Summer Jewels: Blackberries

Overripe wild blackberries, warm with the sun — preferably whiffed from a hiking trail or the saddle of a bike — are the smell of summer in the Pacific Northwest....

When Life Gives You Lemon Balm…

Don’t despair if your yard is overrun with lemon balm at this time of year. Instead, grab big handfuls and make a delicious lemon balm simple syrup...

Mint Perfect!

Mint. It grows like a weed around these parts and we might sometimes take its ubiquity for granted. Yet there is no easier way to conjure up a burst of summer sunshine than by throwing a handful of zingy, fresh mint into a dish....

Summer Arrives with Apricots

Apricots are one of my favorite early-summer stone fruits. I love pulling them apart at the seams and taking big, juicy bites as the soft, orange skin brushes my lips, the sourness clings to the back of my throat, and the syrupy fruit quenches my thirst....

Spring Brunch

There is nothing like a good dose of spring to remind us of hope and rebirth....

Emerald Forest Cake

As thoughts of hand-crafted chocolate and succulent frozen cherries came to mind, I started mulling a Pacific Northwest version of a traditional Black Forest Cake. After some local and seasonal substitutions, the result was a take on the cake that might be better than the original....

One Ingredient Three Ways: Rhubarb

After the ground thaws, green shoots and buds emerge as harbingers of spring. The rhubarb leaves are among the first to uncurl and fan out. Soon, green stalks will blush pink, then red, begging to be picked. I always eagerly await rhubarb season. Its bright, sour flavor is welcome after a winter season full of rich, hearty foods, and it’s a versatile ingredient that works well in both sweet and savory recipes....

Proven Pearings

I speak from experience when I say that a pastry chef’s palette of seasonal ingredients is crowded with caramel and chocolate browns when winter rolls around. But if you look closely, there are plenty of local options for satisfying your sweet tooth. From the sweet, creamy yellow flesh of a Seckel pear, to the papery mahogany skin of the hazelnut, to the deep, dark brown of extra-dark, bittersweet chocolate, what winter’s offerings lack in bright color and flavor are made up for in richness and texture....

Clean Your Plate!

At the beginning of the New Year, many of us pause and think about the year behind and create plans for the year to come. After all the holiday indulging, many of these plans revolve around health and wellness, and we begin to move towards the idea of treating our bodies with a little more care. ...

One Ingredient Three Ways: Dungeness Crab

The delicate but distinctive flavor of the Pacific Northwest's Dungeness crab combines winter's reality with summer's promise, making a perfect New Year's resolution....