Vegetables

Cold Pea Salad with Almonds

I love a “good” pea salad and I decided to make one for my contribution to our Easter Brunch.  I think cold pea salads sing of sunny Spring. Since we’re going to be having ham, I opted for a recipe without (gasp!) bacon.   This recipe is a variation from one I found at Simply Recipes, which I doubled for our brunch and substituted canned water chestnuts for sweet red peppers. I Quickly rinse salt of two 6...

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Grilled Broccoli on the Big Green Egg

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The other day, I decided to toss our broccoli on the Big Green Egg to accompany the rib eye’s I had just finished grilling. Everyone loved them – even my step-son! The flavor is amazing and it’s very simple. I’m making grilled broccoli again tonight so I can share this with you. Wash and chop (bigger pieces) your broccoli and toss it into a large plastic zip-lock baggie. Drizzle olive oil. Add fresh sea salt and...

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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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Pork Pot Pie…from leftovers!

I made this recipe with left-overs from my fridge: two left over pork chops (loin rib roast that were roasted w/rosemary and garlic earlier) roasted left over potatoes and fennel (from the rib roast mentioned above) half a honeycrisp apple green onions fresh rosemary butter Wondra half and half chicken broth frozen peas parmesean Heat oven to 375. I did have to buy a few ingredients. I started with a small package of pancetta and fried it...

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Bruschetta with Chanterelles and Pancetta

This is a delicious easy appetizer that I whipped up last night.  I've been pleasantly surprised to see Chanterelle's at reasonable prices and they're in season so I couldn't resist picking some up even though I wasn't totally sure what I was going to do with them. First I chopped pancetta into small bite sized pieces and brown in a non-stick pan.  Metropolitan Market happened to have a small portion in...

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Steph’s Crispy Pickles

Stephanie Dawson is a real estate agent at John L. Scott’s Kent North office.  She also creates beautiful handmade cards and other hand crafted items.  I had the pleasure of devouring one of Stephanie’s pickles at a planning meeting for the next Seattle RE Barcamp. I was delighted when she told me she has her recipes on video!   Check out her crispy pickles! ...

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Linda Aaron’s Stuffed Squash Blossoms

My goal is to try making a "Farmer's Market Dinner" from what's offered at the one in West Seattle on Sundays.   So when my friend, Linda, shared an amazing photo of her bounty from her local Farmers Market in Ballard, I was all the more motivated.   Something I've never attempted to cook with is squash blossoms…perhaps they look too pretty to eat? I asked Linda how she was going to prepare...

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7 basil plants and 4 jars

Is it worth it?  7 basil plants, 5  red peppers to roast and peel, garlic, toasted  pine nuts etc… 4 cans of fresh pesto.  Saving summer flavors from the garden for winter gloom. via seattlesbirdlady.typepad.com Editor's Note:  Paula is my sister-in-law and a wonderful cook! Had to share this post!! PS: check out her bird houses and thank me...

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Jambalaya Stuffed Bell Peppers on the Big Green Egg

I've always wanted to try this… stuff a bell pepper full of left over Jambalaya… why not smoke it on the Big Green Egg and go all the way! This is an experiment…I'm writing the post as I'm making dinner.   Not everyone in my house is a fan of stuffed peppers so I'm making jambalaya for them and stuffing peppers with the extra.   Metropolitan Market has had red and yellow bell peppers on...

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Grilled Jalapenos in Mexico

Our family recently vacationed in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  One of the restaurants we had lunch at, Zippers, offered grilled jalapeno's as an appetizer.  They were fantastic!  So simple and so good. I'm going to give this a try on the Big Green Egg soon…I'll be sure to report back when I...

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Jillayne’s Walla Walla Onion Soup

Editors Note:  I'm pleased to introduce Jillayne Schlicke, a friend, a fellow blogging real estate professional (she teaches clock hour courses) and founder of the National Association of Mortgage Fiduciaries.   Last night she was discussing her soup on Facebook and I asked if she would allow me to share it here with you.  Jillayne is our first "guest author".  I can't wait...

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Oven Baked French Fries

My stepson told me that my fries are as good as Sunfish Grills–a huge compliment!  They're super easy to make and they do taste good without being fried in grease.   Preheat oven to 425. Wash, then slice potatoes lengthwise 1/4 inch thick.  Be sure to leave the skins on.  Put in a large bowl and cover with boiling water.  Let soak for about 8-10 minutes then drain and blot with paper...

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Quick and Easy Meatball Soup

I've found this to be a great weeknight dish for when dinner time is sneaking up on me and I don't have time (or want to) go to the grocery store.   Don't tell anyone, but I actually use frozen Italian meatballs from Costco!  The kids like it and I'm able to make substitutions to the recipe when needed…and did I forget to mention it's pretty tasty? Here's how I made last night's version...

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Roasted Asparagus

I origally had this recipe posted here…I was reminded about it since my in-laws hinted they would love me to bring this (again) for Christmas Eve. This is the dish I'm requested to make for just about any family gathering…including Thanksgiving.   It works year round and you can easily substitute various ingredients (for example, bacon instead of pancetta or Gouda instead of goat cheese).  It's quick, easy...

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