• Fluffy Summer Pancakes
    Blog,  Recipe

    Fluffy Summer Pancakes

    I hate pancakes.  It is a common known detail about me, mostly because I talk about it frequently to anyone who will listen. I think they are a pointless food. Pointless, because they always leave me hungry an hour later and I don’t even think they taste all that good.  I much prefer a savory breakfast – eggs, cereal, even a smoothie with protein powder gets my vote before pancakes. So, it may surprise you that this is my new favorite dish… Fluffy, fruity, oven-baked pancakes.  The secret to this (still pointless, but at least delicious) breakfast food is to whip egg whites and fold them in to the batter,…

  • Hello!
    Blog,  Cooking Tip

    Hello!

    Um. Hi guys!  What’s new?  I am sorry I have been away for so long, but I sometimes get a little paralyzed by the blog.  There are so many things I want to say – things about recipes; feelings about life; brilliant, witty observations – that I get overwhelmed and then don’t publish any of my many, many drafts I have started.  After a while nothing seems good enough, so I don’t post anything. Well, that kind of sucks for you. Doesn’t it?  So, I am going to just say hi and give up a quick update on what has been going on with me.  First of all, Erik and…

  • Making Cheese
    Blog,  Locavorism

    Making Cheese

    So, I meant to post these last week, write about homemade polenta, and then discuss some Thanksgiving Day goodness… But, me and my computer are in a fight. In fact, its incessant wining is giving me a headache right now. Lately, within minutes of starting in the morning, it reaches 200 degrees and then begins running its super fan all day long. I should start frying my eggs on this thing. By the end of the work day I am so sick of my hot fingers and the annoying pitch of the fan, I shut it off in disgust. But, I have so much to share with you guys that…

  • Oven-Roasted Chanterelles
    Blog,  Locavorism,  Recipe

    Oven-Roasted Chanterelles

    I stepped outside this weekend and realized something… It is cold!  Is it going to be like this until June? Really? I think I forgot what 46 degrees feels like.  I also have a sinking suspicion this happens to me every year.  I am surprised when it is hot, surprised when it is cold.  You’d think our human brains would have a better memory for weather, but maybe it is like pain.  You really don’t want to remember. This cold, relatively dry fall has brought us one thing in the Pacific NW: a bumper crop of chanterelle mushrooms.  I am sure there is some fancy mushroomy reason behind it, but…

  • Vegetarian Chili
    Blog,  Recipe

    Vegetarian Chili

    What is your go-to recipe when you are cooking for a group?  My favorites are roast chicken and short ribs, but sometimes those dishes involve way too much time I don’t have.  Plus, living in Portland means you are likely to run across a vegan, a vegetarian, and a gluten-intolerant all at the same party. Short ribs with a crusty bread just isn’t going to cut it. I have tackled this problem in the past by making three main courses and just hoping that everyone could find something to eat. This takes a lot of time and, not to mention, money.  So when Erik told me about this delicious chili recipe he stole…

  • Caramelized Cauliflower
    Blog,  Recipe

    Caramelized Cauliflower

    After a reluctance to accept fall’s arrival, I have finally embraced it.  I forgot how comforting fall food can be: long-roasted vegetables and meat; hearty salads with fruit, cheese, and nuts; and soul-warming soups. Because, in the Northwest once the rain starts we all know it isn’t going to stop until next summer and we need comfort from anywhere we can get it. In an effort to dive into the season, I created a full-fall dinner Saturday night including sauteed pork chops; a salad with goat cheese, toasted walnuts, and pears; and my new favorite side dish, caramelized cauliflower. You have prepared cauliflower this way, right?  Sliced thinly and then baked in…

  • Healthy “Cookie Dough” and Other Fun Treats…
    Blog,  Recipe

    Healthy “Cookie Dough” and Other Fun Treats…

    Before a few weeks ago, I used to be able to sit through fast forwarding commercials on my DVR with the upmost patience. I used to be able to wait for someone to call me right back without logging on to the computer.  I could read books and peruse magazines on the weekends. But, things have changed.  I found Pinterest and every spare twelve seconds I have is spent searching through photos of far-off places, delicious foods, cool clothes, and, of course, food.  This site, if you haven’t heard, is basically collections of photos that link back to their original source.  It can be used as a style board for…

  • First Day of Fall… Nay! Squeezing the Most Out of Summer
    Blog,  Recipe

    First Day of Fall… Nay! Squeezing the Most Out of Summer

    I looked up at the calendar today and realized it is the first day of fall.  I am so not ready to say goodbye to the warm, long days of summer.  Nor am I ready for the onset of winter squashes about to hit the market. I still want tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, and basil!  Is it really over? I was about to share with you my last hold on to summer – a gazpacho I made this week – only to realize I already shared a gazpacho recipe last year, here.  I only make it once a year, probably because we end up eating it for every meal for the next…

  • The Season of Tomatoes
    Blog,  Canning

    The Season of Tomatoes

    Last year when I started canning, I had a only one goal: to put up as many tomatoes as I could. (For those not caught up on your canning lingo, “put up” is ole-timey way of saying “can”.) I tracked what I used from my pantry the year before and realized I went through way more cans of tomatoes than anything else.  Black beans and tuna were a close second, but I am definitely not at a point where I feel comfortable canning my own tuna!  So, all summer I bided my time. I canned jams, pickles, beets, peaches, and just about anything I could get my hands on until…

  • Squash Salad with Mint, Basil and Chevre
    Blog,  Recipe

    Squash Salad with Mint, Basil and Chevre

    Late summer is the best time to live in the Northwest.  Our weather is finally consistently warm and our gardens are overflowing veggies.  Have you been to the farmers’ market lately? The colorful rows of tomatoes, peppers, and summer squashes scream at you to eat them.  (EAT ME! EEEAAAT MEEEEE!) But, if you have high yield zucchini plant in your garden you have zucchini up the yin-yang about now. It is daunting to keep up with the amount of zucchini those plants produce. I have heard of people dropping off bags of zucchini on neighbors’ doorsteps when they aren’t home. Unfortunately, my puny garden couldn’t handle zucchini and I haven’t…