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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

I'm giving away the menu, Mary Lou Oberson and Betty Schmidlin. For the past couple of years, Mary Lou, Betty and I have renewed our friendship from our days at Portland […]

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

In my last post, I said it is full-on salad season. As Northwesterners like to say, summer begins after the Fourth of July. But maybe we need to throw that adage […]

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

A couple of months ago, I asked Facebook friends, "What's for dinner?" As one friend said near the end of the posts, "There's a whole lot of good eating going […]

Remember me? It has been awhile

Dear Small Plates readers -- It has been a long time since I posted. I don't know whether you've wondered where I've been, but I do know I haven't forgotten you. […]

My Boeuf à la Bourguignonne needs help

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, this time following "Boeuf à la Bourguignonne" in […]

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

I've started to write about stuffed peppers four times now. Nothing worked out. The peppers just didn't inspire me, even though they made a fine dinner in a hurry. I can't blame our current snow and […]

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