Mediterranean Quinoa Chop Salad

I don’t know if there is any scientific evidence behind this, but during every summer of my formative years, I was in Alaska.  My dad would be there for work so my family would join him as soon as school let out.  As a result, I inadvertently trained my body to believe that a really, really nice summer day was in the low seventies.  During the first summer that we didn’t “go north,” as my mom called it, it hit ninety degrees, my body didn’t know what to do.  I had never experienced a heat stroke but was quite sure that this must be it.  My body was simply never trained…

Italian Hazelnut Crescent Cookies

As a kid, my favorite holiday cookie was what my Mom called Russian Tea Cookies.  Although, I have heard some folks refer to them as “Snowballs” as well. When I found a recipe for Italian Almond Crescent Cookies, I was intrigued because of its similarity to my old favorite.  Now, my favorites are a variation of these little buttery crescents. Once upon a time, I was craving these on a snowy day, but I was all out of almonds.  Pilfering my pantry, I discovered that we did have plenty of hazelnuts. And, we certainly love hazelnuts!  So I thought, why not?!  Since then, we have never wanted these cookies any other…
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Salted Caramel Apple Bars

The summer of 2015 will go down in Washington state as being one of the driest and hottest yet.  Wild-fires ravaged the eastern half of the state.  The low snowfall from the previous winter caused alpine streams to cease flowing.  Even our Olympic National Park that is home to two rain forests was shaken by forest fires.  Now that we are rounding the corner into fall with they blustery wet days Seattle is famous for, many who call the Evergreen State home – myself included – are breathing a sigh of relief.  Aaaaaaaaah…. **kicking feet up on the ottoman with a cup of tea** Seattleites in particular are not made…

Nonna’s Italian Anise Cookies

Family traditions are the best, especially around the holidays.  My Great Grandmother made these.   My Grandmother still makes these. And now, because I love their subtle licorice-y taste, I make them too. These cookies are not for everyone. Tim for example states that they are not real Christmas cookies. I hypothesize that this is because they aren’t slathered with thick butter cream frosting or doused in sprinkles.  One of these two qualities is his prerequisite for any holiday cookie. But, who died and made him Buddy the Elf? These little cuties are not overly sweet. They are not overly buttery or crisp. They are not overly anything really. They have a mellow and…

The Best Homemade Granola

Last month, Tim booked an adorable B&B – that I have secretly been eyeing for years – all on his own!!  In case you make your way out to the San Juan Islands, The Tucker and Harrison House Suites cannot come highly enough recommended from us!  Not only are the rooms adorable but this place is known for their 3 course brunches!!  Dessert with brunch?  Yes, please! When you first arrive to the table they have dainty little bowls of yogurt and their famous granola for you to whet your appetite for the next 3 courses!!  HA! But, their granola is some pretty incredible stuff.  It will convert non-granola eaters…
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