home cooked dinners by the season

Category: Spring

Fresh Spring Rolls

Fresh Spring Rolls

Fresh spring rolls are actually way easier to make than you might think. Armed with a few fresh ingredients – quite possible already in your refrigerator – the rice wrappers and the 5 ingredients needed for the peanut sauce you are ready to go. My…

Caramelized Cauliflower and Arugula Salad

Caramelized Cauliflower and Arugula Salad

Cauliflower replaced kale as the darling of trendy vegetables awhile ago, but it’s still going strong at my house. What’s not to love about a healthy vegetable that is easy to cook and can be seasoned in countless ways? Admittedly though, roasting is the only…

30-Minute Asparagus Chicken Skillet

30-Minute Asparagus Chicken Skillet

I’m in one of those phases where I will only consider a recipe if it takes less then 45 minutes to prepare and if it’s in one pan. I spent several weeks in April working on three different asparagus recipes with this goal in mind…

What to Cook This Week

What to Cook This Week

I’m back from a bit of a blogging hibernation. Here in the Pacific Northwest winter is hanging on… Every morning I wake up thinking today will be the day when I can dress a bit lighter. Maybe I can ditch my boots. But no, I…

3 Asparagus Dinners to try this Spring

3 Asparagus Dinners to try this Spring

As unsure as spring weather can be, the arrival of fresh seasonal asparagus is something I can count on. It receives a warm welcome in my kitchen following several months of cooking Brussels sprouts, cabbage, butternut squash and kale in as many different ways as…

Seared Salmon with Sesame Kale Salad

Seared Salmon with Sesame Kale Salad

It’s salmon season and if you’re like me you are always interested in a new way to prepare it. And honestly, as much as I like the flavor of salmon, it’s possible I eat it perhaps more because it contains Omega-3 fatty acids that have…

What to Cook Memorial Day Weekend

What to Cook Memorial Day Weekend

Whatever you may be doing this Memorial Day weekend, here are five main dish recipes for centering your meal. If you’re in the mood for something lighter, go for Chipotle Chop Salad. Looking for a way to use rhubarb that’s not just a sweet dessert,…

Springtime Asparagus Arugula & Chicken Bowl

Springtime Asparagus Arugula & Chicken Bowl

Two articles I recently read confirmed what I already knew. Eat more vegetables and use the best tasting ingredients possible when cooking. In the first article, The Cheaters Guide to Living to 1oo, it outlines simple secrets to living longer, healthier and happier. One recommendation…

Strawberry Quinoa Green Salad

Strawberry Quinoa Green Salad

Inevitably we overate, stained our clothes and there were tears. Four siblings loaded into our Mercury Marquis station wagon, driven to the u-pick strawberry farm and unleashed to fill a flat. It wasn’t long before one of my brothers became bored with the picking and the…

Mediterranean Halibut Skillet

Mediterranean Halibut Skillet

Halibut fosters a sort of love hate relationship. It’s heavenly to eat but commonly over cooked especially when grilled. Quickly searing fillets then simmering them in a sea of tomatoes, roasted red peppers and fresh tarragon increases the chances of moist texture and imparts flavor…

Pan Seared Chicken with Rhubarb Thyme Sauce

Pan Seared Chicken with Rhubarb Thyme Sauce

Poor rhubarb. Not only does it suffer an identity crisis but also it can’t always stand on its own. It’s thought of more often as a fruit even though it’s technically a vegetable, and a sour one at that – needing to be paired with…

Roasted Asparagus Orzo

Roasted Asparagus Orzo

My Mother’s Day wishes have changed with every stage of parenting. First it was all about sleep. When our kids were babies the best gift was an uninterrupted night and waking up at whatever time I wanted. The toddler to preschool and first few years of…

Chipotle Chop Salad

Chipotle Chop Salad

The components of an exceptional salad are simple. Begin with fresh, chilled greens. Add several ingredients that harmoniously work together to add interesting flavor and texture and toss them with preferably homemade vinaigrette. I’m a fan of Mexican and Southwest ingredients so I’ve brought some…

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.

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.…

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…

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…

Spring Greens with Chicken and Lemon Thyme Buttermilk Vinaigrette

Spring Greens 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…

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…

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…