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,…

Whole roasted romanesco

Romanesco is a showstopper. It’s an architectural wonder vegetable offering the best of both broccoli and cauliflower. Often I prepare it in a similar manner to those vegetables, but serving it like this puts its best features on display. This is easy enough to make. Preheat the oven to 425. Remove stems and leaves from…

Coconut curry soup

I saved a bit of the basil I bought for pesto to treat myself with a warming coconut curry soup. The aromatic combination of curry, ginger, lemongrass, garlic and fresh herbs was splendid for the cold I’ve been fighting. The soup is a bit complicated to make with so many flavors and toppings, but it’s…

Pesto and its many wonderful uses

Basil pesto doesn’t exactly scream out fall, but oddly, I still have a ton of garden fresh tomatoes. They were once green and have ripened on the counter. I haven’t had much use for them, so I thought why not splurge on a summer favorite to use the rest. Pesto is a decadent mix of…

Pumpkin seeds

I’m a big fan of salty crunchy things so I never miss a chance to make this more healthy option. Very crunchy, but with good fiber and micronutrients. These are from my Halloween pumpkin, but this method is great for the seeds from any winter squash – butternut, acorn, spaghetti, delicata all have edible seeds….

Roast chicken: fall comfort food at its best

Once the weather turns colder and darker – or maybe it’s just the perfect meal for football season – I get motivated to roast a chicken every week. I love trying new herbs and flavorings. Plus having leftover roast chicken for soups, salads, and whatnot is invaluable for quick meals. And then of course, it’s…

Roasted root vegetables

This is one of my favorite fall and winter side dishes. It makes use of the best seasonal produce and can be varied endlessly. My favorite combination is sweet potato, carrot, parsnip, fennel, and potato with onions and garlic. Dice them all up and add 3 bay leaves, 1 tablespoon of herbes de Provence, and…