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FFwD: Spiced-Poached Pears

Spiced-Poached Pears

Has it been a week already? Yep, I guess so. That means it’s time for another French Fridays with Dorie and this week it was Spiced-Poached Pears (or Apples). I used apples pears. Duh. Pears.

Notes: 1. I thought the syrup was really, really sweet. I added a little dry white wine to it while the pears were poaching. 2. I couldn’t find a cinnamon stick, so I used about 1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon. 3. Ideally, there would have been some vanilla frozen yogurt in the freezer, but there was not. So, I . . . → Read More: FFwD: Spiced-Poached Pears

Coho Salmon and Corn Chowder with Herbed Oyster Crackers

Coho Salmon and Corn Chowder

Seeing that Summer is now officially over, here is one of my last Copper River Salmon posts. The latest shipment was fall Coho Salmon and I really made it count and used it for 3 (THREE) recipes!

This first one was something a bit different for me. It seems like most of my salmon experiments have been basically searing the fish in olive oil, with just a sprinkle of salt and pepper (because it’s so good just like that), but when my Coho arrived, it had a little informational card . . . → Read More: Coho Salmon and Corn Chowder with Herbed Oyster Crackers

Travels and Photos on the Olympic Peninsula

Port Townsend, WA

Over Labor Day weekend jwa and I traveled to Port Townsend, WA for a long weekend. We’ve been going there every so often since we first moved to Portland, way, way back in 2000. The first time we visited, it was for a friend’s wedding (she’s from Port Townsend) and we both just really fell in love with the town. It’s full of crumbly bricks, water views, Victorian Era what-nots and it’s just a very unique place to visit. It’s one of our favorite Pacific Northwest locales.

A few trips ago, we first . . . → Read More: Travels and Photos on the Olympic Peninsula

FFwd: Eggplant “Tartine” with Tomatoes, Olives, and Cucumber

Eggplant Tartine with Tomatoes, Olives and Cucumbers

Wow! Well, I think I have found my most favorite French Fridays with Dorie ever! And that’s so surprising because I didn’t think this would be anything special at all. Something about the eggplant and vegetables and shaved cucumber slices that all just really worked together. I dunno…maybe it’s just olive oil-vinegar-herb-grill pan magic.

Speaking of grill panning, that is one thing I did differently, as we’re having a bit of a heat wave and here’s just no way I could have turned on my oven. Not even . . . → Read More: FFwd: Eggplant “Tartine” with Tomatoes, Olives, and Cucumber

A Cool Dinner for a Hot Day: Cucumber Gazpacho and Crunchy Chicken Slaw in Endive

Cucumber Gazpacho and Crunchy Chicken Slaw in Endive

So, hey, welcome back summer! We’re even supposed to be at about 95 degrees on Friday. Why? WHYYYYYY??? Well, I guess the tomatoes will enjoy the heat. Myself, on the other hand, will not be enjoying it. I may have to resort to eating the leftovers from this cool chicken salad in the basement, with the fan going.

The cucumber gazpacho can easily be doubled. I used our one (so far!) super-large garden cucumber and the soup made two pretty generous bowls. And the salad…the salad was so . . . → Read More: A Cool Dinner for a Hot Day: Cucumber Gazpacho and Crunchy Chicken Slaw in Endive