Sunday, June 28th, 2009

I spend all year dreaming about summer produce, especially our local Washington fruit.  For a couple weeks now, I’ve gone strawberry-crazy, making ice cream, jam, and eating them plain with a touch of our really nice balsamic from Italy, which is sadly almost gone. I was about to make a strawberry tart this weekend, when […]

Freezer food

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Hm, I’ve been slacking on the blogging front, haven’t I?  Life has gotten a bit crazy lately, but here I am again.  During crazy times, we often find ourselves digging around in our freezer on weeknights, looking for something that might make a quick and easy dinner.  Which got me to wondering, what do other […]

Satsuma mandarin orange marmalade

Friday, December 26th, 2008

This year, I went on a bit of a canning craze.  I’d actually never canned in my life before this year, but was “forced” into it by the bounty of fruit we received from our CSA.  We’ve done a CSA for years, but stopped doing it for the last couple years after the Pike Place […]

Breakfast: rusks and coffee

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Our friend Arathi likes to bake, even more than I do, which I hadn’t thought possible.  And anyone who’s lucky enough to work with her husband (like me) benefits from when she bakes too many cookies and he brings a batch to share.  After I tried her rusks, I had to get her recipe.  Like […]

Marcella and Victor Hazan

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Last night, we had dinner with Marcella and Victor Hazan.  Marcella is a legend in the cooking world, and her Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking is the one book I would take if I were forced to whittle my cookbook collection to only one.  I’ve never made a recipe of Marcella’s that didn’t work and […]

Upcoming visiting chefs and authors

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Cooks & Books has a great lineup of visiting chefs and authors coming to Seattle this fall.  Kim Ricketts has been organizing these dinners for several years now, where she hosts a chef or food writer at a Seattle restaurant, promoting a new book release.  In past, we’ve attended dinners with Michael Ruhlman and Michael […]

Homemade pasta

Friday, June 27th, 2008

To me, nothing beats pasta made at home.  People think it’s difficult and time consuming, but it’s really one of those things that takes a few times to learn and get the swing of it, and then it’s actually pretty easy to make.  It takes me less than half an hour to go from flour […]

Chocolate coconut macaroons

Monday, April 21st, 2008

When there is ice cream, there are macaroons.  For years, I wondered what to do with leftover egg whites after making ice cream or a custard dessert.  Then I hit upon David Lebovitz’s coconut macaroon recipe and no longer have this problem.  These macaroons are what you imagine the perfect macaroon to be – chewy […]

Braised Mangalitsa pork jowl

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

What had I gotten myself into?  Just before our friends arrived, I pulled the meat out of the braising liquid.  It jiggled like jello.  I hope Heath Putnam is right, because this stuff appeared to be almost entirely fat.  And here we were going to serve it to friends and call this dinner. We have been […]


Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

One place we try not to miss whenever we visit Vancouver, BC is Vij’s.  Hands down, this place has the best Indian food anywhere.  There’s usually a wait for a table, but it’s no problem when you’re drinking a cup of their homemade chai tea.  It’s fun to go with friends so you can share, […]