Too Hot to Cook

Pandalus Jordani Make the Meal I love summer. In Seattle it’s rarely too hot to cook, but when it is, I enjoy the challenge of eating well with little to no cooking. When the weather forecast a week of temps in the toasty high 80s, I did some thinking.  Heat can rob you of energy […]

The New “Wedge Salad”

Dare to EAT Different Just this week my daughter, Allegra, asked if I wanted to have a container of her “overnight oats” for breakfast. After eating the same breakfast for a few months – she’d had enough. Good timing – I’d just read a Harvard Health Letter article, Dietary Rut? 5 Ways to Snap Out […]

I Love You as Much as Pie

Peach Pie When my daughter Allegra was 5 she said, “I love you as much as pie!” She knew early on the role of pie in our family: Pie=love. My mom, Betty, and my Nana both made pies, mostly apple. Nana had another specialty called “sunny silver.” Betty made lemon meringue, cherry and other pies […]

Sweet Traditions

Mediterranean Granola with Pistachios, Hazelnuts and Orange   The holidays are full of cherished traditions and many revolve around food treats. My second cousin Joanie called yesterday and we reminisced about Auntie’s (her mom’s) English toffee, her rich, buttery refrigerator rolls and Swedish snowball cookies (what I call Russian Tea Cakes or Mexican Wedding Cakes). […]

Riding the Sweet Potato Moment

Moroccan-Spiced Roasted Sweet Potato Salad The sweet potato moment has stretched into an hour. No longer the stuff of Thanksgiving casseroles and sweet potato pie, sweet potatoes are the new French fry and the new breakfast toast. Nudging out white spuds, they’re baked, tucked into burritos and noodled through spiralizers. For fall, I created a […]

We All Scream For…

Peaches and Cream Sherbet What’s summer without ice cream? My new ice cream maker arrived just in time for a gloriously hot summer. I started with a classic – vanilla ice cream made with a whole vanilla bean. It was a hard act to follow but I was just getting started. I just had to […]

Summer is Pickling Season

Summer Salad with Pickled Figs, Farro, Nuts and Seeds People are pickling – and it’s not just cucumbers. I’ve seen pickled seeds, fruits and all kinds of vegetables. It goes hand-in-hand with taste trends leaning to bolder, sour, sweet and spicy combos. It’s nothing new.  My great-grandma pickled out of necessity, to preserve the summer […]

Dessert First on the Fourth – Why Not?

Chocolate Shortcakes Except for apple pie, no dessert is more American and more appropriate for the Fourth of July than shortcake, dressed up with red and blue berries and a billow of cream. No matter that (according to Wikipedia) an early recipe strawberry shortcake was found in an English cookbook dating back to 1588.  Shortcake […]

Make Dad A Savory Baked Pancake

Make Dad A Savory Baked Pancake   This skillet-size pancake bakes with savory flavors of Parmesan cheese, chopped bacon, herbs, onion and sliced figs. It’s so easy you can make it for Dad while the coffee is brewing.  Blitz the batter ingredient is a blender, pour into a skillet with a little melted butter, add […]

What’s In Your Freezer?

    March is National Frozen Food Month, a reminder of the convenience, cost-saving and nutrient content of frozen food. Most of us need to eat more produce and frozen versions can make it happen. It’s a myth that fresh is most nutritious. Research shows that produce that’s picked at the peak of ripeness and […]