Port Wine-Fig Sauce

This might just be my new favorite sauce. It’s rich (but not loaded with dairy) and has a depth of flavor that will make your taste buds dance. [Read more…]

Blueberry-Lemon Verbena Compote

I was looking for a summer appetizer recipe – something that involved fruit and cheese. I decided to make a compote using precious summer blueberries. Compotes are less sweet than jams or jellies. They also contain more defined fruit and are usually served shortly after cooking (rather than being jarred). [Read more…]

Grilled Pork and Scallion Tacos

One of my new favorites is to grill scallions (or spring onions). During my weekly trek to the local farmers market I always make sure to pick up a few fresh bunches. They’re very easy to make and they add a nice flavor and crunch to any meal. [Read more…]

Moroccan Spice Marinade

The unofficial end to summer may have come and gone but there’s still plenty of time left to grill before it gets too cold. This recipe packs a lot of flavor from its mix of spices paired with both citrus juice and zest. Add to it a bit of honey for some sweetness.  [Read more…]

Savory Summer Cherry Sauce

At this time of year I just can’t get enough of the Washington state sweet cherries. They have so much flavor and while I love them on their own, they also make a great savory sauce. This is the perfect summer sauce to accompany grilled meat (such as pork or chicken). [Read more…]

Shredded Pork with Asian-Lime Squash

While there are plenty of recipes you can make in your slow cooker during the summer (pulled pork comes to mind), to me the slow cooker reminds me of fall. I kicked-off the season with this great fall dish – perfect to make on a lazy Sunday. [Read more…]

Red Wine and Thyme Pork Tenderloin

This is a great example of how to make something old, new again. I have been using this marinade for pork tenderloins for longer than I can recall.  It’s easy and tasty. Plus, pork tenderloins can easily turn out dry when cooked, but this marinade keeps them very moist. [Read more…]

Pork Carnitas

For as much as I love to cook, for the longest time I struggled with finding the right recipe to make in a slow cooker. Most recipes just didn’t wow me and there was one disaster that I will never live down with certain members of our family (let’s just say I don’t recommend making oatmeal in a slow cooker). But, then I found this recipe for Pork Carnitas and my luck changed! [Read more…]