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Grilled Chicken with Blackberry Sweet and Sour Sauce

It is usually a good idea to brine chicken breast of lean pork before grilling.  This helps lessen the chance or winding up with a dry, flavorless piece of meat.  If you can think that far ahead, overnight is best.  If you only have an hour or two, make sure your chicken or pork is not more than an inch thick for best results.  You may want to butterfly your chicken, too.

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Pacific Coast Chowder

The chowder enjoyed in the Pacific Northwest is similar to New England’s famouns chowder since they are both cream based.  Milk and half and half are also used if you prefer a thinner broth.  The thinner broth is preferred on the West Coast.  This chowder is often made with razor clams, which are only found here, but I’ve substituted halibut which is more readily available.  Others like to use canned clams.  You could also add any number of seafood items if you like. Continue reading


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Summer Squash “Fries”

I don’t know if you grow your own yellow summer squash or not, but I do.  Not so much by choice, but it does have a mind of its own.  Last year I planted it with peppers.  I did not get any peppers at all!  The squash took over and it didn’t even let the zucchini or other squashes grow either. Also, I did not realize that I wasn’t supposed to let the grow as big as they can and didn’t even like them.  Now I know they are much sweeter and tender when pick small.   Of course, now they have jumped out of their raised garden and are growing near the entrance to the garden gate.  I suppose they are trying to escape like the carrots did.  Have you read the Great and Mysterious Carrot Escapade? Continue reading


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Blueberry Bulgur Salad

Blueberries and other berries are a staple of our Pacific Northwest.  When paired with other fresh, wholesome ingredients, well, it just doesn’t get any better than that.  Bulgur is a whole grain and as such has a lower glycemic index so it makes you feel good as well as providing important minerals and nutrients including protein.  This recipe uses cracked wheat or a fine grain bulgur for ease of cooking.  I normally prefer a coarser grain bulgur which does need to actually be simmered to cook properly.  You could also use other berries of your choosing.

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Salmon with Hazelnut and Juniper Berry Sauce

I have a fascination with juniper berries.  Years ago, I wanted to brine a turkey using a recipe from Dave Lieberman, but could not find juniper berries.  I searched high and low.  Every time I went to a different grocery store, I would look for them.  One day, my search yielded the little jewels.  I may have actually shouted in the store.  I do know that I carried that jar of juniper berries lovingly in my hand for the rest of my shopping excursion.  I did catch quite a few quizzical glances, but then I was probably babbling to my juniper berries.  By the way, the turkey came out great and now I find juniper berries everywhere.  My friend said I musn’t pick the berries at my work because they spray for bugs or something.

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