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christmas cookery

December 22, 2012


I'm plowing ahead with menu-planning this year, and I've come up with too many things to make for 2 meals. I've been asked to contribute just one side dish and dessert, which is actually harder than just planning a whole meal because I want them to be THE BEST and there are so many great options to choose from:

project tofu (part 3)

December 19, 2012


  My latest “project tofu” experience was born out of a need to get rid of all the food in my refrigerator before I depart for 10 days in Colorado. I had purchased an emergency package of tofu (the normal, 14oz-size) just in case the big block that I’d let sit around for weeks had […]

project tofu (part 2)

December 12, 2012


Fresh off the success with vegetarian lettuce wraps and with half a log of tofu still left, I turned to an article and recipe I’ve been eyeing on Gilt Taste for months: “How To Make a Better Mapo Tofu“, by Ruth Reichl, one of my favorite authors. Gilt Taste appears to be defunct as they […]

project tofu (part 1)

December 11, 2012


image via the pioneer woman A few weeks ago, I woke up craving the fried tofu from a bowl of pho. Not the pho itself, but just the tofu – so I went up to the store and bought a block of extra-firm tofu at the grocery store. I did my research and learned how […]

4 great seattle businesses for the amateur cook

March 5, 2012


1. The Book Larder – I’ve been following The Book Larder on Facebook ever since they opened, and I just love that there’s an entire store dedicated to cookbooks! It’s genius. They’ve got almost every book you can imagine, with a special focus on local authors, of which there are many. As a regular Cookbook […]

kitchen goodness (february edition)

February 29, 2012


Check out all of this stuff I’ve been cooking up: For Heather’s 31st, I whipped up up this 5-layer blue ombre cake which was of course, inspired by Pinterest and actually not all that difficult to make, so long as you’re comfortable using a lot of food coloring. I used boxed mixes (3 of ‘em) and […]

chocolate chip layer cake

February 6, 2012


So a few weeks ago, after we finished the Bon Appetit Food Lover’s Cleanse (I’m not writing about the rest of it because it still makes me cranky to think about it and we ended a day early because we were so miserable and snowed in) and to celebrate the end, we embarked on making […]

building bake-off

February 6, 2012


On Friday evening, after a crazy beautiful day that I spent outside playing tourist in my own city, I returned home after getting my hair did and competed in the first annual “Building Bake Off” with my neighbors and some friends. I had initially planned to enter in two different baked goods, but in the […]

cake pops!

December 30, 2011


My mom had been eyeing the cake pop makers at Target throughout the holiday season, and by the time she decided that we absolutely had to have one, they were sold out. They were back on the shelves for the after-Christmas sales, so we picked up a Bella Cake Pop and Donut Hole Maker for […]

Holiday Cookie Extravaganza

December 8, 2011


I spent all of last Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights covered in flour and overly hot thanks to our ambitious plan to bake 5 different kinds of holiday cookies and fudge. Not only did we endeavor to make six kinds of baked goods, but we also doubled each recipe – resulting in hundreds of cookies […]


November 27, 2011


Faced with an entire refrigerator full of leftovers, I set about transforming them into new meals throughout the rest of the weekend. I removed the meat from three Cornish Game Hen halves and chopped it up and made it into miniature chicken pot pies that I am so obsessed with this fall. I threw the hen’s carcasses […]

Thanksgiving 2011

November 25, 2011


Two vegetarians, one vegan and five omnivores gathered to eat one hell of a Thanksgiving dinner at my apartment last night. You’ve already read about the menu, but here are a few photos of the feast. For dessert, we had apple pie, cherry pie and German Chocolate pie – oh my! I made this menu […]

thanksgiving menu-planning

November 22, 2011


This year, I’m hosting Thanksgiving by myself. Sure, my guests are responsible for bringing dishes to round out the menu, but to be completely honest, sometimes I don’t like eating other people’s food. That’s why Heather and I took on the entire spread last year, and probably why I started out making only 3 dishes […]

recipes of the week

November 10, 2011


There is an absurd amount of food in our refrigerator right now. On Monday we hosted the EPIP Seattle steering committee for a potluck in which we made Spicy Dr. Pepper Shredded Pork  Tacos  and a fresh spinach and feta salad. The guests heeded my plea to bring something other than just wine or a dessert […]

croxetti & pumpkin poppers

November 4, 2011


I picked up a bag of Croxetti (pasta coins) at Eataly when I was in New York – not even the most unusual pasta in the pasta section but definitely the first to catch my eye. They are about the size of a silver dollar, with individual imprints on each one. The bag cost me […]


October 25, 2011


Check out these awesome recipes that we’ve made this week! Leek Carbonara Pasta – so yummy. I don’t like eggs but I like what eggs can do to pasta. Plus, there’s bacon. This is NOT the recipe that we used – ours came from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Living but those recipes never seem to end […]


September 19, 2011


Some delicious things have been cooked up in our kitchen recently. I’ll add them over on my recipe page shortly. Sriacha-Baked Salmon and Kale Wraps with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce – we used the gypsy peppers that arrived in our CSA but I don’t think it made too much of a difference. Always good to […]

this is delicious: summer corn chowder with bacon

August 24, 2011


If you’re faced with the “problem” of having just a little bit of everything and a whole lot of corn in  your refrigerator, do as I did and make your own “souped up” (get it?!) version of this corn chowder. Summer Corn Chowder with Bacon I discovered this recipe as part of my Iron Chef: […]

Iron Chef: Battle Oats!

August 23, 2011


Sunday was the first in what I imagine will be a series of cooking showdowns between my roommate Heather and I. We hosted an “Iron Chef” competition (three dishes to make and three hours to cook) and were joined by a dozen of our friends who were eager to judge. We solicited suggestions for the […]

life, in food.

July 6, 2011


Cleaning out my phone. Here’s what life has looked like lately:


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