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hazelnut cookies sitting on chair in Oregon field

Rustic + Lovely: Hazelnut Meringue Cookies

Oregonians are rightfully proud of our home-grown hazelnuts, with 99% of U. S. hazelnuts grown right here in the Willamette Valley. This fast and simple four-ingredient recipe (five if you use the optional almond extract) features them like the heroes they are.

Nutty meringue cookies have been around for decades. The difference here is that I’ve developed this recipe to feature as much hazelnut flavor and texture as the egg white meringue will hold. Don’t let this quiet beige cookie fool you– they pack in a lot of hazelnut along with their very pleasant crispy and chewy texture.

Strawberry ice cream dairy free and strawberry sorbet

Berry Season: Strawberry Sorbet + Dairy-Free Ice Cream Duo

The only thing better than ice cream for dessert is ice cream and sorbet for dessert! Making both with the same fruit makes a beautifully balanced contrast of color, tanginess, sweetness, creaminess and frostiness. This type of dessert duo is one of my entertaining go-to’s. The frozen desserts can be made in advance– a big win for the host! There is something show-stopping about serving it this way. I like to serve my ice cream/sorbet duos with some type of cookie, often a shortbread or something nutty.

summer salad of shrimp, lettuces, heirloom tomatoes, red peppers, and basil

The Perfect Salad: Classic French Vinaigrette and Infinite Variations

Here are three easy steps rescue your leafy salads from being sad and pathetic, along with a fast and easy no-measure Classic French Vinaigrette. You’ll see how fun and easy it is to take that basic ratio and create an infinite variety of vinaigrette options. And I share my most embarrassing cooking tip, and a vinaigrette video tutorial.

Celery Amandine on a platter

Vintage Celery Amandine for the Home Run

Vintage Celery Amandine is proof that celery is more than a minor-league bench player at your table. There is a reason why celery is last to be chosen for Team Exciting Foods. Grocery store celery is pale, stringy, flavorless, and waterlogged in comparison to locally-grown, bright green, crisp version that hasn’t been trucked half-way around the world. Garden-grown or farm-fresh celery is a different thing altogether.

Curried slamon cakes, mango chutney, and coconut rice served on two plates

What is Your Signature Dish? Curried Salmon Cakes + Mango Chutney

Do you have a show-stopping dish in your cooking bag of tricks?

You’ll know the recipe. People lean forward over their plates to inhale its aroma and turn their focus to their fork or spoon. A hush falls over the table. An eater’s brow becomes furrowed in concentrated curiosity, quiet little sighs or hums bubble up as a delicate soundtrack to the moment. Time becomes momentarily suspended.

All of a sudden . . ..

asparagus bean salad

Humble Beans: Lemony Asparagus-Bean Salad

Part two of the Ode to the Bean trilogy recipe is an asparagus-bean salad with lemon vinaigrette. Its crispy lemon-panko topping is pretty special, if I don’t say so myself. It makes a great side dish, but we ate it as our main course and loved it.To bring you up to speed, last week I cooked up one pound of Rancho Gordo Alubia Blanca beans. My objective was to create three unique recipes that wouldn’t having us hating beans by the end of the week. The three recipes– today’s lemony asparagus-bean salad, along with pasta with beans and mushrooms, and brothy beans-and-greens bowl– resulted in three distinct, tasty success stories.

Pasts with beans and mushrooms in a bowl

One Humble Pot of Beans, Three Noble Meals

No other food radiates humble simplicity quite like the bean. Beans are easy to cook, fit most dietary lifestyles, and make a hearty winter stew or a tangy chilled summery salad with equal aplomb. Last week I cooked up one pound of Rancho Gordo Alubia Blanca beans, and made a little game of seeing what I could do with them throughout the week that wouldn’t grow wearisome. The pasta with beans and mushrooms, lemony asparagus-bean salad, and brothy beans-and-greens bowl were each distinct, and each a success.

wine-roasted artichokes on baking dish

Blissful Wine-Roasted Artichokes

Artichokes are another of the short-season wonders, and we try to eat as many as we can while they are available. This terrific recipe is super easy, and makes the most succulent, juicy, and rich-tasting artichokes ever. It’s nice to have a new addition to the ‘choke repertoire.¬†

Have you noticed what happens when a crowd of people eat with their fingers? It’s a magical way to drop barriers and bring people together. Put a bowl on the table for guests to toss their tooth-scraped outer leaves into.

burritos on green and blue plates

Cheap + Quick + Easy: 20-Minute Beefy (or Beany) Spinach Burritos

Some evenings are just not made for fussing over dinner. After a long work day; kids’ sports-music-dance-chess club-art-study group activities; community meetings; and who knows what, all cooks need some go-to quick, hot, hearty, tasty things we can make with our eyes closed.

This recipe got me through the flurry of raising my then-tween and teen-agers, and still is a completely comforting and serviceable years later. Over the years I’ve done a lot of “Making It My Own” improv riffing on this one, and it’s always forgiving and welcome.

beet orange salad on platter

Citrus Rush: Beet Orange Salad

The process of preparing and eating citrus makes me happy. I never get tired of the bright cheery colors; the way the skin’s oils pop when peeled, exploding the most uplifting scents; and how a little lemon, lime, or orange can enliven an otherwise drab dish. April and May wrap up the season for most US-grown citrus varieties, and now is the use-it-or-lose-it window for the freshest citrus. This beet-orange salad is perfect for your spring table.