Lessons on Laser Focus from Thai Chicken and Rice

Thai Chicken with Coconut Rice

I remember typing up my first professional resume at the wise old age of 22. Like Ralphie in A Christmas Story with his Red Rider BB gun essay, I knew that my business catch phrases and the listing of my shiny new college degree would wow any prospective employer. And nothing made my heart sing […]

When the World Feels Uncertain

Fennel and Watercress Salad with Citrus Dressing

Sometimes when the world around me feels frightening and uncertain, I want to gather up my chickens and my hubby and pile us all on a great big cozy bed. And I want to eat ice cream and watch movies and snuggle with my children – without them knowing that we’re snuggling.  And when the […]

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 […]

A Few Thoughts on Food Followed by Chicken Sausages with Tomatoes and Shallots

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I suppose the acronym FLOSS can be used to describe my thoughts on food. I suppose I could also be labeled as energetic and sleep-deprived, frazzled and bossy, presbyopic and middle-aged, but why…why must we label everything? I can’t think of a greater need as a human being than to eat. Okay, well, maybe drink. […]

Barbecuing up Garlic, Lime, Cilantro Flank Steak on a Much Needed Weekend Away

A Little Steak and Chicken Pocket Pie

“Ummm, Mrs. Minns, I don’t think our camp starts until 10:30 am,” my 12-year old’s buddy says to me as I’m minutes away from dropping the two of them off at cooking camp. “Oh no, darlin’, it starts at 10am. I’m sure of it. I have it in my calendar.” It was the first week […]

Letting Go with Counter-Top Salads for Dinner

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Please read my message after the story especially my gracious email subscribers. She was three years old when she performed in her first dance recital. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and The Bunny Hop. Her little feet could be heard “tap, tap, tapping” away as she practiced for her big debut. Considering that when […]

Chicken Marinara or Dinner from a Bottle and a Bag

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It’s 6:00 a.m., the radio is blaring but I’m not budging. Gone are the mornings when I gleefully arose, tiptoed downstairs through the dark house and pedaled my legs around the elliptical for a half hour like a gerbil in a habitrail while watching french films. This particular morning, I barely exert the energy to […]

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Mexican Soup…the Perfect Meal at the End of a Long Ride Down the Highway

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On a highway. In the middle of Mt. Hood National Forest. Our car was in park. The engine off. And even though there was a line of cars behind us, as far as I could see, in the same predicament, it was strangely quiet. Dark. The snow gently falling all around us. Those big luscious […]

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 […]

Oregano Chicken – A Simple Dish with a Regal Air

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Maybe it’s that we’re finally getting into a rhythm two months into the school year. (Has it only been 2 months?) A “Limp-a-long Cassidy” kind of rhythm but a rhythm nonetheless. Maybe it’s that the days are shorter. The kids are in bed earlier. The house is quieter. The rainy season has begun. I don’t […]

The Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Chicken Named Rosie

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I roasted a chicken. With rosemary, garlic and lemon. Her name was Rosie. Or at least that’s what it said on the tag. I’m not sure how I feel about that but as my 11-year old pointed out, just like they do in Avatar, we gave thanks for her life so that we might feed […]

Getting Sentimental with Savory Chicken Pocket Pies

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“Is something the matter? You don’t seem yourself,” my dear friend inquired of me. “I don’t know. I feel a little….sad.” “Melancholy?” “Yeah, maybe that’s what it is…melancholy. I’m not sure why.” Here it was. The end of the school year for my eldest children. A day that I had been so looking forward to. […]

Une Petite Pomme: The First Ever La Pomme de Portland Dinner Party

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I simply must tell you about one of my dear, dear friends and an entertaining endeavor she took on. She recently had a dinner party. For three families. Including all offspring. Before I go any farther into her story, let me stop and ask you, “Aren’t you impressed with just these details I’ve given you?!” […]

Ginger & Garlic Stir-Fry to Mark a Moment in Time

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I flip open the familiar sheet music, time and time again, pounding out the theme from The Young and The Restless Nadia’s Theme on the piano. Having recently watched Nadia score the first perfect 10 ever in gymnastics at the Montreal Olympics, I am just sure that will be me one day. As I play […]

All Is Safe and Sound Chicken

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The warm smells from dinner still lingered in the house. Smells from perhaps a “fall off the bone” tender beef stew, maybe chicken and dumplings or my mother’s delicious chicken and wild rice soup with her homemade dill bread. The dishwasher was humming. The voices from the TV were soft. Distant. I …