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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...

 
 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 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...

 

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