Cheese Plates
Course/Dish

Translated from Spanish to mean “in the style of the shepherd,” al pastor pork is traditionally spit-grilled. This easy-to-make version has the same great flavor and tender meat without the mess of a rotisserie. For added zing, plan ahead and marinate pork overnight. Makes 12 tacos.

This grown-up gourmet treat with a twist takes little effort and makes an excellent dessert. Creamy pumpkin and mascarpone, punctuated with a touch of cinnamon and vanilla, are balanced by the crunch of almond praline and delicate ladyfingers.

Serves: 4
Difficulty: moderate
Active time: 30 min
Non-active time: 4 hr or overnight
Special tools: silicone mat, heat-resistant rubber spatula, electric mixture, four 10-oz glass jars/bowls/ramekins
Note: can make one day ahead

These savory pork chops are pounded thin, dusted with flour, quickly browned and topped with a creamy mustard sauce, then finished with sautéed apples and leeks. Cauliflower-Potato Mash and Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon make excellent sides.


Difficulty: intermediate
Time: 45 min
Serves: 4
Special tools: meat mallet or heavy pan

With a little effort and a few simple ingredients, create elegant and delicious appetizers that will impress your guests.

Nothing says fall like spiced apple cider. This popular recipe incorporates those fantastic fall flavors into baked doughnuts, which are easy to make and less fuss than frying. They disappear fast, so consider making a double batch!

Serves: 4 (8 doughnuts total)
Difficulty: easy
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Special tools: doughnut pan, piping or plastic bag

Bursting with flavor, these elegant shrimp toasts feature feta, bell pepper and savory herbs. Perfect for your next gathering.

Serves: 12
Difficulty: moderate
Total time: 23 min

If you've never heard of Banoffee Pie, you're not alone. But once you try it, you'll be head-over-heels in love. This amazing no-bake pie is made with a cookie and butter crust, salted caramel, ripe bananas, whipped cream and shaved chocolate. Perfect for Valentine's Day, or any day for that matter, it comes together quickly and tastes amazing!

Serves: 6-8
Difficulty: easy
Prep time: 30 min
Inactive time: 1-4 hr
Special tools: stand mixer, processor, springform pan or pie plate

Just right for get-togethers, these meaty, cheesy sliders can be served with your favorite Market Kitchen sides, salads, chips, fresh fruit and more.

This elegant Piemontese entrée gets great flavor from a hearty Barolo or Barbera red wine. Serves 4.

Fill your home with the aroma of this hearty Bavarian stew as it slow cooks, melding meat and veggies with a savory broth. For an authentic taste, choose a Bavarian brew and pay homage to this German state’s beer-loving people. Serves 6-8.

With a little effort and a few simple ingredients, create elegant and delicious appetizers that will impress your guests.

Guinness-laden sirloin adds richness and depth to these flakey meat pies filled with earthy veggies and creamy Dubliner cheese. Serve with a big salad for a wonderful Irish meal. Makes 8 pies.

Mushrooms, cream and bourbon add a burst of mouthwatering flavor to this twist on meat and potatoes, featuring tender beef, roasted potatoes with garlic, thyme and wilted kale with bacon. Serves 2.

Flavorful autumn ale adds character and tenderness to this hearty beef roast, served with feel-good fall vegetables that are roasted to bring out their deep, soul-satisfying flavor. Serves 6-8.

This rub adds an unexpected, sophisticated flavor to your favorite grilled meats. Cacao nibs offer a slightly nutty, earthy taste with subtle hints of chocolate. Marinate tri-tip overnight for full flavor. Serves 4-6.

This free-your-mind burger is a nod to the Oregon Country Fair, an annual summer celebration near Eugene that nourishes the spirit and explores how to live artfully and authentically by transforming culture in magical, joyous and healthy ways.

"That is the BEST muffin I have ever had – gluten-free or otherwise!" exclaimed one of our taste testers, and we believe you will agree. The addition of nutrient-rich avocado replaces some of the butterfat with heart-healthy oleic acid.* Creamy Greek yogurt and fresh blueberries add moisture and round out the wholesome goodness of these delicious treats.

