Mussels have a special place in my heart. My husband proposed to me right after we feasted on wild mussels that we (mostly he) harvested from the Long Island Sound. Now when I have them I can’t help but think of that special day. This recipe combines two of my favorite summer ingredients, corn off
This is an easy recipe that is perfect for hot summer days. The cucumber makes it light and refreshing, while the almonds give it a touch of richness. It has a good punch of flavor from the vinegar and garlic. I normally eat mine for lunch, but it would also be a great starter for
In the spring of 2012, when Dave and I were first dating, I would cook for him whenever we had nights off together. One day I was craving the spiciness and boldness I associated with jerk chicken. He countered by suggesting orange chicken. I compromised and made an orangey, jerk-inspired chicken. The truth is I
The first year Dave and I dated we planted a small lavender plant and a Hood Strawberry plant in his backyard, side by side. Though I had a hunch and hope then that we would be together a long time, I had no idea we would be living in the same house nine years later.
We used to make giardinera back when I worked at Southpark. I think we served it with a charcuterie board, but I loved taking it and adding it to mixed greens for a salad for my shift meal, or just munching on it as is. It was always so refreshing, and had plenty of flavor
I had my first Singapore Sling this year on my birthday. Most sources say the Singapore Sling was developed at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, but it’s possible it was developed a bit earlier. (Check out this article from Imbibe.) It is a bit sweeter than cocktails I normally select, but so refreshing on a
The first time I made this summer side dish was about ten years ago in my apartment in downtown Portland. I had a balcony with a tiny tabletop grill and could look out towards the city while I cooked. I originally meant for two separate sides of grilled veggies and couscous, but decided to combine
Summer grilling and potluck season is here! As a kid, I always loved my mom’s potato salad, but I quickly learned not all potato salads are created equally. They can be too gloppy, have too much mayo, or just be blah. I don’t remember exactly how my mom made hers, but it was flavorful without
This recipe was inspired by ingredients rather than a particular dish, but it is strongly influenced by my exposure to Moroccan and Middle Eastern recipes. I bought sumac for the first time when I started noticing it in Ottolenghi cookbooks. Sumac is a beautiful red color, and is tangy, without the acidity that citrus has.
Grain salads are a great lunch or side dish. Grains are very nutritious, and full of fiber so they are satiating. Add in some colorful vegetables, sweet and chewy dried apricots, crunchy walnuts, and a zippy vinaigrette, and it makes a dish that is both beautiful and exciting for the palate. For this recipe I