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Corn a sweet bite in blended salsa

Corn isn’t the only summer-into-fall produce pressuring me to preserve it. Abundant garden tomatoes and chiles challenge me to roast them all, place them in Zip...

Sear corn with bacon, or just drippings

A simple side dish of sweet corn impressed me more than two types of seafood during a recent restaurant foray. Sliced from the cob and seared in a hot skillet, ...

Tips take a closer look at mussels

Tidepooling on the coast last week, my younger son was fascinated with mussels clinging to the rocks. How do they eat? What do they look like inside? Could he e...

Plucky peaches persist through heat, drought

“Precarious” was the word that came to mind as I weighed writing a column about peach season. Locally grown peaches had been delighting my family for a few week...

Make mushrooms better than main dish

Marinated artichokes and mushrooms, in my mind, are kissing cousins. Both go so well on antipasti platters alongside cured meats. And like olives, they exist in...

Savory tart upgrades canned artichokes

Roman style artichokes referenced in this blog’s previous post are a nearly effortless appetizer baked in the oven. An elegant upgrade that’s still semi homemad...

Oven ‘fries’ oil-packed artichokes

Artichoke season has long since passed but not my hunger for this inimitable vegetable. Fortunately, high-quality artichoke hearts marinated in oil are within e...

Pucker up for famous lemon chicken

A keen hunger for crispy-skin chicken corresponds in my older son to a nearly unquenchable thirst for lemons and lemon juice. This dish would satisfy some of hi...

Crispy-skin chicken simply delicious

I hadn’t planned a trip to the grocery store, but a plaintive request for cold medicine, herbal tea and lemon juice saw me staunching my own runny nose in searc...

Tomato jam sweetens grilled cheese

Summer’s indispensable tomato sandwich numbered among this week’s A la Carte recipes saluting the season. I’m all for simple ways of showcasing this fruit that,...

Veggie lasagna layers season’s produce

Lasagna is one of my favorite make-ahead meals. Anticipating soaring temperatures later in the week, I baked a big pan last night, intending to heat up single s...

Pasta salads still potluck pleasers

My cooking recently received some kudos at potlucks. The biggest crowd pleaser was a key lime bar I adapted from a 2020 blog post and also recommended in a rece...

Albariño Days bring a taste of Spain

Crisp, lively, delicate, and aromatic are often used to describe what has become the quintessential Spanish white wine, Albariño. In the Spanish province of Gal...

Keep cool with soups of summer

Consuming more fresh fruits and vegetables is easy when cooks “chill out.” Chilled soups made from melons, cucumbers, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and more summe...

Bars mix, match fresh or frozen fruits

An outing to pick blueberries intersected perfectly with my family’s recent Rogue River float to fete a friend’s birthday. A handheld dessert to share on the ri...

Red peppers sweeten shrimp saute

After reaffirming a love of good-quality shrimp in this blog’s previous post, I may next have to acknowledge a budding tolerance for red bell peppers. While rig...

Beer-batter shrimp worth the splurge

A healthier fish sandwich that skips the breading and frying was the hook for this blog’s previous post. But we all know that a good beer batter is worth the oc...