Cobb Salad with Fresh Herbs

July 26, 2013 | By andrea | Comments Off on Cobb Salad with Fresh Herbs | Filed in: Chicken, Grilling/BBQ, Main Dish, Salad, Summer, Vegetable.

Who can resist a good Cobb salad? The combo of smoky bacon, perfectly ripe avocados, tomatoes and blue cheese mixed with salad greens is an American classic!. The updates in this version come from the use of grilled chicken, pine nuts, fresh herbs, and a tangy Lemon-Sherry Vinaigrette. The salad is hearty, flavorful and makes • Read More »

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Big Tony Brown Super Spicy BBQ Sauce

June 26, 2013 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Condiment, Grilling/BBQ, Life in Oregon, Local Goodness, Morsels & Musings, Products I Love, Recipes.

Last summer I posted about my family’s favorite condiment: Big Tony Brown BBQ Sauce. The sauce is made locally in Newberg with all-natural ingredients, and is a must-have for condiment and/or barbecue lovers. Flavored with a blend of warm spices, it has a touch of tang, a balance of sweet and heat, and no trace of the fake smoke • Read More »

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Herb Deviled Eggs

June 21, 2013 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Appetizer, Eggs, Recipes, Side Dish, Snack, Vegetarian.

I never met a deviled egg I didn’t like. Seriously, I  love all versions of this classic summer potluck staple! This particular version sports tangy dill pickles, Dijon mustard and white wine vinegar, a punch of flavor from fresh herbs, and a bit of heat from cayenne pepper. Feel free to add more dill and/or chives if • Read More »

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Herb-Roasted Potatoes and Onions

June 17, 2013 | By andrea | Comments Off on Herb-Roasted Potatoes and Onions | Filed in: Potatoes, Recipes, Side Dish, Vegetable, Vegetarian.

“These potatoes look gourmet!” exclaimed Husband as I handed him his Father’s Day dinner plate that included a grilled rib-eye, these Herb-Roasted Potatoes and Onions, and steamed green beans drizzled with a little olive oil. I love roasted potatoes anyway, but the addition of frizzled onions and fresh herbs takes the deliciousness to another level! As you • Read More »

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Grilled Sausage and Balsamic Onion Sandwich

June 13, 2013 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Grilling/BBQ, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sandwich.

Until about five years ago, I was never that excited about sandwiches. Then all of a sudden I started finding creative recipes for them all over the place, like this one that combines simple ingredients in a fresh new way:  Grilled balsamic red onions and flavorful Italian sausages, juicy tomatoes, and peppery arugula served on lightly toasted ciabatta rolls. It’s a great • Read More »

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Green Bean Salad with Apricot Vinaigrette

June 8, 2013 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Recipes, Salad, Vegetable, Vegetarian.

I first had this salad years ago in a dinner group I was part of. It was an amazing start to a great meal. The salad is both beautiful and delicious, with a variety of flavors and textures: sweet and juicy tropical mango (or papaya), crisp tender green beans, salty feta, dry roasted pistachios, and a tangy, easy-to-make apricot vinaigrette.  The vinaigrette • Read More »

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Cedar-Planked Salmon with Red Pepper & Caper Sauce

June 7, 2013 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Fish, Grilling/BBQ, Main Dish, Recipes.

Salmon — famous in the Pacific Northwest — is my favorite type of fish, and cooking it on a cedar plank is my favorite method of cooking it. The plank not only keeps the fish moist because it protects it from the direct heat of the grill, but it infuses the salmon with a wonderful smoky flavor. The • Read More »

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Indonesian Grilled Chicken Thighs with Mango-Peanut Salsa

June 3, 2013 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Asian, Chicken, Grilling/BBQ, Main Dish, Recipes.

A simple spice rub and a fresh mango salsa turn ordinary grilled chicken thighs into a vibrant, super-flavorful meal. I loved the combination of sweet, ripe mango, the spicy heat of the jalepeno, and the pungent cilantro…delicious! If you don’t use coriander or turmeric on a regular basis, it’s best to buy only what you’ll need for • Read More »

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Intent Coffee Roasting

May 24, 2013 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Life in Oregon, Local Goodness.

  A few Sundays ago our church was serving (and selling) coffee from Intent Coffee Roasting, a local Portland company. Not only is it good coffee, but it’s a company worth supporting. You see, Intent gives at least 30% of the profits back to the communities where the coffee is grown—places like Uganda and Nicaragua. Owner and roaster Mark Johnson believes in developing • Read More »

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Coconut Rice

May 19, 2013 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Asian, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Rice, Side Dish, Vegetarian.

Fragrant, steamed jasmine rice is good—but jasmine rice made with coconut milk and fresh ginger is even better! This is a great side dish for Asian-themed meals, and could even be paired with some Caribbean and Latin American dishes. It’s super easy to make and a step up from plain ol’ rice. Garnish with chopped cilantro if • Read More »

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