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…

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…

Salmon Dip

This is a dip to be eaten with crackers or toasted bread.  It is made with smoked salmon.  It is meant to be made with heat-smoked salmon, but if you can only fine cold-smoked that is fine too.  

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…

Blackberry Ginger Preserves

Last year I bought one of those little blackberry bushes (really a stick) that we can find outside our grocery stores.  I usually have pretty good luck buying plants from the grocery store.  Seems funny, but whatever.  So last year it actually bore fruit.  It was great!  However, this year, the dang thing has exploded! …

Cantonese Pork

This is not Sweet and Sour Pork, but it is similar. It is made in the crock-pot and served over white rice.                            

Roasted Salmon with Mustard-Herb Sauce

  Salmon is a very healthy fish so it should be eaten often.  I know a lot of people say they do not like salmon because it is too “fishy.”  I find that odd because that is exactly why I do like it, because it is not “fishy.”  Perhaps they are not getting it fresh? …

Butternut Squash and Bean Tacos

Tacos are a fun way to eat vegetarian.  There is an endless supply of variations for stuffing in your tacos.  These are made with soft corn tortillas, which, incidentally, I have successfully made from masa harina just the other day.  But that’s another story.

So You Went and Bought Guava Paste, Now What?

Guava paste is sweet, but not overly so. It is found in Latin food stores, but can also be found in the international aisle in many supermarkets. It comes in a rectangular brick of about 14 ounces. I’ve purchased guava fruit before as when ripe, it has the most divine aroma. The first one I…