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Alaska’s Amazing Lunch Lady

September 29th, 2009

Now that school is back in session, lunch is a hot topic.
With that in mind, please be sure to check out my article in The Oregonian. I feature Patty Luckhurst, an amazing lunch lady who hails from a remote corner of Alaska.
In addition to cranking out 1500 handmade yeast rolls each week, Luckhurst [...]

How to Store Green Tomatoes

September 27th, 2009

It’s that time of year again. My pumpkins are ripe, and my winter garden is exploding. My tomatoes, however, are starting to wither.
Last September when we were in the beginning of the financial crisis, I decided to save my green tomatoes. I had never done this before, but as I watched the breaking  news [...]

I have a lot of thoughts on the 4.5- cup work bowl found in the 16-cup Elite food processor.
I love the convenience of having a small work bowl available and ready for action. This bowl is great for taking a large expensive hunk of Parmesan and turning it into some really yummy grated cheese.The little bowl is [...]

What’s Selling at City Kitchens

September 25th, 2009

I was strolling around downtown Seattle earlier this week and decided to stop into City Kitchens. This is one of my favorite kitchenware shops. And, because they are having their huge annual sale right now, I was anxious to shop around.
When I was checking out with my chosen items, I asked the cashiers about business. Is [...]

In theory, I like the concept behind the Elite Collection’s nested work bowls.
My 16-cup Die Cast Metal Food Processor features 16 cup, 13 cup and 4.5 cup capacity bowls. In order for the smaller bowls to operate, the largest bowl needs to be in place. The bowls fit snugly together and are easy to align [...]

At long last, I am getting around to posting my personal thoughts and opinions on Cuisinart’s new Elite Collection Food Processors. About a month ago, I wrote a general round up on the new design feature and attributes for Amazon’s Al Dente blog. If you aren’t familiar with the Collection, you [...]

As many of you know, Cuisinart is launching its newest line of food processors–The Elite Collection. I have already written something on this for Amazon’s Al Dente blog and will be posting additional specific information regarding the 16-cup model on my blog soon. In the meantime, here’s an industry newsflash on how sales are [...]

My Seattle Salmon Roll

September 14th, 2009

I had a major craving for a Maine Lobster Roll yesterday. I’m not sure why this hit me. Maybe it was the gorgeous weekend weather or maybe it was the package of hot dog rolls on my kitchen counter. Of course, I didn’t have any perfectly cooked and chilled wild Maine lobster handy, so [...]

Akane Apples-A Lunchbox Favorite

September 13th, 2009

It’s that time of year. School has started, and I’m craving local apples. For the last 13 years or so, I have been buying my certified organic apples from Kurt Tonnemaker of Tonnemaker Hill Farm in Royal City, Washington. Kurt is an easygoing guy who is carrying on the orchard legacy started by his grandfather, [...]

Too Many Tomatoes!

September 12th, 2009

Thanks to Seattle’s warm sunny summer, I now have a tomato glut!! Indeed, that’s a great thing, but it’s made my brain think harder than ever.
When you harvest 10 to 15 pounds of tomatoes every couple days, it’s hard to eat that many fresh. So, what have I been doing? Here’s a brief
round up:
Roasted [...]

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