Tag Archives: summer

Frozen Gin and Tonic

It’s hot in Portland. I was making my sons a frozen blueberry and lemonade smoothie after school and I thought to myself,  hmmm, if I put a gin and tonic in the blender will it be delicious?  And then I … Continue reading

Posted in Drinks and Cocktails, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Negroni Spritz

Italians are the best at cocktail hour. In Italy if you sit down for a cocktail in a bar they will bring you a delicious assortment of bar snacks at no charge. Apertivi, the drinks you might have before dinner … Continue reading

Posted in Drinks and Cocktails, Italian | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fresh Tomato Pesto

When the tomatoes are ripe and get that intense flavor of summer I love to come up with different uses for them.  This is an uncooked sauce that can be tossed with any type of pasta.  We used it for … Continue reading

Posted in Healthier Options, Italian, Quick Dinners, Vegetarian | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Spicy Broccoli Slaw

This broccoli slaw makes a great accompaniment to burgers and dogs on the grill.  The kick comes from onion and cayenne pepper.  This would also make a great condiment for grilled brats or tacos. 1 T. vegetable oil 1/2 t. … Continue reading

Posted in Healthier Options, Vegetarian | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Root Beer Teriyaki Kabobs

Root beer works as a terrific marinade for beef.  Not only does it tenderize\ a less expensive cut, but it creates little caramelized edges when cooked. It’s an easy marinade to throw together, and could be used with pork or … Continue reading

Posted in Asian, Healthier Options, Quick Dinners, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Flaky Huckleberry Scones

Fresh huckleberries are amazing! They are something like a deeply ripened blueberry that took a bath in blackberry juice. They can be tough to find since they have a very short season here in Oregon. Huckleberries are also fragile and … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Easy S’Mores Cookie Bars

In many areas in the Pacific Northwest this Fourth of July, campfires are prohibited due to high risk of wildfires. If you’re like me, then making S’mores is a pretty important part of camping, and summer in general. What’s a … Continue reading

Posted in Dessert, Holidays and Special Occasions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment