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Butternut Squash Soup

October 9, 2017 by andrea | No Comments | Filed in Autumn, Soup/Stew, Thanksgiving, Winter

October here in Portland can be a mixed bag of weather changes. One day the sun is out and we’re blessed with Indian summer warmth. The next day may bring overcast skies and rain showers. Some days we even get to experience a potpourri of all that: sun, clouds, rain, fog. Yes, the weather here is fickle…some might […]

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Chocolate Zucchini & Raspberry Muffins

September 29, 2017 by andrea | Comments Off on Chocolate Zucchini & Raspberry Muffins | Filed in Baking, Bread, Breakfast, Cakes, Chocolate, Dessert, Kid-friendly, Muffins, Recipes, Snack, Summer

It’s not every day that you find a recipe that combines fruit, a veggie AND two kinds of chocolate into a delicious breakfast treat. Did I mention two kinds of chocolate? These muffins are super moist, chocolatey, not overly sweet, and pretty as a picture. I made them for a friend for her birthday breakfast gathering. Consequently, one […]

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Blackberry Moscow Mule

August 30, 2017 by andrea | Comments Off on Blackberry Moscow Mule | Filed in Beverages, Cocktails, Recipes, Summer

A few days ago I decided to meander down the nature trail behind our house to pick some blackberries to add to a Moscow Mule, a cocktail made with vodka, fresh lime juice, and ginger beer. My blackberry search, however, was almost a bust. Being vertically challenged (I’m almost 5’2″), most of the purple-y ripe fruit was out of my reach so I […]

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Spiced Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce

November 26, 2014 by andrea | Comments Off on Spiced Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce | Filed in Autumn, Christmas, Condiment, Holidays, Life in Oregon, Local Goodness, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Side Dish, Winter

I love trying new ways to make cranberry sauce. You can easily have several different types of cranberry sauces, relishes or chutneys at a holiday feast because they’re so easy to make. This recipe for Spiced Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce is flavored with a hint of cinnamon, cloves and a double hit of orange (Grand Marnier and freshly-grated […]

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Cobb Salad with Fresh Herbs

July 26, 2013 by andrea | Comments Off on Cobb Salad with Fresh Herbs | Filed in Chicken, Grilling/BBQ, Main Dish, Salad, Summer, Vegetable

Who can resist a good Cobb salad? The combo of smoky bacon, perfectly ripe avocados, tomatoes and blue cheese mixed with salad greens is an American classic!. The updates in this version come from the use of grilled chicken, pine nuts, fresh herbs, and a tangy Lemon-Sherry Vinaigrette. The salad is hearty, flavorful and makes […]

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Classic Strawberry Shortcake

April 24, 2013 by andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in Baking, Comfort Food, Dessert, Recipes, Spring, Summer

Classic Strawberry Shortcake is one of those recipes you need to know how to make: easy-to-make biscuits layered with juicy strawberries and freshly whipped cream…heaven! It’s the perfect dessert for Spring and Summer! My biscuit cutter is a little smaller than 2 1/2″ so I got a few more biscuits out of the batch. I like to use coarse […]

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Wild Rice with Butternut Squash, Leeks and Corn

December 1, 2012 by andrea | Comments Off on Wild Rice with Butternut Squash, Leeks and Corn | Filed in Autumn, Christmas, Holidays, Recipes, Rice, Side Dish, Thanksgiving, Vegetarian

Since the holidays are are upon us, here’s a great side dish that will compliment a potpourri of menus. I love the combination of chewy wild rice, roasted butternut squash and sweet corn…delish! This dish goes well with just about any meat, and much of the recipe can be made ahead of time — making […]

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Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

November 20, 2012 by andrea | Comments Off on Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting | Filed in Autumn, Baking, Cakes, Christmas, Comfort Food, Cookies & Bars, Dessert, Holidays, Recipes, Thanksgiving

Pumpkin admirers will love this moist pumpkin cake. It’s easy to make, not too sweet, and tastes pumpkin pie-ish (only better)! The cake took longer to bake than the recipe states. I had to turn my oven down a bit so it wouldn’t brown too much. Check the cake at 30 minutes and if it’s […]

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Rice Stuffing with Water Chestnuts, Apples and Hazelnuts

November 17, 2012 by andrea | Comments Off on Rice Stuffing with Water Chestnuts, Apples and Hazelnuts | Filed in Autumn, Christmas, Holidays, Recipes, Rice, Side Dish, Thanksgiving, Winter

If you’re looking for a creative stuffing/dressing recipe for this holiday season, you’ll want to give this one a try. I had never tried rice stuffing before and was intrigued by the list of ingredients in this recipe from best-selling author Debbie Macomber: crunchy water chestnuts, toasted hazelnuts, tart apples, and sweet raisins. Hazelnuts (filberts) are grown […]

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Grilled Chicken Breasts with Corn Salsa

August 24, 2012 by andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in Chicken, Grilling/BBQ, Main Dish, Recipes, Southwestern, Summer

This Southwestern-inspired recipe is a perfect weeknight meal: marinated chicken breasts are grilled and topped with a tangy corn and pepper salsa…simple, fresh and super easy! Fresh corn would be great in the salsa instead of frozen corn. If using fresh corn, shuck 2 ears of corn and discard corn silk. Cook the ears of corn […]

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