Italian Porketta with Apple Cherry Chutney

Italian Porketta with Apple Cherry Chutney

My little buddy Tank and I went for our run this morning and it didn’t take us long to complete our laps.  Instead of spring approaching it felt like winter! Yep, I think the polar vortex is about to swoop down onto the Willamette Valley and give us a few more weeks of winter. I’ve seen the trees and plants start to bud and I was hoping that was a sign warmer weather would be arriving soon.  I guess not. So with the impending cold...

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Spicy Black Bean Soup with Lime Crema and Avocado

Spicy Black Bean Soup with Lime Crema and Avocado

I have selected two words for 2014.  I think I’m only supposed to choose one but I couldn’t make a decision between these two words. Maybe my new word for the year should be decisive. Someone once told me I had a talent for connecting.  Ok, never thought I’d hear that described as one of my talents.  But I’ll take it. A bright young professional, a former business acquaintance, visionary; someone that waltzed through my life but for a season....

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Winter Roasted Beet Salad

Winter Roasted Beet Salad

You may be surprised to learn that beets haven’t always topped my favorite veggie list.  It wasn’t until the last few years that I’ve completely embraced this lush red or golden root veggie.  My favorite method of consumption?  Roasted.  Roasting brings out the sweetness in most vegetables but especially root vegetables like carrots, parsnips and beets. Often I’ll bring home 2 or 3 bunches of local beets, clean them,...

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Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad

My winter quarter classes begin next week and I couldn’t be more excited about the menu.  I’m proud to say this will be my fourth year teaching cooking classes for our local Co-op market here in Seattle. PCC is the Puget Consumer and Co-op Natural Market that began in 1953.  An amazing story about 15 founding families who wanted to improve the quality and nutrition of available food.  Now over 45,000 members strong, PCC continues to support our...

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Winter Vegetable Cobbler

Winter Vegetable Cobbler

I have a fierce affinity for the little cookbook that was.  Or that didn’t.  Or that’s sitting alone on a shelf, in the bookstore.  The edges frayed from having sat there too long and being shuffled about while the new books takes its place. And I have another fierce affinity for cookbooks from yesterday.  Cookbooks from founding members of the culinary world.  Escoffier (given to me by my Mother), Dione Lucas and Julia Child (given...

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