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Regional Eating: Baked Chicken with Caramelized Sweet Onions

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Let me start by saying that I think this is the juiciest chicken I have ever made. Wow. The flavor was excellent as well. This goes great with couscous, polenta or crusty bread. This recipe comes from the Tastes of the Pacific Northwest cookbook and I came across it as I was researching my WCC#9 recipe.

I found another dish from this cookbook that I will be posting about next Monday for that Weekend Cookbook Challenge but this chicken definitely deserves its own post! Plus, the bay leaf is from our backyard — that’s pretty . . . → Read More: Regional Eating: Baked Chicken with Caramelized Sweet Onions

Asian Pasta Mix-Up: Ginger-Garlic-Cilantro Shrimp

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Is it Italian? Is it Asian? I dunno. It was good, though.

You could just as easily serve this over some basmati rice (and omit the cheese) but I really like the huge rigatoni we had with this and of course, the Parmesan. It was a fusion, as the kids call it.

Ginger-Garlic-Cilantro Shrimp Originally, from Bon Appétit magazine, with 6 tbsp of butter instead of 3.5. 3.5 tbsp butter, room temperature 1/4 cup (packed) chopped fresh cilantro 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives 2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger 2 teaspoons toasted . . . → Read More: Asian Pasta Mix-Up: Ginger-Garlic-Cilantro Shrimp

The Awesome Cheeseball of Montana

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I’ll start with the cheese ball, as that is usually the best place to begin. I have been telling my mom about the awesomeness of this cheeseball for about a year now, when I first made it last year before the holidays. This outing in Montana was the perfect opportunity to share in its greatness.

My aunt, who doesn’t even like tomatoes, ate as much as everyone else.

Also, it looked much prettier than the title picture above. That’s all that was left from the trip, the picture taken after the poor cheeseball had been . . . → Read More: The Awesome Cheeseball of Montana

SHF23: Hey! There's Brown Rice in My Creme Brulee!

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Hello! I am back from Montana and will post about that soon. But, Sugar High Friday is due so that will have to come first. Oh, well — I can’t resist, here’s a quick picture.

pic1 Yellowstone River, Livingston, MT.

Okay, fine. Twist my arm. One more.

pic2 jwa and I in Sacajawea Park.

It was a great trip and it was nice to see my mom and my aunt. We ate at 2nd Street Bistro one night and I made Paula Deen’s insanely good pesto/sun dried tomato cheese ball . . . → Read More: SHF23: Hey! There's Brown Rice in My Creme Brulee!

What's For Lunch? Thai Basil!

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Thai Basil Corner of SW Oak & 2nd Ave Portland, OR 503-330-1010

Well, as I’ve mentioned before, I have a new job downtown and one of the nice benefits of that is the lunch choices. My last position was up on Skyline and my lunch option was…Pizzicato. I mean, that was good, but that was it. That was the only choice nearby.

But now…the possibilities are endless! So, I thought I would start a little review of lunch carts in downtown Portland. The first is Thai Basil, which is right across the street . . . → Read More: What's For Lunch? Thai Basil!