Archives: Recipes

Spaghetti Squash with Sausage

September 27, 2018 by andrea | Comments Off on Spaghetti Squash with Sausage | Filed in Italian, Main Dish, Quick Cooking, Vegetable

I’m always looking for creative ways to eat veggies, so this Italian-inspired recipe for Spaghetti Squash with Sausage is a great find! The dish is tasty and quick enough for an easy weeknight meal. Plus, spaghetti squash is good for you and a great alternative to pasta. The recipe calls for microwaving the halved squash […]

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Fresh Corn Salad

September 12, 2018 by andrea | Comments Off on Fresh Corn Salad | Filed in Quick Cooking, Recipes, Salad, Side Dish, Summer, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Fresh summer corn is definitely one of life’s simple, old-fashioned pleasures. I will drive way out of my way to a local farm stand to buy farm fresh corn in the summer. This simple summer salad  is easy to make but full of fresh seasonal flavor: sweet, crisp-tender corn, fresh basil, plus a little zing […]

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Grilled Garlic Bread

August 15, 2018 by andrea | Comments Off on Grilled Garlic Bread | Filed in Appetizer, Bread, Grilling/BBQ, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Side Dish

Grilling bread is such an easy way to take good artisan bread to the next level! And it can be used to make a variety of appetizers (like bruschetta) or simply be a compliment to a meal. Even a novice cook can tackle this recipe with confidence!! First you need to start with a good […]

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Summer Bean Confetti Salad with Pickled Red Onion Vinaigrette

July 10, 2018 by andrea | Comments Off on Summer Bean Confetti Salad with Pickled Red Onion Vinaigrette | Filed in Fresh Produce, Recipes, Salad, Side Dish, Summer, Vegetable, Vegetarian

This recipe for Summer Bean Confetti Salad with Pickled Red Onion Vinaigrette is a great example of simple summertime cooking: it’s fresh, it’s easy to make, and it tastes good! The recipe would also be really easy to double or triple if you needed more than four servings. The only type of beans I could […]

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Smoky Corn Quesadilla

June 24, 2018 by andrea | Comments Off on Smoky Corn Quesadilla | Filed in Mexican, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Southwestern

The boys and I got stuck in late-afternoon traffic on Friday so I had to come up with a different dinner then what I had originally planned on making that evening. Since I’d had enough stress sitting in traffic with my learning-to-drive teenager at the wheel, I wanted to make something easy with ingredients I […]

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Joe’s Special

June 21, 2018 by andrea | Comments Off on Joe’s Special | Filed in Beef, Breakfast, Eggs, Recipes

I love scrambles! Just add a few ingredients to humble scrambled eggs and, presto! Now you’ve got a more exciting meal! Joe’s Special is one of my favorite scrambles. It features ground beef and spinach in addition to the eggs. I usually order it when I see it on a restaurant breakfast menu, and sometimes […]

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Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

March 3, 2018 by andrea | Comments Off on Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake | Filed in Baking, Breakfast, Cakes, Comfort Food, Dessert, Recipes

It’s a rare person who can resist a piece of freshly made coffee cake, especially when it’s spiced with a cinnamon ripple filling and sprinkled with a streusel topping. Paired with a cup of hot coffee — mmm, heaven! The directions give you the choice of baking in a 9×13 pan or two 9″ round cake pans. I chose […]

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Butternut Squash Soup

October 9, 2017 by andrea | Comments Off on Butternut Squash Soup | 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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