Cool Stuff
“How to Caramelize Onions”

On Friday when I was showing you my adventures in thin crust pizza, one of the ingredients that I unloaded onto the crust was caramelized onions. And then it dawned on me that maybe not everyone knows how to caramelize onions… Do you know how? Do you want a quick little demo? Hm… I’ll take your silence as a yes. If I were to just go about my life throwing […]

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“Thin Crust Pizza & My Biggest Secret”

I’ve been keeping secrets from you. Well, just one wonderful secret. This is the woman who is responsible for my love of food: She took care of me when I was young. She would pick me up from nursery school and bring me to her house and sit me at the end of her long wooden table so I could watch her cook. She cooked every day. She still does. […]

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“The Road to Grandma’s House”

As you know, I flew to New York at the peak of a major snow storm last week. I went from spring day to winter wonderland in six hours. All the power in my hometown was out. The snow was so heavy that massive trees were dropping branches left and right. In some cases whole trees went down in the middle of the wooded road. They took not just the […]

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“How to Cure Salmon and Other Fatty Fish”

This is the time of year when a lot of your proteins are in the freezer, since in many places, it is the “in between” season. One of my favorite things to do in these months is cure meat and fish. If I can manage to do it before it hits the freezer even better, but you do what you can. Salt curing inhibits the growth of microorganisms by drawing […]

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“On the Radio, On the Radio…”

Ever heard that Regina Specktor song? It’s one of my favorites. This morning I was “on the radio, on the radio…” and I didn’t stutter too much. High five for me. In case you slept in this morning and missed it, here’s the radio interview with Joel Shangle’s “Northwest Wild Country,” on Sportsradio, 950 KJR in Seattle! They played my theme song and everything… Scroll down and upload the podcast […]

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“Writing High”

A few things. 1. I’d been sitting in an airport waiting for the snow to clear so I can take an impromptu birthday trip to New York. What better way to pass the time than with you? First we were supposed to take off at 9am, then 11am, then 12pm, then the captain made an announcement over the loudspeaker that we would be taking off at 2pm, then 30 seconds […]

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“Today, I Shall Blush Pink”

I recently got the news that I shouldn’t drink much alcohol. You see, it makes me rather red faced. See? This was me and my boyfriend Francoise in Arles, France after the September “Feria du Riz.” Okay, his name wasn’t Francoise. Okay, he wasn’t my boyfriend. He was just a jolly French man who wanted to teach an American girl about Pastis. But like I was saying, the Feria du […]

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“How to Render Duck Fat & Other Important Matters”

I rendered some duck fat and wanted to tell you all about the glorious experience. I plan on using it in all of my recipes, from pie crusts to steaks to milkshakes. Just kidding. Sort of. I made the rendered duck fat and have step-by-step instructions over at my “second home“… I just had too many boxes and filing cabinets and needed to spread out a bit. It’s much more […]

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“Things I’m Thinking of Giving the IRS Instead of Money”

Two wild stallions. Or domesticated. Whichever I can find first. A transexual rooster. With army tags. And one good eye. A hearty piece of honeycomb straight from our beehives which will last forever. It truly will, honey is the only food that never goes bad. Now can you really say that about money? Honey is better than money. Oh, I crack myself up. Badly baked scones. Kind of reminiscent of […]

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“Guess Who This Is?”

I’ll give you three clues… 1. She still lives in the same house. 2. She was five years old here. 3. I want a bike like that. Okay, that’s not a clue but I just wanted to make that public in case someone has one they’re looking to get rid of. I never said I was good at giving clues. Update 5pm: Okay, in case you’re a visual person here’s […]

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