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Blessings on our beloved pets

This column first appeared in Northwest Catholic magazine, a publication for Catholics in Western Washington. St. Francis of Assisi’s Oct. 4 feast day puts focus on the animals in our […]

Back to school, so what’s for lunch?

This column first appeared in the September issue of Northwest Catholic. Boring meals, especially for older students, get poor grades, so try stuffing falafel or caprese salad into pita pockets Hello, students. It’s […]

Thanks indeed to the kind person who found my keys

Janet, Abby, and Lisa Johnson This is a post about kindness, not about food, though I wish I could share a meal with the person who saved my day. Dear kind person […]

Lunch with two friends from way back

[caption id="attachment_1321" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Food from top, clockwise: Caprese salad; plate with Frommage de Affinois, salty green olives, Tuscan bean spread and pate; melon with proscuitto.[/caption] My Portland State days are far […]

Fay retires, and she does it ‘Fay’s Way’

  [caption id="attachment_1312" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Former Columbian staffers Dave Olson, photographer; Fay Blackburn, who retired after 43 years of service; Jim Stasiowski, former political reporter and columnist; and Dave Kern, former […]

Salty, fiery and sweet sauce for salmon

I have neglected you, Small Plates pals, for no other reasons than projects, meals that seemed too mundane to share and a houseful of company. But good things happen when out-of-town family show up for an extended […]

Aroma of onions for soup brings up memories

No. 3 son doesn't like onions, hasn't liked them from Day 1. So yesterday, as I was chopping sweet onions for French onion soup, I recalled how I used to make two versions […]

For now, chiang mai curry noodles top list

People who follow this blog know how much I rely on Nancie McDermott's cookbooks. Having friends over? Serve them summer rolls with shrimp and mint along with meatball soup from "Quick […]

Guest blog: Lentil soup from former colleague

I was lurking around Facebook a couple of nights ago when I came across a lentil soup recipe from former colleague Beki Calvert Lincks. I met her in 1998 when […]

Cinnamon rolls fill house with good cheer (to root for the Seahawks)

It snowed Sunday, and it was a perfect day to fill the kitchen with the smells of yeast bread and cinnamon. The Intrepid One built a fire in the dining room fireplace […]

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