In the kitchen

Clean out the Cupboards Cabbage Soup

We are (prayerfully, hopefully, God-willing) closing on our house a month from tomorrow, which means it’s time to pack.  It also means that I need to use up everything in my cupboards, fridge, and freezer, because even though we’re only moving 50.4 miles away, I’m not moving our food. Continue reading “Clean out the Cupboards Cabbage Soup”

Holidays · In the kitchen

Diabetic-friendly Ambrosia Salad

We got invited to a 4th of July picnic this afternoon and our host is diabetic, so I scrambled to come up with something that is both yummy, pretty diabetic-friendly, and doesn’t require me to turn on the oven. (We’re having a heat wave here in the northwest and, without air conditioning, it’s about 89 degrees in the house.)

I love ambrosia salad and, with a few modifications, I made it relatively diabetic-friendly.

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In the kitchen

My favorite food on the planet

I’ve been a salmon addict ever since I first started coming to Seattle for training and would eat at restaurants where I would get perfectly seared salmon filets.  I relished the flavors – wood/fire smoke, lemon, that crunchy bite from the caramelization – bursting on my tongue. It was worlds away from the canned salmon patties I ate while growing up back in Indiana. Now that I live here in the Pacific Northwest, where fresh fish is in abundance, I’ve become absolutely addicted to Steelhead Trout. (And no canned salmon will ever get within 20 feet of my lips again!)

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Home · In the kitchen

Lila’s Macaroni and Cheese

My grandmother, Lila, is one of those old school cooks. She’s from that generation where they made due with what they had and learned how to squeeze rich, flavorful foods out of every possible part of the garden haul. (Proof of this is the fact that the only reason I love cabbage is thanks to her.  She’s found ways to make the lowly cabbage plant blossom into delicious dishes that has elevated the vegetable to my most favorite.)  She’s also of the generation that never wrote a single recipe down.  Her macaroni and cheese is incredible and the most-requested thing she makes and when I originally went to get the recipe from her, the response I got was, “Well, let me think about it for a minute.  Get a pen.”  So now, Mamaw’s recipe is written down.  I make it whenever I can and, since I hosted Thanksgiving dinner here yesterday, I got to make it.  I thought I’d share it here.

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In the kitchen · The farmgirl life

Quick and Easy Flatbread Pizza with Lamb

We’re blessed to live down the street from a major farmers market, and last fall, I purchased several pounds of ground lamb.  Tim refuses to eat it so it’s taken me a while to get through it all, but since he was away for the weekend, I decided to put it to good use.

The following was quick, easy, and completely delicious.  Use what you have on hand, but if you have some lamb, definitely try it out this way!

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