Salmon Cakes

  This past summer my husband went to Alaska on a fishing trip with the boys.  It was a week of getting up at the crack of dawn to go out on a boat, hoping that one or, ideally, all of the men in the group would catch something.  This kind of vacation is not […]

Lavash Pizza with Artichokes and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

  I have had a serious craving for pizza for months. One would think that a simple craving like this could be satisfied easily considering how widely accessible good pizzas are in my neck of the woods. We visit our neighborhood Italian restaurant at least once a week.  As soon as the hostess greets us […]

Ham, Cheese and Chive (Spelt) Scones

  Do you ever have one of those weeks that stand out as good eating weeks?  Last weekend was one of those for me.  Between meeting friends for dinner and spending time with my family I feasted for two days.  Actually, I’m still feasting from a care package that my parents sent home with me, […]

Goat Cheese, Grape and Honey Crostini

  I meant to share this recipe with a set of images featuring a local goat cheese company as part of my Local Spotlight series.  The images being a year old, I haven’t looked at them in awhile and took for granted that they would be safely stored on my computer.  What a disappointment it […]

Chicken & Mushroom Empanadas {Baked}

  I took some time off cooking and blogging last week.  I didn’t take a complete hiatus–between leisurely activities I cooked a dish or two.  I spent the day on the coast again last Thursday so I returned home with two bags of baby artichokes which lasted all of two days.  I have shared two […]

Artichoke, Cheddar, Chipotle Spread

  Nature called during the night sometime last week.  It’s not surprising considering I usually drink a full glass of milk or seltzer water before bed, you know, to wash down that little piece (or two) of chocolate that I just have to have .  I got up, reluctant to hit the pause button on […]

Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus

  This is a far cry from the recipe I used for years.  I was so picky, you see.  My hummus had to have just the right amount of tahini paste–too much or too little, it wouldn’t be good enough for me.  I was also somewhat of a hummus purist.  For me, there was no […]

Caprese Tart

  Though I had already spent part of my morning working out at the gym, I looked forward to meeting two of my girlfriends for a walk later in the day.  It had been months since the last time; the longer days means the return of our routine of meeting once or twice a week, […]