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 • Read More »
Fresh Corn SaladSeptember 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 • Read More »
Grilled Garlic BreadAugust 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 • Read More »
Summer Bean Confetti Salad with Pickled Red Onion VinaigretteJuly 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 • Read More »
Smoky Corn QuesadillaJune 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 • Read More »
Joe’s SpecialJune 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 • Read More »
Cinnamon Streusel Coffee CakeMarch 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 • Read More »
Butternut Squash SoupOctober 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 • Read More »
Chocolate Zucchini & Raspberry MuffinsSeptember 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 • Read More »
Blackberry Moscow MuleAugust 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 • Read More »