Beet Salad with Pickled Onions and Feta

May 18, 2013 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Recipes, Salad, Side Dish, Vegetable, Vegetarian.

If you like beets you’re going to LOVE this salad: Earthy steamed beets tossed with a simple vinaigrette, tangy pickled red onions, salty feta, and fresh parsley…AWESOME! It’s definitely a restaurant-quality salad (actually better than most beet salads I’ve had in restaurants)! My beet-loving dad remarked after tasting it, “Now THIS is a beet salad!” That’s high • Read More »

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Salsa Verde Eggs Benedict

May 11, 2013 | By andrea | Comments Off on Salsa Verde Eggs Benedict | Filed in: Breakfast, Eggs, Recipes.

My mom loves Eggs Benedict so next time I see her, I’ll be making her this Mexi-inspired version of it! In this recipe, salsa verde (a green tomatillo-based salsa) replaces the traditional hollandaise sauce, and the black olives and fresh cilantro add another layer of fresh flavor. I suggest warming the Canadian bacon before adding it • Read More »

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Moonstruck Chocolates

May 8, 2013 | By andrea | Comments Off on Moonstruck Chocolates | Filed in: Life in Oregon, Local Goodness, Morsels & Musings, Products I Love.

I took a quick field trip over to Moonstruck Chocolates this morning because, well, do I need to have a reason?? Actually, I went there because Mother’s Day is this weekend, and my birthday is just around the corner, so I thought good chocolate was in order. Moonstruck Chocolates is a local Portland company that has received • Read More »

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Crab & Avocado Salad

May 7, 2013 | By andrea | Comments Off on Crab & Avocado Salad | Filed in: Quick Cooking, Recipes, Salad, Seafood.

This light and refreshing salad is perfect for Mother’s Day, or a light lunch or dinner. Because the flavors are so simple, fresh crab (not canned) is best in this recipe and definitely worth the splurge! The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled (or more) making it perfect for Spring and Summer entertaining. Serve with crusty artisan • Read More »

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Green Posole with Chicken

May 3, 2013 | By andrea | Comments Off on Green Posole with Chicken | Filed in: Chicken, Main Dish, Mexican, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Soup/Stew.

Posole (also spelled pozole; pronounced poh-SOH-lay) is a hearty, meaty Mexican soup or stew that includes hominy, although there are vegetarian versions out there, too. This recipe for Green Posole with Chicken is delicious, super easy to make and perfect for entertaining! The recipe calls for 1 cup of bottled green salsa but I used one 12-oz. jar of Trader Joe’s • Read More »

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Grilled Fish Tacos

May 1, 2013 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Fish, Grilling/BBQ, Main Dish, Mexican, Quick Cooking, Recipes.

I love fish tacos, and this version is easy to make and full of fresh flavors. This recipe features chile-marinated grilled fish served with fresh Pico de Gallo salsa and a super tasty Lime-Cilantro Sour Cream Sauce. You can make almost everything ahead so it’s perfect for entertaining…just grill the fish right before serving. The recipe • Read More »

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Tomato Chile Salsa

April 30, 2013 | By andrea | Comments Off on Tomato Chile Salsa | Filed in: Appetizer, Condiment, Dip, Mexican, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sauce, Snack, Vegetarian.

If you’ve never made your own salsa, it’s time you step out and give it a whirl. Not only is fresh salsa super easy to make but it tastes much, much better than the jarred stuff. Plus, you’ll be the star of the party when you walk in with a bowl of this fresh, smoky • Read More »

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Classic Strawberry Shortcake

April 24, 2013 | By andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in: Baking, Comfort Food, Dessert, Recipes, Spring, Summer.

Classic Strawberry Shortcake is one of those recipes you need to know how to make: easy-to-make biscuits layered with juicy strawberries and freshly whipped cream…heaven! It’s the perfect dessert for Spring and Summer! My biscuit cutter is a little smaller than 2 1/2″ so I got a few more biscuits out of the batch. I like to use coarse • Read More »

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Bee-Nut Butter Bliss

April 20, 2013 | By andrea | 5 Comments | Filed in: Local Goodness, Morsels & Musings, Products I Love.

I was at the Zupan’s Market in Lake Oswego last week and I got to try a new local product that I’d never seen before…Bee-Nut Butter Bliss. The all-natural peanut butter has a touch of sweetness from Oregon clover honey, and a light saltiness from sea salt. The texture is in between smooth and crunchy. After tasting it, I • Read More »

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Sauteed Asparagus with Butter & Parmesan

April 19, 2013 | By andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in: Quick Cooking, Recipes, Side Dish, Vegetable.

  Fresh asparagus is everywhere right now so why not pick some up next time you’re at the market and make this simple side dish. It’s super easy, and goes with a variety of meaty main dishes. Enjoy! Note: Remember to cut the tough, woody ends off each spear of asparagus. Click here to learn how. • Read More »

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