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 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 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,...

 

Turkey Shepherd's Pie

On a recent sunny walk around town, I spotted the first early spring crocus of the season, and on Main Street, the dirty giant mountains of old plowed snow have finally melted away. Even so, the cold...

 

Naan Flatbread

As we trudge through the gloomy cold days of late winter, my kitchen has been keeping us warm with a steady rotation of favorite soup recipes. With these simmering pots of comfort, I am always looking...

 

Frittata Verdure

My favorite recipes tend to be ones that serve as a technique and ratio guide, leaving ample room for experimenting with flavors. These are the versatile recipes that I turn to when assessing what's...

 

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Squash & Halloumi

Brussels sprouts are sadly in the category of misunderstood produce. When poorly prepared, such as being boiled to oblivion, they become bitter and mushy, a taste that is sure to leave a negative...

 

Eggplant Parmesan

At about this time every winter, I find myself missing the sun-kissed flavor of tomatoes from our late-summer garden. The flurries of snow and cold have given me a serious case of wanderlust, and...

 

Black-Eyed Pea Empanadas

My mother's family has roots in Texas, which often influences our holiday gatherings. In Texas, as with much of the South, eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day is thought to bring good luck and...

 

The proof is in the dish

Since Teeny McMunn's retirement earlier this year, Luke Chavez has been sharing his recipes with readers each week. The Times enjoys hearing recipe feedback, and learning about ways that each reader c...

 

Dill-Lightful Deviled Eggs

Of all the holiday parties, one of my favorites to host has always been New Year's Eve. Combining the effervescent excitement of counting down to midnight with my love for fancy finger foods and... Full story

 

Gingered Waldorf Salad

For the food-obsessed, like me, planning a menu for a holiday fête can take weeks of research and recipe testing. While Thanksgiving is often made up of standard classics to pair with turkey, for me...

 

Eggnog Panna Cotta

Among the things I love about living in Waitsburg are the packages of homemade Christmas cookies that we receive from several of our neighbors this time of year. Brightly frosted sugar cookies,...

 

Cranberry Pumpkin Bread

While, to some, cranberries are seen only on holiday tables in the form of a jellied sauce out of a can, for me they are a beloved year-round ingredient. The bright red fruit, with its distinctive... Full story

 

Roasted Beet & Citrus Salad

After a decadent week of holiday cooking, made with ridiculous amounts of butter, heavy cream, and cheese, I found myself craving a salad. In times like this, I turn to nutrient packed and brightly...

 

White Bean, Turkey, and Kale Soup

After a whirlwind week of menu planning, shopping, and cooking, all for one holiday feast, the next day can leave one with little energy to make another meal. Thankfully, leftover turkey is a...

 

Apple Pecan Sweet Potatoes

Recipes for holiday side dishes can vary greatly across the country, and opinions on proper preparations can be a source of debate, even within families. My Aunt Gail learned this the hard way while... Full story

 

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