Chicken and Chardonnay

Plump chicken thighs, seared and then finished in the oven, sautéed Lactino kale, and a roasted potatoes to sop up the pan juices made dinner fit for a king. As far as wine pairings are concerned chicken and Chardonnay is not a revolutionary combination.   This angular Grand Cru Chablis from the Bougros vineyard possessed acidity that…

In my pantry there is…

a bag of sunshine.  In the greige that is the Seattle winter the brilliant color and flavor of this dish brings a smile to my face.  😊 Turmeric, carrots, and squash are responsible for this sublime soup.  The coconut milk adds creamy texture and tropical notes to the dish. Ginger and chili oil bring some…

A ‘Piefecta’

There was something of a theme on Saturday between pizza pie, apple pie, and Shepherds pie.   It began with lunch out to catch up with family who had made the cross country trek for the holiday weekend.  Pies with potatoes, pies with prosciutto, and one petit cheese and tomato pie.  Paired with Lambrusco and charcuterie…

Seeing stars…

After the initial excitement of Christmas morning passes and the first pot of coffee drained the big hunger announces itself.  This adapted shortbread recipe from the first Herfarm Restaurant cookbook produces crisp, fluffy biscuits. The recipe was doubled on purpose to have leftovers to freeze for another day. Flour, 4 cups Baking Powder, 2t Baking Soda,…

A winter minestrone of sorts

Something soothing to transition from the hectic hustle and bustle leading up to this holiday weekend.  This soup simmered on the stove top for an hour or so.  Long enough for  everything to soften and flavors to meld. Kale, 1 bunch Garlic, 2 cloves minced Shallot, 1 minced Thyme, 1 T Bay leaf Cannellini beans,…

Elder & Oak

Getting into the swing of things tonight – herb crusted pork loin, pumpkin puree, lentils.  A fancier than usual Wednesday night dinner with big impact and not an exponential amount of effort compete with a pairing. It would be easy to simply season the port loin and allow it to roast away in the oven….

Well, crêpe…

Both delightfully easy and difficult the master, crêpes are a jack of all trades in the kitchen.  Breakfast, lunch, light supper these paper thin pancakes are chameleons of flavor.  Today this scratched the itch for lunch. Flour, 1 cup Milk, 3/4 cup Water, 1/2 cup Eggs, 2 whole Butter, 3T melted Combine all in a…

Maple Glazed…

Delicata squash is easy to love.  It’s tender, sweeet, and more forgiving than its brethren.  The cylindrical shape makes it easy to clean out the interior once split open.  The skin itself remains tender throughout the cooking process; one less step, one less utensil to pull out.  The striped skin also provides a nice contrast…

Sugar & Spice

Once again the no nonsense cooking style of Nigella Lawson does not let me down.  This moist, airy cake requires no creaming of butter and sugar.  It does possess eggs, baking soda, and baking powder.  In the end the batter is quite heavy.  Without the three of these leavening agents working together the result would…

One Sweet Mama

An irresistible squash for a recipe that takes inspiration from The River Cottage Cookbook and spends more time in the oven than on the cutting board.  The heavy lifting involves carving out the lid and interior cavity.  Make the lid wide enough to easily scoop out the seeds and later the cooked pulp.  Take care not…

2013 Fabrizio Dionisio “Il Castagno” Syrah

Snow falls soft and steady outside the window.  The night air has taken on that distinct quiet that comes with crisp winter weather.  Holiday lights glow like beacons in the foggy light. When the mercury dips the appetite cries out for meals with deeply satisfying flavors that warm you down to the marrow of your…

Æbelskiver 

These pillowy puffs of spherical pancake signal winter has settled in. They come to the table stacked high and blanketed in a heavy dusting of powdered sugar. They can be eaten this way paired simply with a piping hot cup of coffee.  Or, the can be stuffed while cooking in the pan with jams, jellies,…