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Pumpkin + Chicken Sausage Pasta

Are you ready for a true confession? I rarely cook from a recipe. The first time I made this Pumpkin + Homemade Chicken Sausage Pasta there was no script. I tell you this so you understand my process of getting a recipe from my brain to your screen– one that I know will work for you at home and that you can trust. A recipe that will hopefully make it onto your table. How an Idea Becomes a Recipe A new recipe concept starts with thinking and dreaming about the flavors, colors, scents, and textures of ingredients. This work happens when I’m asleep and when I’m awake– all the time! All that I have learned in over 50 years of cooking and eating informs how a new recipe idea comes together. Step One Intuition led the way when I first made this marigold Pumpkin + Homemade Chicken Sausage Pasta, like with most things I cook. I found it warm and comforting. It was delicious enough to share, and didn’t take a fortnight to make, and …

The Power of Threes: Beluga Lentil, Grilled Nectarine + Burrata Salad

I’ve been experimenting with the design Rule of Threes in my cooking. In this dish the triad of warm earthy lentils, smoky-sweet nectarines, and cool creamy burrata is more than the sum of its parts. Each of the parts requires very little or no preparation. The vinaigrette acts like the jewelry that ties the whole ensemble together. Quick to pull off but ever so delicious, beautiful, and versatile, make this soon for a fancy-easy brunch, lunch, or dinner.

Plates of roasted red peppers, white beans, feta, and green herb sauce.

Summer Goes Easy: Roasted Peppers, White Beans, Feta + Simple Herb Sauce

Long on gourmet attitude, short on effort and time, this recipeless guide makes summer dinner go easy. Eight ingredients, under 30 minutes, and you are a cooking genius! Use the same guide in the autumn using your oven to roast the peppers and warm the Feta and beans.

a bottle and glass of rose wine with shrimp melon salad

Cool It On Down with Sweet + Spicy Shrimp Melon Salad + Chilled Quady North Rosé

Scorching record-breaking heat is promised across much of the U.S. this week, and you need cooling solutions, right? You’re going to need this– the best simple yet fancy cooling salad I can think of– light, fresh and hydrating, and ever so tasty. When you eat it, try to imagine someone nearby fanning you with a palm leaf. Can you feel it? This refreshing salad was made to serve with an equally refreshing chilled rosé. I love the 2020 Quady North Rogue Valley/Southern Oregon GSM Rosé for it’s South-of-France typicity we don’t often find in an Oregon rosé.

Douglas Fir Tip sorbet and hazelnut cookies

On the Cutting Down of a Forest: Douglas Fir Tip Sorbet

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?

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 . . ..

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.

Five Ways to Love Your Home Again After Being Trapped in it for a Year

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!

bowl of chickpea soup

Healing Chickpea + Orzo Bowl in Ginger Broth

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.