Chanterelles with Rosemary: A Foraged Feast

Seattle has a reputation for constant rain. Natives such as myself know that isn't true--it only rains in fall, winter and spring, and even then, just a light drizzle. Regardless, we natives also know that the rain brings us treasures in the form of chanterelle mushrooms. As our short summer wound down last week, I watched the rains begin--along with the complaints from those who have moved here from cities with summers that go past labor day. As others complained of the wetness, my head danced with visions of the reward we Seattleites get for enduring the rain. Freshly foraged chanterelle … [Read more...]

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...]

Locanda Verde and Staple and Fancy: On Restaurant Design

The other day, as I sat in Staple and Fancy Mercantile and tried to pin point exactly what was so pleasant about where I was, it suddenly hit me: Like Locanda Verde in Manhattan, it seemed to be perfectly designed as a restaurant. Staple and Fancy is the latest addition to Ethan Stowell's restaurant empire in Seattle, while Locanda Verde is my favorite stop from an epic eating adventure I recently had in New York From the moment I stepped into Locanda Verde, I felt like it was the best designed restaurant into which I had ever stepped. Each design element (like, say, the random silver … [Read more...]

Simple Summer Salad: Radish

One of the great things I've learned by eating as an adult is that salad is a vague term, and it can be a great one. Growing up, salad meant one thing: Mixed greens and a bottle of Newman's Own Caesar Dressing. I know, compared to the evil salads that exist out there, it is not so bad. But for every dinner of my childhood, this sat out on the table and I came to hate it. I went through phases. Sometimes I thought I hated dressing (perhaps I only hated ones that came in bottles). Other times I thought I hated lettuce (though I think it was more the bitter radicchio). It only got worse when the … [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...]

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...]

The Top Six Dishes I ate in Seattle this year

I'll be honest, this started out as a top 5 list, but I had six dishes that truly stood out in my mind that I ate this year. I eat out a decent amount and I don't always write about them--especially if the rest of the meal was distinctly underwhelming, as was the case in at least one of them. I like just picking a dish because I'm not judging the whole restaurant experience (another of these dishes was served with a side of horrifically bad service), nor am I needing to make extensive commentary. The only point of this is to give props to the creativity and skills of the chefs and restaurants … [Read more...]

Things you should and should not know about Cafe Nordo

When I agreed to accept free media passes for myself and K. for Cafe Nordo, I had no idea what I was getting myself into, however, I was won over by the line on the website that sums up my own personal feelings on such things: "Dietary Restrictions? Certainly you have a shrink who will care." Now that I know, I almost don't want to tell you, because half the fun was the surprise. So, if you are intrigued and also slightly frightened, be sure to stop reading now and just buy your tickets. Things you should and should not know about Cafe Nordo -Know that this is not a romantic date night -Don't … [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...]