Ahhhh, the garden days! This is the time for tomatoes and fresh herbs, for eating dinner on the porch, and keeping the kitchen cool.

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Simple Slaw for Taco Night

Simple Slaw for Taco Night

Tonight is "taco night" which means make a taco or burrito with any or all: chorizo from the Coop...

Black Bean Salad

Black Bean Salad

Where I grew up in Almaden Valley, a suburb of San Jose, California, my mom and the other ladies...

Grad Party Mojitos

Grad Party Mojitos

Refreshing and non-alcoholic, this recipe is built to fill two 2-gallon dispensing jugs, making 36...

Shrimp Escabeche

Shrimp Escabeche

Quickly cook the shrimp, deglaze the pan with a splash of wine, warm the fennel, carrots, celery,...

Oven Fried Chicken

Oven Fried Chicken

Crispy chicken from the oven? Yes! This has been a favorite recipe of mine since 2008, when I...

How to Cook Beans

How to Cook Beans

These giant white beans are Royal Coronas from Rancho Gordo. Serve them simply with olive oil and...

Meyer Lemon Curd

Meyer Lemon Curd

Homemade lemon curd is one of those things that seems difficult until you do it. Three eggs, and a...

Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Pumpkin Seed Pesto

This pesto is made from pumpkin seeds, the green ones known as "pepitas" which come from hulless...

Polenta Tomato Tart

Polenta Tomato Tart

When it's fresh tomato season here in Montana, I'm usually satisfied with a plate of sliced...

Flank Steak Teriyaki

Flank Steak Teriyaki

I grew up in Almaden Valley, the country-fringe of San Jose, back when apricot orchards were the...

Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup

  Chicken Soup makes about 2 quarts of chicken broth for soup Phase 1 soup broth/stock2–4...

Sonoma Chicken Salad

Sonoma Chicken Salad

Sad fact: Whole Foods has changed their Sonoma Chicken Salad and at least what is available here...

Egg Salad

Egg Salad

A text with a friend yesterday reminded me to post some of my "just stir it together" favorites,...

Raw Kale Salad with Quinoa

Raw Kale Salad with Quinoa

This salad has been a favorite of mine since before I moved to Montana, over a dozen years ago. I...

One Pot Rice and Beans

One Pot Rice and Beans

New York Times Cooking ran a one-pot meal feature and it inspired me to simplify our rice and bean...

Spring Rolls

Spring Rolls

These Vietnamese style spring rolls make for a cool and refreshing dinner. Set up all the...

Summer Succotash

Summer Succotash

Make this quick sauté when you have fresh corn and summer squash. It is a fantastic partner to...

Peach and Blueberry Pie

Peach and Blueberry Pie

"It snowed here this weekend, but I'm going to pretend it's still summer."  Sounds good, Kristine,...

Grilled Eggplant Gyros

Grilled Eggplant Gyros

To salt or not to salt the eggplant? That is the question. Short on time the last time I made...

Black Bean Tortilla Soup

Black Bean Tortilla Soup

Yummy, feel-good dinner coming right up!  Another great recipe from Kathryne Taylor of the whole...

Pesto

Pesto

Our growing season is short here in Montana, but a lot seems to happen in mid-summer. I returned...

Grated Carrot Salad

Grated Carrot Salad

The next time you need to bring something to a summer BBQ, make this grated carrot salad. It's...

Three Bean Salad

Three Bean Salad

Got cooked beans you need to use? Make a bean salad and you'll have something to eat for lunch or...

Miso Butter with Chives

Miso Butter with Chives

I didn't think butter could be improved upon, but by adding white miso and rice vinegar you get a...

Garden Ranch Dressing

Garden Ranch Dressing

A fresh green salad with ranch dressing is a great partner for anything off the grill, as well as...

Cashew Cream

Cashew Cream

Naturally sweet, creamy goodness made from ... cashews?  Believe it. One of the best takeaways...

Thai Pork Lettuce Wraps

Thai Pork Lettuce Wraps

Monday night, 6pm.  Everybody hungry. Thawed package of ground pork in the fridge—mostly because...

Berry Season

Berry Season

  When you've got great berries, you don't even need the cream. This was the case last night,...

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