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Salt and Pepper Mountain

My grandmother used to always say that she had “salt and pepper hair.” She had the cutest smile and a wry sense of humor. She also had the biggest heart and gave out the best hugs. Oh, and she was a fabulous cook! Another of her sayings went “Your mother can sew and your other…

Week 7 – Tangelo, Walnut Green Salad

I have been searching and searching for a salad using citrus. But I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, until I stumbled across this recipe. Citrus season is about over, but I had to give this salad a try and I was so glad I did. This salad, using common winter ingredients, speaks…

Small Spaces

I think I have said it before, but I will say it again. We have a really small yard. It is a typical city lot, but in Portland that means SMALL. Compared to the open, spacious property where my husband grew up in his small, mid-west hometown or the family-friendly yard where I grew up…

Week 6 – Salad Lyonnnaise

I realize the cliché in telling the story of a French salad on Valentine’s Day. But the fact remains that some of my favorite memories shared with my husband have taken place in France. This salad reminds us of those long leisurely dinners that are more about the delightful setting and wonderful conversation then a…

Heart Rocks

I have a friend who says that if you are going to classify people, you could put them in one of two groups… mountain people and ocean people. Now, some might argue that there could be dessert people and forest people and plains people and perhaps even swamp people. The intention is not to tumble…

Hope

The first sign of spring from my little garden…

Week 5 – Black Bean and Roasted Corn Salad

I love watching football. Graduating from the University of Oregon, I am an avid Duck football fan. My husband is a native Cheesehead and a true Packer fan. 2010 was a good year for the green and gold! For some reason, whenever we arrange a football watching party I get a craving for Mexican food.…

So Many Choices

So, I remember now why I resist planning out my vegetable garden. I forgot, again, how many choices there are!! Let’s take carrots as a for instance. At my supermarket, I can choose organic carrots that have been grown locally or shipped from someplace far away. At my farmer’s market, the choices expand exponentially. I…