Rhubarb Almond Cake

Spring time is for farmer’s markets.  Here in the Pacific Norwest, we start things off slow.  First comes the rhubarb.  Then come the strawberries.  For a brief moment there is even the heavenly combo of the two together.  Strawberries + Rhubarb = Delicious! Well, false alarm with the strawberries up there ^ ^ .  This one is all about the rhubarb.  Rhubarb is wonderful.  Tart, but wonderful. So how do you sweeten up rhubarb pre-strawberry season?  Almonds.  Well, ground almonds that have been turned into a lovely pastry cream for tarts or pies, or ground up as flour to be used in this Scandinavian inspired cake.  I noted quite a…

Ginger Turmeric Superfood Energy Balls

Lately, my body has made some startling discoveries.  It is no longer a teenager.  I have achy knees and get tired more quickly.  My metabolism is no longer a teenager’s metabolism either.  99.9% of the time I’m so grateful to be past that stage of life, but that .1% of the time I long for the days of ache-free running, endless energy, and late night, consequence-free snacking. As adults we compensate for the energy levels and metabolism with caffeine, eating better, and snacking less.  Even though I may not be spending 4 hours a day at gymnastics anymore, I’m a runner, an avid yogi, and my favorite activity with friends…

Lemon Lavender Blueberry Cake

After a few weeks, a couple dozen chai teas, and the realization that my out of date – not to mention out of practice – HTML skills were not going to cut it, the new site has launched and only the teensiest bit later than I hoped.  Finally!!!  The makeover was a long overdue change, and big changes take time and tech savvy friends (thanks, ladies!). So, can we agree that the end result is much easier to navigate?  Surely, there will be some neurotic tweaking of little things here and there, but comparatively, the new site is batting a 1000! So once the tech-side of things was squared away, it was time…

Soft Chewy Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

On the 4th of July part of my family goes down to the Oregon coast.  Its usually around 10 of us just hanging out, grilling, playing with the dogs, intense bouts of badminton, and relaxing.  Oh and did I mention the pirate costumes?  Yes, Pirate costumes.  I have no idea how the tradition began, but a mandatory activity is the annual sailing of the pirate ship while wearing pirate hats, eye patches, and brandishing foam swords.  Now I should mention, aside from all of the people onboard saying “Arrrgh!” and “Ahoy, matey!,” there is nothing pirate-y about this boat.  Regardless, the tradition survives. As with most family events, its impolite…

Sichuan Salt Skewers

If I could pick any region of the world’s cuisine to  master, it would be the Mediterranean regions of the Middle East.  The succulent morsels of lamb, the divine marinades, and the perfectly sauced dishes with just the right about of heat are enough to make a girl swoon. My favorite restaurant in Seattle is a tiny hole-in-the-wall owned by a jovial man from Lebanon who makes a mean lamb chop (and knocks everything else on the menu out of the park as well).  I would work in that restaurant just to learn his secrets because he has the magic touch on generations of family recipes.  And secondly, because my…
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