Yield: 8 jumbo muffins or 12 standard
Difficulty: easy
Prep time: 20 min
Inactive time: 30 min
Bake time: 35-40 min
Special equipment: mixer, muffin tin and paper cups (PaperChef Lotus Cups pictured)

Blueberry season is finally here! Celebrate with this delightfully buttery bundt cake, speckled with juicy ripe blues. The flavor is taken to the next level by a sophisticated basil-blueberry sauce and a dollop of whipped cream.


Serves: 8-12
Difficulty: easy
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 75 min
Special tools: electric mixer, 10" Bundt pan

There’s no need to skimp on the shrimp with this meal! Low in calories and fat, shrimp is packed with protein (18 grams per 3-ounce serving). This bourbon-and-lime-enhanced entrée is a wonderful spring meal for any occasion.

This fiery assortment of meats served with two flavorful sauces is a great way to entertain. Enjoy with an Orange, Olive and Red Onion Salad for an authentic meal. Serves 4-6.

A fried potato soufflé that’s deeply satisfying on a cold day.

A unique twist on an Italian classic, tender, juicy chicken breasts are stuffed with red-ripe heirloom tomatoes, pesto and fresh buffalo mozzarella, then grilled for an amazing entrée that promises to transport you to the land of love.

Warm waffles make a wonderful holiday treat. Our recipe produces waffles that are crisp on the outside yet light and airy inside. Serve them with an irresistible combination of hot apples, butter, cinnamon, walnuts and maple syrup with a spoonful of creamy mascarpone or whipped cream.

Serves: 6 (approx. 12 waffles)
Difficulty: easy
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min total
Special equipment: waffle iron

With a little effort and a few simple ingredients, create elegant and delicious appetizers that will impress your guests.

A delicious pastry of French origin, Napoleons are also known as mille-feuille, which translates to “cake of a thousand sheets.” Not just for special occasions, this easy-to-make dessert tastes as good as it looks. Serves 4.

Bring the flavor of the Caribbean to your table with this perfectly balanced sweet-meets-spice dish.

The batter for this simple Easter cake is made entirely in a processor bowl. It features crunchy pecans, the zing of ginger and healthy Greek yogurt to add texture and tangy-ness. Layered with a lemon, ricotta, cream cheese frosting, this beautiful dessert is sure to delight.

Serves: 8
Difficulty: moderate
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Special tools: 9" round cake pan(s), food processor

Simple and satisfying, this creamy potato and cauliflower dish is excellent alongside your favorite pork or beef entrées.


Difficulty: easy
Time: 30 min
Serves: 4
Special tools: potato masher or hand-held mixer

Flakey on the outside and tender inside, these sweet and savory stuffed pears make stunning presentation at the end of a meal. Serves 4-6.

This slow-roasted Chinese-Hawaiian pulled pork is marinated in a sweet, garlicky sauce that turns into a sticky, flavorful glaze. Seasoned with Chinese five spice, ginger, pineapple juice and Sriracha, Char Siu (or "fork roast") makes fantastic sliders and is easy to prepare ahead and reheat.


Serves: 8-12
Difficulty: easy
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 3-4 hr

Celebrate cherry season with this decadent, free-form tart. Featuring bright orange and lemon and sweet brown sugar and cinnamon, this recipe is a great way to enjoy fresh or frozen cherries. Simply mix, chill and roll out the quick-crust dough, fill with an easy-to-make cherry filling and bake. Enjoy with a scoop of locally produced vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for a truly divine dessert.

Serves: 6-8
Difficulty: moderate
Prep time: 30 min
Inactive time: 1 hour
Bake time: 45 min
Special tools: food processor, parchment paper

One of our tasters paused, mid-bite, and said, “That’s one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.” Here’s why: Maple Bacon Butter melted over savory and lightly sweetened quick bread with extra kick from tart cherries and crunchy pecans. Wonderful served for brunch. Leftovers make an excellent addition to stuffing.


Serves: 6-8
Difficulty: easy
Active prep time: 30 min
Non-active time: 80 min
Special tools: 9”x5” loaf pan, wire rack
Advanced prep: can be made one day ahead

Aptly named "al mattone," meaning "under a brick" in Italian, this flashback favorite chicken recipe will become a summer grilling favorite. Just don't forget to season the chicken one day ahead.

