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GADO-GADO & A GRADUATION

Musical pairing – Hello, Goodbye by Glee Cast Our niece, Avery, just graduated from High School as co-Salutatorian of her class and we headed over to Cincinnati to join in the festivities; it was quite the night – happiness, joy and tears – all roller-coastered into one evening.  How did […]

THE ICE-BURG AND SMOKY PORK BURGERS

Musical pairing – Let’s Go To The Hop by Danny & The Juniors. In my childhood town of Walla Walla, there is a little burger joint on Birch street called, ‘The Ice-burg’ that has been a fixture in that community for almost 60 years.  My mom and dad dined on […]

FRENCH TOAST & HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY JAM

Musical pairing – Starfish and Coffee by Matt Nathanson . Can we talk?  Sometimes I dream about breakfast – eggs, bacon, hashbrowns . . . but most of the breakfasts I remember eating as a kid, consisted of cold cereal or peanut butter toast – occasionally we’d have waffles on […]

NEITHER A CHICK NOR A PEA – FAVA BEAN PUREE

Musical pairing – I’m A Believer by Smash Mouth . I love Alice Waters; in fact, I’ve been a fan of Alice Waters long before she became a National movement.  I love that she cares about our earth, I love that she’s a champion when it comes to educating children […]

SPAGHETTI ALLA CARBONARA

Musical pairing – Koop Island Blues by Koop . I fell in love with Spaghetti Carbonara during my trip to Rome several years ago and it’s been one of my all-time favorite comfort dishes ever since.  Perfectly cooked al dente pasta wrapped in a silky, luscious sauce made with egg […]

NO-RECIPE, RECIPE ASPARAGUS TART

Musical pairing – I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas . This is going to be a super quick post as this is a super quick no-recipe, recipe – and it’s delicious to boot!  My ‘Nati’ family made this for a family gathering several months back and I’ve loved […]

WALLA WALLA & GORGONZOLA FLANK STEAK SAMMIES

Musical pairing – Dreams Be Dreams by Jack Johnson . I grew up in Southeastern Washington State in the tiny little town of Walla Walla – population of about 25,000 when I lived there.  Some of you will have to look it up on Google maps while others will recognize […]

BLACK BEANS & RICE AND THE PROFESSOR

. Musical pairing – You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song), Jeffrey Osborne . There is a running joke in the family that The Professor and I never dated . . . and we didn’t . . . even though we spent quite a bit of time together, it […]

TAHINI SLAW

Musical pairing –Take a Bow, Madonna . OK boys and girls – here’s a super-dooper, lickety-split, down and dirty recipe that I love so much, I made it twice in one week!  And to quote The Professor, “This slaw ROCKS – my new fav!!”(Notice the CAPS???  Means he likes it, […]

BROCK'S POTATO SOUP

I have a dear friend, Brock, who is a great husband to his wife Amie, loving father to daughter Mia and is a super talented singer who has toured all over the world.  He also provides background vocals for some of the biggest names in the Gospel music industry – […]