In 2009, I made an effort to learn how to cook and to be mindful of where my ingredients came from. I signed up for a CSA (community sustainable agriculture) program and started receiving boxes full of fresh fruits and vegetables every week – all of which had been grown and harvested in the NW (or as close as possible).

This new lifestyle has resulted in an addiction to the Food Network, an obsession with food blogs written by fantastic women across the country, a commitment to recycling food waste and therefore decreasing my carbon footprint (though I hadn’t really thought of that until just now, and so I went an calculated and discovered that my footprint was 5.87 metric tons of CO2 in 2010. The average American’s carbon footprint is 20.something, so I’m winning in that regard), and the development of an adventurous culinary spirit which I nourish through my own creation as well as through those celebrated chefs in the NW who also believe in cooking the way I do (though their talent, resources, expertise, and equipment far exceed my own).

All that said, below you’ll find a list of recipes I’ve enjoyed making. You’ll notice a lot of love for recipes by Smitten Kitchen and The Pioneer Woman- I simply adore them and they often post recipes when the ingredients in their refrigerator’s match mine. Apologies for any confusion in the categorization… I’ve done my best. Enjoy!


Spiced Apple Chips

Herbed Flatbread

French Onion Soup Stuffed Mushrooms

White bean & Artichoke Dip

Eggplant Salad Toasts

Herbed Mushroom Stuffed Pastry Cups

Black-Eyed Pea Dip

Lebanese Meat-Stuffed Pitas

Corn, Buttermilk and Chive Popovers

Smoked Mozz and Sundried Tomato Cigars + Salad

Peppered Rosemary Oat Crackers

Avocado Goat Cheese Spread

Marscapone-Chive-Bacon Dip

Rosemary-Lemon White Bean Dip

Crispy Delicata Squash Rings with Apple-Fennel Relish

Cumin Seed Roasted Cauliflower

Smoked Mozz and Sundried Tomato Cigars + Salad


Spinach and White Bean Soup

Alice Waters’ Cauliflower Soup

Autumn Minestrone Soup

Quinoa Soup with beef

Indian Lentil Soup with Fenugreek

Summer Corn Chowder

Carrot Soup with Miso & Sesame

Smoky Salmon + Fennel Chowder



Roast Crispy Duck

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Salt-Roasted Chicken

Roast Chicken w/ Parsnips, Beets and beer pan juices

Roast Chicken w/ Broccoli Rabe, Fingerling Potatoes

Moroccan Chicken Dumplings

Spice-Cured Turkey

Baked Chicken Samosas w/ Mint Chutney

Miniature Chicken Pot Pies

Sage & Lemon Cornish Game Hens


Sriacha-Baked Salmon and Kale Wraps with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Trout Almondine

Parmesan-encrusted Tilapia

Halibut wrapped in Swiss Chard and baked in a lemon-thyme butter

Shrimp Enchiladas with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Parsnips

Shrimp Scampi

Spicy Lemon Garlic Shrimp

Roasted Halibut with Grapefruit Fennel Salsa


Standing Rib Roast with Porcini Mushroom Sauce

Braised Beef Short Ribs with Swiss Chard

Standing Rib Roast with Roasted Potatoes and Portabello Mushrooms

Shephards Pie

Stuffed Cabbage

Beef Stew w/ Beer & Paprika


Salt-Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Red Potatoes

Roasted Salt and Spice Pork Loin

Spicy Dr. Pepper Shredded Pork



Asparagus wrapped in parchment paper

Asparagus with Chorizo and Croutons

Shaved Asparagus Pizza

Asparagus, Pecorino and Red Onion Salad

Spring Asparagus Tart


Roasted Beet Caprese Salad

Gingered Beet Risotto

Roasted Beets & Sauteed Beet Greens

Beet Hummus

Beet & Fennel Salad with Feta

Clear Summer Borscht

Roasted Beets, Red Onion and Feta Quinoa with Lemon Oregano Vinaigrette

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Capers and Lemony Browned Butter

Greens (Kale, Chard, Rabe, etc)

Creamed Collard Greens

Kale Chips

Green Chard with Leeks

Beet Greens and Red Kale sauteed with Bacon

Raw Massaged Kale Salad

Swiss Chard with Bacon

Swiss Chard & White Bean Stew

Massaged Kale Salad (with Mango & Pepitas)

Broccoli Rabe w/ Sweet Italian Sausage

Broccoli, swiss chard & goat cheese pizza

Braised Green Tacos

Kale & Brussels Sprout Salad

Onions, Leeks

Leek Bread Pudding

Roasted Stuffed Onions


Crispy, Garlicky Smashed Potatoes

Mashed Potato and Kale Cakes

Mashed Potatoes with Leeks

Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Spinach

Fork-Crushed Purple Potatoes

Roasted Red Potatoes with Rosemary

Yukon Gold Potato Salad with Crispy Prosciutto

Garnet Yams with Maple Syrup, Walnuts & Brandied Raisins

Yam and Russet Potato Salad with Greens and Bacon

Mini Potato Latkes

Asian-inspired Potato Latkes (YUCK)

Crispy Potato Roast

Sweet Potatoes with Pecans & Goat Cheese


Citrus Salad with Avocado

Carrot Salad with Feta, Harissa and Mint

Spicy Quinoa Salad with Cucumbers and Tomatoes

Avocado Salad with a Carrot-Ginger Dressing

Spring Salad with New Potatoes


Acorn Squash with a Chili-Lime Vinegarette

Parsnip & Butternut Squash Bread Pudding

Butternut Squash Salad w/ Lentils & Goat Cheese

Zucchini and Summer Squash Risotto

Zucchini and Corn Tacos

Zucchini with Harissa & Feta

Zucchini Cakes

Miscellaneous Veggies

Summer Corn Cakes 

Carrots and Lentils in Olive Oil

Green beans w/ shallots

Parsnip and Hazelnut Gratin with Bacon

Parsnip & Celery Root Puree

Romano Risotto with Radishes

Summer Succotash

Cauliflower & Parmesan Cake 

Emeril’s Favorite Cabbage

Five-Minute Indian Style Cabbage

Risotto Primavera


Three-Cheese Lasagna with Italian Sausage

Lemony Pasta with Shiitake Mushrooms and Asparagus

Penne pasta with Cauliflower, Leeks and a Red Pepper

Garlic Scape Carbonara

Eggplant Rigatoni

Springy Shells

Leek Carbonara Pasta

Spaghetti with Swiss Chard and Garlic Chips

Desserts & Other Sweet Things

Apricot Jam

Blackberry Cobbler

Blackberry Muffins

Blackberry Popsicles

Pear Crisp with(out) Vanilla Ice Cream

Pumpkin Cream Pie

Zucchini and Chocolate Chip Bread

French Macarons

Strawberry Brown Butter Betty’s

Clementine Cake

Salted Brown-Butter Rice Krispies Treats

Homemade Oreos


Thick, Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Crisp, Salted White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Momofuku’s Crack Pie

Grape & Apple Pie

Oatmeal Cinnamon Chips Cookies

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies (holiday)

Lime Meltaways (holiday)

Raspberry Cream Sandwich Cookies (holiday)

Cranberry Coins (holiday)

Raspberry Cream Sandwich Cookies (holiday)

Pumpkin Poppers

Flaky Blood Orange Tart

Fourth of July Flag Cake

Strawberry Summer Cake

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