APPETIZERS

BEER BATTERED ONION RINGS

| APPETIZERS, DRINK, FRIED, GAME NIGHT, VEGETARIAN

Beer battered onion rings are super easy to make.  Like… it could be a problem, they’re so easy. These onion rings are tender, sweet, lightly coated, crispy, and flavorful. The Obsidian Stout adds a welcome depth and bite to the batter. I hope that these delicious rings meet up with a juicy burger and a beer in your near future. A perfect indulgent summer treat!
BEER BATTERED ONION RINGSDid you know that July is Oregon Craft Beer month? The great thing is you can get all your favorite craft beers at your local FRED MEYER without breaking the bank. Their selection is amazing. Try something new or get something you already know.
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BAKED POTATO BITES TWO WAYS

| APPETIZERS, BACON, BRUNCH, DINNER, EASTER, EGGS, GLUTEN FREE, HEALTHY, LUNCH, POTATOES

Hello potato lover! Spring is finally here, seeing all the blooming cherry blossoms, daffodils and so much more has been so inspiring to get cooking on some new ideas for the upcoming holidays.Today’s recipe is for an easy potato appetizer that is also a healthy recipe. Everyone is getting ready for Easter celebrations, so I figured I would come up with a fun new recipe to share with you guys.  (more…)

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Mini hasselback – Hasselhoff potatoes with duck fat, thyme & homemade mustard sauce

| APPETIZERS, DINNER, GAME DAY, GLUTEN FREE, POTATOES, SIDE, WHOLE30

If you’re looking for a striking side dish or appetizer that will impress your guests, try these Mini Hasselback or Hasselhoff’s as I am starting to call them now. The first time I made these a few weeks ago I was doing an Instagram Live video and accidentally called them Hasselhoffs and that caught on and now that’s what I call them, jokingly. These would be perfect for next weeks Game Day party for sure. These were featured on Food and Wine Instagram account today, so you know they are good. (more…)

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Wolf Gourmet, smoothie, tacos & plum tartine

| APPETIZERS, BREAKFAST, DINNER, SMOOTHIE, TACOS

Remember me posting about how excited I was about attending Feast Portland about a week or so ago. Well I can’t wait to share some of my favorite photos of food I tried in the next post. But for now I will share a bit about my new kitchen appliances from Wolf Gourmet.

wolf-gourmet-blender-lenaskitchenblog_smoothieI got to work with Wolf Gourmet and shoot some photos for them at Feast this past weekend. Their products are so sleek, modern, powerful and just stunning. I was so glad to add some of their products to my kitchen collection, especially excited about the beautiful blender. I created a quick healthy smoothie before heading out for the day of feasting. (more…)

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SUPER BOWL SUNDAY EATS + DIP

| APPETIZERS, DIP, GLUTEN FREE, HEALTHY, SIDE, SUPERBOWL, VEGAN

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Tomorrow people will be gathering in homes, bars, stadiums to celebrate a big day for Football fans. Funny thing is I am not a fan of football at all, even tough I work on women’s apparel at Nike. My husband likes to watch it once in a while and I just enjoy the gathering around good food part with the gals. Tomorrow we are off to our friends house to celebrate a birthday and let the boys and gals who enjoy watching the game watch the game and the rest of us gather around a table with some good homemade meals. I am prepping a few dishes to bring with me. Wanted to make sure there are some healthy options to enjoy besides the chilly and other heavy foods that will be provided already. (more…)

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RUSSIAN UNDERGROUND DINNER SERIES

| APPETIZERS, DESSERTS, DINNER, RUSSIAN, UNDERGROUND DINNER

Join us for a Russian Underground Dinner Experience in our backyard. My mom and I will be sharing some of our favorite Russian/Ukrainian dishes with you.

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Starters and drink included in your admission ticket :
Pirozki (fried dough filled with meat and potatoes)
Cheese spread with paprika and scallion served with lavash
Blini with sour cream, smoked salmon and red caviar
A glass of (alcoholic beverage) Wine, Russian beer or
(non-alcoholic beverage) Kvas or Kompot
*** These will be served family style and you will be able to enjoy each dish. (more…)

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