Spicy Pickled Rhubarb

Spicy Pickled Rhubarb | LunaCafe

Spicy, sweet-tart, pickled rhubarb, infused with the flavors and aromas of juniper, allspice, coriander, bay leaf, and star anise. I’m on a rhubarb kick. The pucker inducing vegetable-cum-fruit hit Portland farmers markets in March this year and will be available all summer long. However, I’m ...

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Spicy Blueberry Ginger Chutney | LunaCafe

Spicy Blueberry Ginger Chutney

A deep violet chutney--sweet, tart, spicy hot, and packed with flavor.  My Grandma's supper table was always loaded with appetite sparking little extras--three types of homemade cucumber pickles (sweet, tart, ...

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Fresh Blueberry Lime Sauce | LunaCafe

Fresh Blueberry Lime Sauce

This heavenly, deep violet sauce lends itself to endless flavor variations, three of which are included here. Blueberry season will soon be in full swing in the Northwest. When the silvery purple jewels hit ...

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Toast, Cream Cheese and Rhubarb, Tangelo & Cardamom Marmellata

Rhubarb, Tangelo & Cardamom Marmellata

Early spring rhubarb, tangelo and cardamom meld in this lovely, soft-set Italian marmalade. Last week, looking over the dessert menu at Cantinetta in Seattle (@Cantinetta_Sea on Twitter), I came upon something ...

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Rhubarb Rose Tart | LunaCafe

Rhubarb Cardamom Rose Petal Tart

The perfect rustic tart--crunchy on the edges, chewy in the center, and bursting with juicy, tart rhubarb. Rhubarb and rose petal is a flavor pairing made in heaven, as Flavor Pairing: Rhubarb + Rose Petal ...

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Sweet Carrot Soup with Umami Pesto

Sweet Carrot Bisque with Umami Pesto

When I was a wee bonnie lass, I tolerated raw carrots, but cooked carrots were the kiss of death to my usually robust appetite. In fact, since MauiJim shares my aversion, I began to experiment tenuously with ...

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Kicky Tomato Strawberry Gazpacho | LunaCafe

Kicky Tomato Strawberry Gazpacho

A sweet, tangy, spicy variation on the more traditional tomato gazpacho, this cold soup makes an excellent first course for hot summer evenings. If you've been following along this summer, you know I'm ...

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Flavor Pairing: Rhubarb + Rose Petal | LunaCafe

Flavor Pairing: Rhubarb + Rose Petal

Is it happenstance that rhubarb and roses come into play simultaneously in the Northwest? You know that old adage, "What grows together goes together," right? One of the things I enjoy most about cooking is ...

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Rhubarb Roundup | LunaCafe

Fresh Rhubarb Roundup

All my favorite rhubarb recipes, plus Fresh Rhubarb Primer. Hallelujah! It's April and Northwest Farmers Markets are overflowing with heavenly field-grown rhubarb. And unlike in the bad-old-days, the bounty ...

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