Balsamic Green Bean and Potato Salad

Balsamic Green Bean and Potato Salad

My generous neighbor Jack gave me a huge bag of freshly picked green beans – aren’t I so lucky to be his neighbor? I had some small baby Dutch potatoes in the refrigerator that needed to be used up...

Blueberry Crisp

Blueberry Crisp

  We had friends over for dinner and I wanted to make a nice yet simple dessert. I’ve seen a lot of terrific recipes for crisps out there lately and I thought a blueberry crisp would be a perfect...

Spinach Salad with Soy Ginger Dressing

Spinach Salad with Soy Ginger Dressing

One of my very favorite restaurants here in Portland is called Seasons and Regions. It has wonderful seafood, great service and they have the best spinach salad with a soy ginger dressing. I have tried to recreate it at...

Crab Cakes

Crab Cakes

I’ve been craving crab cakes lately so when I saw a container of lump crab meat at Costco, I instantly knew what I would be making for dinner. I wanted to taste the crab not a bunch of fillers...

Beef and Bean Enchiladas

Beef and Bean Enchiladas

I had some lean ground beef to use up in my refrigerator and since I am always craving Mexican food I decided to make beef enchiladas. This was the first time using Trader Joe’s enchilada sauce, and while I...

Blueberry Pancakes

Blueberry Pancakes

We still have a bunch of blueberries that my neighbor Jack gave us so I decided to try a blueberry pancake recipe I found in the August edition of Cooking Light. It was a very simple recipe to make...

Gemelli with Turkey Italian Sausage and Roasted Vegetables in a Parmesan Cream Sauce

Gemelli with Turkey Italian Sausage and Roasted Vegetables in a Parmesan Cream Sauce

My mother in law Fran and her husband Bud came to our house for a quick visit and dinner before they headed home to Idaho. I thought pasta with roasted veggies and turkey Italian sausage would be a nice...

Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos with a Mango and Black Bean Salsa

Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos with a Mango and Black Bean Salsa

We had friends coming for dinner and I wanted to make something healthy, tasty and quick. I have been craving a mango/black bean salsa for awhile and found a terrific recipe over at Closet Cooking. I thought the salsa...

Greek Style Smorgasbord

Greek Style Smorgasbord

We have been having a heatwave here in Portland. It has been in the 100’s everyday this week – 107 yesterday. I am not a fan of this kind of heat and I certainly don’t want to cook when...

Blueberry - Yogurt Muffins

Blueberry – Yogurt Muffins

My wonderful neighbor Jack recently gave me a huge gallon sized bag filled with fresh blueberries. I placed them in the freezer and have been making all sorts of goodies with these sweet berries ever since. The kids were...