How many times have you gotten a nice head of broccoli on a long thick stalk and just tossed away the stalk? Or maybe you trimmed the stalk and chopped it up to use it in soup? Well, here’s an idea; spiralize it and eat it as pasta! Best done with a nice thick stalk. All you have to do is trim the knobs off … Read more Don’t Throw that Broccoli Stalk Away – Spiralize it!
I am not a creature of habit. Well, particularly when it comes to cooking anyway. I don’t really enjoy making the same thing twice as I am always looking to create something new. However, as a go to meal whenever dining alone at home, I often make myself nachos. It’s my one true addiction that I absolutely crave! Nachos aren’t necessarily the healthiest item on a … Read more A Healthy Twist on Nachos!
Wow! Talley Farms grows the most amazing Green Bell Peppers. They are large, vibrant green specimens that taste so bright and fresh, they’re not like any other green bell peppers I’ve ever eaten! Their perfect size and shape makes them a spectacular condiment for stuffing. But there are other cool ways you can use them as well, such as this incredible Peperonata recipe that I … Read more Great New Ideas for Talley’s Bell Pepper Season!
Nutrient-filled Garbanzo Beans and Antioxidant-filled Fresh Corn pair up together in these sensational and healthy tacos! No need to spend hours over the stove preparing meat for your tacos when you can make these hearty, delicious tacos in a matter of minutes! The process is quite simple. You grill the corn cobs on a grill pan or outside grill while you are sautéing your garbanzo beans on … Read more Garbanzo Beans and Corn Make an Amazing Filling for these Tacos!
Fresh slaws make a perfect compliment to any grilled fish or meat. They add a little acid to cut the richness of protein and give you just the right fresh ingredients necessary to balance out your meal. With corn now in season, it is a terrific ingredient to add a bit of sweetness and crunch to create a fabulous slaw! I adapted this recipe from … Read more Balance your Grilled Feast with this Fabulous Corn & Cabbage Slaw!
Some of the time I just don’t want a large, traditional meal for dinner. My idea was to go to a hip joint, where I could enjoy a nice bottle of wine and an array of great charcuterie. No better place to do that than Olympia Provisions in Portland, Oregon! They offer two locations for dining and we selected their Southeast site located in a beautifully restored industrial building. … Read more The Best Place to have Charcuterie for Dinner
Eggplant is an odd vegetable to me. I have had dishes with eggplant that I thoroughly love and crave often. Other eggplant dishes I find to be quite unappealing in both taste and appearance. How is it that one vegetable can be both so wonderful and also so displeasing? Always on the hunt for a way to create something delicious and satisfying from all that nature … Read more You will Love Eggplant in this Irresistibly Scrumptious Caponata!
While conducting my research for our visit to Portland, Oregon, I found a truly unique dining experience that sounded very enticing. Supporting my love for everything vegetable, this seemed like a perfect fit. Located in the Buckman neighborhood of Portland, “Farm Spirit” is a small venue in a retail strip building. It houses a long bar counter with about 14 seats accommodating two seatings per night. While seated … Read more You can’t beat “Farm Spirit” for a True Farm-to-Table Experience!
There are oodles of wonderful stone fruits available in the summer. People are devouring them by the dozens, trying to enjoy their sublime ripeness while they are at their best. Aside from eating them raw and putting them in an array of desserts such as crumbles, cobblers, tarts and pies, they are grilling them, making ice cream and sorbet with them; the list goes on. Detouring … Read more This Gorgeous Salad is also Big on Taste!
Don’t limit yourself to only cooking food with your produce. Here’s an idea that I got from The Lemonade Coookbook for making fun beverages. There are so many drink combinations you can create to cool you off on these hot summer days. I selected their Kiwi/Strawberry Lemonade. It was super delish on it’s own and made an amazing cocktail with some Vanilla Vodka! What is really … Read more A Refreshing Beverage that can also be made into a Cocktail!