home cooked dinners by the season

Category: Summer

All-in-one Summer Dinner Pasta

All-in-one Summer Dinner Pasta

The idea of cooking dinner every night can be overwhelming. This quote I saw on instagram sums it up, even for me and I truly enjoy cooking. “Who knew the hardest part of being an adult is figuring out what to cook for dinner every…

Revisiting Orechiette with Heirloom Tomatoes, Basil and Chicken Sausage

Revisiting Orechiette with Heirloom Tomatoes, Basil and Chicken Sausage

Right now it’s all about tomatoes. Ripe, plump, juicy and bursting with the flavor that is really only possible to get this time of year. Yes, we’re lucky they are available all year long, but honestly when tomatoes truly aren’t in season I will take…

Fresh Basil and Pistachio Pasta – revisited

Fresh Basil and Pistachio Pasta – revisited

  Without a doubt, now is the best time to be cooking with fresh basil. Whether from your own garden or a farmer’s market, it is infinitely more flavorful than the packages available year round in the grocery store. This is one of my favorite…

Crispy Chicken Salad

Crispy Chicken Salad

Every so often I crave fried chicken. Not the thickly battered, slightly greasy bone-in pieces I associate with a not to be named fast food restaurant that showed up in a cardboard bucket at my childhood picnics. Instead a version using boneless, skinless chicken and…

Summer’s Best Burger

Summer’s Best Burger

The Blended Burger Project is the genius idea of the James Beard Foundation. It began as a way to encourage healthier eating that is more sustainable for our planet by blending ground meat with mushrooms. Unknowingly I had started doing my own testing for ways…

It’s all about the Tomatoes

It’s all about the Tomatoes

Tomato season is here and for me there is no greater sense of urgency then now to enjoy their sweet full flavor and plump juicy texture. It’s truly how nature intended them to be. Technology and farming techniques have made it possible to grow and…

Summertime Chicken Burgers

Summertime Chicken Burgers

Right now is perhaps my favorite time of year. The light beginning early in the morning and extending well beyond what’s typical, is reason enough to feel happy about what’s to come now that summer has officially arrived. It’s also reason to be eating more of…

Last Push Panzanella

Last Push Panzanella

With a little less than a week to spare before the official end of summer, here’s one last indulgence with what I consider summer’s savory candy. Promise me you’ll use homegrown or locally grown tomatoes for this modified version of the beloved Italian Panzanella salad.…

Indian Grilled Chicken with Fresh Peach Relish

Indian Grilled Chicken with Fresh Peach Relish

Sometimes I avoid cooking with peaches so I don’t have to deal with removing the skin. It’s lazy and ridiculous, I know.  And my loss to not be slicing, chopping and cooking with this luscious, melt in your mouth fruit. Particularly at their absolute finest…

Summer Kissed Watermelon Salad

Summer Kissed Watermelon Salad

I don’t remember the outcome, but the images from the watermelon eating contest between my older teenage sister and her best friend, are as clear as if it was yesterday. Not the typical something two sixteen-year old girls do, so it made an impression. Hands…

California Chicken Chop Salad

California Chicken Chop Salad

I count you one of the lucky ones if you’ve tasted a date shake. My husband introduced me to them many years ago at Hadley’s Fruit Orchard about 30 miles West of Palm Springs, California. Back then, their location was marked by a huge metal…

30-Minute Fresh Tomato Mozzarella and Crushed Black Peppercorn Spaghetti

30-Minute Fresh Tomato Mozzarella and Crushed Black Peppercorn Spaghetti

The first time I grew tomatoes I knew very little about gardening. But we had a small south facing garden spot between our walkway and house begging to be planted. So we put three Early Girls in the ground. The steady sunshine and heat thrown…

Rubbed Salmon Arugula Corn Salad

Rubbed Salmon Arugula Corn Salad

The stars line up just one time of the year for these four ingredients and lucky for us it’s now. Wild caught salmon, sweet corn on the cob, melt in your mouth cherry tomatoes and peppery fresh arugula leaves. There is nothing like eating whole,…

Past Posted Summer Favorites

Past Posted Summer Favorites

I’m not sure whether licking the cow’s salt block was a daring or a stupid thing to do, but my cousin always did it. Between that and the maze of hay bales in the attic of my Grandpa’s barn we were easily entertained when we…

Grilled Orange Chicken Skewers

Grilled Orange Chicken Skewers

They’re something satisfying about knowing what I am going to make for dinner as I sit at my desk working or if I’m off carrying on with my day somewhere. Admittedly there are many days when that’s not the case and I’ve waited long into…

Island Teriyaki Grilled Flat Iron Steak

Island Teriyaki Grilled Flat Iron Steak

It never occurred to me I’d lose my recipes. But many years ago the morning our house burned to the ground they were gone. It was a very sad and humbling day for our family. But there was a silver lining. We were not in the…

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…

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…

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…

Orechiette with Heirloom Tomatoes, Basil and Chicken Sausage

Orechiette with Heirloom Tomatoes, Basil and Chicken 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…