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Roasted Squash Risotto

At the age of twelve, I attempted my first risotto. I stirred and stirred, carefully following the instructions in a copy of Bon Appétit magazine. Slightly panicked that it wasn't looking right, I...

 

French Onion Soup Gratinée

When I lived in Seattle, one of my favorite spots for relaxed dining was Le Pichet on First Avenue, just up the hill from Pike Place Market. Watching traffic pass by, while enjoying refined bistro...

 

Fresh Peach Tart

Last week, we were gifted a bountiful bowl of fresh local peaches. Few summer treats are as special as the first juicy bite of a perfectly ripe peach at peak season. With a family birthday coming up,...

 

Gnocchi with Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi, with its funny name and alien appearance, is the type of overlooked vegetable that can seem intimidating to most home cooks. Originating from northern Europe, kohlrabi is in the brassica fam...

 

Pollo en Salsa Verde con Queso

Often, my kitchen inspiration is based on what is ripe and ready for picking in the garden. Our backyard has provided an abundance of tomatillos and chili peppers this week, which instantly had me...

 

Green Chili Bison Burger

America has a love affair with cheeseburgers. From fast-food to fine dining, there are different versions of this national favorite in every region. Inspired by the bounty of green chilis ready for...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    August 5, 2021

Ratatouille

Every summer, without fail, I am surprised by how productive the zucchini plants are in our garden. With new zucchini sprouting up every night, there is always an abundance of the striped, green...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    July 29, 2021

Farro Tabbouleh Salad

Living in wheat country, I feel a deep connection to the fields of grain that surround me, even though I'm not a farmer myself. The rolling hills give us a colorful reminder of the changing seasons:...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    July 22, 2021

Creamy Corn Summer Pasta

My two favorite things about summer are enjoying home-grown produce and that time of day when the sun sets, and the temperatures finally start to cool down. The back porch is my favorite setting for...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    July 8, 2021

Elotes (Mexican grilled street corn)

As a child in Los Angeles, I often spent weekends with my father who lived a block from Echo Park Lake, many years before it became the gentrified hipster neighborhood of today. We would walk around t...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    July 1, 2021

Falafel with Garlic Tahini Sauce

Sometimes, after a long night serving $200 dinners (see my article about tasting menus on page 12) I would stop at the Aladdin Gyro-cery, in Seattle's University District, for a cheap late-night...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    June 24, 2021

Salmon Braised in Tomatoes with Scallops

Sometimes, on a rare day off, I am known to binge episodes of the Food Network classic, Chopped. As contestant chefs brainstorm dishes on the fly, using the surprise "basket ingredients," I play...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    June 17, 2021

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie 

As we move into the summer months, my culinary inspirations become increasingly influenced by what is ready to be picked in the garden. Compared to years past, the strawberry plant that runs along...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    June 10, 2021

Baked Macaroni & Cheese

It's the season of backyard barbeques and neighborhood potlucks, a time when small gatherings can quickly turn into large parties. Amongst the various salads and grilled meats of your summer spreads,...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    June 3, 2021

Lemon Herb Skillet Chicken

Julia Child is famous for noting that the quality of a cook can always be judged by how well they roast a chicken. In my quest for poultry perfection, I have tried countless variations and recipes...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    May 27, 2021

Magic Tomato Sauce

In our garden, the nightshades have gone into the ground, and the countdown to tomato season has officially begun. There are few things about summer that I look forward to more than the first...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    May 20, 2021

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Too often, uninspired versions of this dish are slapped on restaurant menus, overdressed with bland mass-produced dressing. Originally created in 1924, by an Italian immigrant at his namesake restaura...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    May 6, 2021

Lemon Almond Fig Cake

Truth be told, I have always been one who craves savory over sweet. So perhaps it is of little surprise that my favorite desserts are those that include ingredients which act as a counterbalance to...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    April 29, 2021

Linguine alle Vongole

As a transplant from the west side of the state, I am often overwhelmed by a strong craving for ocean air and fresh seafood. This past weekend, I made an escape to the coast to satisfy such a...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    April 22, 2021

Herbed Garlic Chicken Skewers with Tzatziki

As the days are warming up and getting longer, grilling season is officially here. Concurrently, our edible garden is coming alive and ushering in the season of fresh herbs in everything we cook. We...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    April 15, 2021

Eggless Egg Salad

While I am firmly an omnivore, there have been moments, albeit brief moments, when I have dabbled in vegetarianism. Blame it on my childhood, surrounded by West Coast hippies and artists, but I have...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    April 8, 2021

Chicken Paprikash

Over the years, certain spices have become such well-loved staples in my kitchen that I have learned to make great use of buying in bulk. Housed in neatly labeled mason jars, and taking up several...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    April 1, 2021

Spaghetti alla Carbonara con Asparagi

Spring is here! Birds are chirping, daffodils 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 a driz...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    March 25, 2021

Sticky Banoffee Cake

Being the proper Anglophile that I am, my television viewing leans heavily towards programs from across the pond. A long favorite is The Great British Bake Off, which, with its charming pastoral...

 
 By Luke Chavez    Specials    March 18, 2021

Braised Brisket a la Mexicana

Long before the current food truck craze, my earliest culinary discoveries were made as a kid in Los Angeles, sampling what was available from the city's ubiquitous taco trucks. With the variety of...

 

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