15 November, 2016

Honey I Ate The Butternut Squash…… With Cranberries And Feta

Honey I Ate The Butternut Squash…… With Cranberries And Feta
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Side dishes for meals and especially special holidays are like the step-child of the dinner. Everyone is focused on the turkey, ham, or roast, and the vegetable side dish is an afterthought. So trying to create a tasty side dish that can hold its own with the main dish or “star” of the meal has always
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14 November, 2016

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
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A recipe for success on a cold rainy day in Oregon: meatballs! And who knew there was a movie by the name of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. The movie is about a scientist who is thought of as a failure until he invents a machine that can make food fall from the sky, meatballs
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31 October, 2016

Have a Soup-er Week

Have a Soup-er Week
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It’s soup-er time and the living is easy…. Cool days call for a large bowl of soup with a salad, and a hunk of bread to round out the meal. Oh yeah! Since we are having cool and rainy weather in the Pacific Northwest, I thought it would be fun to cook up a different soup
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24 October, 2016

You Don’t Know Beans – Garbanzo Beans That Is

You Don’t Know Beans – Garbanzo Beans That Is
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Maybe it’s just me, but would you agree that garbanzos aka chickpeas are an under-appreciated bean? And they are one of the earliest cultivated legumes: 7,500-year-old remains have been found in the Middle East.  Wikipedia has quite an extensive background of the chickpea. Yes, they are the main ingredient in hummus and are used in Middle Eastern
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24 October, 2016

Primitivo Risotto With Sausage

Primitivo Risotto With Sausage
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When I travel I always take a cooking class or two, or three. It’s so much fun to learn from people in other areas of the world. Last year when I was in Southern Italy (Manduria) I had a unique experience while visiting the home of local residents with Antimo, an experiential guide and travel
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17 October, 2016

The Last of This Season’s Vegetables

The Last of This Season’s Vegetables
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Thank goodness I have friends who have an overabundance of zucchini from their summer gardens. I’m probably the only dedicated home gardener that can’t seem to grow it in Oregon. So I rely on friends to share their surplus. Most have pulled their summer vegetable plants now that it’s mid-October and found a zucchini or two hiding
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8 October, 2016

It’s Apple Time in The Pacific Northwest

It’s Apple Time in The Pacific Northwest
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So we all know the story about the Garden of Eden and the apple. Yeah poor Adam let Eve talk him into eating the apple and gets them banished from paradise. Well, thank goodness we don’t have to worry about that here in the Pacific Northwest. It would be hell not having the opportunity to
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4 October, 2016

Scarlet Runner Beans – Best Kept Secret Ever!

Scarlet Runner Beans – Best Kept Secret Ever!
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Our summer garden has grown over time, adding raised garden beds each season for several years. We have a very small yard so making room for a large garden has been a challenge. This year we came up with a brilliant idea to expand our growing space. Well, at least we think so. Our house
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