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Feeding kids at home can be hard, but feeding kids while traveling can be a nightmare. I know this first hand because I have three kids, ages 15, 13, and 8.
We have traveled far and wide with our children,
and I can now declare with confidence that my Garmin Nuvi 265 WT plays an important [...]

Easy Open Oysters!

December 31st, 2010

An easy way to serve fresh oysters. Grill, don’t shuck!

I like a lot of things about our travel trailer, but the thing I like the most is my kitchen.
Obviously, it isn’t fancy. It certainly isn’t large. Nontheless, as a food writer, I cherish having my mobile kitchen with me as we travel the highways, byways, and bumpy roads of the Pacific Northwest. [...]

It’s time for my culinary year in review.
Now that it’s January, I like to go through my mental file cabinet and revisit some of  my taste memories from the prior year. 
It’s also when I like to make mental predictions about the year ahead.  I ask  myself, what was my most special meal for 2009?   What will [...]

While perusing a used book sale recently, I found a copy of the The Sense of Wonder by Rachel Carson.
Published in 1956 by Harper & Row, the book features Carson’s summer adventures with her little nephew Roger. There are fabulous black and white photos throughout the book, and Carson recounts the [...]

When my Eagle Scout husband and I decided to buy our 23-foot travel trailer six years ago, we thought it would be a great way to educate our children about traveling, camping, nature, life experiences, and resourcefulness. At the time, I never imagined we’d travel as far and wide as we have.
While hauling our [...]

My 2 in 1 Salad To Go

August 8th, 2009

What do you do when you want to take a large salad on a weekend camping trip? How do you deal with the extras like the dressing, the blue cheese, the Walla Walla onions? Which lettuce variety will transport best and survive a couple days in the cooler?
These are the questions I asked myself a few [...]

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

Fresh Berry Tips

May 22nd, 2009

Now that Memorial Day weekend is here, I am anxiously
awaiting the arrival of fresh berry season here in the Pacific Northwest.
When I moved here more than 14 years ago I was shocked to discover the incredible variety found here–strawberries, tayberries, marionberries, raspberries, golden raspberries, wild huckleberries and, of course, the ultra thorny wild blackberries. [...]

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 [...]

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