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The Scent of Fall

The house is filled with the scent of burbling beef stew (my personal favorite is Ina Garten’s Beef Bourguignon) and roasting squash.   Outside, the day is crisp and cold and our breath hangs in the air for just a minute before wisping away.  The freshness of the morning gives way to the musk of…

Week 50 – Pomegranate Salad with Warm Goat Cheese

One of the objectives of a long-term goal is to try things you’ve never tried before… to stretch your limits and master something new.  As I near the end of my ‘Year of Salad’ I am proud that I have met my own personal challenge.  Rather than continually serving the same basic green salad with store-bought…

Week 49 – Kale Salad

I am starting to make my list and check it twice.  My husband’s family is about to descend upon us for the Christmas festivities.  And since my family lives here in town, it means that Christmas dinner will be a lively, festive, crowded affair with many different food preferences and preferred Christmas traditions.  There are…

Week 48 – Sweet Potato with Chipotle/Cranberry Dressing

Even though sweet potato season means the end to fresh tomato season… I always look forward to the time of year when I can begin enjoying the delicious root vegetable in all its fabulous forms. Boiled and mashed with a dash of orange juice, roasted with a sprinkling of olive oil and salt, or sautéed…

Week 46 – Brussels Sprout Salad

My family pulls together the massive Thanksgiving meal as a potluck. Each member of the extended tribe brings a dish or two and as the years have gone by, we have settled into a fairly regular routine. Everyone loves my sister’s creamy, garlicky mashed potatoes, my mom makes the most fabulous sweet potatoes and I…

The Hills are Alive with Color

From my shower, through a small window, I look out at a stand of trees. Gazing out, I plan my dinner menu, solve the design challenge that has me stumped, or daydream about white sand and sunny skies. It is a tiny peephole view where I watch the change in light and weather brought by…

Week 45 – Roasted Squash Endive Salad

Fall is in the air and, like clockwork, I am craving the bitter flavors of kale, collards and endive. There is something about the days growing shorter that causes me to long for a big pot of bitter greens served with a splash of vinegar. Especially when it is placed on my plate alongside a…

Week 41 – Roasted Pear Salad

My family has a weekly tradition.  We like to sit down to Sunday dinner.  I feel a little spoiled, because my young family is actually able to sit at the dinner table together most nights.  But between soccer practices, music practice, homework and all the adult meetings we pile on our plate, these can, most…

Week 40 – Broccoli Waldorf Salad

There are many classic American salads.  Coleslaw, potato salad and iceberg lettuce with blue cheese dressing have long histories.  Then there are the salads that were created in a moment of inspiration, although some might say there was also an element of desperation.  Caeser Salad was created by the Cardini family (there seems to be…

Week 39 – Fall Quinoa Salad

There are a couple magical weeks each year when we can find all the fresh, bright summer vegetables as well as the earthy, comforting fall vegetables. In Oregon, the time is now. This week, the Farmer’s Market was bursting at the seams with tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant as well as squash, pumpkin and kale. I…