Make your day Souper

Make your day Souper

Comfort is a word that gets thrown around a lot when the weather turns. I love the comfort of a warm meal, cozy blanket and loved ones. To be awarded a comfort food I feel that it needs to be cooked for a large part of the day. The aromas of braising chicken or scratch…

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Lust for Mollusks

Lust for Mollusks

While growing up in the Pacific Northwest I have had many loving encounters with mollusks (shellfish). My fondest memories were raking steamers on Willapa bay in long beach Washington or getting my knees dirty hunting delicate razor clams. The yearning truly started at age 5 when I tried my first oyster off the Barbie. My…

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The Fleet is in Albacore Tuna

The Fleet is in Albacore Tuna

At the end of summer I always get a chill that is not induced by the cold weather. The chill comes from raw excitement for all the amazing local seafood starting to come around the markets. One of the most under appreciated catches is the amazing albacore tuna off the Oregon coast. Albacore is wild…

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Pucker Up Butter Cup!

Pucker Up Butter Cup!

You will ALWAYS find one ingredient in my professional and home kitchen; the god of the citrus world, the amazing, tart and delicious lemon. I use lemons in almost all my cooking and cocktails. Sometimes I overuse it in a gin and tonic and then give a little spritz or zest to brighten up soup.…

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Smoke Before Fire: Cooking With Wood

Smoke Before Fire: Cooking With Wood

I have been cooking with wood for a large part of my career. Over the past 7 years I have really gone into the nuances of smoking meat with our partner restaurant Pecos Pit.  Smoke is an ancient technique that was used for preservation, tenderizing and flavor. Smoking is also a regional sport using local…

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Halibut But But

Halibut But But

Halibut has to be my all time favorite white fish and is great for the not-so-fish-friendly person you are entertaining. I call halibut a “beginner fish” because it’s not oily and does not have an overpowering fish quality like most.  I always ask the non-fish eaters out there if they like chicken strips. When they…

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Hit My Spears One More Time!

Hit My Spears One More Time!

I love all spears; Britney, Excalibur and my all-time favorite ASPARAGUS! The earthy delicate vegetable is amazing this time of year and grown locally in Eastern Washington. Asparagus comes in many different varieties like, standard green, pencil, jumbo, purple and white. Each type has amazing virtues that need to be handled properly. Below are my…

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