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Last Minute Lamb
Last Minute Lamb

Many people have their favorite way to prepare lamb this time of year. Bust in case you don’t and you haven’t seen my lamb posts from a few years back or you’re like me and sometimes wait until just a few days before your event to decide how to prepare something… I am reposting two of my favorites. The butterflied leg of lamb works well for a larger group and the rack of lamb for a smaller gathering.

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Chorizo Tortilla Soup
Chorizo Tortilla Soup

By now it won’t surprise you I think sausage is a cooking secret weapon. I love that one ingredient can have so much power, unleashing its robust flavor on whatever it comes in contact with. In this case it’s soup and with Spanish style chorizo. I used to think making soup always meant a long […]

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Spicy Italian Sausage Bucatini
Spicy Italian Sausage Bucatini

Big flavors, healthy ingredients and dinner on the table in 30 minutes with bucatini pasta, spicy Italian chicken sausage and fresh oregano. Bucatini is my favorite pasta shape. Slightly thicker than a spaghetti noodle with a hole running down the center, buco means hole in Italian. That little gap of air creates the best texture […]

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Here’s the Beef – Three of My Favorites
Here’s the Beef – Three of My Favorites

  In case you haven’t had the chance to try one of these recipes or maybe you have but they are just off your radar I am reposting them to remind you for summer grilling. All three involve a little marinating. I always feel content and a bit smug when I know I have something […]

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Spring Mix Salad with Chicken and Lemon Thyme Buttermilk Vinaigrette
Spring Mix Salad with Chicken and Lemon Thyme Buttermilk Vinaigrette

I’m back and I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I really hope you haven’t stopped relying on my recipes and wandered off somewhere else looking for dinner inspiration. Here it comes. I found new salad recipe ideas in several places, some in Seattle and some a bit farther away. I’m seeing more use […]

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Thai Chop Salad with Basil and Mint
Thai Chop Salad with Basil and Mint

Thai cooking was the most popular class I taught over a span of 15 years. The mystique of cooking from this culture which many people hadn’t experienced, combined with the exotic nature of the ingredients were my explanation of why. But true to most things popular in cooking, the incredible taste of flavors was what […]

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Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon with Beurre Blanc Sauce
Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon with Beurre Blanc Sauce

Native Americans had it about as close to how nature intended it when they invented the cedar plank method of cooking. They called it fire pit planking where they tacked a fish on a cedar plank and held it close to the fire. Hundreds of years later, we are still partaking in this timeless cooking method. […]

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Grilled Romaine Lettuce
Grilled Romaine Lettuce

A few years ago a good friend of mine introduced me to grilled Romaine lettuce. I’d grilled things you typically wouldn’t think of like fresh peach slices and pizza dough, but it hadn’t occurred to me to grill lettuce. After that night it became a regular thing at my house. It’s so incredibly simple to […]

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Maui-Style Ribs
Maui-Style Ribs

The recipe has to be really worth it for me to eat beef. These ribs are. They get me every time. And they’re easy to make. We used to serve them at our restaurant and they were incredibly popular. The recipe was inspired by Azeka’s market on the island of Maui. They are sometimes called […]

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Grilled Jerk Chicken with Cilantro Lime Sauce
Grilled Jerk Chicken with Cilantro Lime Sauce

My inspiration for this recipe was a recent sailing trip to the British Virgin Islands. The warm, tropical temperature, the brilliant turquoise water and the laid back atmosphere of this part of the world are nothing short of amazing. Most of the beachside restaurants offered jerk chicken. This recipe packs flavor. I’ve tried to keep […]

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Prawn and Roasted Red Pepper Linguini
Prawn and Roasted Red Pepper Linguini

With the Northwest wild spot prawn season almost upon us, you’ll want to make this. It goes together in 30 minutes with the help of using jarred roasted red peppers and is remarkable enough for guests, yet easy for a weeknight meal. If you’re not able to nab some spot prawns, the wild frozen ones […]

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Mediterranean Parchment Baked Cod
Mediterranean Parchment Baked Cod

Fresh cod has a firm texture, mild flavor and reasonable price. That’s why I love it. And especially with this method of cooking it in parchment paper. You feel like you’re cheating it’s so easy. Crimping and sealing the parchment paper edge package is about the most difficult part. I have to give a shout […]

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Pho
Pho

I’ve streamlined the technique for making Pho simple enough to make at home during the week. Forgive me Pho purists but I do think this version is really good. The key to good pho is the broth, which authentically is made by grilling onions and fresh ginger, then simmering them with meat bones and a […]

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Shepherd’s Pie
Shepherd’s Pie

If I ever have leftover roast leg of lamb I make Shepherd’s Pie. It’s the sneakiest way to use leftovers without anyone knowing you’ve used them. And if there wasn’t a trace of leftover lamb, substitute ground beef and just like it’s called Cottage Pie. Mashed potatoes, vegetables and cheese make this pie pure comfort […]

