One big idea to light up the 12 Days of Christmas

How can you make the holidays even merrier? It's for 12 straight nights! No, really, I'm serious. I wish I could say that this was my idea, but I'd be lying, and then Santa would put me on his naughty list. So, in truth, this brilliant scheme was devised by a friend of mine … Continue reading One big idea to light up the 12 Days of Christmas

Keepin’ It Weird in Portland — A Photographic Journal

The weird, wacky and wonderful world of Portland, OR in pictures... If you've been following my blog, you know that Mike and I recently returned from 2-weeks in Portland, Oregon. Part of our purpose while in the City of Roses was to make every attempt to ingratiate ourselves into the local culture. In order to … Continue reading Keepin’ It Weird in Portland — A Photographic Journal

Day-by-Day in PDX – The Final Leg

Our 2-week experiment of living like locals in Portland, OR (cont'd)... As we reluctantly approached the end of our 2-week "trial period" of living like local Portlanders, we experienced a wave of contrasting emotions -- first, we felt the mounting pressure to see and do as much as humanly possible in our remaining three days...coupled … Continue reading Day-by-Day in PDX – The Final Leg

Day-by-Day in PDX — Part III

Living like locals in Portland, Oregon - Our 2-week experiment (cont'd) Day 6: As part of our ongoing relocation research, it is vitally important that we check out as many Portland neighborhoods as possible. How can we know where we want to live, if we don't see it all? So, this morning we're heading to the … Continue reading Day-by-Day in PDX — Part III

Day-by-Day in PDX — Part II

Living like locals in Portland, OR - our 2-week experiment (cont'd) From farmer's markets to Da Bears... Day 4: It's Saturday, and you know what that's farmer's market time! Portland has more farmer's markets per capita than any other city and for good reason -- it's literally surrounded by farms on all sides.  Fruit … Continue reading Day-by-Day in PDX — Part II

Day-by-Day in PDX – Part 1

Living like locals in Portland - Our 2-week Experiment Our families and friends don't understand why we want to move to Oregon. Why would we want to give up all the comforts of the Midwest to pack up and move halfway across the country? To that I say, why wouldn't we? Well, to all the naysayers, … Continue reading Day-by-Day in PDX – Part 1

South-of-the-Border Skirt Steak

A tailgater's best friend... Skirt steak has long been one of my favorite cuts of beef. It's juicy and flavorful, and it's a great grilling steak. So, before grilling season completely skirts us, I want to share with you a skirt steak rub that I created a few years ago and has become a family … Continue reading South-of-the-Border Skirt Steak

Cukes, cukes and more cukes…

Got cukes? I’ve got bushels. So I thought this would be a good time to re-post my blog entry from this time last summer when my garden was also flush with cucumbers. Here are three of my favorite recipes for marinated cucumber salads — one Asian, one Greek and one Middle Eastern. You take your pick…or try them all!

Two Peas in a Pod

When I was little, I used to love the cucumbers straight out of my grandmother’s garden. Together, she and I would pick them, peel them, slice them and sprinkle them with a good helping of apple cider vinegar, a pinch of salt and dried dill. I would eat them every night. With all that vinegar, it’s a miracle I have any enamel left on my teeth.

This summer, we’ve had a bumper crop of cucumbers. They’re producing faster than I can keep up with them, and it’s difficult to create different preparations for all of them (especially since cucumbers don’t cook well, so they aren’t quite as versatile as some other veggies). And despite our best efforts to plant only slim, seedless varieties this year, one persnickety plant keeps producing chubby, seedy cukes that are slightly bitter and not ideal for eating right off the vine.

I’ve experimented a lot…

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Meyer Lemon and Gin Slushees

Gin and juice is the quintessential summertime refresher, and this frozen variation made with Meyer lemons adds a whole new element of fun to an old favorite. It's a little sweet, a little tart and a whole lot of cool -- like an adult Slurpee! With its sunny yellow color and flecks of lemon zest, … Continue reading Meyer Lemon and Gin Slushees