Posts Categorized: Snack

Chile Lime Shrimp with Roasted Poblano Cream

Chile Lime Shrimp with Roasted Poblano Cream // Not Without Salt

I want to tell you all about this recipe. I would like to sit down with you and urge you to get some shrimp marinating immediately because the sooner you do the quicker you’ll be to putting one of these tangy, slightly spicy shrimp into your mouth. I would also encourage heavy dipping into the… Read more »

Pumpkin Graham Bread


It seems we’ve begun a new tradition in our family. That is, if you consider two weeks of loaf cakes on Sunday a tradition. I certainly do and it’s one that I don’t intend to quit. It’s these loaves that mix up in minutes, spend an hour in the oven (giving the right amount of… Read more »

Tomato Toast with Parmesan


  Like the last dregs of sweet ice cream dripping down the sides of a freshly pressed waffle cone we are lapping up every last bit of Summer. It’s true that nearly an entire month remains of the season but this week school starts and with the oldest darting off to Kindergarten this year, it… Read more »

Julia’s Chicken Liver Mousse


“Cooking is not a particularly difficult art, and the more you cook and learn about cooking, the more sense it makes. But like any art it requires practice and experience. The most important ingredient you can bring to it is love of cooking for its own sake.” -Julia Child, Mastering the Art of French Cooking… Read more »

portrait of a tomato


With knowledge comes responsibility. I’ve been known to tout the old adage, “ignorance is bliss” but in reality I really should proclaim that my own ignorance is often a reflection of laziness. Once you’ve gained knowledge is hard to sit comfortably without action. Today I’m acting out against slavery. Along with The Giving Table, International… Read more »

Taste to remember


When asked questions about childhood I often draw a blank. I’m mentally paralyzed as I search the dusty corners of my brain seeking to withdraw stories coated in details that reveal more about who I am today. I envy those that can paint vivid images of when they stood, just barely, on their sausage-like legs…. Read more »

Tent Muffins


“I could set up the tent.” Gabe said, and that is how it began. Suddenly a day that looked like every other was instantly transformed into one that was marked with excitement. A simple sunny day was now one that included a “fort tent” – the perfect setting for adventures that include sword fights, battles… Read more »

Four ways with deviled eggs


Between the sun peering through my shades waking me in the morning by its brightness to the rusted tin box containing over 50 years of collected recipes that I recently received from my grandma, I am seething with inspiration and brimming with hope as we approach the passing of the gray season and slowly begin… Read more »

Cocoa Nib Coffee Cake


The stockings are nearly full, the gifts are either wrapped or en route to our home, and countless cups of cocoa have been consumed. There has been Christmas music playing for weeks, opening of advent doors, and readings of a humble birth. We’ve seen lights, reindeer, a Space Needle all lit up, and a camel… Read more »

Argan Oil


A herd of goats eager to climb the branches of the argan tree The room opens to reveal a half dozen women sitting around its edges using colorful carpets and blankets to soften the blue and white check floor on which they sit. Their ragged hands move in a way that informs that they have… Read more »

Making salt


You may have guessed by the title of this blog that I have a thing for salt. Resting on a little ledge in the kitchen, always within arms reach, are at least three different salt varieties. In the inside pocket of my purse I carry with me a small container that contains a modest amount… Read more »

grilled soft cheese, thyme honey and fresh figs


Here’s the story of how I met my new favorite snack. First I saw this image of brie with honey and figs and thought, “I must eat this.” Then a couple weeks later I ran into another image, this time the cheese stood alone but was grilled. You’ll notice a couple things so far. 1. I… Read more »

Roasted broccoli hummus

It appears to me that if you were to scan through my blog you might think I eat one of three things on any given day. 1. Sugar. 2. Fried foods. 3. Liquor. You are most likely right and perhaps if it has been a rough day, all three. While I do probably eat more… Read more »

Fried Penne

Leave it to Martha and her people to come up with the idea of frying pasta. (It’s quite possible they weren’t the first ones to add pasta to hot oil but it was their site where I first saw it which is why I am giving them credit). Seriously, genius. Pasta=good. Frying=good. Pasta+frying= double good… Read more »

Maple Bacon Party Mix


Isn’t there some sort of sporting event this weekend? I’m pretty sure there is and it’s a big one. I kid. Of course I know it’s the Superbowl. I watch it every year. Wait. Scratch that. I watch the commercials every year. I eat all the delicious and bad-for-me party food while the game is… Read more »

Sweet and Savory spiced nuts


Life requires balance. Long days of work insist on subsequent days off to re-energize and inspire. Non-fiction reading and classic literature demand the occasional trashy romance novel thrown into the reading mix once in awhile. And most importantly when the sugar intake is high – as is often the case during this season – then… Read more »

Honey Roasted Peanut Butter

Our little family of five has nearly wiped out an entire orchard of Honeycrisp apples this season. There is rarely a Fall day that passes without me returning to the kitchen several times to cut up more. And while the naked slice of a Honeycrisp is the perfect snack – sweet, tangy, floral and crisp… Read more »

Homemade Potato Chips


In a recent cooking class I taught we made homemade potato chips. We then sprinkled said chips with a spice mix composed of fennel seeds, coriander, fennel pollen and salt and pepper. Since that class I can’t stop making these chips. Please, help me stop making these chips. They are light and airy, fried to… Read more »

Quick Pickled Red Onions


Quick. It’s not too late. In fact, don’t rush – you still have time – this recipe is fast and easy. I am having such a hard time believing that 4th of July is this weekend already. Excuse me one moment – MY BABY GIRL IS GOING TO BE HERE SO SOON! WAHHOOOEEE!! Okay thanks…. Read more »

Chocolate Chip Cookies Revisited

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Alone in the fridge there sat a roll of freshly made chocolate chip cookie dough. It meant to join us for the weekend as the husband and I were enjoying a quiet weekend away, otherwise known as our babymoon. For those of you unfamiliar with this odd term let me explain – it’s a last… Read more »

Chocolate chip Banana Bread


Grandma always goes overboard at Christmas. With 14 grandchildren and by now I’ve completely lost tract of the number of great-grandchildren – just this year there will be three new babies (ours included), yet she blesses us abundantly. But no Christmas bag is complete without a fresh baked loaf of Grandma’s banana bread. This year… Read more »

Shortbread: two ways


Part 2. I realize that it has been weeks and quite possibly longer  since I’ve posted something savory. ‘Tis the Season! But don’t worry mom, I have been eating my vegetables  – it’s just so fun to talk about sugar. That changes today. Sort of. There is still sugar in the recipe but there is… Read more »

Shortbread: two ways


Part 1. I had a craving the other night. It was a very specific craving that, not surprisingly, involved chocolate and I wanted it in cookie form. I knew that I wanted it to be buttery with a texture that crumbles in your mouth as sand would except not as repulsive as the idea of… Read more »

Golden Crunch Cake


Quite often I break one of the cardinal rules of parenting; “Never wake a sleeping baby.” After the often drawn out and complicated process of actually getting them to sleep – waking them would be so very wrong. Why would anyone do this?! Here is why I do it. Our youngest child came out of… Read more »

Garlic Scapes

Garlic Scapes are a thing of beauty. We haven’t known each other very long but I am already in love. We met last Summer. It was a beautiful day in June – a Tuesday actually. I always anticipated Tuesdays as a heaping box of fresh produce landed on my door step around noon every other… Read more »

Kettle Cooked

It is quite cold here these days. The kind of cold that manages to find its way into your bones so deep inside that the only cure is a long, scalding shower. It is gray too making everything outside a somber, monochromatic tone. I do enjoy this time of the year with all the excitement… Read more »