Category Archives: Light Supper

Curried Pumpkin Soup

The best thing about having a compost heap is not the smug satisfaction of reducing your household waste to a mere 10 gallons a month, or seeing healthy organisms thrive in your soil, or the idea that the nutrient cycle … Continue reading

Posted in Fast Food (not that kind), Light Supper, One Pot Wonders, Soup, Uncategorized, Under Pressure, Vegetables, Vegetarian-ish | 7 Comments

Smoked Cod Cakes with Napa Cabbage Slaw

I love fish cakes. There’s some casual thing about them, all getting sand in your shoes and an itchy¬†sunburn on your shoulders, needing Noxzema and iced tea. Their beachiness could be as literal as the fact that cod comes from … Continue reading

Posted in Asian, Light Supper, Salad, Seafood, Small Bites, Vegetables, Vegetarian-ish, Viet-Thai | 8 Comments

Salmon with Akajiso (Red Shiso) Pesto

I hate talking about it, but I’ve been sort of counting my calories the past week or so. I should have started a few months ago, but we’ve only just started to have nice weather. Cloudy days were invented for … Continue reading

Posted in Asian, Fast Food (not that kind), Japanese, Light Supper, Seafood, Vegetables, Vegetarian-ish | 8 Comments

Yankee Succotash

Yes, spring is here in Portland, but hanging-on cloudy days have me clamoring for earth tones. ¬†I’ve always preferred muted earth tones and rich jewel tones, and even though I should be eating piles of sweet green pea tendrils and … Continue reading

Posted in Beans and Pulses, Downhome, Fast Food (not that kind), Light Supper, One Pot Wonders, Vegetables, Vegetarian-ish | 11 Comments

Penne with Asian mushrooms, bok choy and Gorgonzola cream

Umami is a many-splendored thing. I love just piling it on in my dishes, and I am even known to add a scant whisper (or sometimes more of a prattle) of MSG to my dishes. Oh, lower those eyebrows, you. … Continue reading

Posted in Fast Food (not that kind), Light Supper, Pasta, Vegetables, Vegetarian-ish | 10 Comments

Nettle-Mushroom Pie with Pine Nuts

All this cold rain has the nettles taking their sweet time, but in my spot, they’re up a little. They’re up enough, anyway, about three nodes or so, and I snip off the top two and slip them in my … Continue reading

Posted in Baking, Hunted / Gathered, Light Supper, Vegetables, Vegetarian-ish | 15 Comments

Kabocha no Fukumeni (Simmered Japanese Pumpkin)

This perfect cusp of the growing season and the harvest season is my favorite time of year: umami incarnate. Warm days are chased by chilly evenings, afternoons take on an amber effulgence through dappling leaf-flutter. This is cardigan-and-tights season; it’s … Continue reading

Posted in Japanese, Light Supper, Vegetables, Vegetarian-ish | 7 Comments

Arugula-green garlic pesto

S’been awhile, no? Last weekend was the pig roast. I didn’t take pictures this year, had my hands full with Zephyr and other things, but I turned out a rather gorgeous som tam-inspired chayote slaw that, served with spicy shredded … Continue reading

Posted in Classical and Eurotrashical, Light Supper, Pasta, Vegetables, Vegetarian-ish | 13 Comments

Lobster mushroom, sweet corn and watercress risotto

This is the best time of year. The weather is up to its typical late summer bipolar antics, and while I still have sweet Silver Queen corn down here in the Valley (thanks to sunny days), the mountains are cooling … Continue reading

Posted in Classical and Eurotrashical, Fast Food (not that kind), Light Supper, Rice and Grains, Vegetarian-ish | 28 Comments

Pork tenderloin and warm succotash with heirloom tomatoes and bacon

Damn, I’m rusty. I’ve almost completely forgotten how to use my camera. I should probably just restore it to its factory settings and start over. Stupid blurry corn. Sigh. Hey, I cooked! The week of 105 degree temperatures followed by … Continue reading

Posted in Downhome, Light Supper, Pork, Vegetables | 20 Comments