L’Shana Tovah and Happy Shakshouka Season

A glass of wine, thick, crunchy bread and a pot full of shakshouka is all a girl needs to get through fall. I hadn't timed my serving of this Israeli (breakfast) stew to match with the Jewish new year, the holiday of Rosh Hashannah, but perhaps it was all on my mind, so I'll embrace the timing as I tell you the story of this delectable stew. Shakshouka is a soul warming dish, a centerpiece to a table around which strangers or family can gather and dip their bread together. One of those dishes that can call people to dine with aroma alone, as it wafts from the kitchen. The weather was … [Read more...]

An Event, A Thought on Cheese, A Product and A Recipe

There is a back log of things I want to post on and I'm just going to let them all go right here, for your enjoyment: a fun event this weekend, murmurs of what is being called a 'burrata crawl', a new product I love and the recipe for a dish that I've eaten for 4 straight meals. Farm to Table Food for Thought The Kitsap public library was kind enough to invite me out for this 'gourmet picnic' and I'm actually really excited about it. In addition to talks by a number of local food writers (Molly of Orangette, Shauna aka Gluten-Free Girl and Lorna Yee of Cookbook Chronicles), there will be food … [Read more...]

The One Person Pantry: 20 Essentials for Single Cooking

When I posted my love letter to cooking for one, my friend Misty asked an intriguing question: What foods/staples do you keep in your pantry to be able to make a variety of meals? Misty is an amazing person and a great lady to have a meal with and I should have known that a thoughtful question from her would quickly outgrow the comments section of this blog, and I would need to make it a full post! It was a hard decision, but I’ve narrowed it down to twenty items that I like to keep around. This is my list—it caters to my tastes, meaning it lacks spices that you might use every day that … [Read more...]

Cooking at Home. Alone.

Since I've been working from home (pause while I let you know I started my own business, Socialize Me) one of my favorite parts of the day is cooking myself a small, simple lunch. There are a lot of cooking lessons I'm learning from making a daily meal for one and I'm enjoying every second of my education from them. Despite everyone's wild dreams about how much I must eat out (I hear all the time about it) I cook a fair amount at home. Dinners that I cook tend to have multiple components, be adventurous, they are a way to try making dishes I normally get at a restaurant. Last night we had … [Read more...]

Taylor Shellfish Mussels and Bluebird Grains Farrotto for $4 Each

After an hour of stirring the brown lump of nothingness, it was the final five minutes that suddenly transformed it into a meal. What was plain and ugly became something so beautiful that I couldn't help but snap a quick photo before I set it on the table. And of course, once I had the picture, I had to share it. Because this dish? It's simple as shit. And simply delicious. And a fantastic value As we ate the meal, I couldn't help but think about the value of our farmers market. I had paid $8 for two pounds of mussels. About half of that fed the two of us for dinner. Which is $2 per person. … [Read more...]

Fried Dinner

You might think these fine, fresh green tomatoes look awfully healthy to have been a fried dinner. Worry not, they soon, looked a good deal like their mates, the fishies. Oh, that's better, a much more accurate shot of my fried dinner. Once you get the oil going, it just seems like you might as well through everything in, right? And really, what two foods are better to fry up than fresh local smelt from our local Asian market and a few of the green tomatoes from my garden that I'm beginning to suspect have no plans of ever turning red. For the record, I got 1 beautiful tomato, 3 that … [Read more...]

Small Wonders of Summer, Part 2: Anchovies

"I'll be on Capitol Hill later, I'll drop them off" My anchovy guy said to me. Who was my anchovy guy? Well, his name is John, and he goes by "CoastalRovers" on twitter. That was about the sum of my knowledge when I gave him the address. Sure enough, he showed up shortly there after with a trunk full of fresh fishies (and god knows what all else). "Big or small?" He asked me. With no knowledge of fresh anchovies, pulled that day from the ocean, I guessed big. I handed over my $6 and watched him fill up my giant tupperware. Then he threw in many extra small ones, for good measure. It was a … [Read more...]

10 Minutes to Lobster Mushroom Bisque

Tonight's dinner, a beautiful Lobster Mushroom Bisque, I made, start to finish in about ten minutes. I'm betting myself I can do the blogpost in an equally small amount of time. Especially easy since in my hurry to scarf the soup, I had no intention of stopping to take a picture. This dish makes a perfect entrance as the foggy days of fall roll in. Warm, hearty and a soup that's really a meal. I stole the idea from Carmelita, which did a Lobster Mushroom Bisque in a Tomatillo, hallowed out, for this year's Sunset Supper event. Theirs actually tasted like lobster bisque. I was aiming for a … [Read more...]

Kitfo Caprese: Cultures Combined

To understand how I dreamed up such a ridiculous thing as combining Kitfo, an Ethiopian raw steak dish and Caprese salad, the Italian classic, you must understand the level of sleep deprivation I had. A serious eating trip to Vancouver had been completed the previous day and was over 16 hours door to door, including many miles walked and more (delicious) meals than you could shake a stick at. Are you there with me yet? In this tired, half-functional state I decided to go grocery shopping. And not just anywhere, but at the high-falutin Met Market. It wasn't cheap, folks. But why would it be … [Read more...]

The Summer of Scallops

I bought a package of scallops at the farmers market a few weeks ago and made them into a delicious dinner. For weeks, I've come home to my computer and admired the lovely pictures, remembered the soft crunch of the sea beans over the creamy tartare, and said to myself "I should really post these to the blog," Yet, it's been busy at work and I've spent what time I've been home trying to remember what my name is and how it sounds with out "On Safari Foods, This is," in front of it. Not to complain, because busy is far better than not, but then last night I was out at the incredible Guest … [Read more...]