Chef Inspired Recipes

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

I hate to admit this but I actually like the Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Not everyone makes them well, but a lot of places do and it although I don’t “embrace all that is pumpkin” I have been known to make a pie, maybe some pumpkin […]

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P.F. Chang’s-Style Lettuce Wraps or ‘Asian’ Tacos

P.F. Chang’s-Style Lettuce Wraps or ‘Asian’ Tacos

One of the meals that is on the regular weeknight circuit is my riff on a dish from a big corporate restaurant, P.F. Changs. They make these lovely lettuce wraps that we have decided to turn into “Asian” tacos for our Taco Tuesday, just to […]

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Horseradish Cream

Horseradish Cream

This is one of the more versatile and delicious condiments you can make and serve especially when making a rib roast or some other cut of meat that could use a little kick from horseradish. Excellent for that Sunday dinner or holiday. We typically serve […]

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On Favorite Burgers and Fry Sauce

On Favorite Burgers and Fry Sauce

Dare I wax eloquent on the journey of a man on his grill?? Shall I share my evolutionary theory on a man’s quest to cook a little more than he did before?? Shall he only be relegated to the dogs and burgers? Chicken breasts and […]

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“Swedish” Meatballs

“Swedish” Meatballs

Sweden isn’t exactly one of the countries that first comes to mimd when I think “rich food traditions” but hey, I’ve been to IKEA a few times so I suppose that is enough experience for me to look to this Scandinavian wonderland for some food […]

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Davenport Hotel Coffee Cake

Davenport Hotel Coffee Cake

Word through the family is that my great grandparents, Lee Chandler and Anne Bridget Kelly met at the Davenport in Spokane while both employees of the famed hotel. Lee was a maître d’ while Anne, we think, was a waitress. I have been doing a […]

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Corned Beef and Cabbage – A Brief History and How To

Corned Beef and Cabbage – A Brief History and How To

St. Patrick’s day in America is special. It’s is the only day where everyone claims the same heritage, unequivocally consumes more alcohol than even New Year’s, and people are willing to eat corned beef and cabbage. Rich, poor, red, yellow, black and white, we are […]

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Insalate Napoli – Inspired by Tutta Bella

Insalate Napoli – Inspired by Tutta Bella

  I was dusting off the internet and found this one tucked into a draft folder that I guess I never got around to finishing. We LOVE THIS SALAD.  Take note of the dressing “trick.” My sister has referred me to many great restaurants around […]

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Perfect Buttermilk Pancakes – Thank you anyway Mom

Perfect Buttermilk Pancakes – Thank you anyway Mom

I have thought a lot about my mom recently.  A lot of my blog posts reference her, one way or another, but this past couple of weeks, and the intensity of the time we spent with her in the hospital, has given me an opportunity […]

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Chef Inspired Recipe of the Week – Etta’s Swiss Chard

Chef Inspired Recipe of the Week – Etta’s Swiss Chard

Most of you are getting the hint that I have a man-crush on Chef Tom Douglas of Dahlia Lounge, Palace Kitchen, Serious Pie, and and and (yes he has a mini empire here in the Emerald City…can’t name them all here, stay tuned for a […]

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