Savory Sweet Summer Rolls with Raspberry Ginger Sauce

Savory Sweet Summer Rolls with Raspberry Ginger Sauce – also known as Best of Summer Rolls – fresh basil and juicy nectarines wrapped with a buttery pan fried tempeh, crunchy pistachios, and perfect avocado for layers of summer flavor!

Sweet and Savory Summer Rolls with Raspberry Ginger Sauce @spabettie

You know I am all about bright and vibrant, yes?

That is what we have going on here, rolled up color and flavor, all summer long. Fresh basil from our garden, juicy nectarines and perfect avocado. Green and purple salty crunch from chopped pistachios, and a few thin slices of buttery pan fried tempeh.

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Sweet and Salty Pineapple Jalapeño Poppers

Sweet and Salty Pineapple Jalapeño Poppers – a unique flavor twist on everyone’s favorite party bite – sweet pineapple is a natural flavor pairing, and buttery cracker crumbs are a tasty topper to this spicy bite!

Sweet and Salty Pineapple Jalapeño Poppers @spabettie

If you follow me on Instagram (you should! we have all day picnic parties!), you may have seen me mention a couple cookbook projects I contributed recipes to. During the planning process, each of us submitted recipe ideas to the publisher. I love jalapeño poppers, and had some great ideas for this classic party recipe.

Those recipe ideas were cut early on.

I. know.

I didn’t even submit this particular flavor concept, so it wasn’t the reason for refusal. I have now made these for two different parties and once more just because, and I had to share because, oh so yum.

I should just make my own book, an All Jalapeño Popper cookbook. Ooooh, that’s not a bad idea.

Also, I must provide a Public Service Announcement. If you make these, and then have leftovers, and then want to reheat those leftovers, do not warm them in a Science Oven.

Apparently, peppers are spicy. That turns into vapor in a microwave – like 10,000 F vapor – which turns into fire. I now …

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Spicy Caprese Cocktail

Spicy Caprese Cocktail – say cheers to the classic summertime salad, in cocktail form! Mini Heirloom tomatoes, cubes of jalapeno havarti, and fresh basil – cheers!


Spicy Caprese Cocktail

Portland is experiencing a heat wave this week. Like, three digit heat. I have been wearing my favorite straw cowboy hat everywhere I go. I just need an old Jeep CJ5 to drive around in, all doors and windows off.

Despite the heat, evenings have been perfect.

In the summer, our family room extends to the back yard. Rosemary loves to sniff around  – and terrorize the frogs in our pond – and we love to hang in the cool evenings, often with our laptops and a cocktail.

This week is far too hot for anything but an ice cold beer or a chilly vodka soda lime. After the heat wave breaks, we shall return to our latest libation of summer – the Spicy Caprese.

Mini Heirloom Tomatoes

My favorite heirloom tomatoes are here! Big and small, I cannot get enough. For the spicy caprese, we use the small – aren’t they something? Another recent arrival to our liquor cabinet – a few bottles …

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Smoky Avocado Roll

Smoky Avocado Roll

Smoky Avocado Roll – a smoky veggie “lox” so astonishingly similar to the real thing – in flavor and texture – when paired with classic flavors you remember.

Avocado Veggie Lox Roll

You know how so many say “I could be vegan except for cheese?”

That was never my statement – mine would have been “vegan except for smoked salmon” and “vegan except for bagels and lox.”

That smoky flavor paired with briny capers and a cream cheese bagel? What I always ordered from hotel room service. What was often my brunch choice, along with my mimosa.

Well, that is still my brunch choice.

At a sushi counter, I’d look for and order the salmon.

This was before going vegan, of course. If I am honest I do still give the lox a wistful look on the menu, wishing for a plant based version of that flavor.

My wishes have been answered, my friends.

I wish I could …

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Crinkle Fry Nachos Blanco with Sriracha Peach Queso

Crinkle Cut Nachos Blanco with Sriracha Peach Queso

Crinkle Fry Nachos Blanco with Sriracha Peach Queso – a tangy, sweet and spicy update on a traditional nacho, using crispy french fries and a unique peach queso!


We have had some very cold weather in Portland this month, and crazy foggy days! It was a perfect time for me to be working with Alexia Foods, because I got to make all kinds of tasty warm dishes while creating recipes with their product. Roasted Crinkle Cut Fries for lunch while it is zero degrees with wind chill outside? Yes please and thank you!


I am excited to be sharing a new queso recipe with you today. My Sriracha Peach Queso is new because I am only just now sharing it, but we have been enjoying this since summer. When I had fresh peaches. Very slightly sweet when you get a small bite of peach, with a spicy heat that you control. Start small with the sriracha, or boldy add several tablespoons if you love it like we do.

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Bentley Old Fashioned

Bentley Old Fashioned

Whiskey Week

Day Four of Whiskey Week!

Anyone else wanting me to extend this, even by a few days? I will see what I can do – I may have a couple more spirited recipes I can share.

Today, I have a deliciously warming cocktail, the Bentley Old Fashioned. I also want to share with you the book this recipe came from – a book that any whiskey aficionado would love!

The Whiskey Guide

Whiskey Week is the perfect time to share with you a great gift of a book, The North American Whiskey Guide From Behind The Bar : Real Bartenders’ Reviews of More Than 250 Whiskeys.

Who better than a bartender to know the ins and outs of all kinds of whiskeys? This is a true insiders guide, indeed:

Chad Berkey is the general manager of The Aero Club Bar in San Diego, which features over 800 different kinds of whiskey. Aero Club was named one of America’s Top Bars by Maxim and was featured in the New York Times 36 Hours in San Diego.

Jeremy LeBlanc is the senior bartender and head mixologist at ALTITUDE Sky Lounge, also in San Diego. Condé Nast names Altitude among the top ten rooftop bars in the world.

The Bentley Old Fashioned

Jason is the resident whiskey wiz in this house – he has an affinity for the old scotches and wants to visit Southwest Scotland someday – Islay is the county where many of his favorites come from (the campfire variety I mentioned the …

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Bite, Sip, Nosh, and Dip – Festive Recipes For Your Holiday Table

Hot Chocolate Peppermint Shots

Hot Chocolate Peppermint Shots


’tis the season!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may know I am already starting with the holiday decor.

I am already making lists – parties, events, and the food that will go along with each one! I have some new ideas in mind, to go along with my festive favorites.


Savory Chili Cheese Spread

Spicy Savory Cheesecake Spread


As the holidays get closer, I will be sharing my new recipes with you. Until then, I have collected a few recipes that I plan to bring along to holiday parties, and share on my own party tables.

See my Holiday Recipe slideshow here:


Check out Bite, Sip, Nosh, and Dip – Festive Recipes For The Holidays

by Kristina at


or click here to see all recipes at once!






Sparkling Cran-Raspberry Aperol Spritz

Sparkling Cran-Raspberry Aperol Spritz

Today is National Happy Hour Day.

I celebrated a day early.

I popped some bubbly.

I sugared some cranberries.

Sugared Cranberries

Jason has been getting crafty with his cocktails lately – he will be sharing recipes soon – and we have Aperol on hand. I like it because it is less sweet than other orange liqueurs, I think it also has rhubarb flavor?

I like tart. Less sweet.

Instead of using simple syrup, I added …

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