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 […]

Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos to Kick-off a New Eating Mindset

Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos

As if it were yesterday, I can recall the first clue that something wasn’t quite copacetic with my middle guy. At his first Birthday, he cried when we gave him his first piece of Birthday cake. Not the cry that says I don’t want frosting on my face, but one that says I don’t want […]

Bean and Cheese Quesadillas, Anyone? Anyone?

My summer office is closed up. I made it through the first full week of kids back in school coupled with their activities. And this past weekend, I was beat. So very, very tired. Before the weekend even started I let my daughter know, “I will only ‘drop you off and pick you up’ one […]

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

Sausages with tomatoes and shallots

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. […]

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 […]

Tabbouleh Salad With a Twist to Share When Words Fail

A Twist on Tabbouleh Salad

It’s true. We all have our quirks. Our less appealing bits about ourselves. Our strengths and our weaknesses. And nowhere is this magnified more than within the walls of a family. We love each other. We drive each other crazy. Our families have known us for so long, it’s hard to hide our true personality […]

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 […]

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. […]

What’s In Season? Copper River Salmon

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Well, friends, it’s Salmon Season and more specifically it’s Copper River Salmon season. I’ve been in conversations where the “hype” surrounding the Copper River Salmon has been debated. Is it just a marketing ploy? Is it worth the cost?I am not a salmon expert although I grew up eating salmon the way other people grew […]

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 […]

Lentil and Fire-Roasted Tomato Soup for the Soul

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I remember the moment distinctly. When she noticed. When she asked me about it. Back in the days when I would drive my 5-year-old daughter 30 minutes to attend a 30-minute “ballet” class and then, 30 minutes back home, all with her younger brother in tow. Back when I didn’t make things very easy on […]

Simple Salmon: A Northwest Staple

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I have often considered January as my month of reprieve. The month to look inward. To self-reflect. The month where time slows down. A bit.This doesn’t seem to be the case any longer.January is just as high-paced as any other month and it feeds right into February which is missing a few days and that […]

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 […]

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 […]

Baked Minestrone to Evoke Memories Long Since Passed

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I had been forewarned about the hairpin turns but what I hadn’t been prepared for was the splendor of the canyon ablaze in reds and golds. The tiniest of the three of us had somehow managed to wedge herself in the “back” as we headed south in the cherry red sports car. The beauty 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 […]

A Creamy Tomato Soup and Our Humanity

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Chuckling to myself I typed these words into my phone, “Left home 4am. Arrived SFO 8am. BlogHer Food starts tomorrow. Had coffee. Now what?” And then, “Poof!”, out into cyberspace went my note.I looked up, almost to see if anyone had noticed what I had just done. I glanced over at the man playing the violin […]

Zesty Salsa…and a Gift For One of You

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“This may quite possibly be, the craziest thing you’ve ever done before leaving on a trip.” (pause) “No…this IS the craziest thing you’ve ever done before leaving on a trip considering you need to be up by 4 am and you still haven’t packed.”I was listening to my handsome guy as I lowered my jars of “zesty salsa” into […]

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 […]

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 […]

And Now, I Pass It To You….Cowboy Caviar

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“basil, lettuce, rice, peanut butter, shallots, eggs, butter, Parmesan cheese, pasta, parsley, thyme, rosemary, ketchup, oatmeal, raisins, whole grain mustard, sesame oil, vanilla extract, avocados, cherries, black eyed peas, corn, cantaloupe, lime, cilantro, salmon, flatbread, goat cheese, hot dogs, hot dog buns, hummus, salsa, pancake mix, tea, ovaltine, cherry tomatoes, Nana’s jam, soy sauce, milk……..”With […]

A River. A Tent. A Simple Satisfying Sandwich.

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  The kids were geared up. They had on their road warrior hats and there wasn’t a single complaint to be found. No, “Are we almost there?” No, “I’m bored.” They knew our destination. Had been looking forward to it for a year. This annual pilgrimage to “The River.” The Eel River, to be exact. […]

A Medley of Summer Salads

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There they are. Like always. Pots of red, white and blue petunias and geraniums. A thoughtfully placed flag off to one side. They are the first thing I notice. The first thing I look for because isn’t that what holidays are for? The expected. The traditions. The counted on. The nostalgic.The same gathering of aunts […]

Fabulous Fish Tacos…Without the Franticness

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I pulled my receipt out of the parking meter and glanced at the expiration time, “10:16 am.” I couldn’t believe it. Considering that I had just paid for an hour’s worth of parking meant I had arrived at the market only 45 minutes after it opened. This was a first for me. I usually arrive […]