White Bean, Parsley and Morel Pasta

There’s a boatload of parsley springing up in the Seattle garden at the moment. It adds a nice green bite in contrast to the richness of the mushrooms and the heartiness of the beans.

White Bean and Morel Pasta
White Bean and Morel Pasta

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Wild Mushroom Pasta Handkerchiefs

This is a decadent dinner. One you enjoy on a special occasion with special people, some candlelight and a good bottle of wine. We felt like we were actually dining at Alice Water’s Chez Panisse when we sat down to this lush, umami-filled celebration of wild mushrooms and hand-rolled pasta.

Wild Mushroom and Hand-Rolled Pasta Handkerchiefs
Wild Mushroom and Hand-Rolled Pasta Handkerchiefs

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Cannellini Bean Enchiladas in Tomatillo Suiza Sauce

This enchilada recipe comes from a little cafe outside of Santa Fe called Harry’s Roadhouse. You can make this with chicken, or go vegetarian and use cannelini beans instead.

Cannellini Bean Enchiladas with Green Tomatillo Sauce
Cannellini Bean Enchiladas with Green Tomatillo Sauce

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Butternut Squash Polenta with Sausage and Onion

You cannot go wrong with a recipe from Melissa Clark of the New York Times. This butternut squash recipe proves it once again. Stirring squash into the polenta while it cooks results in a deep, rich flavor that belies how low-fat this dish actually is.

Butternut Squash Polenta with Sausage and Onion
Butternut Squash Polenta with Sausage and Onion

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Chicken and Dumplings (+ Mushrooms) For Dinner

A few weekends ago, the skies opened up over the Pacific Northwest, dumping buckets of rain. From the shelter of our car parked down at the beach, we could see the blue-grey rainclouds coming up the inlet a good half mile before they got to us. And then the downpour swept overhead and washed over us, the wind and the rain blurring the view from our little haven into an impressionist’s sea scene. Perfect weather for chicken and dumplings, as the rain beats down on your cozy little tin-roofed cabin.

Chicken and Dumplings
Chicken and Dumplings

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Indian-Spiced Chicken with Tomatoes and Cream Sauce

This Indian chicken and cream sauce recipe from Bon Appetit takes a little time to stew, but is very straightforward to make. The house fills with wonderful smells as the flavors cook down and meld together – a perfect recipe for a Sunday afternoon.

Indian Spiced Chicken
Indian Spiced Chicken with Tomatoes and Cream

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

You know those days where you come home from work and you know you should work out, but all you want to do is eat something healthy and warming and then climb into bed with tea and cookies and a book, and fall asleep wrapped in the warm embrace of a hot dinner and a thick down comforter? This chicken noodle soup is for precisely those days.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

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