n-half grilled cheese style: horseradish chive havarti and pepperdew havarti. How do you like to make your grilled cheese grown up? Weekend Update New [...]

Raw inspiration book review: Ani’s Raw Food Desserts

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

What’s a meat loving girl like myself doing holding a raw “cookbook” like this? Well, now you’re going to know my secret source for intriguing new recipes. Come see Ani Phyo in Portland Sunday, May 31st @ 7:30pm Powell’s City of Books on Burnside 1005 W Burnside (800) 878-7323 Delving into the world of raw [...]

Recipe: jam soda

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

I’m a beginning preserver. A beginner in that I learned how to put up jam only last year. More so, a beginner in that I don’t quite have a handle on realizing I have to eat what I’ve preserved. The jars of green beans and peaches were a delightful surprise. However, the many many jars [...]

a souvenir breakfast: Le Pichet’s yogurt with honeyed walnuts

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

I tend to arrive home from trips away with souvenirs of sunburns, blister on my feet or colds mingled with new cute pictures of the sweetie and I. This recent trip to Seattle yielded a prize to savor and share: a new favorite breakfast. We found ourselves habitually lingering over breakfast at Le Pichet, enjoying [...]

Recipe: the best candied orange slices in the world

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Before me sits the most fantastic jar of candy, a nuclear bomb of goodness. Not only is it the best orange candy in the world, but its amazingly homemade. Homemade candy this good has a catch though- it takes 2 ? 3 weeks to make. So steel yourself and find that zen place of candy [...]