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


Crepes are marvelous things — they can be filled with simple things, left-overs, whatever is on have for a quick snack or meal, or they can be full-on gourmet goodies! They freeze well (just remember to separate them with plastic … Continue reading

bunny biscuits

  Quick Orange Chive Biscuit Bunnies   3 tablespoons sugar 1-2 teaspoons fresh orange zest 2 cups biscuit mix (I like Bisquick brand) 1 tablespoon freshly snipped chives 2/3 cup milk 1 teaspoon orange extract or orange liqueur flour, for … Continue reading


Aha! I spied Meyer lemons in the market — that means it’s time to make limoncello! I first tasted limoncello in Sorrento, Italy, many years ago. Many years later, I was introduced to the creamy version. They are both decadent … Continue reading

a bit o’ Irish!

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and I wanted a new dessert to celebrate the wearing’ o’ the green. I muddled around green, and Irish, decided to go with Irish … whisky! Everyone likes ice cream, yes, indeed … Continue reading

chocolate raspberry truffle torte

For my Valentine, I want a decadent dessert, preferably dark chocolate or raspberry. This is my FAVORITE! Enjoy! chocolate raspberry truffle torte Butter for the pan 1 cup butter 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons … Continue reading

lime gelato floats

We recently hosted a fabulous winemaker’s dinner with Juergen Grieb, winemaker and owner of  Treveri Cellars in Wapato. His wines are magical, easily paired with food, and a great addition to the holiday season. The lime gelato recipe is mine … Continue reading

acorn squash stuffed with wild rice, pears & cranberries

Yummm — we are so blessed with fabulous foods grown locally. Here is a great showcase of loads of our local bounty! The squash, of course, can be roasted and served ‘naked,’ and the stuffing is very versatile, as a … Continue reading

braised Brussels sprouts

AGGHHhh! I so dislike Brussels sprouts — except these! Probably because they have so many other flavors going on … I hope you like them TOO!!! braised Brussels sprouts 1 pound Brussels sprouts salt 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon extra-virgin … Continue reading