Blackened Salmon Fish Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa and Watermelon Radishes

Blackened Salmon Fish Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa and Watermelon Radishes

My blackened salmon fish tacos with tomatillo salsa and watermelon radishes hit just the right spot for culinary happiness this time of year.  I’ve been thinking about cooking salmon for a while now.  Salmon is one of those foods that only I eat in our household.  Clay is convinced that salmon is just too fishy – I, on the other hand, am a fan.  In the past year, I’ve been playing around with salmon recipes that are lunch friendly.  In…

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Peach Sangria

Peach Sangria

I found some of the largest peaches I’ve encountered in quite some time at Whole Foods this past week, so of course, had to immediately chop up one of them to make peach sangria.  This is the sangria I’ve been waiting for all summer long – simple, quick and easy to make, and very, very easy to drink, especially after work on a Friday. I made this with peach brandy, largely because I couldn’t find peach schnapps.  Unlike many peach…

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Beet Ravioli in Wonton Wrappers

Beet Ravioli in Wonton Wrappers

This beet ravioli in wonton wrappers demonstrates my truce with beets.  I know I’m not the only one who was forced to eat beets as a kid and found the absolutely revolting.  It wasn’t until Clay and I joined a CSA when we lived in Southern Oregon that I even realized that beets come in more varieties than the boiled-to-death red kind.  I also discovered through that experience that beets can be very versatile – they can be used in…

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Fig and Prosciutto Salad with Creamy Parmesan Dressing

Fig and Prosciutto Salad with Creamy Parmesan Dressing

I decided to play with some sweet and salty this week in this fig and prosciutto salad with creamy parmesan dressing.  We had three outrageously hot days here in the PNW followed by two very cool days.  All of these ups and downs in the weather are screaming fall is coming – break out the pumpkin spice!  Even my recipes this week are starting to move into fall flavors (just a little).  Figs are a late summer fruit here in…

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Peach Sage Bellinis

Peach Sage Bellinis

As late summer progresses, I start thinking about fall flavors and a quintessential fall flavor for me is sage.  Sage is harbinger of cooler nights and warmer meals, as well as an herb that signals Thanksgiving.  I planted a sage plant at the start of the season and it has been busy under the cover of the chives, producing lots and lots of leaves.  I’ve been looking and it and thinking, what do I do with you?  And then I…

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Zucchini Coconut Cashew Muffins

Zucchini Coconut Cashew Muffins

I find that I can produce some interesting results in baking when I find that I’m missing ingredients.  This was very much the case with these zucchini coconut cashew muffins.  I started out thinking I was going to make lemon zucchini muffins, but then realized my only lemon had gone into a cocktail earlier in the weekend.  At that point, I thought it might be a good idea to check the rest of my ingredient list, and realized that I…

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Summer Squash and Goat Cheese Tart

Summer Squash and Goat Cheese Tart

I’m sure my readers have noticed me waxing rapturous about most vegetables that come my way, particularly throughout the summer time.  The only summer veggie that I have a very indifferent relationship with is summer squash.  I attribute it to the fact that summer squash has a propensity to become slimy when cooked, which is a texture I just can’t stand in food.  That said, I really enjoy cooking with squash blossom flowers, and with that in mind, planted a…

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Rough Puff Pastry

Rough Puff Pastry

I’ve been an avid watcher of The Great British Baking Show for the past two seasons.  It’s been this avid watching that finally gave me the courage to try my hand at puff pastry.  I decided to start off with trying rough puff pastry, largely because I really like saying rough puff pastry.  I also like the allure of the quick and easy.  I’ve wanted to make various things with puff pastry, but every time I buy it at the…

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Fig Bourbon Sour

Fig Bourbon Sour

As August progresses, I’m doing my best to get my fill of all the summer fruit I can: particularly if I can add that fruit to a cocktail like this Fig Bourbon Sour. I’m not a fan of overly sweet drinks, so the tangy sharp lemon, offset by the sweet fresh fig is my idea of refreshing on a Friday afternoon after a long week. I absolutely love figs. I have very fond memories of living in Tularosa, New Mexico…

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Nectarine Coffee Cake Muffins

Nectarine Coffee Cake Muffins

These Nectarine Coffee Cake Muffins feel a little like I’m starting to grasp at the very last of summer.  We’ve had such a very mild summer here in the PNW – yesterday, when I made these muffins, my cat temperature barometer, our thirteen-year-old calico, was on the couch, thoroughly covered with my shawl.  In fact, all of the kitties this weekend were saying that winter is coming – there was a lot of cat piling together on the couch with…

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