Football Food: Easy Smoked Salmon Dip

Football foods are easy apps, snacks, and crowd-friendly dishes for hosting game day or toting to your tailgate.     Football season is officially upon us.  While I may know more about football than before I the husband indoctrinated me on the finer points of the game, it does not mean I am any more keen on the sport.  You see, simply knowing the difference between a running back and a cornerback does not make one care about this distinction. Running, hitting, throwing, and refs throwing flags on calls no one knew existed?  Yea, no thanks.  If you need me, I’ll be by the snacks. Which leads me to this easy smoked…

Summer Salads and Sides: Roasted Artichokes and Smoky Baba Ganoush

Artichokes and aubergine. Here in the PNW, both are August staples! Did you know that? Artichokes, aubergine and August. The aliteration doesn’t lie. Well, actually that’s probably not a good rule of thumb. Both of their prime seasons extend well into September, but that’s just not as convenient for my attempt at creative prose;) Regardless, artichokes and eggplant are at their peak in the same month! Let me try that again. Two of my all-time favorite veg are at their peaks Right. Now!!! Run, don’t walk to your friendly farmers’ market and snag one of each because we are roasting up some artichokes and making the creamiest, smokiest baba ganoush!…

Girls’ Night in 5: Blackberry Goat Cheese Tarts

Girls’ Night in 5 is a monthly “how-to” series containing Girls’ Night friendly recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients and no more than 5 minutes of active prep!  This series is part of my mission to simplify entertaining to encourage readers to invest in their community through hosting and loving people well. For the past week or so, there is a familiar sweet smell wafting through the air each morning on my run. Blackberries. I know that we are all supposed to love strawberries and raspberries and other things that aren’t so wild and plentiful, but I am a blackberry girl through and through. Maybe its because blackberry and stone…

Summer Sides and Salads: Lightened Up Goat Cheese Dip with Pistachio Basil Pesto

There are few things I like better than a really good cheese dip. So the other week, I was scanning some of my favorite food blogs and ran across a to-die-for looking whipped goat cheese dip with pesto. I pinned it (which is how I save everything that looks delicious). When I finally got around to reading the ingredients and realized that the 1 cup of goat cheese was whipped with 2 cups of whipping cream, I was a bit horrified. 2 cups? I love goat cheese because its tangy and delicious, but also because it tends to be healthier than a lot of other cheeses. But adding 2 whole…

Girls’ Night in 5: Citrus Cured Salmon with Creme Fraiche

Girls’ Night in 5 is a monthly “how-to” series containing Girls’ Night friendly recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients and no more than 5 minutes of active prep!  This series is part of my mission to simplify entertaining to encourage readers to invest in their community through hosting and loving people well. It seems that summer has burst onto the scene without any gradual warm-up or how-do-you-do.  I will never complain about a sunny day!  Just so long as things stay below 85 degrees.  Please and thank you. I melt into a puddle beyond 85.  That is my cut-off.  But, lets keep these low-mid 70 degree days coming!! When the…
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