Mondays with Molly

Zoom Cooking Class

I’m excited to announce that I’m offering a series of cooking classes on Zoom called Mondays with Molly. Each two-hour class will feature two to three recipes that I will demonstrate from start to finish. Attendees are encouraged to cook along with me and ask questions, but your level of participation is totally up to you. Sitting back and observing with a cup of tea or glass of wine is perfectly fine. The classes will be recorded for everyone who signs up so you can refer back to them and cook at your convenience.

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French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

I made this French Onion Soup a few days ago and had to share it with those of you who don’t yet have my cookbook, Living Legacy: Stories of a Restaurant Family. Even if you do, you’ll find these instructions a bit more detailed. If you are a fan of this classic soup with sweet caramelized onions and that salty, cheesy, indescribably delicious top layer, but have never tried making it at home, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the relatively simple process.

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kabocha curry soup

Kabocha Curry Soup

This gorgeous veggie-packed soup is perfect for a cozy fall lunch or dinner. Kabocha squash, also known as a Japanese pumpkin, has a beautiful orange hue and is sweeter than other varieties of squash; it is closer in taste and texture to a sweet potato. In this recipe, it’s blended with onion, bell pepper, garlic, and warm curry spices until it is silky smooth and full of flavor.

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chicken with pesto and cherry tomatoes

Chicken with Pesto and Cherry Tomatoes

I just picked what was probably the last of the cherry tomatoes and basil from my pots in the backyard. Fall is here, and temperatures don’t take long to dip below freezing in central Oregon. It’s fine with me; I’m totally over summer and ready for crisp fall days. My harvest, along with the fresh mozzarella in my fridge, inspired this colorful recipe for Chicken with Pesto and Cherry Tomatoes.

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pan seared pork tenderloin

Pan Seared Pork Tenderloin

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how much we spend eating out, especially after our trip to Australia, where we had little choice in the matter. I’m not complaining, we enjoyed every minute (especially the French bakeries that were so plentiful in Sydney), but we were all happy to come home to our kitchen. My girls are always amazed when I point out the difference in the cost of preparing food from scratch at home vs. dining out or getting takeout, so I’ll start emphasizing that a little more in my blog posts because I know they are not alone.

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wit and thyme

Wit & Thyme

I’m expanding my brand! Sounds so girl boss of me, right? Lol. My daughters will cringe reading that, as they should. I’m no girl boss. More like a grown-ass widowed mom trying to reinvent her life and make a living boss. Hopefully, I don’t look too tired while I’m at it. No one will mistake me for a snappy young entrepreneur effortlessly TikTok-ing her way into millions of homes, and I’m just fine with that. Above all, I am aiming for authenticity as I grow, and I am quite incautiously optimistic about the road ahead.

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Cod with Cucumber Mango Salsa

Cod with Cucumber Mango Salsa

Oh, hello, June! I’m not sure how you got here so fast, but you are lovely so far. I’ll take sunny and 75º every day, please. The farmer’s market opened today, just a block away from my house, and I enjoyed a stroll with a great friend to check out the gorgeous produce (including my beloved Oregon strawberries) and all of our incredible local artisans. Not a bad start to a Saturday.

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cilantro lime mushroom soup

Cilantro Lime Mushroom Soup

Tangy lime, cool cilantro, smoky paprika, and a kick of cayenne make this mushroom soup a delicious way to get more good stuff into your body without sacrificing flavor. Use vegetable broth to make it vegan or bone broth to add a boost of collagen. Add vegetables like broccoli or kale in place of asparagus and spinach if that’s what you have on hand. The crunchy radish and smooth avocado that garnish the hot soup give it a fantastic texture that might just send you back for another nourishing bowl.

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