Our sweet little home melts into the backdrop of a 260+ acre forest. We have loved the forest for all it gives. Birdsong, shade, the ever-present rustling of the treetops, the pure fresh earthy scent that’s especially noticeable in the early mornings, and the eerie sounds that call from it after dark. Beginning Tuesday, as happens in Oregon, the crop of timber– the entire forest– will be harvested. By September what once was a Douglas Fir forest will be three new homesites. We knew this would happen one day. We just liked to think that one day was 20 years from now. What does one serve on the occasion of a forest being cut down?
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.
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.
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.
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 . . ..
My mom and I live nearly 3,000 coast-to-coast miles apart, or roughly the same distance as it is from my home to Mexico City. It’s been nearly 16 months since I’ve seen her. If I were with her this week, I’d make mom these tasty Banana Coconutty Breakfast Cookies. I’d actually make a double-batch, and zippy-bag them up for her freezer so she’d have a month of homemade breakfast cookies after I left. Here are fourteen of the ways my mom is very special.
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.
After a year of being trapped in our homes, they may be losing some of their charm. Humans are built for novelty, and here are five no-an-low cost ways to inject some into our home spaces right now. Hint: One of the ways is to learn a new culinary skill, like mastering the perfect sous vide steak-frite!
This bowl is a perfect year-round healer when you are feeling under the weather. The simple ginger-turmeric tea and coconut milk broth is as easy as boiling water, and would make a nutritious snack all on it’s own. The whole thing comes together with no fuss in under 20 minutes. It’s just the thing if a little virus, heartache, or disappointment has you down. The gingery goodness will have you feeling as sprightly as a bright yellow daffodil in no time.
A hot bowl of soup sends a message: I’m Ok. Are you Ok? I’m here. Together we’ll keep our chins up. You are important. I am glad for you in my life. Take nourishment. Following these simple rules of thumb, you can have a creamy but cream-less pureed soup once a week all winter long and never grow bored. The same goes for the herbal drizzle. This really is a choose-your-own-adventure bowl of goodness.