Archives: Summer

Oregon Berry Festival – July 20 & 21, 2012

July 20, 2012 | By andrea | Comments Off on Oregon Berry Festival – July 20 & 21, 2012 | Filed in: Fresh Produce, In Season, Life in Oregon, Local Goodness, Morsels & Musings, Summer.

Today, a friend and I trekked downtown to the Pearl for an outing with the kids and happened upon the Oregon Berry Festival on the corner of NW 10th and Johnson in the Ecotrust parking lot. This family-friendly event features a potpourri of vendors selling berries and berry-related products like ice cream, pies and other baked goods, • Read More »

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Big Tony Brown BBQ Sauce

July 14, 2012 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Grilling/BBQ, Life in Oregon, Local Goodness, Morsels & Musings, Products I Love, Summer.

In Portland, we’re surrounded by great food and excellent locally-made products…and Big Tony Brown BBQ Sauce is absolutely one of my favorite local finds! My family loves it so much that they use it in place of ketchup now (I’m not kidding!). The sauce has a great balance of flavors — slightly sweet with a little • Read More »

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Cedar-Planked Salmon with Lemon-Pepper Rub and Horseradish-Chive Sauce

June 30, 2012 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Fish, Grilling/BBQ, Main Dish, Recipes, Seafood, Summer.

I love, love, love salmon that’s been cooked on a cedar plank! Every time I’ve used this cooking technique, the fish has been moist and delicious with a wonderful hint of smoky flavor. This particular recipe features a simple lemon-herb-pepper rub and a tasty horseradish-chive sauce…YUM! It’s definitely a great summer dish that is perfect for entertaining! • Read More »

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Fresh Peach Cake

September 22, 2011 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Baking, Breakfast, Cakes, Dessert, Recipes, Summer.

Here’s a simple recipe featuring my favorite summer fruit: peaches. The coffee cake is easy to make, delicious, moist and lightly spiced…and perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. I added an 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg to the batter, and omitted the pecans. The cake is best served the day it’s made, but leftovers are still • Read More »

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Farmers’ Market Quesadillas

September 21, 2011 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Main Dish, Mexican, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Snack, Southwestern, Summer, Vegetable, Vegetarian.

One of the things I love about September is the potpourri of ripe veggies available at farm stands and farmers’ markets. Last week, I visited my local farm stand and purchased all the makings for these tasty quesadillas that are stuffed and garnished with a medly of fresh corn, chile peppers, summer squash and tomatoes. The quesadillas • Read More »

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California BLTs

September 10, 2011 | By andrea | Comments Off on California BLTs | Filed in: Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sandwich, Summer.

One of my favorite things about summer is tomato havest time! I make as many fresh tomato things as I can…I just can’t get enough of ’em. Here’s a a great sandwich recipe to use up some of those perfect summer tomatoes. This is a good time to splurge on some top-quality bacon like Nueske’s Thick Sliced Applewood • Read More »

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Visit a Farmers’ Market

July 22, 2011 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Fun Food Facts, Handy Hints, In Season, Morsels & Musings, Summer.

It’s the middle of July and we’re full-swing into summer…and, yes, it’s still raining here in Portland. Regardless of the weird weather, our local farmers’ markets are brimming with great produce, artisan foods and handmade products. These people work hard, rain or shine, so let’s get out there and support them! Check out one of these • Read More »

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Zucchini Caponata

September 6, 2010 | By andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in: Appetizer, Condiment, Dip, Italian, Recipes, Side Dish, Summer, Vegetable, Vegetarian.

If you’re looking for a way to use up some of that summer zucchini, try this recipe for Zucchini Caponata. The combo of zucchini, tomatoes and olives makes a great topping for grilled bread or a quick, fresh sauce for cooked pasta. I bet it would also be really good as a topping for grilled chicken • Read More »

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Greek Salad Salsa with Toasted Pita Chips

August 26, 2010 | By andrea | 9 Comments | Filed in: Appetizer, Dip, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Salad, Snack, Summer, Vegetable, Vegetarian.

I took this awesome Greek-inspired salsa to a pool party recently. Dang, it’s good! I chose to make it because it’s super easy and I had all the makings for it. It’s a perfect summertime appetizer!!! I followed the recipe for the salsa except that I didn’t have the fresh oregano so I used a little • Read More »

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Dry-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Fire-Roasted Tomato Sauce

August 20, 2010 | By andrea | 5 Comments | Filed in: Grilling/BBQ, Main Dish, Mexican, Pork, Recipes, Summer.

This Mexi-inspired recipe will please most tastes (sans vegetarians). The lightly seasoned pork has good flavor without being dominated by the rub, which is a combo of paprika, brown sugar, chile powder and allspice. After I put the rub on the pork, I put it back in the fridge for a few hours while I • Read More »

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