Chef Julie’s Cherry BBQ Sauce

There are so many options for you at the store for BBQ sauce. In the summer months when we are outside grilling more, I personally LOVE BBQ sauce.  So many of our favorite brands though include sweeteners that are not awesome like high fructose corn syrup. One way I like to get around that is just to cut down on the refined sugar by using natural alternatives like cherries or you could go with peaches too if you’d like. I Read More >>

Mustard Pork Chops

Father’s Day is coming up and I would definitely recommend this delicious meal.  If you have the opportunity to grill these chops, I would go for it. I found two fresh pork chops for around $2.50. I served them with some cabbage salad and made a delicious dinner for two for about $4 a piece. Talk about a bargain. If you’re going to grill them, Start by seasoning with a little kosher salt and a pinch of garlic powder. I Read More >>

Cheeseburger Quesadilla

Last week, it started to rain again for a few days in Seattle. (Big surprise, right?)  We were craving a juicy cheeseburger but I didn’t want to open up the grill in the rain. I compromised and whipped up something similar with delicious taste and all the flavors of an American cheeseburger in a thin tortilla. I started by placing a parchment paper on a baking sheet and then adding a 6” tortilla. You could use any size depending on Read More >>

Knife And Fork Turkey Jalapeno Burgers

I love burgers, but I only eat them occasionally although even more in the summer season.  When I do eat burgers, 99% of the time I make them at home so I can fill them with unique ingredients and less judging from waiters on my specific requests. 🙂 A leaner meat to use for a burger that is just as juicy and still really amazing is turkey.  I also found that these burgers hold together perfectly without needing breadcrumbs. Therefore, Read More >>

Spinach And Salmon Pasta Salad

We love fish in the Pacific Northwest. We have plentiful areas full of rivers and oceans to harvest items like salmon and crab that are local literally in my neighborhood or region. It’s great when you have the opportunity to utilize local ingredients in creative ways.  There aren’t a lot of foods that could top just snacking on crab legs with melted butter but it’s not too creative of a meal. The only fun you would get from that on Read More >>

Light Veggie Spinach Dip

If you’re going to a potluck party, this is a delicious dip that tastes great as a vegetable dip or is often found with little chunks of sourdough bread for dipping. This will last on a buffet table for a couple of hours and YUM! Bonus..there are a few vegetables in it. You are going to want to use one 10 oz package of frozen spinach and then thaw and drain it very well.  It works the best in this Read More >>

A Berry Good Day Wrap

I had sinus surgery this week and I’m still in recovery mode but the ambition to create and the need to show more patriotism by sharing red, white and blue foods with my loved ones beckoned me.  I have a lot of love for our soldiers and love a day where we honor them in the past, present and future.  I truly believe this country is the home of the free because of the brave. My prayer for this holiday Read More >>