Kapama style Lamb Ragu with whole wheat orzo and rainbow chard and house hunting in Portland, Oregon.

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Over the weekend we went house hunting here in Portland. My husband and I have been wanting to get our own place here and feel like now is the time. Our family has been here for three years and my daughter will be going into the 2nd grade in the Fall and we want to hopefully have our own property and not be giving our hard earned dollars to rent. Currently we live in a great area, the Hollywood district, schools are good, it’s safe, but it seems like we just don’t quite “fit in here”. We did ask our landlord about selling his house to us, but he was not too keen on the idea, and it’s probably out of our price range anyway. Continue reading “Kapama style Lamb Ragu with whole wheat orzo and rainbow chard and house hunting in Portland, Oregon.”

Grecian bowl of yummy!

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So I love me some “Buddah Bowl” which is basically a big bowl of healthy vegetarian stuff topped with tahini dressing and eaten with good conscious. There are some great options here and even carts dedicated to the art of “The Bowl”. I love eating this way and it feels substantial and healthy. Continue reading “Grecian bowl of yummy!”

A call to all my past resignations or why women should throw each another a bone.

I strategically spotted the open booth still un-bussed from the previous set of tea drinkers…a moment to read the Willamette weekly while my bombastic 2 and half year old could play in the play area and be happily distracted while I caught up on snarky articles. I needed to transport our smoothie, and my kombucha….I managed…went to put the water class from the prior custys back in the bus tub, which they themselves should have done, but as I placed the glass into the lower bus tub God forbid…it drops and breaks, a J. Crew Khaki clad Granola-turned Yupptard, type A shouts “Easy! There are kids here!” as if I could control a bout of distracted mom clumsiness and already being embarrassed, further embarrassing me not to mention interrupting others with her anti-glass shard manifesto. Continue reading “A call to all my past resignations or why women should throw each another a bone.”

Drunken Noodles

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I have cooked for a few drunks in my day….and this recipe right here is a great one if you want to have a great meal to accompany beer or cocktails. Traditionally in Thailand these are served to late night patrons to help wake them back up. This dish is spicy but you can prepare it to your own liking. My favorite drunken noodles are at the the “I like Thai” cart and are all of $5, but when I don’t want to drag my nearly three year old son downtown I have found a pretty close second place version that serves at least 4 other noodle munchers. I have access to many Asian markets and pick my ingredients up there, they are usually cheaper and better quality but most of these items can be found at your local supercenter du jour. Continue reading “Drunken Noodles”

30 Minute Lasagna Soup

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What a week! I haven’t been in the kitchen much, as my sister Kristina was in town and I made her go eat all the places I love and some that I haven’t tried. We went to Aberdeen, WA to visit the Kurt Cobain memorial and I watched “Hellraiser” for the first time on the big screen at Cthulucon and it was followed by a Q&A with the one and only “Pinhead”. It was awesome, I am always impressed with the diversity and participation in Portland’s niche scenes. Well back to “real-life” and weeknight meal preparation, I decided that I wanted to do a version of Lasagna soup, I love Lasagna but it is time consuming and not the healthiest of dishes. This soup has all the flavor of the classic but a bit more health and time conscious.
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Easter egg radishes sashimi style

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This recipe is a fun lil’ play on Japanese sashimi, I used “Easter egg” radishes a bit of ponzu, lemon zest, and dill. I like to prepare produce like you would animal protein and the result is quite tasty. I would serve this like any salad along side a protein and starch. I used a mandolin to get the radishes nearly paper thin and it gives a nice mouth feel with a bit of crunch.
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Greek-style Chickpea soup

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This simple recipe is a great way to enjoy chickpeas. Very popular in Greece, the ingredients and preparation are simple. The trick to flavor is the use of olive oil and slow cooking to produce a rich, and full flavored soup. This is what I like to call “refined peasant food” it’s cheap, accessible, healthy, and feeds a small army.
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5-ingredient, one pan Chinese Broccoli Chicken

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I like to call this one “Chinese take-out fake-out” because no one will know it isn’t from a restaurant. Ridiculously easy there is no excuse not to cook this for your family any night of the week. It is all cooked in the oven, on the same pan so clean up is a breeze and you won’t believe how delicious this simple recipe is.
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