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Nothing better than spring chinook

A couple of weeks ago, one of my sons and I made a quick trip to Eugene (exhibiting proper social distancing, using masks and doing hand sanitizing) to pick up […]

Apologies to nonna

Here is wedding soup, with apologies to all my Italian friends who learned to cook alongside their nonnas. I had to make substitutions because I didn’t want to run to […]

Hunkered down and making poppy-seed cake

[caption id="attachment_1650" align="aligncenter" width="4032"] I dredged up the poppy-seed cake recipe from memory.[/caption] Hi there! It has been awhile, and I can't say that I'm back at blogging for Small Plates, but […]

Frassati Suppers up and running again

[caption id="attachment_1631" align="aligncenter" width="640"] St. Joseph Catholic Church parishioners Robyn Hansen (left) and Jan Slosser get the plates ready for Frassati guests at the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater […]

Thai sweet and sour pork

My friend Linda Meade, a member of Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Vancouver and a volunteer for the Frassati suppers at the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater where […]

Crab sandwich and warm spinach salad

  I didn't hesitate when No. 2 son (John) dropped by the other night and offered to make dinner: a Dungeness crab sandwich alongside a spinach salad. I was thrilled to have a night […]

Food evokes joy of friendship

Hi there, Small Plates readers: Last weekend, I had a fabulous visit with one of my best friends from high school and her husband. I flew to San José, Calif., to […]

More cooking with Hana

Another month and another chance to cook with Hana Adamko, my fellow parishioner at the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater in downtown Vancouver. This time we made a Polish kielbasa-cabbage […]

Layered sauerkraut catches me by surprise

I coordinate volunteers for the Frassati Supper, part of an outreach program for the poor and homeless at Vancouver's downtown Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater. About a year ago, I was […]

Roasted and stuffed portobello mushrooms on the menu

[caption id="attachment_1547" align="aligncenter" width="4672"] Stuffed portobello mushrooms take center stage for a light supper or luncheon with friends.[/caption] I'm giving away the menu, Mary Lou Oberson and Betty Schmidlin. For the past […]

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