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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 [...]

The Fannie Farmer Cookbook

April 27th, 2009

Cooking at home and on a budget can be hard. But, with the plethora of recipe resources online and in print, choosing a successful well-written recipe can be even harder!
Admittedly, I have an abundance of cookbooks and magazines that I refer to frequently. But, there are very few books that I consider “cream [...]

Greek Yogurt At Home

April 24th, 2009

My daughter really enjoys the smooth ultra rich Greek Gods yogurt now made and widely available here in Seattle. Her favorite flavor is the Vanilla Cinnamon Orange Yogurt.
We often purchase this yogurt while on the run. One 6 ounce cup of this yogurt boasts 25% of the RDA in calcium. Obviously, this [...]

Batter Bowls

April 23rd, 2009

Breakfast is an important meal at my house, and I rise early each day so I can get my act together.
My six year old son, James, is always the first one out of bed. He places his breakfast order early. It’s usually either a fried egg on toast or pancakes with real maple syrup [...]

Making Do on Main Street

April 22nd, 2009

Are America’s pantries and refrigerators reflecting America’s economic tension and mindset? After reading “Food Firms Cook Up Ways to Combat Rare Sales Slump” in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, I am beginning to think so.
The author, Julie Jargon, does an excellent job reporting on how mainstream American cooks are shifting their dining and eating habits [...]

G8 Summit–Changing Course

April 20th, 2009

Each morning my daily newspaper subscriptions, The Seattle Times and The Financial Times, arrive in the driveway with a thump. I just finished perusing this weekend’s edition of FTWeekend.
The front page article entitled “Change of Menu Assuages Pangs of Guilt at G8 Food Crisis Summit” by Javier Blas in London caught my eye. [...]

The Knead is Real

April 20th, 2009

Over the years, I have made many loaves of bread by hand, in the food processor and in my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. But, about a year ago, I decided to shift gears and purchase a Zojirushi BBCC-X20 bread machine from King Arthur Flour company in Vermont. It’s been an outstanding choice for sure.
My [...]

Eggcellent Options

April 20th, 2009

My husband keeps a flock of Orpington, Wyandotte, Araucana and Rhode Island Red hens in our Seattle backyard. Now, that the days are longer and spring is here, the “girls” have launched into full production.
As shown in my photo at hand, we have an abundance of brown eggs. With their ultra rich yolks [...]

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 [...]

Garlic Tip for Garlic Lovers

April 17th, 2009

Don’t you just hate it when you are chopping garlic and the phone rings or the kids need paperwork signed, NOW? I certainly do.
Well, many years ago, I discovered a quirky tip for removing the smell of garlic from my hands quickly and easily. I found the tip in some very small vintage booklet that [...]

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