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 By Luke Chavez    Specials    May 23, 2024 

Mint Pesto Pasta Salad

With a cleaned grill, refreshed flower containers, and a thoroughly swept deck, we are officially ready for outdoor entertaining. On the arrival of grilling season, I have been reviewing recipes for...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    May 16, 2024

Lemon and Herb Chicken Stew

Having tried countless recipes for chicken soup, I am always excited to find a new version of the internationally loved homey classic. From Mexican Caldo de Pollo to Thai Tom Kha Gai, the diversity...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    May 9, 2024

Peanut Sauce Tofu

For as long as I can remember, peanut butter has been one of my favorite foods. As a kid, I loved the many sandwich options, such as the classics peanut butter and jelly, or peanut butter and banana....

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    May 2, 2024

Spring Roasted Chicken with Herb Pistou

At the same time that our yard has finally filled with the sweet scent of lilac, the perennial herbs in my edible garden have burst into full swing. The tender new tarragon, chervil, parsley, and...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    April 25, 2024

Caraway Snickerdoodles

While experimenting in the kitchen, I love when the addition of a single extra ingredient can elevate a classic recipe in exciting new ways. Here the homey snickerdoodle, a buttery cookie steeped in...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    April 18, 2024

Creamy Spiced Cauliflower Soup

As a child, I was by no means a picky eater. In fact, I relished in trying and exploring foods labeled as exotic, or anything that my unadventurous peers would call "weird." However, despite my love...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    April 11, 2024

Skillet Chicken with Black Beans & Rice

And just like that, the busy season is upon us. After a full day of spring cleaning the house and freshening up the garden beds, the thought of cooking dinner can feel extra daunting. This is when a...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    April 4, 2024

Spaghetti Carbonara with Asparagus

Spring is here. Birds are chirping, blooming bulbs have finally brought some color to our garden, and fresh local asparagus will soon come into season. While I often serve asparagus simply with just...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    March 28, 2024

Spring Spaghetti with Shrimp

After six years of living in the Inland Northwest, there are still a few things about the other side of the state that I miss terribly. At the top of this list is access to fresh, local seafood,...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    March 21, 2024

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 14, 2024

Beef and Guinness Stew

For many, the first thing that comes to mind for Saint Patrick's Day menus is corned beef and cabbage. A delicious classic, it has certainly graced my table many times. However, when I think of Irish...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    March 7, 2024

Gnocchi with Braised Chard and Peas

As spring green colors are finally popping up in our yard, I found myself craving tender green flavors. Rainbow chard braised with aromatics in stock and wine, is a favorite side dish that I love to...

 

Zippy Tofu Chili

While I am certainly known for my love of cooking savory meat dishes, throughout the week much of my diet is centered around vibrant plant-based options. Incorporating more vegetarian meals in your ro...

 

Turkey Italian Wedding Soup

Little bits of green are popping up in our flower beds, and the backyard birds have been very active as of late. The change of season is rapidly approaching. With that, nights have still been a...

 

Beef Taquitos

Some of the most popular and recognizable foods of Mexico fall into the category of small bites called antojitos, which can be found across the country sold in markets or from street vendors....

 

Sausage and Broccoli Pasta

While some pasta dishes can be quite complicated, such as a slow simmering Bolognese or an intricately layered lasagna, some of my favorite recipes are those composed of just a few ingredients that...

 

Ginger Citrus Tahini Cookies

Over the years I have curated an eclectic collection of cookbooks. Dispersed between my tried-and-true classics (Julia Childs, The Silver Palate, and Alice Waters) and contemporary tomes full of artfu...

 

Weeknight Lentil Soup

With this long stretch of below-freezing temperatures my soup pot has been getting a lot of use this past week. While I love slowly tending to a gently simmering pot of soup, sometimes I need a...

 

Chicken Braised with Kale and White Beans

After an abnormally mild start to winter, frigid and snowy weather is finally on its way. In preparation I have been stocking up the pantry and pulling out my coziest recipes. This lovely one-pot...

 

Chocolate, Pistachio, and Orange Shortbread

After having baked and consumed countless cookie varieties over the years, I still consider a simple, buttery shortbread cookie to be my favorite. With the delicate balance between a tender crumb and...

 

Stuffed Mushrooms

With New Year's Eve approaching, another whirlwind season of winter holiday entertaining comes to an end. After all the formal sit-down feasts I love to keep things casual on NYE with a spread of fun...

 

Beef and Potato Gratin

With all the hustle and festivities of the winter holiday season in full swing, something as simple as a quiet night at home can feel like a luxury. Between the packed schedule of glittering engagemen...

 

Chewy Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

In a season of sparkling extravagance, I have always felt that it is often the simplest gifts that can have the sweetest impact. A box of homemade cookies or candy from a neighbor or friend is always...

 

Red Lentil Chili

In the period between Thanksgiving and the winter holidays, I often find myself seeking lighter, vegetarian recipes to counter the season's decadent feasting. This flavorful chili, with walnuts, bulgu...

 

Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Galette

As a young budding cook, one of the earliest staple recipes I mastered was perfecting my flakey pie crust. With just a few ingredients, mainly butter and flour, the key to a perfect batch is all...

 

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