Father’s Day and Hashbrowns

I was probably 16 or 17 before we ever actually celebrated father’s day.  Not because I didn’t have a father.  I do!  A great one! He wasn’t absent in mid-June each year by coincidence.  Every summer is the commercial salmon fishing season in Alaska.  So, it was just the nature of his industry.  His dad was in the seafood world, and his brother is too.  My dad would leave in mid-May for southeast Alaska and we all would follow as soon as school let out at the end of June.  We would return at the end of August and my dad would come home in Mid-september.  As a young kid,…

What to Make for Father’s Day: Flank Steak Korean-Style

I rarely take issue with the timing of a holiday but I have to say… Father’s Day probably is one of the worst. Graduations.  End of school.  Class parties. Beginning of summer.  Too. Much. Happening.. From what Google says, the first Father’s Day occurred in 1910 after a woman was inspired to honor her father during a Mothers day church sermon the year prior.  Ironically, some form of Mother’s day has been celebrated since Greek and Roman times!  How do you think dad feels about that?   Mother’s day is pretty uneventfully placed in the middle of May.  On paper, it sounds logical to place father’s day a month later.  I’m sure…

One Bowl Wonders: Orange Cornmeal Cake with Yogurt and Fresh Strawberries

This recipe is part of the One-Bowl-Wonders series.  Recipes is this series are simple, quick, and can be made with just one bowl.  They are designed to be ready to eat in about an hour without wrecking your whole kitchen!  Easy recipes. Easy clean-up. Big reward! In the summer time, easy food is the name of the game.  With nice weather outside and so many big flavors in the fresh, seasonal ingredients, why spend a bunch of unnecessary time in the kitchen? With summer weather, I would much rather spend the evening hanging out by the fire-bowl (that sounded way more pyro than intended) with a glass of white wine.…

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…

Summer Salads and Sides: Loaded Blueberry Spinach Salad with Coconut Bacon

When we bought our house, it was the back deck and yard that sealed the deal. It becomes my summer office.  Under the shady canopy of cedar trees, its the most relaxing place for reading/writing/working!  When we saw the space for the very first time, we could instantly picture grilling, sitting around a fire, and friends!  We have a smallish house so the extra outdoor deck/patio square footage really lets us spread out and invite whomever we wish!!  No invitation spared:)  I am ready for some backyard summer parties already! After a killer 3 day weekend, I am even more READY for all things summer food.  That means lots of…
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