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Savory Spice Shop in Sellwood + Ghostly Spiced and Roasted Pumpkin (or Squash) Seeds

Savory Spice Shop in Sellwood + Ghostly Spiced and Roasted Pumpkin (or Squash) Seeds

Savory Spice Shop 7857 SE 13th Avenue Portland, Oregon 97202

Recently, I was invited to spend a bit of time hanging out at Savory Spice Shop in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland. I can’t believe I had never been there before! It was so much fun – especially since you can smell as well as taste all of the spice blends. And although Anne unfortunately couldn’t make it, her husband Jim showed me around, gave me a tour, and encouraged me to . . . → Read More: Savory Spice Shop in Sellwood + Ghostly Spiced and Roasted Pumpkin (or Squash) Seeds

Roasted Red Kuri Squash Soup with Coconut + Halloween

Roasted Red Kuri Squash Soup with Coconut
This summer, we had a mystery squash growing in a garden. It was a mystery in that neither jwa nor I remembered planting any Red Kuri Squash but here it was – a beautiful red kuri growing in our garden. It was in a bed close to the compost so the theory is we either had a seed or two in the compost that ended up in the garden bed or maybe a critter buried the seed in the garden and it sprouted – either this way this fall . . . → Read More: Roasted Red Kuri Squash Soup with Coconut + Halloween

FFwD: Muenster Cheese Soufflés

FFwD: Muenster Cheese Soufflés

This French Fridays with Dorie post is late. I had meant to bake these soufflés Thursday night for dinner, but then when jwa came home, he was all, “Let’s go out. Oh, and I’ve already had about four eggs today.” So, yeah, more eggs didn’t sound like a great idea and I am always easily able to be talked into going out to eat. So, I covered the unbaked soufflés with plastic wrap, popped them in the fridge, and was prepared to hope for the best.

Notes: 1. A 2-3 hour rest . . . → Read More: FFwD: Muenster Cheese Soufflés

A Recipe for Fall Happiness: Ratatouille

A Recipe for Fall Happiness: Ratatouille

Ratatouille is one of those recipes that I’ve been making for years. I used to make it all the time in grad school, fairly often when I lived in California, and still make a pot every so often now. And one of my favorite times of year to make ratatouille is fall. Sure, you’ll probably need to used canned (or tetra-pak) tomatoes, but who really wants to simmer vegetables on the stove top for an hour in summer anyway (not me!)? Plus, in fall, a big bowl of vegetable stew . . . → Read More: A Recipe for Fall Happiness: Ratatouille

$50 Safeway Gift Card Giveaway + Grilled Flank Steak & Quinoa Soup with Cilantro Chimichurri

Seared Flank Steak & Quinoa Soup with Cilantro Chimichurri

Recently, I was contacted by Safeway and asked if I wanted to try some products from the new Marcela Valladolid line and enter the Safeway Real Taste of Mexico Meal Solution Challenge.* Being a huge fan of Mexican food, I decided to take them up on their offer – and also because I could give a $50 Safeway gift card away on my blog! And if you don’t live by a Safeway, don’t worry, it’s also good at a number of other stores (see below).

In starting . . . → Read More: $50 Safeway Gift Card Giveaway + Grilled Flank Steak & Quinoa Soup with Cilantro Chimichurri