All posts filed under: Bounty (August – October)

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.

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.

Banana Coconutty Breakfast Cookies

What Makes Your Mom Special? Banana Coconutty Breakfast Cookies

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.

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.

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.

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.

Winter White Vegetable Soup with Lemon Thyme Drizzle

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.