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Grilled Corn and Dungeness Crab Chowder
Grilled Corn and Dungeness Crab Chowder

Grilled corn. I am posting another recipe using it because it’s just so darn good when used with the right ingredients. This recipe is actually a repost of one of my favorite ones from a few years ago that I recently made for dinner and modified by eliminating the bacon as I thought it took […]

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Chipotle Lime Chicken with Grilled Corn Salsa
Chipotle Lime Chicken with Grilled Corn Salsa

A good chicken marinade is worth a lot. One that calls for just a few ingredients and still packs flavor is even more valuable. Smoky chipotle powder complimented with a bit of fresh lime and garlic delivers big flavor in this recipe for Chipotle Lime Chicken with Grilled Corn Salsa. Sweet, seasonal corn on the […]

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Ancient Grains, Super Tasters and Yin and Yang – Kamut, Almond and Kale Salad
Ancient Grains, Super Tasters and Yin and Yang – Kamut, Almond and Kale Salad

Kamut is one of the grains I have been experimenting with in green salads. The inspiration came from a salad I ate at the Whale Wins – Renee Erickson’s Seattle restaurant. Pronounced “kah-moot”, kamut is an ancient grain with origins in Egypt. It’s a high protein wheat that when cooked has a firm, pleasantly chewy […]

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Orechiette Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes, Fresh Basil and Sausage
Orechiette Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes, Fresh Basil and Sausage

There’s no substitute for a juicy, full flavored tomato. My Grandma’s garden at her farm in North Dakota was always overflowing with them. They were deep red colored and soft. My aunt would pluck one off the vine and eat it like an apple while I stood there watching, both fascinated and shocked at the […]

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30-Minute Curry Dusted Pan-Seared Salmon
30-Minute Curry Dusted Pan-Seared Salmon

When I find myself thinking… hmmm salmon again… I quickly quiet that inner voice. I should be saying “yes, salmon again” because it tastes good and is equally good for you. But being a bit spoiled living here in the Pacific Northwest, I am sometimes guilty of taking one of our natural food resources for […]

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Mexican Chop Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
Mexican Chop Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

This salad is a regular at our house. It has won its way into our recurring recipe rotation and we never seem to tire of it. That is why I am reposting it after several years. And to celebrate the official beginning of summer, of course. It’s also my favorite time of year when the […]

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Mac ‘n Cheese with Oven Roasted Tomatoes and Rosemary
Mac ‘n Cheese with Oven Roasted Tomatoes and Rosemary

For a young Mom yearning for a night out of the house it was an easy thing to leave for the baby sitter. Anyone can follow those directions and make it.  And I redeemed myself by leaving instructions for steaming fresh broccoli and where to find the frozen blueberries in the freezer. It’s a parenting […]

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Auggie’s Chicken Stir-Fry
Auggie’s Chicken Stir-Fry

“Jeunes filles dans la cuisines, jeunes filles dans la cuisines”. Each time he said it his voice would get louder and his head would shake from side to side. I remember it like it was yesterday, particularly his tone and his French accent. And even though he said it with a look of mischief in […]

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Rosemary Orange Planked Shrimp
Rosemary Orange Planked Shrimp

Summer is nearly over and I am stubbornly and sadly hanging on. There have not been enough clear blue skies from dawn to dusk for me to accept that it’s Labor Day weekend. With a heart still hoping for more summer I am giving you this recipe for Rosemary Orange Planked Shrimp. If you haven’t, […]

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Asian Glazed Grilled Salmon with Sauteed Bok Choy
Asian Glazed Grilled Salmon with Sauteed Bok Choy

A good salmon recipe should highlight and not overpower the naturally rich flavor and texture of this well loved fish. Whisking together soy sauce, hoisin sauce, honey and a bit of garlic and ginger doubles as a sauce to brush on and briefly marinate the salmon and then as a glaze thickened with a bit […]

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Angel Hair Pasta with Dungeness Crab, Tomatoes and Basil
Angel Hair Pasta with Dungeness Crab, Tomatoes and Basil

I think this is the simplest recipe I’ve posted. Dungeness crab inspires this. So good on its own, it needs very little to enhance its sweet flavor and delicate texture. Just a little garlic carefully cooked over low heat to release its flavor then marinated briefly with ripe sweet tomatoes and fragrant basil. All tossed […]

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Middle Eastern Salad with Greens, Couscous and Chicken
Middle Eastern Salad with Greens, Couscous and Chicken

My daughter brought home a take out salad a few weeks ago excited for me to try it because she thought it was amazing. Just one bite into it and I agreed. It reminded me of a salad recipe  I used in my summer salad cooking class. She wanted to make it at home so […]

