August 26, 2015

Skillet Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie

Off the grill came the summer corn and the veggie burgers, onto the grill went the skillet full of cookie dough. Thirty minutes later we were diving into a warm skillet chocolate chip walnut cookie, baked under the lid of a propane grill.

Skillet Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie | Letty's Kitchen

I’d plan to serve a giant chocolate chip cookie for dessert, but it was so warm, I couldn’t bring myself to turn on the oven in our little trailer. So I baked our skillet cookie outside—on the already-hot grill! I’m telling you, this mega one-pan cookie is what they call a repeater—a treat you’ll be making again and again.

Baked on the grill or in a regular kitchen oven, in summer’s heat or winter’s chill, there’ll be no dolloping dough on baking sheets. Mix the ingredients in one bowl, spread the batter in a cast iron skillet, and bake–easy peasy.

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August 20, 2015

Tequila Mojitos

Just last week we had one of those rare mountain evenings, when it stays warm enough to sit outside without having to put on a fleece jacket. With both fragrant mint and Mexican limones on hand, all it took was a last minute invite to neighbors to get me muddling that mint into a batch of flavor-bursting tequila mojitos.

Refreshing tequila mojito from

Friends—it’s still summer; fall doesn’t officially begin until a month from now. Besides that, even in the middle of winter, thirst-quenchers called mojitos feel like summer. Let’s raise a glass to friendship, health—and summer. ¡Arriba!

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August 13, 2015

Summer Harvest Salad with Chickpeas and Wheat Berries {vegan}

Got zucchini? How about green beans, or eggplant? Cucumbers anyone? Here’s a hearty salad, loaded with wheat berry nuggets and chickpeas–make it your showcase for summer’s luscious vegetable bounty.

Summer Harvest Salad with Chickpeas and Wheat Berries

While we were camping on our land in the Gorge last month, I put together a version of this harvest salad featuring zucchini, green beans, eggplant, cucumber, beets and cherry tomatoes, all grown in our neighbors’ gardens. Back at home, I tossed the protein-full chickpeas and wheat berries with grilled zucchini (ahem–it’s summer), shredded savoy cabbage and curly kale–all from our CSA haul.

Summer Harvest Salad with Chickpeas and Wheat Berries -Gorge version

Choose whatever vegetables your heart desires. Be sure to include bright colors in the mix, like carrots, red cabbage and tomatoes, and something green and leafy, like kale and lettuce, to round things out. Grill or oven roast some of your veggies, keeping others raw for fresh crunch. Continue Reading…

August 5, 2015

New Mexico Chile Dressing

If you ever go to Portland Oregon, you gotta go to the downtown farmer’s market and order the absolute best veggie salad in the whole Pacific Northwest. This New Mexico chile dressing springs from the bright orange-red sauce they’ll drizzle on top of your salad.

Portland Farmer's Mkt veggie display

I just came back from the Hood River Oregon, about an hour east of Portland. Twice this trip I hitched a ride to the Wednesday market with my girlfriend; she drives there every week to pick up vegetables and fruits for her beautifully crafted farm wedding dinners. Praise the day we discovered the wood-fired brick oven on wheels that serves the salad we can’t resist. Continue Reading…

July 21, 2015

Summertime Red Smoothie {vegan}

There’s a b-word in this smoothie, the red veggie that people either love or profess to hate. Don’t ask, don’t tell, just blend–you are in for a brilliant delicious surprise. Cool, juicy and nutrition packed, this summertime red smoothie rocks with flavor and hue. It’s like wow, what am I tasting?

Summertime Red Smoothie
Did you guess the b-word? Yup, there’s a sweet summertime garden beet in your smoothie and that bright violet red means anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and detox awesomeness.

Like I said, don’t worry about the beet; its earthy flavor blends with and complements the natural sweetness of watermelon and apple, both nutritional stars in their own right. Hydrating watermelon benefits kidneys and overall cardiovascular health. Apples—well—an apple a day… Continue Reading…