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 By Luke Chavez    Specials    August 11, 2022 

Curried Chicken Skewers & Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce

During the summer months, we tend to eat most of our evening meals out on the backyard deck. Enjoying the golden light of summer dusk, while watching little swallows zip across the yard, everything...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    August 4, 2022

Pasta alla Nerano

While ripe tomatoes and sweet corn are what I most associate with summer cooking, it is bountiful zucchini that usually manages to make an appearance at every meal of the season. Living in a town...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    July 28, 2022

Summer Barley Salad

Several years ago, we were in Los Angeles visiting friends and family during a milestone birthday. As part of the festivities, we were invited to a friend’s house for a potluck barbeque. Being very...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    July 21, 2022

Roasted Cherry Tomato and Ricotta Pasta

Every summer, I patiently anticipate the first homegrown tomatoes of the season. While diligently watering our garden, I keep a daily check on when the sun-ripened delights are ready to pluck. This...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    July 14, 2022

Raspberry Honey Sorbet & Tahini Cookies

As we moved into our house, we learned from the previous owners that there had once been a large in-ground pool in the backyard, which apparently had been a popular hangout for local housewives in... Full story

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    July 7, 2022

Bulgur & White Bean Stuffed Grape Leaves

Inspired by the world-class winemakers of our region, and the phenomenal growing conditions in our backyard, last year we planted three rows of little Cabernet Sauvignon starts next to the plum trees....

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    June 30, 2022

Charred Corn & Green Chili Queso

Beyond basic sustenance, good food is deeply connected to our emotional lives, something we turn to when celebrating the highs or to provide comfort during the lows. This week, bombarded with several...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    June 23, 2022

Roasted Carrot and Radish Salad with Honey Ricotta

With summer officially here, much of our entertaining has moved outside with meals centered around savory delights cooked on the grill. Whether we are making grilled steaks, hamburgers, or skewers, I...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    June 16, 2022

Strawberry Shortcake

One of the things I most look forward to in late spring is the first bite of a plump sun ripened strawberry. This year, because of the unseasonable cool and rainy Spring, the harvest in our backyard...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    June 9, 2022

Orange Rhubarb Panna Cotta

With summer just around the corner, and the spring weather finally cooperating, the season for outdoor entertaining has officially started in our backyard. Fresh herbs and wildflowers perfume the air...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    June 2, 2022

Herbed Focaccia

Before moving to Waitsburg, bread baking was an elusive skill I always shied away from. Despite my deep love for all the shapes and styles of bread, the idea of making my own always seemed like an...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    May 26, 2022

Salmon Gravlax

Of the many foods that define the Pacific Northwest, such as apples, berries, wild mushrooms, and shellfish, at the top of the list is the mighty salmon. Culturally and spiritually significant to our...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    May 19, 2022

Spring Green Quiche

The days are finally warming up, waking up our vegetable patch with a fresh batch of delicate sprouts and young shoots. A lovely sight as we anticipate the delicious harvests to come. My kitchen herb...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    May 12, 2022

Wontons Two Ways

One of the things I miss about living in a big city are the culinary discoveries that can be made while walking around town. In Seattle's International District, a dense urban neighborhood shaped by...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    May 5, 2022

Sopa de Albondigas

Certain recipes have the power to transport. As a young boy, I would carefully watch whoever was in the kitchen, fascinated by the magic taking place as delicious meals came together on the stovetop....

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    April 28, 2022

Sicilian Orange Cake

It was around this time of year, many moons ago, that I made my first visit to Waitsburg. After the long dusty drive, the bucolic view of vivid green rolling hills surrounding this picturesque little...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    April 21, 2022

Picadillo Enchiladas

Over the years, my love for cooking, (mixed with my desire to learn more about half of my ancestry), has led me on a journey exploring the food traditions of Mexico. Some of the discoveries I've made...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    April 7, 2022

Best Veggie Burger

As I am known to be a meat-loving omnivore, some might be surprised to know that vegetarian meals are served several nights a week in our household. Being good for your family's physical health as...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    March 31, 2022

Hollandaise Sauce and a Spring Eggs Benedict

With the warmer days and the first flowers blooming, my mind has turned to planning some springtime entertaining. A decadent weekend brunch with friends, full of lively conversation, and hopefully a...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    March 24, 2022

Chicken Roasted with Potatoes

As regular readers of my column might recall, I often use my time in the kitchen to satisfy my periodic bouts of wanderlust. Recreating discoveries made during past travels, or dreaming of future...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    March 17, 2022

Potato Varenyky – Ukrainian Dumplings

For weeks now, my thoughts have been with the people of Ukraine, as they have bravely faced unimaginable horrors. It has been difficult to just sit back while watching a war unfold over five thousand...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    March 10, 2022

Chicken Marsala

At the age of 29 I moved to New York City on a whim. Not to sound dramatic, but the year that followed was truly the best of times and the absolute worst of times. On nights when I felt completely...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    March 3, 2022

Sausages with Peppers and Onions

With the combination of my ever-hectic work schedule, my better half recently starting grad school, and our looming list of spring garden projects, it's no wonder I've found myself researching...

 

Skillet Apple Upside-Down Cake

Since moving to Waitsburg, we have been slowly remodeling our older home one room at a time. Finally, the end is in sight with the biggest project, a planned complete overhaul of our kitchen,...

 

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