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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 [...]

Now that fall is here, I am admiring the massive displays of winter squash and edible pumpkins. At the grocery stores and at the local farmers markets, we’ve been blessed with an array of varieties–Butternut, Acorn, Spaghetti and Jack Be Little to name just a few.
I like to include these vegetables in my repertoire, but [...]

It’s Time for Pears!

October 16th, 2009

While shopping at my neighborhood market earlier this week, I stumbled upon a really good loss leader sale on Northwest pears.
The sale price of 58 cents a pound not only inspired me to buy a variety of pears, the sale also inspired me to do some research and write a couple posts for Amazon’s Al Dente [...]

I am determined to improve my winter food storage techniques this year. For my thoughts on this and for a tip on a helpful book on the topic,
please see my post on Amazon’s Al Dente today.
It’s that time of year. Get busy and gather onions, squash, root veggies,
and apples for the cold rainy days ahead!

Even though I am constantly cooking, there are times when I need something quick, healthy and fortifying just for me. At lunch, I sometimes reach for The Spice Hunter Meal in a Cup Curry Lentil Soup.
Made with dehydrated lentils, veggies and spices, this all natural vegetarian soup cooks up in a flash and is like [...]

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 [...]

Yesterday was a sad day. As many of you surely know by now, it was announced that Gourmet will cease publication with the November issue.
Having worked at Gourmet right out of college, this news hit me hard. The folks at Amazon’s Al Dente blog asked me to write a personal note on the news. [...]

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