Walnut Snowballs

Russian Teacakes, Mexican Wedding Cakes, or the more plebian Butterballs–these are among our family favorite Christmas cookies.  All these instructions for just four ingredients!  My mother and I learned that we are not cut out to write recipes. . . together. 1 cup butter or margarine 6 T. of powdered sugar 2 c. flour 2 c. […]

Tillamook “Shortbread”

I made these recently as an appetizer to go with wine — YUH-HUM-MEEEE!! 11/2 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 8 oz room temperature, unsalted butter 2 cups grated white cheddar, like Tillamook Vintage White Cheddar 1/4 teaspoon thyme Preheat the oven to 325°F. In a food processer, combine the flour thyme and salt. […]

Spice-Rubbed Grilled Salmon with Spicy Cucumber Salsa

Serves 8 Ingredients 1 tablespoon each whole coriander, cumin, dill, and yellow-mustard seeds 2 tablespoons whole fennel seeds 1 tablespoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons sugar 1 whole four-pound side of salmon, skin on, small bones and excess fat removed Olive oil Spicy Cucumber Salsa (recipe below) Directions 1.Combine all seeds […]

Shrimp Cakes with Chili-Lime Cream Sauce

Here you go, Mike.  If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life (AND if shrimp didn’t have so much cholesterol), I would be happy to just eat these! Shrimp Cakes 16 uncooked large shrimp (about 1 pound), peeled, deveined 1 large egg 1 green onion, sliced 2 tablespoons fresh lemon […]

Brownies with Caramel Swirl and Sea Salt

Makes 16 brownies This recipe makes a lot of batter, which results in deep brownies with crispy sides. At McMinnville’s Red Fox Bakery, they slice each pan into six slices, creating four corner pieces for those who love the edges and two middle pieces for those who don’t. However, these brownies are so sinfully rich, […]

Chocolate Hazelnut Torte

While you can bake and serve this cake the same day, the texture is more lusciously fudgy if you bake it a day ahead and let it rest, tightly covered, in the refrigerator. Give it about 15 minutes at room temperature before serving, and add the hazelnuts to the top just before serving so they […]

Grilled Garlic-Rubbed Bread Topped with Arugula, Lemon and Grana Padano

Makes 8 servings 1 loaf pugliese bread or como bread, sliced into 8 pieces 3/4 inch thick 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (divided) 2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest Juice of 1/2 lemon 8 loosely packed cups arugula (large stems removed) Sea salt, medium to coarsely ground, or kosher salt 1/4 pound grana padano cheese, shaved […]

Butternut Squash and Hazelnut Lasagne

Active time: 1 1/2 hr Start to finish: 2 1/2 hr  For squash filling 1 large onion, chopped 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon white pepper 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 4 teaspoons chopped fresh sage […]

Annie Somerville’s Macaroni and Cheese

Delish!  The herb-infused sauce is delicious! from Everyday Greens by Annie Somerville of “Greens” Serves 6 to 8 Garlic bread crumbs, about 1 cup (recipe follows) 1 qt. milk ½ c. heavy cream ½ large yellow onion, chopped, about 1 cup 2 garlic cloves, smashed with the flat side of a knife, skin left on […]

Lemon-Poppyseed Scones

3 cups all purpose flour 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar 3 tablespoons poppy seeds 1 tablespoon baking powder 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel 1 teaspoon salt 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 1 large egg 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1/3 cup (or more) whole milk Preheat oven […]