Heirloom Carrot Soup with Lemon Verbena, Spearmint & Garlic Gremolata

Heirloom Carrot Soup with Lemon Verbena, Spearmint & Garlic Gremolata Heirloom Carrot Soup with Lemon Verbena, Spearmint & Garlic Gremolata

Northwest Early Spring Farro & Lentil Salad

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The Wonderful World of Fresh Pesto

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

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Fire & Spice Grilled Burgers with Chipotle Aioli

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Heavenly Almond Yogurt Cake with Fresh Strawberries, Strawberry Caramel Sauce & Basil Sauce

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Mastering Panna Cotta - with Six Variations

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Farro, Wild Mushroom, Fingerling Potato & Kale Risotto

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Almost Luc Lac Vietnamese Dipping Sauce

Almost Luc Lac Vietnamese Dipping Sauce

As anyone who follows LunaCafe on FaceBook already knows, I eat at Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen in downtown Portland at least once a week. I get grouchy if I miss a week.And after trying a few of their … [Read More...]

Early Summer

Vichyssoise Serving 1

The Perfect Vichyssoise (Cold Potato Leek Soup)

If there is one soup that is an absolute must for me in the summer (in addition to Gazpacho of course), it is the cold, silky, incredibly reviving amalgam called Vichyssoise (vih-she-swaz). I have been known to make a gallon at a time and polish it off easily in a week. … [Read More...]

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Smoked Sockeye Salmon Cakes with Chipotle Aioli & Green Apple Pico de Gallo

 After last week’s post, I had a fridge full of Perfect Homemade Mayonnaise, and the super-delicious variation, Chipotle & Roasted Red Pepper Rouille, demanded attention.Of course, I could have just slathered it on a heap of grilled vegetables or corn on … [Read More...]

Baby Red Potato Salad with Applewood Smoked Bacon & Oregon Bleu

Baby Red Potato Salad with Applewood Smoked Bacon & Oregon Blue

The 4th of July is coming up fast, and on Independence Day, you will find me (as usual) at the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival on the balmy banks of the Willamette River.Imagine hearing the likes of James Cotton, Bobby Rush, Steve Miller Band, Charlie … [Read More...]

Hood Canal Manila Clams with Spicy Orange Cilantro Butter

Hood Canal Manila Clams with Spicy Orange Cilantro Butter

There is nothing I love more in the summer than exploring the hundreds of farmers markets that blanket the Northwest. They pop up everywhere, along roadsides, in parking lots, in front yards, in small towns, and in big cities.The abundance is a feast for the … [Read More...]

My Tabouleh

My Tabouleh

On a recent lazy Sunday, fired up by a surprising desire to eat healthy, my thoughts wandered to Tabouleh, that vibrantly addictive Middle Eastern salad of whole grain bulgur wheat, cucumber, tomato, red onion, copious quantities of fresh parsley and mint, and lemony … [Read More...]

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...]

Northwest Strawberries

Fresh Strawberry Roundup

Nothing says summer more convincingly in the Northwest than the first baskets of local, incredibly sweet strawberries. The temperature may still be in the 60’s most days, but when the strawberries hit, IT’S SUMMER BABY.The Northwest produces world-class … [Read More...]

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