Serves: 4
Difficulty: easy
Prep time: 20 min
Inactive time: 4-24 hours
Cook time: 30 min
Special tools: food processor or blender 2 bricks, wrapped well with foil, or a large cast iron skillet

A wonderful way to welcome spring, this zesty and flavorful chicken-and-pasta dish makes the most of seasonal veggies. Serves 4.

A smoky-sweet sauce plays the starring role in these finger-licking-good sandwiches. Serves 4.

Saltimbocca means “jump in your mouth”, which is exactly what the flavors do in this dish!

Seychelles, an archipelago nation northeast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, is known for its sensational food, inspired by French and Indian traditions.

These are some of the best salt and vinegar wings we’ve ever tasted! Serves 4-6.

A hearty meal that feeds many, this Italian classic with a chicken-basil-sausage twist is flavored with herbs, creamy cheeses and marinara. Leafy greens, dressed with simple vinaigrette, are perfect alongside this mouth-watering dish.

Mild and magnificent, the poblano chili pepper is one of the most popular peppers grown in Mexico. It’s size and color makes it perfect for stuffing. This show-stopping entrée is loaded with tender chicken, veggies and spices. Serve this amazing dish with Spanish rice.

This delicious, citrusy chicken is reminiscent of pollo a la parilla, served at grill shacks on the beaches of the Yucatán. Our version has a medium spiciness, so add more or less chilis to your liking. Serve with fresh Avocado and Black Bean Salsa, chips and your favorite brew.

Serves: 6
Difficulty: easy
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 20 min
Special tools: metal skewers

An Easter tradition from the Balkans, this beautiful babka coffee cake with a ribbon of rich, chocolate hazelnut spread is excellent served for breakfast or enjoyed as a midday snack.

Serves: 6-8
Difficulty: moderate
Active time: 30-40 min
Non-active time: 5-12 hr
Bake time: 40 min
Equipment: loaf pan, stand mixer, pastry brush

Your guests will hurriedly gather 'round this delicious tart as you set it before them. It combines favorites like toasted hazelnuts and chocolate chunks with a splash of Kahlúa, all baked into a flakey butter crust. For best results, keep tart ingredients very cold when working, and use high-quality, fresh products.

Serves: 8-12
Prep time: 1 hr + 1 hr chill time for dough
Bake time: 50-60 min
Special tools: rolling pin, 11" fluted tart pan (releasable bottom preferable), processor


The buttery crunch of classic shortbread serves as the foundation for a refreshing layer of peppermint "ice" topped with decadent chocolate for a lovely addition to any holiday cookie tray.

Makes: 30, 2 1/2 x 3/4" bars
Difficulty: moderate
Active prep time: 20-30 min
Bake time: 15-18 min
Non-active time: 90 min
Special tools: 8 x 8" baking pan, mixer, parchment paper

Take traditional lasagna south of the border with a fiery combination of corn tortillas, chilies, veggies, chorizo and savory spices. Serves 6-8.

 

 

Chuck roast is a less expensive way to enjoy this classic entrée, which is often made with beef tenderloin. It’s definitely worth your time. Serves 8 (2 loaves).

Bursting with flavors, like cardamom and orange, our bread pudding will fill your home with heady aromas as it bakes to a fluffy finish in the morning. Easy to assemble the night before, your family and friends will love this treat.


Serves: 8
Difficulty: easy
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Make ahead: can assemble 1-2 days in advance, refrigerate

Nothing says “I love you” like scratch-made cookies. Choose one or bake all three, then package and give them as a heartfelt gift.

Easy and elegant, this flan recipe is infused with dark French roast coffee and real Tahitian vanilla bean. Make this delicious, romantic dessert a day ahead for a beautiful Valentine's Day finale that you're sure to love.

Serves: 6
Difficulty: moderate
Special tools: medium soufflé cups or 8"-9" pie pan, strainer
Make ahead: prepare at least 1 day and up to 3 days ahead, chilled

As winter settles in throughout the Pacific Northwest, nothing tastes as good as homemade corn chowder. It’s a comfort food that just seems to take the chill off, and it makes a perfect meal o share with family and friends. Just add your favorite salad and a loaf of fresh bread.

Substantial, earthy and comforting in so many ways, this sandwich and root vegetable salad get a touch of tang from the sauerkraut and mustard that make this Irish-inspired meal complete. Serves 4.

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