Jazz and Soufflé

I know it's not an original consideration, that music and cooking share some common threads. Improvisation, playing around, just making stuff up. Being free with the art form. There's a lot of that in both camps. And both also rely on building blocks, foundational skills that you need to master [...]

2020-02-05T18:20:04+00:00October 6th, 2015|Cooking at Home, Recipes|

Coming Soon: Oysters!

It's a funny sensation, that moment in an author's life (at least this author's life) when you realize the book manuscript you've been working on for months is now finished and leaving your grasp for good: off to the printer in whatever form that last round of edits produced. The [...]

2020-01-25T01:09:15+00:00September 8th, 2015|Cookbooks, Cooking at Home, Regional Treats, Seafood|

Peachy

So many peaches! I was gifted a flat of the luxuriant organic peaches from Frog Hollow Farm a couple of weeks ago. The farm's east of San Francisco, but their peaches are--thankfully--made available at Metropolitan Markets  in the Seattle area each summer. When that box landed in my kitchen, the [...]

2020-01-25T01:28:15+00:00August 6th, 2015|Cooking at Home, Recipes, Seasonal Eats|

Taste of Summer: Walla Walla Sweets

I missed the big kick-off for this season, the huge juicy sweet onions have been available for a few weeks by now. But there's still time to get your fill of one of Washington's hallmark  agricultural products: the delectable Walla Walla sweet onion. They've even been officially name-checked by the USDA [...]

2020-02-05T18:40:31+00:00July 18th, 2015|Regional Treats, Seasonal Eats|

Smart Catch: A New Seafood Steward

Hmmmm, such a dilemma it was. Toward the end of dinner last night, someone at my table asked which of the four outstanding seafood dishes we'd just eaten was our favorite. How to choose? Particularly with chefs the likes of Thierry Rautureau (Luc & Loulay) and Branden Karow (Culinary Director [...]

2020-01-25T01:33:12+00:00July 14th, 2015|Chefs, Restaurants, Seafood|

Fancy Food Show, New York Edition

I went. I saw (and tasted). Not sure if I conquered, but I did my best. Last week was my first trip to the New York version of the annual bi-coastal specialty food extravaganza known as the Fancy Food Show, put on by the Specialty Food Association It's at least [...]

2020-02-05T22:50:28+00:00July 6th, 2015|Food and Drink, Food Products|

Farmers Market Martini

You'd have to look really closely (and, likely, hold it against a white background) to notice, but this martini I just made has a very subtle pink hue. Which is solidly out of character for me. Usually once a glass holds more than just gin and a dainty splash of [...]

2020-02-05T23:04:29+00:00June 9th, 2015|Cocktails, Farming and Farmers Markets|