tailgate!

Who’s ready for football?? It’s that time of year, folks gathering for outdoor sporting events, kids, adults, sometimes indoors on TV. No matter what the sport, food takes center stage in my book. and something easy to transport, quick to … Continue reading

summer rolls, northwest style

Make ’em ahead, wrap ’em and pack ’em, these are a cool  summer treat for outdoor dining! Shrimp or prawns, crab are all optional. Or, arrange all of the beautiful ingredients on a serving platter and let your guests roll … Continue reading

hoisin aioli

An Asian flavor profile twist on a classic sauce, this is a versatile dip or spread for seafood, satay skewers, Asian noodle salads, you name it! Print Course Side Dish Cuisine American Ingredients ½ cup mayonnaise 2 garlic cloves minced … Continue reading

salt roasted shrimp

These are SOOO SIMPLE, yet beautiful and delicious!            Print Salt Roasted Shrimp Course Appetizer Cuisine American Ingredients 3 cups rock salt 1 pound medium prawns or shrimp shells or not, your choice hoisin aioli for … Continue reading

radishes with whipped sweet butter

It takes nearly as long to type the name of this dish as it does to assemble it! And, it is a work of art, painted with the colors of summer! I like to leave a tiny bit of the … Continue reading

mussels — food for the soul!

I have the great fortune to live in the Pacific Northwest, where mussels are truly FRESH! Yesterday a friend brought me mussels just out of the waters of Penn Cove. This time of year the mussels are smaller, still sweet … Continue reading

onions — a chef’s second best ingredient

OK, so what’s the first? Salt, of course. But one of the most common ingredients in cooking is onions. Widely used as a flavor base around the globe, onions provide a sweet, savory, sometimes hot flavor to cooked foods. Most … Continue reading

cook up a gift!

The most treasured gifts are homemade — and these are not only treasured but scrumptious as well. Package your bounty in cute containers, which may be a ‘recycled’ bottle or jar, a holiday gift bag, a brown or white lunch … Continue reading

sake raspberry vanilla glazed scallops

I am regularly tasked with creating recipes to pair with specific wines for winemakers dinners. One of my favorites, as well as my students faves is this scallop recipe. It was inspired by a truly beautiful sparkling rosé wine, of … Continue reading

summer spreads

This time of year I always have the opportunity to picnic with friends at a concert, or sale the sound on a boat, or simply share a cocktail on my patio — and I LOVE that! This evening, I am … Continue reading