Cook the Books! September: Jerusalem: A Cookbook

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Ok, so unless you’ve lived under a culinary rock, you’ve heard something about our September Cook the Books choice, Jerusalem: A Cookbook by chefs Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. The well-respected London-based chefs/authors were both born and raised in Jerusalem -  Ottolenghi in the Jewish west side and Tamimi on the Arab east side. Sounds interesting already, right? The cookbook is centered in Jerusalem, a...

Cook the Books! Review: Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones!

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I am pretty sure at the end of every Cook the Books month I wish I had made more. August was no exception. If you’ve followed along, you know I’ve had a good reason. Due to how the situation kept changing and progressing, things have been a blur since April. I’ve been in & out-of-town. Even when I am...

Cook the Books! November: The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook

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November Cook the Books is from local restaurateur and bakery owner, Tom Douglas. The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook. I have high hopes for the cookbook because of 2 items: Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies and Coconut Cream Pie. The cookies are worth a trip downtown to get and savor. They contain the absolute perfect amount of crunch to creamy and salt...

September Cook the Books! Jerusalem Review and Wrap Up!

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Ooooh-weeee, did I love the food and flavors this month! Though I’m still in a grief fog (understandably), I somehow managed to cook more than I anticipated this month. It is sort of a big deal given that all I have actually wanted to eat since about the week before my Dad died is arugula salad**. The fact that I cooked...

The Great Chicken Molt of 2012

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It doesn’t seem that long ago the girls were undergoing their first molt, but it was actually the end of last October – 11 months ago. It makes sense though - chickens typically molt yearly starting late summer or early fall. They shed and regrow feathers over a period of 1-4 (!!!) months. During this time they typically stop, or greatly...

On Writing: a Daughter, a Chicken, and an Egg.

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Recently I took a class at The Pantry on Food Writing with Sara Dickerman. I am not a food writer and I don’t write directly about food per se. But I enjoy writing and write about things related to food so I thought it would be fun and relatable. (It was!) Prior to class we read pieces written about eggs from well-known authors...

October Mid-Month Meanderings III

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I don’t know about you, but I always welcome the end of summer garden chores and food preservation. Saying farewell to the general busyness of keeping up with it all feels like a relief. Sure, I’m sad to say goodbye to sandals, shorts, and tomatoes. But I’m also ready for the kale (kale, kale, and some more kale) our...

December Mid-Month Meanderings III

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I have so much to say, so much going through my mind, and no logical plan on getting any of it out. I have things to say about guns. But nothing that hasn’t been said far more eloquently than I ever could. Because all I want to do is scream. NO ONE needs access to a semi-automatic or automatic weapon....

Closing Chapters: Mid-Month Meanderings

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Yesterday I let the chickens out to free range for the first time in a bit. I left to take the kiddo to swim lessons and returned to find them all still hanging out in the coop. They perched happily soaking up some sun post dust bath, but still! They were in their run! I chastised them a bit....

October Cook the Books! Italian Cooking Review and Wrap-up!

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Fact: I had to leave the house on Tuesday to write and post our November Cook the Books selection because I can’t focus on much of anything. My decision-making ability of late is also questionable. For example, instead of heading over to Alki Beach to watch the passing Orcas frolic, I hunkered down at a coffee shop to write on what turned...