avocado green goddess dressing

Avocado Green Goddess Dressing

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I had an overripe avocado I wasn’t quite sure what to do with, plus some fresh herbs in the garden. I use the term “garden” very loosely; it’s pretty much just pots on the patio. Anyway, I decided to look at recipes for green goddess dressing. I’d never made one, but I remember it being a favorite of my mom’s, probably because it originated at a San Francisco hotel. She loved anything having to do with San Francisco. Her salad dressings were rarely storebought bottles and usually involved a packet of Uncle Dan’s ranch dressing or a horrifying (sorry, Mom) mix of mayo and ketchup to pass as thousand island. It was a splurge for her to buy the Seven Seas brand of green goddess that was popular in the ’70s for special occasions.

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Gluten Free Potato Soup

Potato Soup, Gluten-Free

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We’ve gone gluten-free in the Schubert-McCallum household. I’m not gonna lie; we all hope it’s temporary. Ella had an allergic reaction recently, though, so until we get the test results back, she is avoiding wheat and gluten to be on the safe side. I am joining her in solidarity, and Bob and Hailey mostly avoid it by default. We always feel better without it, which is annoying. We feel better without sugar and dairy too, but we have our limits.

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I recently received a treasure trove of recipes from my brother, the chef. It includes menus and recipes from our family restaurant, The Treehouse, a fine-dining favorite in Eugene from 1978 – 1998. I’m super excited to dive in over the next several months to compile them into a book adapted for the home cook. Of course, I’ll share some favorites here as I go.

This gazpacho recipe jumped right out to me as the perfect way to begin the project. I have fond memories of this cold, refreshing soup bursting with late summer vegetables and herbs, and it was oh-so-satisfying to revisit. The tarragon threw me for a minute because it’s neither a personal favorite nor an herb I expected to be in this recipe. Of course, it works beautifully despite my skepticism, and once I finished, the flavors took me right back to the Treehouse kitchen.

Use vegetables you have on-hand. If you want to add or substitute cucumbers or cruciferous veggies like broccoli or kale, the result should be lovely as long as the cold tomato broth and seasonings are consistent. At the restaurant, we diced all the vegetables by hand, and I followed suit here to achieve a clean look and crunchy texture. If you prefer, feel free to use a food processor or blender.

Enjoy this summer soup du jour! It’s great with Grandma’s Rolls, of course.


Chilled Gazpacho, Chef Billy Style

(makes about 12 servings)

4 ribs of celery

1 medium yellow onion, peeled

1 bell pepper, cored, seeded

2 medium carrots, peeled

1 medium zucchini

1 medium yellow squash

12 large Roma tomatoes, chopped (or 36 grape tomatoes)

3 – 5 cloves of garlic, peeled

1 teaspoon dried tarragon or 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon

1 teaspoon dried basil or 1 tablespoon fresh basil

1 teaspoon dried oregano or 1 tablespoon fresh oregano

46 ounces low-sodium tomato juice, chilled

1 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup olive oil

6 dashes Tabasco hot sauce (or your favorite)

salt and black pepper to taste

radish and chives or green onion for garnish

Prepare the vegetables by cleaning, trimming the ends, and peeling as necessary. Then chop each in small dice (1/4-inch square). Try to keep them all the same size, but don’t make yourself crazy. Place them all in a large bowl.

*Use a food processor or blender if you aren’t up to all the chopping. The appearance will be slightly cloudy but the taste will still be great.

Squeeze one or two lemons to yield 1/2 cup of juice. Chop garlic and chop fresh herbs if necessary.

Add garlic, herbs, tomato juice, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, hot sauce, salt, and black pepper. Stir and taste. Add more hot sauce, salt, and/or pepper as needed.

Chill for at least an hour before you garnish and serve. It’s best after 24 hours, still crunchy but the flavors are nicely married. It should keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Ain’t that the truth… Stay well my friends.


Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.

Dr. Suess


Apple, Hazelnut, and Blue Cheese

Apple, Hazelnut, and Blue Cheese Salad

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This apple, hazelnut, and blue cheese salad could also be pear, pecan, and goat cheese salad or blueberry, almond, and feta salad, whatever combination suits you, the method is the same. What makes me want to bring it to you today is to let you in on my secret weapon for a simple but always impressive way to dress it. Continue reading “Apple, Hazelnut, and Blue Cheese Salad”

roasted baby potaoes

Roasted Baby Potatoes

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We’ve been eating a lot of roasted baby potatoes in our house since I discovered the reasonably sized bag at Costco. I think it’s 5 pounds, very manageable and likely to be eaten before growing the dreaded sprouts. They couldn’t be easier to fix and they have the perfect ratio of seasoned crispy skin to creamy inside that’s a bit sweeter than the average potato. Continue reading “Roasted Baby Potatoes”

green curry chicken soup

Green Curry Chicken Soup

Wow, what a weekend! December is in full swing for our family. Saturday morning, the girls were in the Christmas parade downtown. Some very dedicated parents (not me, I totally slacked on this one) and teachers built an award-winning float for their school that the fourth and fifth graders got to ride on and belt out Christmas carols to parade watchers. They had a blast and they won the 1st Place Jingle Bell Music Award! Continue reading “Green Curry Chicken Soup”