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 >>

Asian Pear Salad

Apples are abundant in the state of Washington.  We are fortunate and can have a sense of pride here because apples are such a nutritional powerhouse.  They are so versatile too. You can enjoy apples a million different ways and they always hit the spot, don’t they?  I love how many different kinds of apples there are. Today though, I want to mention a fruit that resembles an apple in flavor (the guts, not the skin) that is now grown Read More >>

Easy Homemade Veggie Marinara

One of the challenges of cooking for people is finding options for those who are picky or others who have just a small amount of foods they can eat or will eat. Sometimes there are reasons why some people cannot eat certain foods such as foods that are spicy or extra acidic or some highly sugary fruit. Its easy too for people to feign an allergy to broccoli or tomatoes. I do my best to serve a balance of diverse foods and familiar foods. I place a great Read More >>

Protein Packed Crab And Lentil Cakes

As I grow in my knowledge about what my body needs versus just eating what I like, I am teaching myself how to combine the two to create the best me I can be this year.  An incredibly important part of what our bodies need, is protein.  I’m not saying here that we need to eat more meat. Gram for gram, there are certain plant based proteins that can rival or equal the amounts in animal proteins. One such protein Read More >>

Sweet Potato And Black Bean Tacos

A  delicious dinner without fuss, you’ll love this simplistic vitamin packed dinner.  I love that its quick to make and filling. Its an nontraditional meal but I find when I made it for children, they love the shapes, textures and flavors. They will likely eat the meal in pieces if they are under the age of about  7 but that is pretty normal, right? Sweet Potatoes A food that I love to cook with in the fall and winter  months that Read More >>