A Simple Everyday Dinner: Parmesan Chicken & Toasted Forbidden Rice

~This recipe was the weekly Petit Plaisir inspired by the topic discussed in episode #234 of the podcast – Becoming Your Best Self: Embracing the Transformation Process Last week I was exhausted and happy all at the same time, and of course, I was also hungry. It was Wednesday, and as many of you know, […]

Season 1 Premiere – Sole Meunière & A Classic French Meal

Welcome to The Simply Luxurious Kitchen and its first season and episode! I am very excited to welcome you into my kitchen which has become a haven of curiosity and exploration for me over the years and share with you what I have learned to simplify and amplify the flavor in your everyday cooking excurions.  […]

A Savory Vegetarian Wintery Treat: Mushroom, Thyme and Leek Galette

The recipes I gravitate toward tickle my curiosity, and it is often that a recipe sparks my attention when I least expect it. For example, while I was making the long, wintery drive to my parents’ home this past holiday vacation, I was listening to the many downloaded podcast episodes of the cooking shows I […]

Salmon en Papillote: A Delicious Gift to Unwrap

Salmon is arguably one of my favorite proteins when it comes to deciding what to make for dinner. Offering an abundance of healthy fats and delicious flavor, it is a salmon fillet that I will enjoy at least once a week. I prefer wild salmon (above you see I used Sockeye salmon), but there are […]

Savory Roasted Filberts (Hazelnuts): the secret recipe

The Filbert (aka the hazelnut) is Oregon’s nut. Well, sort of. Ninety-eight percent of the hazelnuts/filberts/cob nuts grown in the United States are grown in Oregon; however, from a global perspective, most of these nuts are grown in Europe and the Middle East (Turkey and Italy, for example). The term Filbert surprised me at first […]

Pan Seared Oregon Sea Scallops with Butter Lemon Caper Sauce

Over the weekend I found myself in Eugene, Oregon. And while our fresh produce stands and farmers markets in Bend have closed for the season, I was hoping that those in Eugene were still open for a few more weeks. I was in luck. I stopped into Thistledown Farms and picked up my produce for […]

Summer Simple Yum: Caprese Salad

    I have had a love affair with caprese anything for what feels like forever. With this caprese appetizer being my go-to for guests or just myself, when I saw today’s recipe in Bon Appétit’s recent issue, I couldn’t wait to make it my own. The triumvirate of flavors: tomato, mozzarella and basil, no […]

Roasted Bell Pepper Farro Salad

If you love Ina Garten’s recipes and have even one of her cookbooks, you are going to want to check out the muse for today’s recipe. Lidey Heuck is a recipe tester for the Barefoot Contessa. Having her own blog, Lidey’s Table, it was her summer salad which Ina Garten shared on her instagram recently crediting […]

Farro Salad with Tomatoes, Herbs & Chicken

I have been reading this book recently, and as well have been working on reducing the excess sugar in my diet as a new year’s resolution. Farro has danced in my mind as a grain to try, but up until last week, I must admit, I had never tried it. Again, the student must be […]

Lemon Basil Zucchini Noodle Salad

Summer offers good health and food on a platter, and it feels as though it is simply up to us to open our arms and embrace the abundance. From long days to get outside and explore, exercise and breathe fresh air to fresh produce begging to be savored if only we knew what to do […]