All posts filed under: Evergreen (April – July)

Turkey Meatball + Roasted Lemon Zucchini Pasta

Turkey Meatball + Roasted Lemon Zucchini Pasta is one of the tastiest recipes you can have in your weeknight toolbox. Pop these juicy meatballs into the oven and they’ll be done in twenty minutes– as long as it takes to get the rest of the dinner together. This fun and exciting weeknight meal is ready in under an hour, but is definitely company-worthy. Lemon slices roast alongside the meatballs, then are chopped and added to the sauce with briny chopped olives to give this simple dish huge flavor for the amount of effort it takes. Our household is not yet ready to make the shift to an entirely plant-based diet, but we make incremental steps in that direction. This turkey meatball and roasted lemon pasta is chock full of zucchini. The turkey meatballs hold a lot of zucchini which lightens the meatballs. Reduce and replace the volume of turkey with even more zucchini if that’s where your dietary choices are taking you. In the future I’ll be experimenting with replacing the turkey with mashed beans …

flourless walnut spice cake on a platter.

Flourless Walnut Cake with Coffee + Spice Versions

Flourless Walnut cake is perfect as written– the coffee or spice variations take it next level. Three primary ingredients, a few simple steps, for beautiful cakes all winter. This Flourless Walnut Cake and its coffee or spice versions deliver on a promise of uncomplicated simplicity.

Two plates of fajitas with avocado tomatillo salsa.

’80s Flashback: Tex-Mex Beef Fajitas + Tangy Avocado Salsa

Back in the ’80s we thought we were so cool to make fajitas at home. Tex-Mex was a new rage and it became a fun new party food. Back in those days, we made fajitas with a thick London broil, sliced and then marinated, each slice grilled individually. The peppers (only green bells were readily available in those days) and onion were flash-sauted on the stovetop. What did we know? This zhooshed up version takes fajitas next level . . .

Offloading Zucchini: Zingy Lemon Ginger Zucchini Cake

Or how to say thank you for a huge bag of summer squash and mean it. Why people grow so much zucchini is a perfectly legitimate question. As a species we just never catch on that just three zucchini seeds will feed the whole neighborhood. How do we possibly forget year after year? The jokes about the overabundance of zucchini and the lengths people go to get rid of it are only funny because they expose this human flaw. Neighbors drop off squashes the size of baseball bats to your front porch, ring the bell and run so you can’t refuse it. Little old ladies give away brown paper grocery bags of zucchini at every church function. And if you grow a garden, you’re rolling in it by mid-summer. Even using the grate-and-hide technique of sneaking zucchini into everything– meatloaf, chili, soups and stews, and baked goods, there is only so much one can be expected to eat. I worked out this brightly-flavored zucchini cake as a way to draw down an enourmous supply I …

Sweet Corn Buttermilk Cake + Blueberry Compote

The first cake on 101-Mile Kitchen is like a country summer day on a plate. It is rustic in nature– meaning it has textural interest and isn’t overly sweet or elaborate. It is unfussy. It is flourless, therefore can be served to our gluten-sensitive beloveds. And most of all it uses fresh, seasonal, local ingredients. A decade ago I played with and wrote about the magical flavor triad of sweet corn, blueberries, and buttermilk. I had two inspirations at the time. First by Claudia Fleming’s sweet corn ice cream recipe from her famous out-of-print book, The Last Course, from her time as the innovative pastry chef at Grammercy Tavern in the 1990’s. Tim Mazurak of the delicious blog Lottie + Doof created a blueberry galette in a cornmeal crust and served it with the same sweet corn ice cream. Swoon. My addition of buttermilk to the corn and blueberries brought bucolic thoughts of summer full circle. I promptly forgot about this happy flavor song until now. The Sweet Corn Buttermilk Cake The Sweet Corn Buttermilk …

Anti-PB + J: Crunchy Cold Buckwheat Noodle Salad

As a kid I hated peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The basic components were good, I thought. But jelly seeping through the bread, the gluey palate-sticking nature of the thing, and the whole sandwich mangled by a thermos smacking it inside the lunchbox of a girl with a purposeful stride? Thank you, but no. If Crunchy Cold Buckwheat Noodles in Peanut Sauce had been popular among suburban moms so long ago, it would have been my absolute lunchbox preference. The chewy buckwheat noodles draped in a velvet cloak of spicy, gingery

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?

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.