snacks

taco crunch wrap

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Just a couple years out of college, I was well versed in the Portland night life. My friends and I went dancing every weekend. Sometimes both Friday and Saturday nights.

Oh, who am I kidding, we went dancing every Wednesday evening too.

The weekends were reserved for Santorini, a Greek restaurant and club downtown. Santorini is where I learned to sing several songs in Arabic, where I had at least one birthday party, where from the deejay to the bartenders to the owner, everyone knew our name.

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Hatch chile queso

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This is by far the best queso I have ever had, anywhere.

I have already made it three times since I received The Sexy Vegan’s latest book, Happy Hour at Home. (Yes! Intrigued was I, as one of my favorite themes around here is my own Happy Hour at Home!).

I received Brian Patton’s book to review - Brian Patton is The Sexy Vegan – you may know him from

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sweet and salty cluster crunch spabettie

I woke up to a wonderful crisp and cool morning. As I sit here and drink my coffee on the deck with the pups, I am smelling the air (the dachshunds are sitting here sniffing too), getting a hint of October.

I love what October smells like.

sweet and salty yogurt crumble spabettie

We have been incredibly lucky with a perfect summer. Very little rain, perfect temperatures, all kinds of sun and fun. There are times when Portland’s summer goes way to quickly, where the sun does not always play along, and many of us feel the cooler weather comes too soon.

This year, I am ready.

I am ready for the cool mornings and evenings. Walks in the neighborhood as the sun goes down, with scarf and gloves and coats on the dogs. Autumn produce and changing flavors – deep and smoky and hearty.

sweet and salty ice cream topping spabettie

Are you getting ready for fall?

Please come say hello at Attune today – I’m sharing my sweet and salty cluster crunch.

 

this recipe was shared with Healthy Vegan Fridays.

 

 

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rosemary date crisps with goat cheese

I love a picnic.

You can probably guess why.

I suppose when I think about it, I kind of always have a portable picnic going on wherever I go. I may not have the fun checkered blankets or a basket (um, handbag!), but I always have snacks.

You never know when you’re going to need snacks.

Many factors go into the snack choices I make, and [click to continue…]

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flu-fighting red grape cooler

Zowie.

I had some kind of flu bug for two whole weeks. I still have the cough, and while it did not turn into pneumonia like several people thought, my face was insomuchpain from [click to continue…]

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fresh gingered Anjou pear cobbler

It is officially summer.

Okay, not for another couple weeks, I suppose, but for me? Summertime is here.

fresh gingered Anjou pear cobbler

We are having bright warm sunny days – mid eighties all this week – and light nights where we enjoy some good patio time.

The warmer temperatures bring cravings for lighter foods. What is the phenomenon that hot summer days = lighter appetites? Even if dinnertime is comprised of lighter fare, dessert is still a must, am I right?

fresh gingered Anjou pear cobbler

The farmers markets are again the source of my delights – lusciously sweet Anjou pears eaten in the car on the way home. Several were saved long enough to create a smashingly impressive dessert that is so easy to make, with real simple ingredients.

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Topping things with buttery caramel? Definitely.

Please visit me at Attune to see this summery recipe:

fresh gingered Anjou pear cobbler

fresh gingered Anjou pear cobbler

 

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spicy buffalo chick-quin wings

The sort of obvious thing? I have never eaten buffalo wings (never liked chicken).

The ironic thing? I love faux wings.

The bad thing? Most are either made with soy or vital wheat gluten.

The awesome thing? I have a buffalo chick-quin wing that is both gluten and soy free.

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spiced cashew granola cookie wedges

Remember when I made Jason the Giant Mall Cookie for his birthday?

I had a craving for one yesterday. One we could enjoy while watching [click to continue…]

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