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Roasted Tomato, Asparagus and Zucchini Couscous with Lemon Basil Dressing

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Summer has officially begun. Well, by the calendar, that is. Last week held the first day of summer. Looking outside today in the Pacific Northwest is another story. It’s cold. It’s raining.

Boo.

While the weather might not get the message, summer foods are in full swing. I’m eating all the Rainier cherries, asparagus, watermelon and peaches I can get my hands on.

My Opa brought over some home-grown strawberries earlier this week, and I even got the chance to make strawberry jam. Look for that post later.

If you’ve never had homemade strawberry jam, you’ve not lived. It tastes so…strawberry-y. It’s so strawberry-y, you’ll feel like you’re tasting them for the first time. Summer in a jar.

Recently while at Mayfield Lake with my family, I went on a cooking marathon and came up with this Roasted Tomato, Asparagus and Zucchini Couscous with Lemon Basil Dressing.

It is easily my favorite thing I’ve made in a while. So simple. So freaking full of flavor and goodness. Read More »

Scalloped Potato and Parsnip Au Gratin

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Sharp tools can be fun.

Take, for instance, this fine heavy duty professional mandoline that my aunt got us for a wedding present.

That’s the kind of wedding present I can get into.

No, it is not a medieval torture device, but a lean, mean potato slicing machine. It even comes in a super sinister looking hard black travel case.

Oooh.  Ahhh. Read More »

Easy Restaurant-Style Mexican Rice

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It’s been a long week. You know, one of those weeks with busy work schedules mixed with car problems and all kinds of other fun surprises.

The silver lining to this cloud of a week is that it’s Friday. No better time for your own personal fiesta…or siesta. Or, who am I kidding, just a giant margarita the size of your head. Yes, I could go for one of those right now. Or two.

For me, Mexican food is one of the simple pleasures of life. It’s a comfort food of sorts, and never fails to disappoint. The spicy, fresh salsas (oh, and that margarita) are all I need to perk up my lagging brain.

Going out for Mexican is great and all, but it’s just as easy and way more cost-effective to make it at home. The ever-present rice that accompanies your favorite dish need not be a culinary mystery for your home cooking. Read More »

Thyme Roasted Vegetable and Wild Rice Pilaf

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Hunger inspires some of my favorite recipe ideas. Everyone has those days where there’s “nothing in the fridge”, you’re hungry and feeling a little lazy on the cooking front.

This happened to me last week. I was home by myself all day, and as noon approached and I hadn’t yet eaten anything, it was time to scour the fridge and the pantry to see what I could come up with.   All I had was some wild rice, a big, clunky squash and some celery and onions.

It was time to break out my favorite cooking method:  Roasting.  Roasting vegetables is the simplest, easiest, most brainless way of cooking vegetables.  The beautiful thing is that roasting them at a high heat brings out a vegetable’s  sweetness by caramelizing its natural sugars. Just pop them in the oven and boom, 20 minutes later you have tasty little morsels of goodness. Read More »

Mom’s Sausage, Apple and Pecan Stuffing

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Everyone has a dish that defines their Thanksgiving table.  This one dish can bring back memories of holidays past, and carry on family traditions for future generations.

I happen to be very blessed and come from a family of amazing cooks.  I’ve never had a bad meal for any holiday or special occasion.

That said, I do have my favorites, and my mom’s stuffing is one of them.  It’s a little taste of home.

Every person has a different interpretation on what stuffing is to them.  There are hundreds of interpretations and schools of thought when it comes to what is, and should be, in stuffing. Read More »