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Muddled Mint Blackberry Spritzer Cocktail & Mocktail

Do you know the week when you realize summer has officially arrived?  It varies every year – especially in the Seattle area.  We had a lovely June and a so-so July right up until the last week of July!  From that point on, sunshine, shorts, and 80 degrees became the new normal.  No need to obsessively check the weather to see if that get together will get rained on.  No longer packing for every possible weather related contingency for a weekend away.  Its freeing really. As much as I love our rainy city and the greenscape it creates, I am beginning to appreciate the element of freedom that comes with…

Spiralized Kohlrabi and Apple Salad with Poppyseed Honey Mustard Dressing

Kohlrabi is one of the more curious looking farmer’s market finds.  Its bulbous, broccoli stem textured head, and crazy looking leaves that sprout upwards like a wild ponytail make it reminiscent of a Sesame Street or Veggie Tales style character.  Except that its not a character, its actually that adorable. Not sure what kohlrabi is? In case you haven’t tried it yet, the tasted is like a pepperier version of a broccoli stem.  Think about a flavor somewhere between fennel and arugula.  You can eat it a number of ways.  The most basic would be to slice it up like a carrot stick and enjoy it with hummus.  Or you…

Grilled or Baked Chicken Wings

Chicken is fast, cheap, easy, and enjoyed by pretty much all omnivorous humans.  Right?  There are so many chicken variations that it will make your head spin.  Every culture has put their own stamp on a signature chicken dish.  Every home cook has their go-to never-fail chicken recipe.  Its so versatile and small enough in size to be a diet staple.  But truly, when was the last time you ate a chicken dish that was out of the ordinary?  In all honestly, I can think of one lemon mediterranean chicken dish a couple years back that I had some bites of off my sister’s plate.  That was outstanding.  But in…

Swiss Chard and Kale Au Gratin

I frequently profess my love for chard.  Swiss, red, green, rainbow.  It doesn’t matter.  I love it all, but tend to buy the swiss/red varieties most frequently due to the deeper flavor and their higher concentrations of vitamins!  In the summers, I sometimes have too much chard (and kale, too)!  There are only so many green smoothies and salads one household can consume…So, sometimes I make this!  Swiss Chard and Kale Au Gratin! I love chard’s versatility.  It can be chopped up and thrown into salads raw, sautéed with a little olive oil, garlic, and s&p as a an awesome 3 minute side dish.  But, this dish proves that chard…

Key Lime Pie

This summer I am learning to embrace the heat.  Typically, I find anything over 80 degrees to be too hot.  But the ability to meet a friend for a morning run, do yoga outside, head to the beach, or go hiking and camping without any regard to the weather report is my definition of summer-time freedom.  So, my typical heat-induced coma has has me singing a different tune this summer – probably because our hottest day thus far has only been mid-80s.  Watch! When it hits over 90, I will undoubtedly be singing a very different tune. There are a few quintessential summer desserts.  Strawberry shortcake, blackberry pie, peach cobbler,…
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