Archives: Recipes

Cilantro Pesto Chicken Tenders

September 26, 2009 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Appetizer, Chicken, Grilling/BBQ, Main Dish, Mexican, Recipes

  If you’re a cilantro fan (like me), you’re going to LOVE this chicken! It’s delicious, extremely easy, and can be served as either an appetizer or a main dish. And, you can use the leftovers (if there are any) to make a Mexi-inspired salad (greens, corn, tomatoes, red onion, avocado, etc) the next day…think jazzed […]

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Spiced Pear Butter

September 23, 2009 by andrea | 5 Comments | Filed in Recipes

A friend of mine recently gave me some freshly picked pears from her pear tree. They were green when she picked them but they ripened into the best pears I’ve had in a long time. I ate a few, used a few to make Pear Spice Cake then decided to use the rest to make Spiced Pear […]

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Spicy Sichuan Noodles

September 19, 2009 by andrea | Comments Off on Spicy Sichuan Noodles | Filed in Asian, Main Dish, Pasta, Pork, Recipes

This is so good! noodles and ground pork mixed with a spicy peanut-flavored sauce. Yumm! I thought the dish had a nice amount of heat. To make a mild version, leave out the red pepper flakes. Instead of serving the noodles with the sauce ladled on top, I just mixed it all together in the pot and […]

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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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