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|

Portabella Mushroom Chips

First couple weeks of the new year of course means that it's time to pull out those crystal balls and have a gaze at anticipated trends for the year. I tend to put about as much credence into food trend prognostication as I do my daily horoscope. That is to [...]

2020-01-23T22:00:28+00:00January 11th, 2019|Cooking at Home, Salty Snacks|

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|

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|