Archives: Recipes

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

September 18, 2009 by andrea | 5 Comments | Filed in Baking, Cakes, Chocolate, Dessert, Recipes

Little Guy had a birthday this week and requested chocolate cake as his special treat. Recently I’d run across a recipe for chocolate mayonnaise cake so I decided to give it a go. For me, my favorite part of the whole condiment-in-cake experience was when I was making it. The kids were watching me mixing the […]

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Mexican Chicken Soup

September 15, 2009 by andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in Chicken, Main Dish, Mexican, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Soup/Stew

The other day I was in one of those “what am I going to make for dinner” quandaries. I knew I wanted to use some fresh corn I had on hand and I was NOT going to make a special trip to the store for any dinner ingredients. After a quick inventory of what I […]

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Rosemary and Port Fig Jam

September 9, 2009 by andrea | 5 Comments | Filed in Condiment, In Season, Summer

I have to be honest…figs never meant much to me. When a friend recently invited me to swing by and pick some ripe figs, I couldn’t pass up the offer for free fruit (even though it was for figs). I talked a few friends into joining me for the fig picking and we met at the fig […]

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An Old-Timey Afternoon

September 7, 2009 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Beverages, Morsels & Musings, Recipes

Many scenes from life go unnoticed or are easily forgotten, so I was delighted to capture this photo of Grandpa enjoying a cool glass of peach iced tea under the shade trees while watching the youngsters playing in the yard. It’s so Norman Rockwellish, don’t you think? The peach iced tea I am referring to is […]

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Salmon Cakes with Lemon-Herb Mayonnaise

August 31, 2009 by andrea | Comments Off on Salmon Cakes with Lemon-Herb Mayonnaise | Filed in Quick Cooking, Seafood

  When life gives you salmon, make salmon cakes! That’s what I did recently with some leftover grilled salmon from the previous night’s dinner. Heck, I’d even cook salmon for the sole purpose of making these delicious, savory cakes. I’m getting hungry just thinking about them! I used plain bread crumbs instead of the cornflakes, and added a […]

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Andalusian Gazpacho

August 29, 2009 by andrea | 4 Comments | Filed in Quick Cooking, Recipes, Soup/Stew, Vegetable, Vegetarian

  One of my absolute favorite summer dishes is Andalusian Gazpacho, a Spanish tomato-based soup. To me, it tastes like summer in a bowl. You must, however, start with good farm stand or homegrown tomatoes. Period. Don’t even think about making this gazpacho if you can’t use excellent tomatoes.  I pretty much follow the recipe except for substituting red bell pepper for the green […]

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Saltwater Taffy, Smoked Fish and a Day at the Beach

August 26, 2009 by andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in Life in Oregon, Morsels & Musings, Seafood

So what do you do when you live in Oregon, it’s summertime and you’ve got relatives visiting? You head to the beach. I’m embarrassed to say that I don’t take advantage of this often enough, considering we only live an hour or so from the coast. I really have no good excuses. Even the fact that I’ve got a busy […]

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Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Cream

August 24, 2009 by andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in Baking, Cakes, Dessert, Recipes

Imagine crossing lemon cupcakes with cheesecake. What do you get? Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Cream. That’s right…dense lemon-flavored cupcakes with a surprise dollop of lemon cream cheese filling baked into the middle. It’s like 2 for the price of 1. I chose these cupcakes for two reasons: the Birthday Teen loves lemony treats and the recipe […]

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Mango Bellini

August 22, 2009 by andrea | 4 Comments | Filed in Beverages, Cocktails, Recipes

Here’s an updated version of the bellini, a cocktail that originated in Italy that consists of sparkling wine and white peach purée. This recipe features mango nectar (or juice) instead of peach purée. It’s beautiful, festive and delicious! This cocktail would be a perfect beginning to a brunch or an al fresco (outdoors) dinner party. For an extra “pop” of color, garnish […]

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Blackberry Syrup

August 19, 2009 by andrea | 5 Comments | Filed in Breakfast, Dessert, Sauce

In Oregon, blackberry brambles grow like weeds. They’re everywhere…sprouting up in fields, bare lots, backyards, and alongside rural or not-so-rural roads. Except for the impending scratches and pricks from the thorny vines, I love picking blackberries! I love the sweet smell emanating from the warm berry bushes on a hot summer’s day, and I love how a […]

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