Mixed Berry Cobbler

I have a Fourth of July weekend non-alcholohol induced hangover.  Too much sun, beach walking, badminton, volleyball, and hiking has me feeling the slump before the week even began.  But the fun of the holiday is well worth the exhaustion.  The Fourth of July has a way of announcing the arrival of summer.  The undeniably summer-time activities – like croquet, badminton, volleyball, bonfires, barbecues, fireworks, etc. – are a sure fire way to shout, “Summer is here!” For me, there is one more thing that announces the arrival of summer.  The ability to walk my dog through the park while simultaneously picking and snacking on blackberries.  It is one of…

Veggie Phad Thai Noodle Bowl

Phad thai is everyone’s elusive favorite.  I’ll bet that you know the best neighborhood spot for a big heaping plateful.  It scratched that comfort food itch but with an exotic twist.  So why do I say its “elusive?”  Well, have you ever tried to make it at home?  Its not the same, right?  I agree. I have to admit its easy for me to get in a dinner rut.  Especially when I am pressed for time and trying to prepare healthy-ish dishes.  I seem to cycle through the same few dishes like I am a skipping record player.  Of course I really really like those dishes, but my life is…

Brown Butter White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

While my family gears up to spend some time at the beach this 4th of July, I gave my oven a workout yesterday.  Cookies, lots and lots of cookies.  I believe I have mentioned our beach and pirate tradition in a previous post.  After watching several “pirates” walk by with cookies stacked 5-high last year.  I am considering it my patriotic duty to come extra prepared this year!! Last year, all 4+ dozen of the Brown Butter Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies were gone in less than 24 hours.  I guess thats what happens when the guys ate them 5 at a time?  But, may I just say, these…

Cilantro Lime Grilled Seafood Boil

Is anybody else wondering what happened to June?!  4th of July is Monday!  Anyhow, here we are.  The day of fireworks and barbecues.  Do you want to make something a little bit different this year but you aren’t quite sure what?  How about something thats fast and easy to boot?!  Then you have to try this Cilantro Lime Grilled Seafood “Boil.” I know I have been saying this a lot, but these are AMAZING!  Customizable for any taste preference, easy, and most importantly a ton of fun to eat! I live in Seattle and I have to admit, I attended my first true seafood boil last summer.  Have you been…

Crispy Tofu and Coconut Rice Sushi Bowl

After a gorgeous weekend backpacking in the North Cascades, I am now sitting in an adirondack chair outside the coffee shop that makes my favorite almond milk chai, sipping away with my dog asleep at my feet.  It only seems fitting that today would be the day I am writing about my new favorite food.  This Crispy Tofu is everything that I want tofu to be but it never seems to be.  This is crispy, caramelized, flavorful tofu perfection instead of the typical rubberized, mushy blandness. My diet is mostly meatless.  Soy is a great protein source, but it is one that I try to use sparingly.  This didn’t use…
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