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 By Luke Chavez    Specials    January 26, 2023 

Turkey Meatballs

The chilly nights are back after a brief, unseasonable warm spell, which has pushed me back into the kitchen to continue my exploration of comfort food classics. This week, I found myself craving the...

 

Sloppy Joes

Sometimes, while researching recipes, I am overcome by unexpected cravings. This week, I was reminded of the flavorful and messy childhood lunchroom classic, the sloppy joe sandwich. Always up for a...

 

Spiced Chickpea & Vegetable Stew

In response to our recent run of soggy and gloomy days, I have been looking for comfort in my soup pot. From meaty pozoles to classic chicken noodle, I have an arsenal of tested soup recipes kept on...

 

Greek Shrimp with Feta

Generally, I am not one for strict New Year's resolutions, however, after a long holiday season full of rich and decadent food I often find myself craving lighter fare in January. This usually also...

 

Cinnamon Sticky Buns

After a sparkly night of champagne toasts and kissing when the clock strikes midnight, I love hosting a casual, open-house New Year's Day brunch. A lazy morning, (or afternoon), enjoying comforting...

 

Mexican Wedding Cookies

While I love sharing treats from my kitchen throughout the year, there is something extra satisfying about gifting edible delights during the winter holiday season. Baking batches of assorted cookies...

 

Pasta Bolognese

A dear friend of ours just left to live in Tuscany for several months, and to say I am a little jealous would be an understatement. Over the years, much of my food and wine obsessions have been...

 

Ginger Spice Stout Cake

The Solstice is officially two weeks away, however here in Waitsburg it already feels like a winter wonderland. A fresh blanket of snow over the festive lights and decorated trees along Main Street...

 

Beef & Farro Stuffed Delicata Squash

As the season continues to get colder, and the gray days shorter, I find myself craving comforting meals that are also full of vibrant colors. Here golden delicata squash is stuffed with a sweet,...

 

Turkey Pozole

The day after Thanksgiving you can always find me back in the kitchen, enjoying the peaceful quiet after the holiday, and making a batch of turkey stock. As the kitchen fills with the rich aromas...

 

Spiced Squash Bread

The November fog has rolled into our valley, and I have been spending extra time in the kitchen seeking warmth. My favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, is just around the corner, and the winter holiday...

 

Caldo de Pollo

As someone who loves researching recipes, I am particularly fascinated by the foods that are enjoyed across cultures. Chicken soup is one of those universally loved foods with versions that can be fou...

 

Creamy Orecchiette with Sausage and Chard

This week, the sunny, mild autumn days have made the abrupt change to cool and rainy. As a former Seattleite, I can't hide my love for the grey and drizzle. Days like this are perfect for making a...

 

Beef & Pumpkin Enchiladas

Autumn is my favorite time of year for celebrations centered around food. High on the list is the colorful and distinctly Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos. In our house, the mantle is turned i...

 

Spiced Lentil & Pumpkin Soup

The beauty of autumn is all around, and I couldn't be happier. The first flashes of changing colors have been spotted in some of the trees around town, and the star-filled nights have been the...

 

Plum Torte

Each growing season we experiment with different fruits and vegetables in the garden. While some happily flourish, others just seem to fizzle and disappoint. Through it all, the most reliable...

 

Pollo en Mole Verde

This past week, Waitsburg has been graced with gorgeous sunny fall days, and crisp cool nights. The kind of weather that nudges me back into the kitchen, inspired by early fall produce, and cravings...

 

Apple and Wild Huckleberry Pie

Happy Autumn. With these warm sunny days, and crisp cool nights, the weather this week has been perfect. After an unusual summer in the garden, the sight of our pear and apple trees loaded with fruit...

 

Pesce all'Acqua Pazza (Fish in Crazy Water)

We make several trips to the southern Washington coast throughout the year. From the lazy sunny days of summer to the dramatic storms of winter, there is something special about each season. My favori...

 

My Favorite Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

Perhaps because of my approaching birthday, or a simple craving for the mood-enhancing properties of cocoa, I have recently been dreaming of a perfect chocolate cake. Balancing sweetness with the deep...

 

Linguini with Roasted Cauliflower, Walnuts and Parsley

Cauliflower is one of those versatile vegetables that I love experimenting with in the kitchen. It is suitable for countless cooking methods, all of which bring out and enhance different flavor profil...

 

Potato Rosemary Bread

After my years of experiments and triumphs in the kitchen, there is still nothing more satisfying than successful bread making. The combined time needed to carefully measure ingredients, then knead,...

 

Tuna Burger with Caper Sauce

When people in other countries are asked to describe "American food", the most common response is usually the hamburger, and for good reason. From spendy foie gras stuffed wagyu burgers at posh urban...

 

Walla Walla Sweet Galette

Lately, I have been obsessed with galettes, which are sweet or savory free-form tarts that are as much a celebration of good crust as they are about a tasty filling. Balanced and rustic, these baked...

 

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...

 

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