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….

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,…

Homemade grenadine where have you been all my life?

A few years back I read The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, set primarily in 1920s Paris. One of the many drinks of choice for the characters in the novel is the Jack Rose cocktail. Intrigued, I set out to read a few chapters in the local watering hole only to discover the bartender…