Chilled Cucumber and Yogurt Soup (w/fresh Dill & Mint)

Good food and good-for-you food need not be complicated or expensive. Patricia Wells’ Chilled Cucumber Soup exemplifies this truth to a “T”. Last summer while attending her week-long cooking class in Provence, one of the many soups we enjoyed was the Crème de Concombre à L’Anethe et à la Menthe (Chilled Cucumber and Yogurt Soup […]

Moules Mariniére: A Simple French Seafood Classic

I have found that ideas for new and delicious food is ever-present if only I keep my eyes open, and dive into conversations about food with other people who enjoy food as well.  Such a discovery occurred during my taxi ride to Charles de Gaulle airport this past summer as I readied myself to return […]

A Flavorful Summer Salmon Recipe

Last spring, I had the opportunity to take a seafood cooking class with my mom at the local community college here in Bend. The kitchen is a teaching kitchen, so it is fully equipped, and the professor of cuisine on this particular day was a cookbook author and seasoned chef who caters throughout the Pacific […]

A Simple and Luxurious French Onion Soup

“Soup puts the heart at ease, calms down the violence of hunger, eliminates the tension of the day, and awakens and refines the appetite.” — Auguste Escoffier, the founder of Escoffier School of Culinary Arts (his tome of a cookbook) Part of the reason to make meals involving brilliant flavors is to fill the home with […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tomato Gruyère Tart

Fresh, ripe, juicy tomatoes are about to flood the markets here in Oregon, and I have a simple, delicious recipe you will want to try which will bring those much anticipated flavors to the surface: a tomato and Gruyère tart. Inspired by Ina Garten’s recent recipe, I have tailored it for a smaller serving portion […]

A Grecian Couscous Salad

  My first introduction to couscous salad was in Paris. And it was love at first taste. In fact, it became my comfort food as I was on my first international trip and the furthest from home thus far in my life at the age of 20. Being the novice that I was with food […]

Playing with Spring Vegetables & Pasta

When the spring vegetables become available at the farmer’s market, I just want to do a little happy dance. Usually the winters have been long, and so we all have been patiently waiting for the produce that is truly candy for the eyes. It becomes hard to choose which vegetables to purchase for the week, […]