extra savory chicken stock

I have a few traditions, or if I’m being honest, compulsions when making my homemade chicken stock. First and foremost, I always start off with the carcass of my rosemary and thyme whole roasted chicken. It all started when, after a lovely dinner of roasted chicken, I drudged back into the kitchen knowing that before […]

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curried butternut squash soup

For all of my non-adult years (a debatable number, depending on whom you ask) I equated squash with baby food. Not that I was that far off, as those of you with children can attest. But like a few other foods (tomatoes, beans, and even honey), I have seen the light and crawled out from […]

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southwest inspired stuffed bell peppers

I’ve been making these stuffed bell peppers for years and finally they get their debut on Dahlia Kitchen. I remember them being one of my earliest go-to recipes that I adapted to feed my vegetarian, gluten free, or dairy free friends. However, if you are like me and couldn’t possibly go one meal without some […]

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summer green salad with chili-lime prawns, corn, and tomatoes

This week we are celebrating my daughter Adeline’s second birthday, and as birthday tradition dictates, on that day she will get to eat all her favorite foods, starting with ice cream. Some mornings, after Adeline wakes up, she’ll be laying quietly in her crib and will suddenly exclaim “iiiiice cweeeam”. But don’t you dare offer […]

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blackened salmon with mango salsa

The salmon purists are probably yelling at me right now – and I get it. Freshly caught salmon tastes phenomenal all by itself, with just a sprinkling of celery salt and maybe some lemon juice. But we’ve been eating a lot of salmon this summer and I wanted to mix it up a little bit. […]

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halloumi “sliders” with zesty strawberry salad and chopped pistachio

I recently started taking Adeline with me to the grocery store – she’d been a few times previously but only as a young baby and “pre-covid.” Now, when we enter any grocery store she lets out a loud “yeah!” and proceeds to clap and smile at everyone. I don’t know if it’s because she spent […]

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rainbow vegan spring rolls with 5 ingredient “peanut” dipping sauce

My friend Kaitlin brought me dinner right after I had Adeline, and even though those early newborn days are blurry memory, I remember two important things from her visit. First, she gave me a heartfelt encouragement of “you can do this/yes, you will shower again someday” and second, she brought her fabulous homemade spring rolls. […]

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rhubarb compote and yogurt parfait

I hadn’t cooked very much with rhubarb until a couple years ago. I was in the produce aisle at the grocery store and a pile of stunningly beautiful, bright red rhubarb practically shouted at me to take it home. So I did. Least surprised was Patrick, as I’ve been known to occasionally buy things simply […]

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5 ingredient peanut butter snack dip

I’ve served this dip at quite a few baby showers and parties, and no matter how much effort I put into making cute cupcakes, mini sandwiches, or fancy skewers, this is, without exception, the most popular food item. The crazy part is that it only requires 5 ingredients (including salt) and 5 minutes to make, […]

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herby spring salad with watermelon radish, avocado, snow peas, and feta

Just like clockwork, when spring started showing itself around the Pacific Northwest, something akin to an alarm went off in my head saying, “it’s time to obsess over a springy salad.” I’ll be generous and say my “internal alert” was attributed to the arrival of fresh spring produce, rather than, ahem, the impending doom of […]

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