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Herb Roasted Butterflied Leg of Lamb
Herb Roasted Butterflied Leg of Lamb

My grade school best friend’s Mom introduced me to lamb. She was an extraordinary cook and an avid reader of Gourmet magazine who went out of her way with an ingredient or method to enhance her cooking. From the flank steak she marinated for days in soy sauce, ginger and brown sugar to produce a […]

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Thai-Style Pork Tenderloin Skewers with Peanut Sauce
Thai-Style Pork Tenderloin Skewers with Peanut Sauce

I tend to forget about using pork tenderloin when making skewers and almost always default to chicken breast. It’s habit really and one I am trying to break. I truly feel like I am cheating when I make this recipe because it is so easy and so good. A quick whisk of the marinade ingredients […]

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Curry Chicken Salad with Coconut
Curry Chicken Salad with Coconut

I’m ushering in the spring equinox with one of my favorite salads and keeping my fingers crossed that the warmer weather will be finally coming our way. Cheers to the beginning of spring. Curried Chicken Salad with Coconut Makes 4 servings 4 cups cooked shredded or chopped chicken (1 pound)* 2/3 cup sweetened or unsweetened […]

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Fresh Halibut Curry with Basil
Fresh Halibut Curry with Basil

I love cooking and eating halibut. The only downside is that its expensive price dictates that it be more of a special occasion food rather than a weekly one. One way to get around the price issue is by cutting the fillet into chunks and simmering it into a sauce. This method “extends” the servings […]

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Mexican Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
Mexican Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Anyone that likes Mexican food will love this salad. It’s highlighted with thinly sliced crisp romaine lettuce, grilled kernels of corn, crunchy tortilla strips and avocado tossed with a lime cilantro dressing. There are a few extra steps to this salad that are worth doing. The first is to fry thinly sliced store-bought corn tortillas […]

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Copper River Salmon with Cucumber Dill Sauce
Copper River Salmon with Cucumber Dill Sauce

Just once a year and for only about three to four weeks, we are graced with fresh Copper River salmon. Such a short time to enjoy a food so memorable in flavor. Loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids, this salmon is some of the best tasting in the world due to its natural store of oils […]

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Balsamic and Rosemary Grilled Flank Steak with Caramelized Onions and Gorgonzola
Balsamic and Rosemary Grilled Flank Steak with Caramelized Onions and Gorgonzola

Fresh rosemary, caramelized onions and crumbled Gorgonzola highlight this flank steak. You only need to marinate it one to two hours to get the flavor benefits. Don’t marinate it overnight like you do with some flank steak recipe as the balsamic vinegar tends to make the meat tough if marinated too long. You can caramelize […]

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Chicken and Asparagus Pasta
Chicken and Asparagus Pasta

As much as I love to cook, I look for easy ways to make dinner quickly during the week with a recipe that does everything in one dish – protein, vegetable and starch. Highlighting the season’s fresh asparagus, this pasta recipe does it all in one. Long shreds of Parmesan cheese you can make by […]

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Coconut Curry Baked Chicken
Coconut Curry Baked Chicken

If you like the exotic flavor of curry and coconut  and the idea of marinating to save time then you will love this recipe. Marinating can be your best friend when it comes to putting together a weeknight meal because it does the majority of your meal prep work the night before. Pounding the chicken […]

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Fresh Fish Tacos
Fresh Fish Tacos

My favorite thing about these tacos is the cilantro and fresh lime flavor. For speed in making them quickly during the week, I cook the fish under the broiler or even in a non-stick skillet on top of the stove. But since I like to grill year round, if I have the time I will […]

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Roast Rack of Lamb With Fresh Mint Vinaigrette
Roast Rack of Lamb With Fresh Mint Vinaigrette

Roasting a rack of lamb is easier than you might think. The key is to begin with a high quality rack of lamb purchased at a reliable meat department or butcher. Most lamb racks have eight bones in them which means eight chops. They are usually “Frenched” and this simply means the meat has been […]

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Thai-Style Garlic Prawns
Thai-Style Garlic Prawns

I taught Thai cooking classes for years and this recipe was easily one of the all time favorites. Bursting with the flavors of fresh cilantro and garlic is how everyone describes it. The stems of cilantro have more flavor than the leaves and that is why they are used in this recipe, along with a […]

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Italian Sausage and Bell Pepper Fettucine
Italian Sausage and Bell Pepper Fettucine

If there ever was a dependable weekday recipe then here it is. Consistent and reliable, easy to prepare and happily devoured by anyone who encounters it, this rock star recipe is prepared all in one pan and on the table in less than an hour. I like to use Isernios mild Italian chicken sausage, but […]

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Barcelona Chicken
Barcelona Chicken

Little preparation and big rewards. That’s was this recipe for Barcelona Chicken, inspired from the Silver Palate Cookbook’s Chicken Marbella delivers. It’s the perfect recipe for entertaining because most of the work is done ahead allowing you the freedom to actually enjoy your guests rather than be stressed in the kitchen. Marinating the chicken gives […]

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