Apr 2010
Worth a Thousand Words: Colors of Spring

I may be a writer by trade, making my living hooking up words. But there are times that I can't help myself, falling back on the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words. So I'm going to play that card today and share with you some snaps from the Easter drive my husband and I took to the Skagit Valley. I sat there over our delightful, simple brunch made from that morning's farmers market ...

Mar 2010
Dinner in a Flash: Swordfish en Papillote

Don't let that fancy name scare you away. Cooking "en papillote," or in a paper pouch, is one of the easiest and most delicious ways to cook fish. You're essentially creating simple little steam ovens made of paper: the moisture stays fully enclosed in the packet and all the flavor of both the fish and the added seasonings is trapped inside. Otherwise the technique's as convenient as ...

Jun 2009

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I almost forgot that I'd contributed recipes to the June issue of Cooking Light. Some magazines, particularly the larger nationals like CL, have really long lead times for the articles. I'd turned those recipes in well over a year ago and moved on to many other things in the meantime. But when I flipped past page 87 and saw a lovely full-page photo of a lemon verbena gimlet cocktail, my first thought was "wow, that sounds good ...

Nov 2008

We talk about local/regional/seasonal all the time today with regard to what we cook at home, what we choose in restaurants when we eat out. It's a mantra that puts us all in a mindset to make some positive change: supporting local farmers, reducing carbon footprint, consuming more wholesome foods, more awareness of the food's safety. What's not to cheer about on any and all of those counts? The interesting thought I had recently was ...