Author Archives: Rod Weston

Chicken Shawarma

Easy homemade chicken shawarma recipe! Chicken pieces, tossed in warm Middle Eastern spices, then baked until perfectly tender. Serve it in pita pockets with Mediterranean salad and sauces.

Greek Green Bean Salad

INGREDIENTS Water 1 lb green beans, trimmed Salt and pepper, to taste Crushed red pepper flakes, optional, to taste Quality crumbled feta cheese, to taste 2 tbsp (or more to your liking) pitted olives, chopped For dressing  2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill ½ tsp sweet Spanish paprika… Read More »

Baked Lemon Garlic Salmon

INGREDIENTS For Salmon: 2 lb salmon fillet Kosher salt Extra virgin olive oil ½ lemon, sliced into rounds Parsley for garnish For Lemon-Garlic Sauce: Zest of 1 large lemon Juice of 2 lemons 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 5 garlic cloves, chopped 2 tsp dry oregano 1 tsp sweet paprika ½ tsp black pepper INSTRUCTIONS Heat oven to 375 degrees F.  Make the lemon-garlic sauce.… Read More »

One-skillet Mediterranean Chicken with Tomatoes and Green Olives

 Cook Time: 15 mins Total Time: 25 minutes Yield: 4 INGREDIENTS 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts of equal size 2 tbsp minced garlic or garlic paste Salt and pepper 1 tbsp dried oregano, divided Private Reserve extra virgin olive oil ½ cup dry white wine 1 large lemon, juice of ½ cup chicken broth 1 cup finely chopped red onion 1 ½ cup small-diced tomatoes ¼ cup sliced green olives… Read More »

Ginger Cookies

We love ginger snaps, but my wife, Denise, says I can’t call these ginger snaps because ginger snaps are hard; I like them soft. When I bake them, I make half of them hard by keeping them small and half soft by making them large. That way we’re both happy. I am so grateful to… Read More »

Whole House Water Filter and Softener (no salt)

I am looking at LifeSource Water Systems for a whole house water filter that also softens the water without salt. I found very positive reviews spanning over 20 years at There is also a video at It appears that the system cost around $6000 and last for 10 to 20 years without maintenance.… Read More »

Raven & Rose

Nestled in the heart of the Arts District in Downtown Portland, Raven & Rose in the historic Ladd Carriage House provides a warm and inviting escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Our first-floor restaurant dining room offers classic and contemporary dishes, inspired by the great gastropubs of the British Isles, as well… Read More »