Author: Janet Cleaveland

A quick change from Thai to Italian

  Back from my nephew's wedding on the shores of Lake Washington, and I thought i was going to make Thai shrimp with basil and pineapple for dinner. I had everything, but […]

Chicken salad for the summer

[caption id="attachment_1514" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Chicken salad for our guests at the Frassati Supper, a outreach program to feed the homeless and poor in downtown Vancouver. We served it on pub […]

Lemony tabouleh is a refreshing, filling meal

Hi there, Small Plates friends: I'm thinking of making tabouleh for one of the Frassati Suppers offered Thursdays to the poor and homeless. Your advice is welcome. The suppers at the Proto-Cathedral of […]

A toast to roasted asparagus

[caption id="attachment_1483" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Spring asparagus is even better with prosciutto and Parmesan.[/caption] A couple of months ago, I asked Facebook friends, "What's for dinner?" As one friend said near the […]

Remember me? It has been awhile

[caption id="attachment_1473" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Stuffed portobello mushrooms remind me of a friend who used to order portobello burgers.[/caption] Dear Small Plates readers -- It has been a long time since I posted. I […]

My Boeuf à la Bourguignonne needs help

[caption id="attachment_1424" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Mushrooms go in last.[/caption] I haven't had much luck making beef stew. My mother used to make it, and I never cared for it. So I tried again, […]

Thai shrimp my new favorite for Lenten Fridays

I've been busy in the kitchen. I've made Julia Child's Boeuf à la Bourguignonne that is in Saveur's "New Classics Cookbook" and a red curry shrimp with pineapple dish in […]

I’ve warmed to stuffed peppers

[caption id="attachment_1393" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Stuffed peppers make a quick and easy dinner, and I usually have ingredients on hand.[/caption] I've started to write about stuffed peppers four times now. Nothing worked out. The peppers […]

Cioppino linked to Christmas Eve tradition

This column first appeared in Northwest Catholic, the magazine for the Catholic Church in Western Washington. I don’t remember the first time I had cioppino, the hearty Italian-American fish stew that […]

Pork with spicy green beans on election night

[caption id="attachment_1375" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Moo paht prik king[/caption] OK, let's try this again. On Election Day, I was sure that Hillary Rodham Clinton would become 45th president of the United States. With confidence, […]

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