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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 • Read More »

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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 • Read More »

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Grilled Vegetable Platter with Picnic Vinaigrette

August 20, 2012 | By andrea | Comments Off on Grilled Vegetable Platter with Picnic Vinaigrette | Filed in: Grilling/BBQ, Recipes, Side Dish, Summer, Vegetable, Vegetarian.

It’s time to seek out your nearest farmers’ market or farm stand and load up on fresh produce! This versatile recipe for grilled veggies is a perfect way to take advantage of the wonderful summer harvest, and can be served as a side dish to any grilled meat, or added to pastas and paninis. Simple flavors, but oh so tasty! The recipe • Read More »

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Summer Wheat Berry Salad

August 17, 2012 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Recipes, Salad, Side Dish, Summer, Vegetarian.

This simple summery salad is packed with fiber and flavor, and was the perfect lunch on a recent picnic at the beach. I especially love the texture of the chewy wheat berries. It’s also a versatile salad that you can build on — Feta or goat cheese would be great additions, as well as green • Read More »

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Blueberry-Buttermilk Pancakes

August 8, 2012 | By andrea | Comments Off on Blueberry-Buttermilk Pancakes | Filed in: Breakfast, Kid-friendly, Recipes, Summer.

And the gold medal for Ultimate Summery Breakfast goes to this recipe for Blueberry-Buttermilk Pancakes! These easy-to-make hotcakes (as my Grandma used to call them) are tender and fluffy, and dotted with juicy, freshly-picked blueberries. Dang, they’re good! We had them most recently for one of our camping breakfasts last weekend. The dappled morning sunlight of the forest and the crackling campfire • Read More »

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Oregon Berry Festival – July 20 & 21, 2012

July 20, 2012 | By andrea | Comments Off on Oregon Berry Festival – July 20 & 21, 2012 | Filed in: Fresh Produce, In Season, Life in Oregon, Local Goodness, Morsels & Musings, Summer.

Today, a friend and I trekked downtown to the Pearl for an outing with the kids and happened upon the Oregon Berry Festival on the corner of NW 10th and Johnson in the Ecotrust parking lot. This family-friendly event features a potpourri of vendors selling berries and berry-related products like ice cream, pies and other baked goods, • Read More »

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Big Tony Brown BBQ Sauce

July 14, 2012 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Grilling/BBQ, Life in Oregon, Local Goodness, Morsels & Musings, Products I Love, Summer.

In Portland, we’re surrounded by great food and excellent locally-made products…and Big Tony Brown BBQ Sauce is absolutely one of my favorite local finds! My family loves it so much that they use it in place of ketchup now (I’m not kidding!). The sauce has a great balance of flavors — slightly sweet with a little • Read More »

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Cedar-Planked Salmon with Lemon-Pepper Rub and Horseradish-Chive Sauce

June 30, 2012 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Fish, Grilling/BBQ, Main Dish, Recipes, Seafood, Summer.

I love, love, love salmon that’s been cooked on a cedar plank! Every time I’ve used this cooking technique, the fish has been moist and delicious with a wonderful hint of smoky flavor. This particular recipe features a simple lemon-herb-pepper rub and a tasty horseradish-chive sauce…YUM! It’s definitely a great summer dish that is perfect for entertaining! • Read More »

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Risotto with Salmon, Lemon, Fresh Herbs, and Ricotta Salata

April 11, 2012 | By andrea | Comments Off on Risotto with Salmon, Lemon, Fresh Herbs, and Ricotta Salata | Filed in: Fish, Main Dish, Recipes, Rice, Seafood, Spring.

Now that we’re shedding our winter coats and embracing a new season, a longing for lighter, brighter, fresher foods also emerges. This delicious salmon risotto, spiked with fresh herbs and lemon, is a perfect Springtime meal! As with any risotto, it requires attentive stirring while adding broth in small increments. Other than that, though, it’s easy to prepare. The recipe calls • Read More »

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Cranberry-Orange Sauce

December 14, 2011 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Christmas, Condiment, Holidays, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sauce, Thanksgiving, Winter.

Next time you need cranberry sauce, I urge you to make your own. Not only is it incredibly easy to make, but you can jazz it up and make it more exciting than the humdrum store-bought variety. In this recipe, I love the addition of fragrant orange zest and orange liqueur…very tasty!  Cranberry-Orange Sauce    -recipe from • Read More »

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