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“An Evening With Food Heroes”

I want to tell you about an event next week that you’ll love. It’s called “An Evening With Food Heroes.” I’ve been planning it with Eventbrite all Summer and the time is finally here. It’s a chance for you to meet some of the most delectable culinary artisans in the Bay Area, all in one place, on one night, in one cozy place called Terroir. And there will be wine […]

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“It Was Stellar”

I survived my very first book event tonight. Thanks to the generosity of Elliot Bay Books and their wonderful customers. And also thanks to Jon Rowley, who took photos for me when I asked him to, and talked when I asked him to, and demonstrated, and smiled and nodded and was generally very agreeable. And one other thing. Elliot Bay Books is the most beautiful store. It’s very lofty with […]

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“Hey Seattle!”

Hey Seattle! I’m here. Wandering around somewhere. Have I ever told you about my blind spot when it comes to directions? We need to talk about it soon. I get lost about once a day. You think I’m joking… Do you recognize those hands? Can you guess whose they are? Want to see them in person? Thursday at 5pm I’ll be at the Queen Anne Farmers market with Jon Rowley […]

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“Tuna Preserved in Oil”

In some parts of the country, the summer albacore run is in its prime. But even where tuna isn’t plentiful, this preserving technique is a must have. It falls somewhere between fresh and canned tuna, the Italians called it “conservata,” the old tradition of preserving protein in olive oil. It is usually imported from Spain or Italy and sells for as much as $50 a pound, which is especially unnecessary […]

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“Fruit Vinegar”

Fruit vinegars are a great way to enhance the flavor in almost anything and a good way to use an over abundance of fruit. You can use them to deglaze the pan of a roasted chicken or pork chop, add them to green salads and fruit salads, or add them to sparkling water for a tangy beverage. You can use almost any variety of fruit that’s in season, simply keep […]

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“At Long Last, It’s Time”

It seems impossible that I’m finally writing this. But I am. Two years ago I set out on a personal odyssey. I had grown up in the country where I fished and foraged, and used my hands, but now night after night in the corporate world, sitting blurry-eyed, scrutinizing excel spreadsheets and watching the cafeteria cart roll by, I was craving what was real and lasting versus what was fake […]

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“Liver Mousse”

If I was sent to that proverbial island and there was one food I could take, it would be liver mousse. I can hear your collective gasp. Most people are reviled by the stuff, but I call it God’s pudding. It’s slightly sweet and very rich and I could eat it endlessly. It serves as the basis for all kinds of internationally popular and unpopular foods – depending on who […]

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“Daylilies”

When I was a line cook at a restaurant in the Hudson Valley long ago, I used to pick daylilies right before dinner service. It was my favorite thing to do. Not because I’m a girl and I like picking flowers…but because it was an escape from the brutal kitchen. An excuse to leave and experience a few minutes of fresh air and quiet woods. I especially liked running out […]

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“The Food Heroes Map!”

I’m so thrilled to share this new little invention with you. It’s called “The Food Heroes Map” and is a constantly evolving map of food heroes from across the world. Are you a food hero? Add yourself to the map! Do you have a food hero that you adore? Add them to the map! Below is a screen shot, to show you what it looks like. To access the interactive […]

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