Almond brown butter Brussels sprouts – a New Years introduction

This is a family Thanksgiving classic that my aunt used to serve to “introduce” us to Brussels sprouts. It worked. They are still a favorite vegetable of mine. Butter doesn’t have a whole lot of room for improvement, but browning it really does launch it to the next level. Then you add almond slices to…

Butternut beef stew

One of my absolute favorite recipes of all time. I first discovered this in Georgeanne Brennan’s 1998 cookbook Holiday Pumpkins. Her books are a great resource for home gardeners and anyone with an interest in herbs or French food. This recipe caught my eye because it’s such an unusual combination of squash, poblano and pomegranate….

Pot roast – an easy classic

Nothing says, come in from the cold and cozy up like a pot roast dinner. This is easy to make in a slow cooker or in the oven when you are doing other stuff around the house. I made this one using my Lodge cast iron Dutch oven. Start with a chuck roast. I usually…

Chicken soup for the soul

If you’ve been reading this blog, you probably think I eat too much soup. I just can’t help it. It’s so easy to make, so versatile and so delicious. Chicken soup is a perfect light meal for both before and after thanksgiving although maybe swap turkey in the after version. First up is the classic….

Panade and French Onion Soup

I looooooooove French onion soup. So simple, so warming, so delicious. I make it often when I have broth and a fresh bag of onions. And I generally, skip the bread and go with a much more modest dusting of Parmesan instead of melted gruyere, which makes for a low-calorie dinner. It’s very easy to…

Fall salads

The salads I enjoy all summer aren’t quite the same in the colder months. Fortunately, there are many wonderful combinations to switch to that I might like even more. I mimicked a salad from Poppy’s restaurant week menu – this is persimmon, apple, pomegranate, almonds, and goat cheese, mixed with sorrel, arugula, and nasturtium greens….

Sahale style trail mix

We’ve had incredible weather in the Pacific Northwest this fall. It has been bright, warm and even dry. I’ve been inspired to get out and do some fall hikes. Nothing goes better with hiking than trail mix. There’s a local company called Sahale Snacks that has cornered the market on delicious nut and fruit mixes,…