Category Archives: Dinner Express

7-Layer Tex-Mex Dip

This is a recipe that’s been around for a long time and each time I make it, it’s like I’m tasting it for the first time. Terry Webb, a firefighter’s wife from Kent, Washington, shared it with me back in … Continue reading

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Green Chilie Chicken Lasagna

I’ve been known to finagle recipes out of a few restaurant chefs, but it’s not an easy task. Most chefs guard their recipes and aren’t too keen on sharing. A few years back, however, at a small Italian restaurant in … Continue reading

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Where in the world is Enumclaw, Washington?

One might say that serendipity was in full bloom for Carol Reed and me to meet in person. I live in Houston, Texas and Carol lives in Enumclaw, Washington so distance alone predicted we’d probably never meet. Nonetheless, here I … Continue reading

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Carol’s Chicken Salad with Fresh Tarragon

Carol’s Chicken Salad with Fresh Tarragon 2 to 4 skinless chicken breasts 1/4 cup each chopped celery and onions 2 to 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped green onions 1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped celery 1/4 … Continue reading

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Salmon Rice Casserole

We ate salmon often when I was a kid growing up but I didn’t wake up to how really good this distinctive, pink-fleshed fish was until I went to work for a Japanese fishing company in Seattle. They brought freshly … Continue reading

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Saucepan Spaghetti for Kids

Have the kids fix dinner one night this week. You might be surprised by how enthusiastic and inquisitive kids are about cooking. This recipe is an entree we made in a “For Kids Only” cooking class I taught one summer. … Continue reading

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Orange Glazed Pork Chops

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Orange Glazed Pork Chops is a versatile dish that’s super simple to prepare. The citrus glaze compliments the pork beautifully lending a distinct Asian flair. If you choose to compliment the chops with a side of homemade applesauce, they become … Continue reading

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Halibut with Spicy Picante Sauce

Halibut with Spicy Picante Sauce 2 pounds cod fillets, rinsed and patted dry with paper towels 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice Picante Sauce 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped or sliced thin 1 clove garlic, minced 1 … Continue reading

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Salmon & Green Bean Salad

Bobbi’s Salmon & Green Bean Salad 8 to 10 ounces canned, baked or poached salmon, chilled, boned and flaked 3 ti 4 cups fresh green beans, snapped into 2” pieces, steamed to almost done, cooled 1 small Vidalia or Walla … Continue reading

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Salmon Fever

My dad, R. D. Belles, was bitten by the salmon bug when he was a young man in his early 30s. We’d know he was experiencing a flare-up of what we called “Salmon Fever” when his sleeping and eating patterns … Continue reading

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