Grilling Oysters

There are so, so many delicious things to toss on the grill this time of year. Burgers, salmon, corn, steak, ribs, hot dogs, pizza, shrimp, chicken, sausages and countless types of vegetables....as just a starting point. It's understandable that oysters aren't top of mind when summer prompts us to make [...]

2020-02-05T17:48:01+00:00July 20th, 2018|Cooking at Home, Northwest Treasures, Seafood, Seasonal Eats|

Rooting for Steelhead Migration

There's no better way to get a message across than to make it personal. Which is exactly what the folks from Long Live the Kings are doing with their second annual Survive the Sound campaign, engaging the public to follow the spring migration of 48 steelhead heading up the Puget [...]

2020-01-23T16:32:19+00:00May 1st, 2018|Northwest Treasures, Seafood|

My Travel Bug

A friend nailed it in a recent email, lamenting how hard it is to coordinate our work schedules to plan a group trip... "Why can't we all just be independently wealthy and travel the world at our leisure?" Yes! Why not, indeed. It's almost enough to make me buy a [...]

2020-01-23T22:45:35+00:00April 12th, 2018|Family and Friends, Memories, Travel|

Glorious Tarte Tatin

My first stab at making tarte tatin came back in high school and was a terrible flop. I'd never had tarte tatin before, and even without an existing point of reference I knew something wasn't right. Having just pulled that recipe out of my decades-old collection of recipe cards, clippings [...]

2020-02-05T17:54:52+00:00April 2nd, 2018|Cooking at Home, France, Recipes, Sweet Treats|

In Praise of Dinner Parties

I looked down at the memo app on my phone, where I was jotting notes while reading Brunch is Hell on a flight recently. Right along side it was another note titled 'brunch,' essentially menu planning for the one day a year on which I fully embrace that mash-up meal: [...]

2018-01-22T18:42:53+00:00January 3rd, 2018|Cooking at Home, Humor|

A Return to Dijon

The Cathedral Saint Benigne I thought it was hilarious at the time, during that visit I made years back to the city of Nîmes in the south of France. I don't know of any historic record that my last name, Nims, has any connection to that city -- [...]

2020-02-05T18:00:32+00:00December 2nd, 2017|France, Memories, Travel|