Moroccan Kefta Tagine (Spicy Meatballs & Tunisian Tomato Sauce)

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Moroccan Ras el Hanout

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Lime-Marinated Steak Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce, Tomatoes, Onions, Feta & Mint

Lime-Marinated Steak Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce, Tomatoes, Onions, Feta & Mint Lime-Marinated Steak Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce, Tomatoes, Onions, Feta & Mint

Egyptian Dukka (Dukkah)

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Warm Spiced Red Kuri Squash & Orange Soup with Cinnamon Harissa

Warm Spiced Red Kuri Squash & Orange Soup with Cinnamon Harissa Warm Spiced Red Kuri Squash & Orange Soup with Cinnamon Harissa

Strozzapreti Pasta with Spicy Italian Sausage, Broccolini & Garlic Crema

Strozzapreti Pasta with Spicy Italian Sausage, Broccolini & Garlic Crema Strozzapreti Pasta with Spicy Italian Sausage, Broccolini & Garlic Crema

Roasted Garlic & Sunchoke Soup with Rosemary Hazelnut Pesto & Goat Cheese Crèma

Roasted Garlic & Sunchoke Soup with Rosemary Hazelnut Pesto & Goat Cheese Crèma Roasted Garlic & Sunchoke Soup with Rosemary Hazelnut Pesto & Goat Cheese Crèma

Spaetzle, Wild Mushrooms & Broccoli Rabb with Thai Yellow Curry Sauce

Spaetzle, Wild Mushrooms & Broccoli Rabb with Thai Yellow Curry Sauce Spaetzle, Wild Mushrooms & Broccoli Rabb with Thai Yellow Curry Sauce

Spinach & Egg Fettuccini with Wild Mushrooms & Pancetta (Straw and Hay)

Spinach & Egg Fettuccini with Wild Mushrooms & Pancetta (Straw and Hay) Spinach & Egg Fettuccini with Wild Mushrooms & Pancetta (Straw and Hay)

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Portland Farmers Market Opening Day 2014

Portland Farmers Market Opening Day 2014

Did you make it to Portland Farmers Market Opening Day 2014? The market was overflowing with fresh, local produce, locally crafted specialty foods, and hoards of winter weary cooks.I was the crazy lady … [Read More...]

Early Spring

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 cooked carrots only recently. I usually saute them quickly or … [Read More...]

Lime & Vanilla Scented Rhubarb Clafouti

Lime & Vanilla Scented Rhubarb Clafouti

Clafouti (pronounced klah-foo-tee), a simple French custard-cake, is the perfect foil for the fresh fruit and berries of summer. Formulas vary wildly from one end of the spectrum (custard) to the other (cake). I love trying them all, and I shared the following two … [Read More...]

Bread Crisps with Wheel of Chevre Brie & Spiced Rhubarb Chutney

Spiced Rhubarb Chutney

My Mennonite Grandma Mary would have loved rhubarb chutney. But alas, I doubt she ever tasted true chutney, even though her cellar walls were lined yearly with row upon row of pickled and candied veggies and fruits. She preserved everything she could get her hands on. … [Read More...]

Strozzapreti with Spicy Italian Sausage, Broccolini & Garlic Crema

Strozzapreti Pasta with Spicy Italian Sausage, Broccolini & Garlic Crema

I know the first day of spring is just around the corner and Daylight Saving Time launches in the Pacific Northwest next week, but it’s still hanging in the low 40’s most days, so until the sun actually returns, creamy, rich pasta dishes are still keeping me … [Read More...]

Roasted Garlic & Sunchoke Soup with Rosemary Hazelnut Pesto & Goat Cheese

Roasted Garlic & Sunchoke Soup with Rosemary Hazelnut Pesto & Goat Cheese Crèma

The freshly dug sunchokes (also called Jerusalem artichokes) look so tender and crisp in Northwest Farmers Markets right now, I couldn’t resist buying several pounds last week--even though I wasn’t sure what I would do with them. My cookbook, Pacific Northwest Palate, … [Read More...]

Spaetzel, Wild Mushrooms & Broccoli Raab with Thai Yellow Curry Sauce

Spaetzle, Wild Mushrooms & Broccoli Rabb with Thai Yellow Curry Sauce

I’m intrigued and inspired by the creative ways in which Pacific Rim and Northwest chefs are incorporating spaetzle into their dishes these days. This Old World noodle-dumpling is suddenly being elevated to lofty heights, for perhaps some of the following compelling … [Read More...]

Sp;nach & Egg Fettuccini with Wild Mushrooms & Pancetta (Straw & Hay)

Spinach & Egg Fettuccini with Wild Mushrooms & Pancetta (Straw and Hay)

I chat with Sarah-Beth of Nonna's Noodles whenever I see her selling her wares at one of the Portland Farmers Markets. I admire the picture she displays of herself with her radiant Italian grandmother (Nonna). It's heart warming to to see cherished traditions passed … [Read More...]

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