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Last August, we readied our travel trailer and headed for a one week camping trip to Ucluelet, British Columbia. Located on the west side of Vancouver Island, Ucluelet is a small fishing town that boasts some serious salty dog ambiance. I’ve been vacationing on Vancouver Island for at least 13 years now, but this was [...]

My Dad was the king of deviled eggs at our house.
Admittedly, I don’t make them very often, but now that our flock of hens have launced into full production I often find myself with an excess of eggs.
We get tired of fried eggs, so I often hardboil them and concoct later. One [...]

Easy Open Oysters!

May 28th, 2009

While at Deception Pass State Park last weekend, I was delighted to see a family handling oysters in one of my favorite ways…they were grilling them!
I first discovered this simple method a couple years ago while writing an article on growing your own shellfish for
The Associated Press. Tim Salo, one of the shellfish growers [...]

All American road food at the Shrimp Shack in Anacortes, WA

As they say, the third time’s a charm. Indeed, that’s what last Saturday’s venture turned out to be. It was Christopher’s third attempt at shrimping and even though the catch was small, our handling and preparation of these critters was finally successful.
Whenever we catch our own seafood, we’ve learned to expect a steep culinary [...]

Note: This post is a continuation from Tuesday’s post…
Saturday was destined to be a busy day. Aside from the fact that it was opening day of shrimp season, we had two lacrosse games, Boy Scout training, and a rainy forecast.
None of this dampened my husband’s agenda. He was bound and determined to launch [...]

Having been born and raised on New York’s suburban Long Island, I spent my summer days playing by the local sea shores.
When I was little, we spent every August in a wonderful rustic rented cottage overlooking the Peconic Bay. These days were the highlights of my childhood. We ran free for weeks and [...]


April 29th, 2009

What’s for dinner at my house tonight? Halibut.
My husband and sons love to fish the cold offshore waters here in the Pacific Northwest. As a result, my freezer boasts a hefty stockpile of halibut, salmon and lingcod. I’ve learned to use my wild-caught fish in an infinite number of family friendly dishes. One of [...]

My No Guilt Cookbooks

April 19th, 2009

When I dashed out the door yesterday at 8:15, I had a very definite destination–The Seattle Public Library’s Friends of the Library Book Sale.
Of course, I really didn’t need any new cookbooks. My shelves are groaning under the weight of my massive collection. But, this sale is a twice a year fundraiser for [...]

Lickety Zip Salmon Dinner

April 2nd, 2009

Is it possible to prep and cook a salmon and broccoli dinner in under four minutes? Absolutely, if you have Ziploc’s new Zip’n Steam ™ bags handy. I discovered these nifty bags while shopping for wax paper this week.
Stashed on the shelves near their Ziploc siblings, the bags cost about $2.50 for a box [...]

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