Jacqui Scoggin
http://goodthingsgrow.com/
Hometown:
Seattle, WA
Location:
Tacoma, WA

About Me: There was always a lot of cooking going on in the kitchen when I was growing up. From an early age I was my moms little helper and watched, fascinated, as she put dinner on the table every night. I became vegetarian at 16 which lead me to read a lot about food, making sure I was getting what my body needed, while still eating tasty food. My blog, Good Things Grow is where I shares recipes that revolve around seasonal cooking using whole foods and making those who'd like to incorporate more veggies into their life easy to do. Beside being an obsessed foodie, I run my own graphic design and handmade business alongside my husband, I enjoy a good surf session in the Pacific Ocean and being amongst the great outdoors whenever possible.

Recipes Posted by Jacqui Scoggin:

Mother’s Day is coming and I can’t think of a better way to show my mom love than with chocolate. Smooth, creamy, and chocolaty pots de crème with an added boost of dark chocolate peanut butter! I’m pretty sure this will make up for those disastrous moments in the kitchen when I was little.

I spent many weekends at my grandma’s house when I was growing up. She was, like many grandmas, full of surprises and always managed to make you feel special. We’d spend the day in her garden, we’d bake cookies, she’d teach me card games, and how to knit. In the morning I was always greeted by the scent of breakfast coming into where I slept and many times it would be her special coffee cake recipe. Inspired by hers, I’ve created a peanut butter and oat version that’s a reminder of those special days I’ll always treasure.

I love baking bread. In fact, I bake bread at least once every other week. I love how it fills my house with that familiar bakery aroma and it amazes me every time how such simple ingredients, when working together, can create something so tasty. This version combines onions and herbs with spicy peanut butter which pairs perfectly with grilled cheese or fried egg sandwiches, as it does simply toasted and smeared with butter or some Old Fashioned Smooth Peanut Butter.

A morning bowl of oatmeal is routine in my kitchen and more often than not it includes peanut butter and banana — a classic and delicious combination. For those mornings when I want something extra special or I have company in town, I serve baked oatmeal. Warm and comforting, you’ll enjoy the tender oatmeal, crunchy nuts and soft baked fruit on the bottom. Peanut butter is mixed right in and the result, if you can imagine, is like a warm piece of banana bread smeared with a generous helping of peanut butter. It’s truly a breakfast worth waking up for and helps start my day right!

Sandwiches are a classic grab and go meal. Which is why they make perfect lunches. There are also endless possibilities when it comes to what goes between the bread, which keeps it versatile. This savory version is smeared with a generous amount of peanut butter mixed with cilantro, onion, garlic, and vinegar and piled with cool cucumber slices and creamy avocado. The result is one tasty sandwich. If you want to serve this as a fancy hors d’oeuvres, slice bread in half or half-triangles and skip adding the top piece.

There really is nothing like eating outside in the summertime. With the grill fired up, there’s thankfully no need to use your oven on a hot day. Kabobs are a usual on the menu and my family has always been generous to make mine full of veggies and no meat. However, when I’m grilling at home there’s always tofu or tempeh included too. The nice thing about tempeh and tofu is that they easily take on the flavor you use to marinate them with. In this case creamy peanut butter is mixed with an unexpected tang from lime juice, spice from the pepper, and salty sweet from the soy sauce and honey. So many flavors mingling together, but the outcome is pure perfection.

Peanut Butter Tempeh Kebabs