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Who can resist a pie that looks like this?
I made  this lattice crust rhubarb pie yesterday when I attended Kate McDermott’s Art of The Pie class down at Diane’s Market Kitchen. When it comes to pie, Kate is the task master.
Self taught in the art of pie making, Kate generously and graciously shares the tips and [...]

What Did You Cook Yesterday?

December 2nd, 2009

As a mother of three kids, I’m constantly cooking and cranking out an assortment of food. Yet, my kids often complain that there’s nothing to eat.
I often remind them just how much effort it takes to shop for the food, put it away, cook it and then serve it. I love to cook and don’t [...]

Cruising Produce for Cranberries

November 18th, 2009

I headed to the grocery store yesterday in order to pick up a bag of cranberries.
Much to my dismay the display at the first store looked really grim. The bagged cranberries were very pale, almost pink, and wrinkly. Humbug, I told myself and bypassed those.
I went to another grocery store this morning. I         found the same [...]

Ugh. I have a bee in my bonnet and a brain full of regrets. Here’s why.
I wrote a blog post about cranberries on Amazon’s Al Dente blog today. After I wrote the post, I started to recall a recipe I made from Gourmet years ago, probably appearing in an edition in the early 1990s.
It was [...]

I’ve heard from Corningware after posting about their  Blue Cornflower Pyroceram cookware this morning.
One of the Consumer Care Center Reps contacted me via email to tell me that Corningware still offers replacement covers for their vintage Corningware Stovetop products.  She mentioned that the products can be purchased by calling the Consumer Care Center at 1-800-999-3436 or by [...]

Corningware Relaunches a Classic

November 11th, 2009

I was poking around Washington’s Auburn Supermall recently and stopped by the Corningware Corelle Revere store. I immediately noticed a large display of one of Corningware’s classic casseroles—Blue Cornflower.
I hadn’t seen these basic blue and white casseroles in retail stores for years and asked the salesman about them. He told me they were recently reintroduced by [...]

I’m working on another article and was down at Kaspars Special Events & Catering in Queen Anne this morning.
Owners Kaspar and Nancy Donier were as gracious as ever and were delighted to demonstrate one of Kaspar’s flagship recipes just for me.
Kaspar Donier hails from Davos, Switzerland, and is revered locally for his wonderful European-inspired cooking.  [...]

I Love Bubbies Kosher Pickles!

November 2nd, 2009

When I worked at Gourmet Magazine, field research was an expected part of my job. I often spent my lunch hour hopping on subways in order to explore many of the culinary oddities at hand–Katz’s Deli, The Grand Central Oyster Bar, Union Square Greenmarket, and Bridge Kitchenware being just a few of my  favorite midday [...]

Every year in early November, I make a list and head to Seattle’s University District Farmers market in order to stock up on my Thanksgiving essentials–potatoes, leeks, apples, onions, rutabagas, carrots, cauliflower, and even a few quirky heirloom squash varieties.
By having these items on hand early in the month, I can stash them in my garage [...]

Alaskan Red King Crab Legs

October 22nd, 2009

The season is short, and the time was ripe.
I was at  Metropolitan Market yesterday and simply couldn’t resist purchasing one of their seafood specials–the Alaskan Red King Crab Legs. 
Shipped fully cooked and fresh, not frozen, these massive crab legs hail from Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
The short and tumultuous Bering Sea king crab season officially kicked off [...]

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