Quinoa Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil for Betty’s Birthday

Quinoa Salad with Basil and Cherry Tomatoes

My mom found solitude and a sense of calm through weeding and deadheading. She was always saying, “I’m headed outside to work in the yard.” And there she would go with her gardening gloves, a pair of shears and an old plastic grocery bag….the opaque kind with handles from Safeway or Fred Meyer…into which she […]

Reflecting on the Summer of Chimichurri

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I have tangible files of travel ideas. I have virtual files of travel ideas. Ideas for weekend excursions, best hikes, best camping, bike tours, Napa Valley wine tours, Yamhill County wine tours, Five Perfect Days in Paris, 72 Hours in Carmel, New York City with Kids, and on and on and on. When summer hits, […]

Don’t Know Much but I Do Know that Mushrooms and Asparagus Together are Delightful

  For a few years now, I have been attending various food blogging conferences. I usually return home brimming with inspiration and loaded down with lots of free Scharffen Berger chocolate. A week or so ago, I attended my third BlogHerFood conference up in Seattle. There wasn’t any free chocolate (Scharffen Berger wasn’t a sponsor […]

Am I Doing it Right???

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My sixth-grader is hard on himself. When I sit down to help him with his homework, the first thing out of his mouth is, “I don’t know if I did it right.” When I start to read aloud a rough-draft essay of his, he’ll cry out, “Oh, stop reading. It’s total crap.” A few days […]

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. […]

Tis the Season for Herbs

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“There’s a few things I’ve learned in life: always throw salt over your left shoulder, keep rosemary by your garden gate, plant lavender for good luck, and fall in love whenever you can.” – William ShakespeareEver since I started having herbs in my garden it has made all the difference in my cooking. Being able […]

Peas and Carrots, Carrots and Peas Spring Soup

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I sit here in the shadows just out of sight like my mother did before me. There but not there. Still needed but not seen. Watching you with your friends. Linking hands with these friends as you jump unabashedly into the water. Holding handstand competitions. Saddling up to these friends on the chair lift. Laughing […]

Tiny Bits of Hope Wrapped Up in Goat Cheese Love

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Yes, it’s absolutely true that it rains here. I mean really rains. As in November through May you can expect a 50% chance rain on any given day which is most days. Half the year. Half the year with gray skies, wet shoes and saturated, moss-filled lawns.There’s a large percentage of us who welcome the […]

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. […]

Shrimp Fresco for Just the 5 of Us

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As they circled back round past our home once again, we waved and hollered “good bye” and “drive safely” to them with all the fanfare as the first time. I watched as my 10-year old darted through beach grass and hopped over rocks trying to make it to the next driveway before they did. Trying […]

Herbes de Provence Goat Cheese Spread

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We are of the opinion, our household that is, that the tooth fairy is an unreliable, flighty little thing. That she is prone to wild mood swings and is picky. Picky, picky, picky. Our dear children, having just survived another round of the molting process, bless their hearts, will wrap their precious little …

Heirloom Tomato Sandwich

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Clearly, the baby has not yet grasped the concept of “sleeping-in.” In my semi-conscious state, my mind barely registers that he is speaking to me. “Mom?” Pause. A little louder, “Mom? What animal sleeps during the day?” As I try to break through the fog that has not yet lifted from my mind in this […]