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Chanterelle Risotto

Chanterelle Risotto |

Well, the cat is out of the bag on some pretty big Me News. I am leaving my job at Girl Scouts and moving on to a new position at Provenance Hotels, a.k.a. the company that owns the fabulous Governor, De Luxe and Lucia here in Portland, two hotels in Seattle, one in Nashville and […]

Cooked up on November 6, 2013

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Shortcut Pumpkin Ricotta Ravioli with Brown Butter & Sage

Shortcut Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Butter & Sage | PDXfoodlove

I have a total cheat to making ravioli. No, it’s not the same as making handmade pasta and I’ll never make that claim. But it’s pretty darn good, and it’s easy, while handmade pasta is not. If you ever want to make ravioli at home and don’t have the time or the patience or just […]

Cooked up on October 31, 2013

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Seared Scallops with Spinach and White Beans

seared scallops with white beans and spinach

Ah, Lenten Fridays. We eat meat-free food quite frequently in our home, so eating meatless for a few spring Fridays is not a very difficult task. But for some reason, instead of our favorite meatless meals in the rotation, we use our observation as an excuse to do something cool with seafood. This is what […]

Apple, Chévre and Honey Crostini

What a weekend! It was much busier than I had anticipated. Dave got home from New York Friday afternoon and it is so good to have him back. Somehow, we were able to find an identical replacement for our 90-year-old antique doorknob at the Rebuilding Center in northeast Portland, and our front door now has […]

Chocolate Soufflés

Chocolate Souffles

I can think of very few things that I love more than to spend the evening with Dave making an excellent meal together. But I value that experience even more when it’s a very busy week at work (like it is right now! Have you guys heard of Girl Scout Cookies? They’re a thing.) And […]

Cooked up on February 13, 2013

More like this: baking | date night | dessert | entertaining | holiday | under 1 hour | vegetarian

Ricotta Gnudi with Pomodoro Sauce

Ricotta Gnudi with Pomodoro

A word about fresh pasta: It is basically da bomb, and I don’t use that term lightly. It’s especially excellent if you are trying to express your love via food for someone this week. This is the second recipe we’ve made from the February Bon Appetit (which has pasta on the cover and tons of […]

Cooked up on February 12, 2013

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Easiest Lemon, Rosemary and Salmon Bake

Easiest Lemon Salmon Bake

Happy New Year, everyone! I’m excited to close the chapter of 2012 and make 2013 the best year yet – which if all of things already in place are any indication, it just might be. I don’t know if I’ve ever gone into a year with so many weekends, visits, travel plans and special occasions […]

Crepes With Asparagus and Lemon Butter

  So you want something buttery and delicious, but still pretty light? This is what we made for dinner on Saturday evening. Crepes are a great way to make a date night caliber dinner at home. You can dress them for dinner or dessert, and pretty much do whatever you want. This time, they were […]

Bacon Turkey Cheeseburgers

When Valentine’s Day falls on a week day, we tend to celebrate a little on that day and a lot the following weekend. This year, Dave and I made this delectable cheeseburger and had it with a bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir. And this weekend, there will be cake. Oh, there will be cake. I’m thinking […]

Cooked up on February 15, 2012

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NYE Dinner Part Deux: Steak Au Poivre

As promised, here’s the second half of our delicious NYE dinner: Just looking at this thing makes me hungry all over again. Now, just as a disclaimer, we did not and do not know how to explain the whole flambe part of this, because our kitchen hood is not super tall and would have been […]

Cooked up on January 3, 2012

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