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Grilled Hanger Steak with Chimichurri Sauce
Grilled Hanger Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Most people are more familiar with cooking and eating flank steak than they are with hanger steak. Hanger steak gets its name from its location of the diaphragm muscle that “hangs” on the underside of the cow. Flank steak is also from the underside but it is from the flank area. Hanger steak is long […]

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Rubbed Chicken Skewers with Chipotle Dipping Sauce
Rubbed Chicken Skewers with Chipotle Dipping Sauce

Dry rubs are a fast alternative to marinating. You can rub them on for as little as 30 minutes before grilling to impart flavor. They work especially well for something like boneless, skinless chicken breast that cooks quickly but needs the extra flavor that the skin and bone naturally give. Pureed canned Chipotle peppers in adobe […]

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Fourth of July Accompaniments
Fourth of July Accompaniments

Our Fourth of July dinner menu is always centered on barbecue pork back ribs (see June 27, 2011 post for the recipe). And this crazy side dish with beans, bacon and brown sugar. In the spirit of grilling and using recipes with olive oil rather than mayonnaise, these are the accompaniments I’ll add to our […]

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Camper’s Foil Packet Dinner
Camper’s Foil Packet Dinner

I was homesick the first time I went to summer camp. All I could think about was getting through the week so I could return home. So the first time our daughter went away to camp I was nervous she might feel the same way. I was wrong. She loved every minute of it. One […]

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Louisiana-Style Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
Louisiana-Style Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

This recipe is a long-standing loyal member of my arsenal of dependable and favorite dinner recipes. I have been making it for many, many years and to date, my family or friends have never tired of it. It was also a favorite at my cooking classes when the subject was easy weekday or entertaining dinner […]

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Grilled Corn Chowder with Dungeness Crab
Grilled Corn Chowder with Dungeness Crab

Smoky grilled corn and sweet Dungeness crab are the highlights of this chowder. I love making this for an easy September weekday dinner. You can prepare it and have it on the table in less than an hour. Grilled Corn Chowder with Dungeness Crab Makes 4 servings 4 ears corn, husks removed (3 cups kernels) […]

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Fresh Basil Mozzarella and Tomato Sandwich
Fresh Basil Mozzarella and Tomato Sandwich

You can enjoy the last remnants of summer and make this warm sandwich for dinner during Labor Day weekend. It goes together quickly, can be doubled for a large group of people and is the perfect way to enjoy fresh fragrant basil, juicy ripe tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Fresh Basil Mozzarella and Tomato Sandwich Makes […]

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Hazelnut Butter Grilled Salmon
Hazelnut Butter Grilled Salmon

Even though summer is winding down, I know everyone is still looking for ways to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible and as much time outside enjoying what remains of the season. And summer cooking does not get any easier than this. For the simplicity of this hazelnut butter recipe, the flavor […]

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Greek Chicken Skewers
Greek Chicken Skewers

These easy skewers feature the fabulous flavor combination of lemon, oregano and garlic that is so prevalent in Greek cooking. I love them for summer dinners as you can marinate the chicken the night before and throw them on the grill just before you want to eat dinner. The classic Tzatziki sauce with creamy Greek-style […]

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Dungeness Crab Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Dungeness Crab Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Some of my fondest food memories are from the summer months when the local Dungeness crab season is open. This began when our kids were toddlers and we lived on San Juan Island. In the beginning I complained about the piles of chicken bait crowding food in the refrigerator, dragging the boat through the mud […]

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Pistachio and Fresh Basil Pasta
Pistachio and Fresh Basil Pasta

Summer might be arriving in Seattle. We all know it is long overdue. It is possible that the long cycle of gray, wet and cold weather is over and we can finally bring out summer clothes and recipes. Fragrant fresh basil and nutty pistachios laced throughout the thin spaghetti strands are the dominant flavors in […]

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4th of July Rubbed Barbecue Pork Back Ribs
4th of July Rubbed Barbecue Pork Back Ribs

I’m not sure how long you have to do something before it qualifies as a tradition, but this will be our fifth year barbecuing pork back ribs for our Fourth of July dinner, so its probably safe to say that it is for us. Pork back ribs are my favorite for their flavor and the ease in […]

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Grilled Chicken Chop Salad
Grilled Chicken Chop Salad

I used to prepare everything for this salad from scratch. I would slice the cabbage, grate the carrots and make the dressing and marinade. Then in April my daughter and I were visiting a friend who lives in La Quinta, California who has a Trader Joe’s practically in her backyard. We were talking about what […]

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