Salt Crazy (My Favorite Sea Salts)

It seems as if I have some sort of salt problem. I was thinking of writing about salt, and just raiding my cabinets I found the eleven varieties pictured above. This doesn’t actually put me in to the outer realm of salt craziness. I don’t carry my own in a little box to restaurants (though …

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Review: Il Terrazzo Carmine, Seattle, WA

Things that will not happen to you at Il Terrazzo Carmine:

Your waiter will not try to upsell you to a more expensive wine or entree
Your waiter will not be either inappropriately familiar, nor will he or she be distant or hard to find when you need them
Your food will not involve foam, xanthan gum or …

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Foodbeam Sables Au Chocolat with Fleur De Sel

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying Fanny’s Foodbeam blog lately, and when I needed a straightforward chocolate dessert for dinner with Mini-me’s cousins tonight, I thought I’d check her archives. Sure enough, there were these great looking Chocolate Sable Cookies with Fleur De Sel. Fanny warns that they might induce some form of rage but it was …

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Playdough Gnocchi (Recipe)

Here’s our entry for Hay Hay Its Donna Day’s Gnocchi Contest. Mini-me and I have been working on these every morning since before we knew there was a contest, so of course we had to enter them. Does anyone have a sauce suggestion? The texture is ultra-smooth and they are oh so salty.

Playdough Gnocchi

Take …

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Edamame in an Edible Tofu Bowl

I’ve been cogitating about this idea for awhile. Don’t ask me why, but I’ve really had the urge to use circle cutters to make things out of tofu lately. And then I had this idea that I could make an edible bowl, and it seemed only fitting that I should fill it either with edamame …

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Red Chili Sauce for Tamales, and a Great Tamale Book – Recipe

I love tamales.

I love that they are a project, not something you simply throw together for a weeknight dinner. A project best done with friends and family, beating the masa and making fillings and sauces and forming the tamales together, before sitting down to a celebratory meal.

I love the aromatic cornhusk- or banana leaf- infused …

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Persian Sweets, Allergy Cards, and Virtual Carnivals

There are three unrelated things I want to talk about today. My challenge as an utterly unprofessional writer: segue between them so that you as innocent reader feel as if they are intimately connected.

Have you ever had Persian (aka Iranian) bakery treats? The Seattle area is home to the delightful Minoo Bakery at 12518 Lake …

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