Category Archives: Sauces & Condiments

Sweet Potato Fritters

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Earlier this fall, I was looking for an appetizer recipe that was vegan, gluten-free, easy to eat in two bites, and delicious. Sweet Potato-Quinoa Cakes had gone over well with the client I was working with on previous events, and I thought I would make them again—only this time appetizer size. Continue reading

Meat Lovers’ Rub

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Here is another recipe my mother found and shared with me. She gave us a container of the rub initially, and later followed up with the recipe. My husband and I use it on rib-eye steaks, and I have also used it on beef tenderloin (as pictured above), pork chops, and even chicken. Continue reading

Pacific Pesto

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This is a recipe my mom first tried in late March 2013. It is from the December issue of Traditional Home magazine. My mother is good at saving recipes she wants to try and—better yet—she actually tries them. Sort of. Continue reading

Good Guacamole

guacamoleGood guacamole is easy to make with just four ingredients: ripe avocados, garlic, lime, and salt.  It’s so simple yet so good.

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Parsley Oil

parsley oil_cropRestaurants often decorate plates with sauces, purées, or oils to add color and zest to their preparations. But dressing up plates is not just for professional cooks, and it’s not just about looks. Although I am a professional, 90 percent of a meal’s appeal comes in its presentation, and anyone can make a meal look amazing.  It’s all about the details—and they do not need to be fancy.    Continue reading

Who’s Got Crab Legs?

A client for whom I recently catered a plated luncheon for 12 requested that the menu include shelled Dungeness crab legs served with a mustard aioli—using a specific recipe that she was able to get from a prominent restaurant here in Seattle.

Fresh Dungeness crab is readily available in local seafood markets right now (I get mine from Wild Salmon Seafood at Ballard’s Fishermen’s Terminal), so this seemed like a good time to share the recipe with you too. Continue reading

Fresh Halibut Season

Here is a yummy way to serve halibut. I first made this for a wedding five years ago. It was requested by the bride and groom, who gave me the recipe (Thank you, Kristin and Eric!), and it is now a staple in my repertoire.

The couple brought in fresh halibut for me to grill for their wedding reception. Let me tell you, in all my years as a chef, I have had a lot of men ask me if I needed help grilling—but never as many as offered on that day. Thankfully they were all quite impressed by how the fish turned out—despite not having cooked it themselves. Continue reading