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Salmon Cakes with Lemon-Herb Mayonnaise

August 31, 2009 by andrea | Comments Off | 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 […]


Green Beans Vinaigrette

August 12, 2009 by andrea | Comments Off | Filed in Quick Cooking, Recipes, Side Dish, Vegetable, Vegetarian

This is a perfect summery side dish: crisp-tender green beans tossed with a light, lemony vinaigrette. It’s simple, tasty and very easy to make.  Even though the vinaigrette is delicious as is, I added a small amount of Dijon mustard for a little added pizazz. To make sure that each green bean was evenly coated with the dressing, […]

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Roast Beef and Two-Chile Grilled Cheese on Onion Rolls

August 7, 2009 by andrea | Comments Off | Filed in Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sandwich

I love this spicy, southwestern-inspired sandwich!  The toasted onion rolls are a creative foundation for the sandwich, while the chipotle mayonnaise adds heat and tons of flavor. I slathered a little chipotle mayo on the cut side of each bun half and used only 2 slices of cheese per sandwich, one on the bottom bun and one on […]

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Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

August 4, 2009 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Potatoes, Quick Cooking, Side Dish, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Have you ever seen those funny-looking, elongated, slightly knobby fingerling potatoes at the grocery store? Next time you do, buy a few pounds of them. This super simple recipe is an excellent way to use this root vegetable. All you do is scatter the clean potatoes on a cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with […]

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Thai-style Grilled Chicken Breasts

August 1, 2009 by andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in Asian, Chicken, Grilling/BBQ, Main Dish, Quick Cooking, Recipes

If you like the flavors of Thai food then you’ll love this simple grilled chicken recipe. After cooking, the chicken is brushed with a flavorful sauce that is a little sweet, a little tart, and little spicy all at the same time. The sauce only takes a few minutes to make and really brings the grilled chicken […]

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