Salmon Candy Pasta with Egg

Now that we live in the Pacific Northwest, we are quickly becoming addicted to what is referred to here as ‘salmon candy.’ It is often an alder-smoked version I buy at the farmer’s market. And I now know the difference a belly cut makes – chewier, but much higher energy content. But the salmon I…

Turkey Kotlet (Persian Meat and Potato Patties)

I have mainly avoided making kotlets, Persian meat and potato patties, for two reasons: 1 – they are typically make with ground beef; and 2 – they are usually fried.  But here is a recipe for kotlet make with ground turkey and baked in the oven.  And guess what?  They were great!  I shouldn’t admit…

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,…

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…

Eggplant Parmigiana Sub

At 90, my mom is aging rapidly. Here she was a couple of years ago after the slide began but while she was still fairly alert (at least she still knew who I was). Before she got sick, one of the foods she loved, but rarely treated herself to, was eggplant parmigiana subs. She especially…

Khoresh Bademjun (Persian Eggplant Stew) Vegetarian Version

Not only did we pick berries in the Catskills, we also picked eggplants (yes, pick-you-own eggplants!). What a happy thing! So we are “eggplanting” it out this week.  My vegetarian daughter is home so, I created this version of khoresh bademjun for her. Needless to say, she was thrilled. Khoresh Bademjun (Persian Eggplant Stew) Vegetarian…

Cincinnati Chili – Turkey Version

I have written before about how I love Cincinnati Chili.  I really do love it, the flavor just makes me very happy. I previously shared a beef version made a little healthier by pairing it with spaghetti squash. Tonight’s version used ground turkey. We didn’t miss the beef at all. Cincinnati Chili – Turkey Version…

Zucchini Pizza Casserole

I am sticking this on my blog again.  I made this for dinner tonight and Cameron, who has become very picky recently, LOVED it and demanded seconds!  That has not happened in a very long time. And I am tickled that it was with a zucchini-based dish.  I used ground turkey this time and it…

Tuscan Tuna with Beans & Kale

What came out of my garden today? Sage and Kale. What came out previously?  Sun-dried tomatoes. Add cannellini beans, tuna, grape tomatoes, celery and olives and you have a bright, colorful and healthy dinner… There was some discussion in the family about the need for the celery – or lack of need.  My daughter thought…