Playing with Pesto

Heading into month twenty bajillion of cooking at home, I’m sure many of us are forging into new areas of creativity, whether by desire or simply forced into it by the realities of our pantry circumstances. If not a bit of both. I’d say the latter’s true for me. I’m [...]

2020-07-01T20:12:38+00:00June 30th, 2020|Cooking at Home, Garden, Recipes|

The Art and Craft of Recipe Writing

It was, geez, nearly four years ago when I read a recipe in a cookbook that put me over the edge. I’ll get into the details of that recipe another time, but I knew at a glance that while experienced cooks could easily make necessary mental adjustments, others following the [...]

2020-07-01T21:14:28+00:00June 13th, 2020|Recipes|

My Cookbook Accumulation

I hesitate to call the books that surround me on my home office a collection, exactly. I have no organized plan or focus around acquiring books, which I tend to associate with the idea of collecting things--stamps, wine, antiques. As a random assemblage of books, however, it ideally suits me [...]

2020-06-12T19:02:51+00:00June 11th, 2020|Cookbooks, Cooking at Home|

A Trick for Homemade Crackers

If there's one thing--at least among my sphere of friends IRL and online--that's unifying many of us during these weeks of shelter-in-place, it's baking. Tons and tons and tons of baking. In the past decade, pre-quarantine, I may have baked brownies a handful of times, if that often. I've [...]

2020-05-06T15:08:22+00:00May 6th, 2020|Cooking at Home, Kitchen Tips, Salty Snacks|

Food in These Unsettling Times

It’s hard to know what words, what perspective to even begin with here. We’re experiencing something so disorienting, so unsettling, so turning-our-world-upside-down, so downright frightening. So truly universal in scope. The emotions, worries, roller-coaster of it all is pretty overwhelming. But there’s food. Food has of course LONG been a [...]

2020-04-08T21:23:44+00:00April 8th, 2020|Cooking at Home, Family and Friends|

Quick Tricks: Shrimp Stock

Though it wasn't exactly part of the agenda, I shared a little tip with folks at a cooking class I taught a couple of days ago. On the menu was Herb-Marinated Shrimp from Gourmet Game Night, a simple and flavorful recipe I'll share with you here just for fun. [...]

2020-02-27T20:13:05+00:00February 27th, 2020|Cooking at Home, Kitchen Tips, Seafood|

Walking Lincoln Park

One of the best things about where we landed when we bought a home in West Seattle nearly 20 years ago is how close we are to Lincoln Park--a few minutes' drive, or about 15 minutes on foot (all downhill). So when a friend asked recently for some tips for [...]

2020-01-23T21:50:06+00:00February 28th, 2019|Health and Well Being, Northwest Character|