Maple-Orange-Dijon Glazed Roast Chicken on a Beer Can

This is a unique (and uniquely delicious) recipe. We’d never heard of roasting beer can chicken in the home oven. It always seemed like something perfect for a bbq, but bringing the technique indoors turns out to be sheer genius. Another great tip: Adding the glaze at the end, at a very high temperature, makes all the difference. Instead of getting a charcoal bird, you get a richly succulent glaze with none of the risk. This recipe from America’s Test Kitchen is perfect for a weekend afternoon when you have a little more time to spend roasting the bird.

Maple-Orange-Dijon Glazed Roast Chicken
Maple-Orange-Dijon Glazed Roast Chicken

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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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March Planting in Seattle: Vegetables and Flowers

It’s daylight savings weekend – the weekend in which the clocks spring forward and the daylight lasts an hour longer and all of Seattle gets a little giddy from a burst of sunlight and an extra dose of Vitamin D. It’s time to plant the vegetable garden, people!

Broccoli Raab, aka Rapini
Broccoli Raab, aka Rapini

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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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Farro Salad with Shallots and Parsley

This farro salad reminds me of summer picnics. Maybe it’s the green parsley and the bite of the vinegar dressing? At any rate, this delicious side dish from Alice Waters is easy to make and healthily satisfying to eat.

Farro Salad with Parsley
Farro Salad with Parsley

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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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