Rice and Broccoli Frittata

This frittata was great! It was a hit with each of us, even my now-picky 10 year old. And, it could have been even better.  Putting rice in the frittata leads to the possibility of combining Persian tahdig (crispy rice layer) with an Italian omelet – how good would that be?! I am still adjusting…

Zucchini Quesadillas

Last week, my husband called me to say he was at the Lloyd Farmers Market and did I need anything? I needed a zucchini, so I asked him to buy 1 medium-sized zucchini.  I wish I had taken a picture, because he came home with 3 large zucchini.  They weren’t as big as the huge zucchini,…

Blackberry Jam

I have been told that all you need to grow blackberries in Oregon is to disturb the soil and wait. That seems to be true along the riverfront near our condo. Luckily, there is a walking path within arms reach of the plants.  So, on a recent morning walk with my dog, I brought my…

My First Rainbow Trout

My son’s love of rainbow trout goes back many years.  Seven years ago, when Cam was 3, we joined my husband on a business trip to the Portland area.  During our wanderings, Cam and I found the Bonneville Fish Hatchery, where they raise…rainbow trout.  He was captivated by the fish and made me buy him…

Smoked Salmon Creamy Pasta with a Kick

When we came to visit Portland last year, we discovered The Smokery at the Portland Farmers Market.  Last weekend, we tasted their Old Irish smoked salmon…all it took was one bite, this was the perfect mix of smoke with a touch of sweet. In addition to eating it ‘straight,’ I decided to make it as…

Cooking from the Portland Farmers Market

Now that we have arrived in Portland, I no longer have access to my own garden, but I do have a number of wonderful farmers markets in easy reach.  The biggest is the Saturday market at Portland State University.  It is an easy 1.3 mile walk before we shop, and a very easy ride on…

Wineries on the Way – Washington & Oregon

  After a long 7 hour driving day, we finally reached Richland, WA and Fiction at the J. Bookwalter Winery. It was so nice to sit out on the patio relaxing in the 95F heat with a glass of chenin blanc. Dinner featured the happy hour menu and a flavorful flatbread for me with a…

Big Sky Country

There are so many things I could write about our time in Montana, it has been an utterly enjoyable 4 days.  We have explored history at Little Bighorn,we were awed by the beauty on Going to the Sun Road,we hiked on trails at Herron Park,we cooled off in Whitefish and Foy Lakes,and we rafted the…

A few hours in Wyoming

We began preparing for our few hours in Wyoming a month ago.  I knew we would go to Devil’s Tower National Monument, so of course we watched Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  Cam was then very excited about the visit – but he was not interested in seeing any aliens! The tower did not…

Adventures in South Dakota

Our three days in South Dakota have been days of discovery, fun, and reunion.  First I need to say that the green colors of South Dakota were incredibly pleasing to my senses, my eyes have been happy since the morning we started driving west from Sioux Falls. The variety that is South Dakota was one…