Willamette Valley Salad

Willamette Valley Salad

I am lucky enough to live in the Willamette Valley.  The Willamette Valley stretches from Portland in the North to Eugene in the South.  The fertile valley is also the home to Oregon’s state nut.  The hazelnut.  Did you know there was a state nut?  Does your state have one?  Well, Oregon has the hazelnut.  Today’s salad gets it’s name – Willamette Valley Salad because it uses delicious hazelnuts.  The hazelnut is the star of this salad so don’t leave it out! I love hazelnuts and if you haven’t tried [Continue Reading...]

Roasted Corn, Strawberry and Avocado Salsa

Roasted Corn, Strawberry and Avocado Salad

We had a potluck BBQ on Monday.  I love potlucks.  It never fails that I come away with at least one new great recipe.  This time it was an amazing Greek pasta salad. I promise as soon as I get the recipe I’ll share! I provided a s’mores bar and an Italian Soda Bar.  Let me tell you, if you ever want to make a group of middle school aged boys happy, have an Italian Soda Bar!!  They loved it and I think they went through eight bottles of syrup! [Continue Reading...]

Guacamole

guacamole

I have become a recent guacamole convert. You have probably already guessed but it is definitely a texture issue for me. With all my fajita experimenting lately I have tried out a few guacamole recipes too and have discovered that fresh guacamole is quite nice.  It is also easy to make.  The hardest part seems to be finding the avocados that are just right – not too hard and hot too soft. Guacamole doesn’t have too many ingredients but fresh ingredients are important – avocado, tomato, lime  juice etc. The [Continue Reading...]

Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar

Don’t ask me why this is called Cowboy Caviar because I have no idea.  What I do know though is that it is yummy.  I got the recipe from my sister in law Jayna who fixed it for Grandma and Grandpa Wilkes’ 80th birthday party a few years ago. It has become a favorite summer appetizer at our house, especially when tomatoes are in season.  Last summer I took it to a potluck and so did two other women.  They were all slightly different versions and I have to say [Continue Reading...]