Rhubarb Lemon-Thyme Crumble with Cornmeal Streusel

Rhubarb Lemon-Thyme Crumble | LunaCafe

To my palate, there’s only one dessert that beats a perfect fruit pie. And that’s a perfect fruit crisp or crumble--with or without bottom pie crust. That sweet, crunchy streusel topping is the perfect foil for tender, juicy peaches, apples, pears, cherries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries ...

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Hillsdale Farmers Market Hood Strawberries

Strawberry Balsamic Syrup

This deliciously complex syrup is an amalgam of caramelized sugar, fresh strawberries and balsamic vinegar. You'll eat it with a spoon. I set out to make a balsamic syrup to go with the pile of baby lettuces, ...

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Blueberry, Lime & Rose Petal Cheesecake | LunaCafe

Blueberry, Lime & Rose Petal Cheesecake

A silky smooth cheesecake, topped with blueberry, lime, and rose petal compote, embellished with toasted almond pastry crumbs. Long, long ago, in a far, far away land (okay, it was Phinney Ridge near the ...

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Spicy Pickled Rhubarb | LunaCafe

Spicy Pickled Rhubarb

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 ...

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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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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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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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