Author Archives: Kathleen

Why I Facebook

I have some friends and family who don’t use Facebook, including a few who tend to look down their noses at those who do. This has led me into conversations in which I end up defending it. Now, I’m not talking about Facebook as a source for news: therein lies danger. If you learn about… Read More »

About Dave’s Recipes

After about 26 years of marriage, Dave announced one day that he felt like cooking something. Up to this point, not much cooking had happened in our house and our kitchen was wasted space. Where our real dining took place was in restaurants — some weeks we ate literally every meal out, which is not… Read More »

Dave’s Creamy Carrot-Apple Soup

This soup perfectly straddles the line between sweet and savory, and it achieves a perfect texture due to the pureed avocado. I put this soup high on my list of favorite Dave creations. It’s perhaps not as photogenic as the others, but in this case that’s because It was so good I couldn’t be bothered… Read More »

Dave’s Sweet Potato Corn Chowder

Knowing that I love anything with sweet potatoes and also that we had some sweet corn kernels in the freezer to use up, Dave concocted this amazing soup for dinner yesterday. I put this at the top of my favorite Dave creations. The vegetables perfectly compliment each other in the pureed base, and the whole… Read More »

Yes, I am a Font Snob

I’m picky about fonts. My livelihood is all about the written word, so I get pretty focused on the use and presentation of the words and language I see around me. I’ve been recoiling in horror at the horrible use and misuse of fonts since the early days of the newest desktop publishing programs, when… Read More »

Dave’s Rosemary-infused Roasted Potatoes

When I order hash-brown potatoes in a restaurant, I always ask that they are “mixed and crispy” — the darker brown they are the better. I assume my Dave took that to heart when he created this new dish. These potatoes are remarkable: almost like they’ve been oh-so-lightly coated in a subtle breadcrumb coating (but… Read More »

Kathleen’s Sweet Potato Hash

Don’t let the title fool you: this is another of Dave’s amazing creations. He had me put my name to it because it was my idea to create a general topper out of sweet potatoes (think Bacon-bits, but healthier, tastier, and vegan!). When he makes a batch of this, I have a container of it… Read More »

Dave’s Sweet Autumn Squacamole

Dave invented this awesome dish last autumn, but as I neglected to take a photo of it, I waited until now to post it. This savory/sweet dish was inspired by guacamole, but there is little similarity beyond the name. Serve it warm, either by itself or with some faro or other grain and sweet potato… Read More »

Oregon Lighthouses

I can’t say enough about how beautiful it is in the Pacific Northwest. From the amazing Mt. Hood glacier and the Mt. St. Helens volcano, to the most ruggedly beautiful coastline in the USA — an outdoor enthusiast (or anyone with a camera) could live a lifetime here and not see it all. One way… Read More »

Visiting Portland

Portland is a great town — a big city with a small-town feel and a lot to do. It’s not too difficult to figure out where things are: It’s divided east/west by the Willamette River (rhymes with damnit), and north/south by Burnside Road. “Downtown” is on the west side, and in NW Portland, the streets are… Read More »

Visiting the Long Beach Peninsula

The long Beach Peninsula is a 20-minute drive up the west coast from the south Washington border (click this image for an un-cropped version that better shows the long beach). The peninsula features a 28-mile (45 km) sand beach, which is the longest “drivable beach” in the US, and one of the longest in the world.… Read More »

On Meeting Philip Glass

Anybody who knows me even in the slightest knows that I’m just a tad partial to the music of Philip Glass. Last winter I went to a Portland performance of his “Dracula,” performed by the Kronos Quartet with Phil playing the second keyboard, (a part he later added to the piece just for himself so… Read More »

Dave’s Yellow Basmati Rice

After experimenting with a dubious package of “Saffron Rice” from the grocery store that had MSG as one of its ingredients, Dave started wondering how he could make a yummy rice from scratch at home. Here’s the result, which he served with braised sugar snap peas and chicken. I think it would be really great… Read More »

Make Mine Rare

When I eat beef, I want it rare, although my husband and brother constantly tell me this is dangerous. Thinking I’d get them to stop bugging me about it, I did a little research… I saw this 2004 article on BBC.com that described a study in which they found that E. Coli does not permeate… Read More »