About

Michelle, the author of Northwest Spoon, and her two children walking on a Pacific Northwest beach.
Hi, I’m Michelle

Welcome! I’m glad you’re here.

Northwest Spoon is all about fresh, wholesome eats with a Pacific Northwest twist.  My family and I watch what we eat, but we also enjoy delicious desserts from time to time. I love to get creative in the kitchen. I believe sharing a good meal with family and friends brings us closer together. It is my hope that these recipes will inspire you to cook fresh too.

My recipes

On Northwest Spoon, you will find a wide range of recipes with a focus on using fresh ingredients and avoiding processed foods. My specialties include recipes of the Mediterranean diet, healthier American classics and adapting recipes to be gluten-free or plant-based. You will find the recipes on this site to be well tested and achievable. Whether you are a seasoned cook or just starting out, there is something for everyone.

A gorgeous loaf of banana bread shown with slices cut and a small jar of strawberry jam next to it.
Best ever banana bread

More about my journey in the kitchen

I’ve always enjoyed cooking, but I found my inner chef when I lived in Southern Italy with my family. While living in Italy, I gained a real appreciation for what it means to eat local and cook with only a few wholesome ingredients. While there, I completed culinary classes in the Amalfi Coast and in Tuscany. I have also achieved both a beginning and an advanced culinary certificate from the Bon Vivant School of Cooking in Seattle. I now apply what I learned from these experiences to preparing my favorite dishes using the bounty of fresh Northwest ingredients. I have also taught small hands-on cooking classes and enjoy sharing my experiences with those who are interested in learning about cuisine.

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A collage image of large pine and hemlock evergreen trees on the left and a freshly caught Dungeness crab on the right.

Northwest Spoon is formerly known as Pine Needles In My Salad. I have been blogging for five years. You will find more than 200 recipes to discover here. I am fortunate to live in this beautiful corner of the world. Thank you for visiting and I hope you find something wholesome and delicious to try in your kitchen. I love to hear from readers. If you try a recipe, please come back and leave a comment on the blog.