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Guest Chef Recipe: Barney’s Baked Pears

This recipe is from Barney Louck's a Real Estate Broker with John L. Scott in Federal Way. This time of year the pears are so sweet, that we cut the top and bottom off, hollow out with melon baller, stuff with oatmeal, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter, and bake at 375 for 45 minutes to an hour, till a knife tip slides in easily…served warm with Greek yogurt sweetened with agave...

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Turkey on the Big Green Egg

[Editors Note: LIVE POST!] I've attempted smoking a whole turkey on the Big Green Egg once before. This time, after enjoying a fantastic turkey on Thanskgiving at my little sisters home that my brother in law brined, I decided to do the same.  I have a 10 pound turkey that has been soaking in this brine just shy of 24 hours from one of my favorite cooks, The Pioneer Woman.   This is a fresh bird – it has not...

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Quick and Easy Fresh Tomato Salsa

Cut one jalapeno in half and remove the stem and seeds (carefully!) and add to food processor with a bunch (roughly a cup) of cilantro leaves. Chop for 10 – 20 seconds in food processor. Add juice of one lime and some salt and pepper to taste and give a couple pulses to mix.  NOTE: the next time I make this salsa, I think I'm going to finely grate some of the rind off of the lime to add to the salsa. Add 5 medium tomatoes roughly...

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Sea Scallops with Chanterelles and Pancetta over mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes

This is a very easy, delicious dinner and I only dirtied two pans!  It's a treat that I like to make when the kids aren't home for dinner. First I start with boiling the yukon golds or your choice of potatoes in salted water. I prefer yukon golds for mashed potatoes because they're so creamy and I leave the peel on.  I often make extra mashed potatoes so we can have potato pancakes later. While the potatoes are boiling, I...

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Spicy Cherry Tomato Jam

We are so lucky to have a bounty of tomatoes from our patio garden this year! After a few summers of dismal results, we are determined to not let any tomatoes be wasted. We always enjoy bruschetta but now my new favorite thing to make with our tomatoes is jam! I actually posted this first on Facebook "live" and I've been tweeking the recipe a little every time I make it. I used small canning jars that have been cleaned and...

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Gourmet Bacon Blue Cheese Tator Tots

I've had this vision of watching Napoleon Dynamite and serving gourmet tator tots.  Well that combo hasn't happened yet…but last night, when we were having a couple of New York steaks for dinner and I forgot to pick up a side at the store, I had my chance to create my gourmet tots. Embarassingly easy and very tasty! I start with: ORE-IDA Tator Tots Crispy Crowns.  I sprinkled them with some truffle salt and fresh...

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Red Rice and Beans

I whipped this up to accompany the carnitas tacos I made today. Since this dish was super easy and it's receiving rave reviews, I thought I'd better write it down fast before I forget what I made!  This is another "pantry" dish.  I started with a little olive oil and butter in a fry pan. Then added about 1/4 cup (or more) of chopped sweet onion.  Saute for a couple minutes and then add 1 cup of white rice....

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