Last month we hosted our almost-annual cider-pressing party. When contemplating the menu, I considered grabbing a container of mixed nuts to serve with the assortment of olives, cheese and crackers, turkey chili, and cornbread that we had planned. Then I thought, “I can do better than that.”
I knew Martha Stewart had a variety of seasoned nut recipes in her Hors d’Oeuvres Handbook. Continue reading
Summer is waning, but you can still find many wonderful fresh vegetables at your local farmers’ markets or produce stands. Earlier this month, when friends were coming over for dinner, I knew we would have grilled pork tenderloin medallions. The question was what to serve with them.
That day, my CSA delivery from Full Circle had arrived. In the box were green beans, corn, and leeks. I decided to roast them all together and see how it tasted. It turned out to be delicious. Continue reading
I recently made a variation on this crisp for a small dinner party I catered. For those clients, I used just peaches, by request, but when I make this at home, I like to use nectarines and blueberries. Continue reading
Often when my husband and I go out to one of our favorite restaurants near our home, Bar del Corso, panna cotta is on the dessert menu. Every once in a while we order it, and every time, I comment on how simple it is to make, yet so delicious, and it inspires me to go home and make a batch. Continue reading
Summer is fading in Seattle, but the forecast still calls for some sunny days. A great way to cool off on days when the temperature rises above 80 degrees is with a fresh, chilled soup. Continue reading
I have a number of friends who are gluten-free, in addition to a lot who practice a paleo-type diet. And so although many of my clients (and some of my friends) love the recipes I post for things such as coffee cake, scones, and cheese straws, I always feel challenged to come up with recipes to please my friends with special diets.
One of my adventure buddies whom I have mentioned a few times, Carrie, loaned me a cookbook while I was training to run the Grand Canyon Rim2Rim2Rim (see details and a photo below). Carrie’s cookbook is called The Feed Zone, and it has lots of great recipes for endurance athletes. Continue reading