Meals and sides for potlucks or when people need a helping hand.

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Brothy Clam Chowder

Brothy Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder cooks quickly and is something you can whip up on a moment's notice if you have a few...

Banana Bread

Banana Bread

"It's the most amazing, most perfect banana bread!" Five years ago, my friend's then 12-year-old...

Sheet Pan Polenta Tomato Tart

Sheet Pan Polenta Tomato Tart

This recipe is a hybrid of my polenta appetizer squares and the polenta tomato tart I adapted from...

Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad

Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad

Nuoc Cham, a Vietnamese dipping sauce made with fish sauce and lime juice, makes a great dressing...

Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup

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

Artichoke Nibbles

Artichoke Nibbles

My Mom made a lot of recipes from Sunset magazine in the 1970's and these Artichoke Nibbles are...

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...

White Bean and Kale Soup

White Bean and Kale Soup

This is Jackie Page's white bean and kale soup that we published in the Fall 2021 issue of Edible...

Chinese Chicken Salad

Chinese Chicken Salad

This sweet heat dressing pulls together all the farmers market vegetables and shredded rotisserie...

Farro or Spelt Berry Salad

Farro or Spelt Berry Salad

This salad is very satisfying on its own, but sometimes I use it to justify salami for a...

Barbacoa

Barbacoa

I love the limey acidity in this slow cooked, spicy beef that I like to serve as soft tacos with...

Orange Blueberry Muffins

Orange Blueberry Muffins

The muffin top here is crisp perfection and the interior crumb is light, like that of a fine cake....

Oatmeal Crumble Berry Bars

Oatmeal Crumble Berry Bars

There are thousands of recipes out there for something similar. But the reason I post is to share...

Via’s Rice (Spanish Rice)

Via’s Rice (Spanish Rice)

Spanish Rice, Mexican Rice, Arroz Rojo, Red Rice, no matter what you call it, cooking rice with a...

Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies

Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies

These cookies!  Breakfast cookies!  Another great idea from Kathryne Taylor of the blog Cookie +...

Black Bean Tortilla Soup

Black Bean Tortilla Soup

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

Refried Beans

Refried Beans

Back when I worked a lot and hired a nanny to help around the house, Via's cooking sustained me...

Chocolate Bundt Cake

Chocolate Bundt Cake

Easy to mix, you get to use your cute pan, and CAKE! I adapted this one from Amanda Hesser's...

Cornbread

Cornbread

This cornbread recipe, "California Cornbread", comes from my cooking school archives. I can still...

Watermelon and Jicama Salad

Watermelon and Jicama Salad

Watermelon and jicama are refreshing on their own, but combined you've got a salad. And once...

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...

Spicy Purple Slaw

Spicy Purple Slaw

You're on your way to making a slaw when you thinly slice any sturdy vegetable. For dressing, you...

Focaccia

Focaccia

  A fluffy focaccia like this can be yours in a couple hours. Thanks to food network's Anne...

Spinach Lasagna

Spinach Lasagna

Simple cooking relies on the best tasting, best quality ingredients. For lasagna, that means...

Black Bean Chili

Black Bean Chili

What did Julia Child order when she went to Cafe Beaujolais in Mendocino CA?  This chili!  No...

Winter Squash Enchiladas

Winter Squash Enchiladas

Jumbled together in bins at the market, you'll find all kinds of winter squash: Delicata,...

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

Last weekend I spent some time with Donna Hay The New Classics and tried the slow-cooked beef...

Cocoa Buckwheat Granola

Cocoa Buckwheat Granola

Chocolate for breakfast. Sure you can! Maximize nutrition with this cocoa buckwheat granola,...

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...

French Vinaigrette

French Vinaigrette

This classic vinaigrette enhances your fresh garden greens and beautiful farmer's market produce...

Cream Scones

Cream Scones

You can stop collecting scone and shortcake recipes, this is the only one you need. I'm giving it...

Yellow Chicken Pilaf

Yellow Chicken Pilaf

Here's a rice version of "Yellow Chicken", a family favorite of ours since the day care years with...

Your House Granola

Your House Granola

Make your own house granola. It's a delicious topping for your morning yogurt and a great way to...

Turkey or Bison Chili

Turkey or Bison Chili

Easy home cooked dinner, here you go.  All you need is some ground turkey or bison (both are lower...

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