For me, summertime in the Pacific NW is a time to celebrate the bounty of fruits and veggies. This is the time of year when beautiful fruit and veggies from local farms, farmers markets and our own gardens are abundant. Continue reading Summer Salad of 2018
It’s stone fruit season, which means I’ve started going overboard with all things cherry. It seemed like a good idea at the time to buy a 20-pound box of cherries with my friend. Do you know what 20 pounds of cherries look like? It’s A LOT! Needless to say, I’ve been churning out a lot of cherry-based recipes in my kitchen these days.
Gone are the days of bright pink maraschino cherries. You know, the ones that topped your Shirley Temples when you were a kid. Now is the time to graduate to the big leagues of adult maraschino cherries for your grown up drinks and sophisticated sundae toppers. Continue reading homemade maraschino cherries
I spotted a pile of beautiful tomatillos at my local farmers market last week, and decided to give them a try. I remembered running across a recipe for tomatillo jam a while back and saved it, with the thought that someday I would make it. This is what happens with a lot of my recipes and best intentions. They get filed away, and when I’m at the store or farmers market, I see an ingredient that jogs my memory, I go home and spend a ridiculous amount of time searching for the filed away recipe. Not the greatest system. Luckily, I found this particular recipe with not a huge amount of effort. And so my first experience with tomatillos commenced. Continue reading tomatillos in the house
Summer in Oregon means berries, berries, berries. I may be a bit biased, but I’ve always maintained that Oregon berries are better than those in other states. Although, when I lived in Southern California, I fell hard for strawberries grown in the sandy soil of Oxnard and Ventura County. Maine blueberries are pretty amazing-tasting as well. However, Oregon berries will always be my number one. Continue reading abundant berries