Chef Inspired Recipes

Holiday Eggnog

Holiday Eggnog

As a kid we always looked forward to when mom would bring home some eggnog from our local grocery store, which happened to be the Safeway on Market just south of Wellesley in the Hillyard neighborhood of North Spokane. A lot of memories at that […]

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Alton Brown’s Hot Cocoa and a few Memories

Alton Brown’s Hot Cocoa and a few Memories

As a kid, hot chocolate was a big part of our lives, at least that is how I remember it. Sounds dramatic but I have distinct memories, of my childhood, where specific hot chocolate was an integral part. When I went up to the mountains […]

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Martha’s Mac and Cheese (with Beecher’s Flagship)

Martha’s Mac and Cheese (with Beecher’s Flagship)

One of the weird things from my childhood is that my mom never made homemade macaroni and cheese. She allowed us to eat Kraft “the cheesiest.” I used to pretend they each piece of macaroni was a log that needed to be neatly stacked just […]

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Everyday “Middle Eastern” Sour Cream Sumac Sauce

Everyday “Middle Eastern” Sour Cream Sumac Sauce

I think I have finally found a sauce that is ubiquitous enough to cover most any Middle Eastern dish. I am not trying to cover all ethnicity and cultures from that part of the world by any stretch as I am sure there is as […]

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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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