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Aquasana Powered Water Filtration System

Highly Recommend: Aquasana Powered Water Filtration System I believe that the very best ingredients produce delicious tasting food. This includes water.  That’s right, water.  When I prepare soup, stocks, rice (I live in an Asian household…what can I say?) and the water I drink, it is all filtered water.  I’ve used all water filter systems out [...] → Continue Reading Aquasana Powered Water Filtration System

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Salmon Jerky

Salmon Jerky I recently professed my love of Farmstr, the website that connects farmers with savvy consumers like you and me. Farmstr works with local farmers that focus on organic quality and better practices and better food – all at fair prices.  I have purchased farm fresh produce  - but Farmstr also offers meat, poultry and [...] → Continue Reading Salmon Jerky

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Fresh from my garden for Not Fettuccine with Meat Sauce

Not Fettuccine with Meat Sauce

Shirataki is made from flour of the Konnyaku yam which is popular in Japanese cooking. It’s a staple in their one pot delicacies, Sukiyaki.  A delicious pasta  alternative,  House Foods has blended it with tofu to provide a delicious product that can be used just like pasta.  Here I combine a simple meat-based tomato sauce for [...] → Continue Reading Not Fettuccine with Meat Sauce

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Petit Gris Melons, Edible Acres Farm via Farmstr

One drawback to shopping at a traditional grocery store is that you miss out on some fantastic and delicious produce. To truly take advantage of all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer, you’ll have to look to our local farmers and producers that offer one-of-a kind farm fresh food that you won’t  find at [...] → Continue Reading Petit Gris Melons, Edible Acres Farm via Farmstr

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Sauteed Mushrooms

Sautéed mushrooms are a great addition to any meal, especially steaks and starches (e.g., baked potatoes or pasta) .  There are so many varieties that the flavor and texture can differ between meals that you create.  One problem I’ve encountered is that mushrooms don’t brown or caramelize consistently, but I’ve come up with this fool-proof [...] → Continue Reading Sauteed Mushrooms

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Oysters: Flapjack, Boom Stick, Otter Cove, Penn Cove, Hama Hama

The Walrus and the Carpenter

The Walrus and the Carpenter Restaurant, Ballard The Walrus and the Carpenter is located in the back of the renovated Kolstrand building from the 1900′s.  There is literally a small door with a small sign that leads you through a long hallway and into the bright, intimate space. Be warned that this place is popular [...] → Continue Reading The Walrus and the Carpenter

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Art For Food

Art For Food: Modern Techniques for the Home Kitchen I’ve had my share of cooking classes.  Many are comprised of 25+ in attendance and you’re broken up in to groups to make one course of the meal. The instructor floats around, but for the most part you and your group follow a set recipe.  At the end of [...] → Continue Reading Art For Food

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Alinea: MILK CHOCOLATE AFTER. Made by Chef Grant

Alinea Restaurant, Chicago IL

Find any “best restaurant” list or guide and you’ll find Alinea, a restaurant in Chicago, IL.  Alinea is one of those restaurants that you make reservations months in advance and expect to pay big money for several hours of culinary enjoyment. So, what’s the big deal?  Chef and owner Grant Achatz is a master of [...] → Continue Reading Alinea Restaurant, Chicago IL

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Sansaire: out of the box

Sansaire: Cooking Sous Vide

I’ve recently acquired a new kitchen toy.  It’s called Sansaire.  It’s a sous vide machine, aka an immersion circulator.   Although a quick search of the words sous vide would give you an idea of what it’s all about, I’ll give you the quick elevator speech on sous vide cooking. In a nutshell, sous vide (pronounced [...] → Continue Reading Sansaire: Cooking Sous Vide

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Copperleaf Restaurant, Tasting Menu, Amuse Bouche

Copperleaf Restaurant, Seattle WA

Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar is one of those restaurants that you just don’t hear about – and that’s such a shame. Tucked away near runway L2 of the Seattle airport lies a beautiful resort called Cedarbrook Lodge.  The restaurant is called Copperleaf.  Ok I’m exaggerating a bit, but who goes to the City of Seatac [...] → Continue Reading Copperleaf Restaurant, Seattle WA

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