Sometimes Mothers are So Misunderstood

As an elementary school girl, I had a fetish for the paper fortune teller game. Remember the one that was folded like origami and involved numbers, favorite colors, and ended with predictions on which boy you would marry? Or, what you would be when you grew up? Or, horrors, how you would die? I can […]

A Pear in a Harry and David Tree….Just for You

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I think it was his description of the frost air settling at the bottom of the pear orchard that was the final hook for me. How, when this happens, they steal silently from their homes in the pre-dawn hours to coddle the trees. They start up the modern day windmills to diffuse the cold air […]

My Summer Office

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I realize this seems a bit…hmm, strange…but when I was a child I liked to weed. Actually, I relished it. The same was true for deadheading my grandmother’s azalea bushes. Sure, the 25 cents an hour she paid me to do it was nice, but that wasn’t my sole motivation. I treasured the rhythmic motion […]

The Bonne Femme Cookbook – A Gift for One of You

    I have a book fetish. I am never without a book that I’m reading. I keep books stacked on, under, and around my nightstand. On every shelf and corner of my office. Stuffed in closets, armoires, drawers. Piled in the kitchen next to the phone. Downloaded by the dozen on my Kindle. In […]

Cherry Tomato and Asparagus Summer Salad on AM Northwest

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So, my dear friends, this week has been filled with milestones, celebrations and a few tears on the part of yours truly. One headed to high school, one to middle school and one leaving that sweet, sweet year of Kindergarten and as I’ve said before every first for my littlest one is a monumental last for me. […]

Chickpeas, Asparagus and a Splash of Lemon Salad So Good You Might Weep

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Yes, it’s true. “I’m a weeper. I weep.”(To borrow a line from one of my favorite movies, The Holiday, which does indeed make me weep.)Just this morning I started weeping while making the kids’ lunches. One may have thought it was because if I have to make one more school lunch I may start weeping […]

Nutty Granola and Oatmeal Cookies: Similar Ingredients…Completely Different Results

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“Yeah, yeah…I know…I’ve heard this speech before,” my daughter said to me in a tone dripping with teenager attitude. Frustrated I fired back at her, “And that’s exactly the kind of attitude that won’t help out your cause.” She pursed her lips and rolled her eyes. I left the room and headed toward the stairs.Passing […]

Lighten Up Chili (i.e. Even in the Midst of Teenage Chaos There is Something to be Learned)

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There I was in organizing bliss. Well, actually, scratch that. I was hyperventilating and covered in perspiration as I surveyed the boxes of games and puzzles with missing pieces and cried out in desperation, “Someone get me an Old Fashioned!” even though I don’t drink Old Fashioneds but my Granny always used to ask for […]

A Little Minestrone, A Little AM Northwest and A Lot of Calendars

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Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you who purchased a 2011 La Pomme de Portland calendar. They have completely sold out. I am overwhelmed by your generosity. I am touched…truly. As my 5-year old would say, “I’m not jus’ sayin’ that. It’s for true!” Once the dust settles, I believe we’ll be […]

Some Exciting News to Share…..

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I am so excited to give you all a sneak preview of a project I’ve been working on with my über-talented graphic design sister. We have put together a 2011 La Pomme de Portland Calendar. Each month features one of my food photos, many of them highlighting what is in season for that time of […]

AM Northwest is in MY Kitchin’ and We’re Making "Soup on Monday"

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When the kind, sweet people at AM Northwest asked if they could film a cooking segment in my kitchen, my first thought was, “Oh no, now I really am going to have to clean out that pantry.” There’s not much you can’t find in my pantry. I like to keep my kitchen well-stocked with staples. […]

Appetizers, Apples and Antics on AM Northwest

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The past week has gone….I don’t know where. It vaporized. I don’t know about you, but I’m having trouble staying on top of things. Luckily, as I’ve mentioned before, my sweetie has already started the Christmas shopping.Thanks to a gentle reminder by my thoughtful mother and father, I realized I never posted the video from […]

AM Northwest and Apples, Apples and More Apples

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I can’t tell you how it makes me jump with glee knowing how many of you have already run out and bought apples to make apple sauce.  I have already had to buy 20 MORE because I can’t even get the batch off the stove before it’s been devoured. Maybe we should plan a day […]

I Forgot to Mention…..

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Many of you may know that I spent my morning down at the AM Northwest studios, whippin’ up Cowboy Caviar. That dip is always a hit and it didn’t fail me today. The crew at KATU was gobbling it up. What I realized after the segment was over…of course…was what I had failed to mention.Let […]

Berries, Baguettes and La Pomme Live

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I don’t know about you but I have found that one of the beauties of summer is the lack of a schedule. No early morning alarms. No dinner on the table at exactly 6:30 pm every evening. No driving around town with clenched teeth trying to get small person #1 here and small person #2 […]

Phew….I made it. Lack of sleep and all.

If you do not see a video screen above this line, click here to be taken directly to my site or here for the AM Northwest site.Well, I made it. Wasn’t sure how it would go down considering my serious lack of sleep. So glad I made the decision to stay up even later than it […]

Movin’ On Up to the Big Leagues

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No long post yet this week as I’ve been gearing up to make these Fabulous Fish Tacos on AM Northwest tomorrow morning. Since it appears I’ve been a very, good girl, the kind producer that I work with at AM Northwest has moved me up to the live morning show. I’ll be the first guest […]

Une Petite Pomme: Primetime Wrap-Up

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Well, I somehow made it to the KATU studios yesterday morning through the torrential rain and a morning bleakness that would suggest mid-winter not end of May…on-time. (Yes, I know. Big accomplishment for me.) Could there be any more main thoroughfares under construction in our fair city? Gads….I am so appreciative that the kind AM […]

Une Petite Pomme: My 7 Minutes of Fame….Sort Of….

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Thanks to a dear, sweet friend from high school and a thoughtful producer at AM Northwest who took pity on me kindly invited me to be a guest on the show, La Pomme made her television debut last night cooking up “Peas and Pancetta in a Flash.” For those of you who are not from Portland, here […]