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Ba-Da Bing! What A Sweetheart!

Bing Cherries

No, I haven’t been watching too many episodes of the Sopranos. These beautiful Bing cherries are from Batch’s Best Family Farms. I got them from my friends over at ChefShop.com. Tim Mar & his crew have a knack for tracking down great food.

I’ve never seen 3 pounds of cherries without a single bad one …

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Seattle Chocolate Salon

Just a quick note to say that I’ll be on the tasting panel at TasteTV’s first annual Seattle Chocolate Salon. It is Sunday, July 13th at the Bell Harbor Convention Center, on the waterfront. I imagine it will be a fun event. There are certainly some great chocolatiers coming to town. I’ll be there at …

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New Visual Index To All Posts

I’ve been working on a way to easily skim all of the posts on the site. The first version is available now, at Visual Index (or from the navigation bar at the top of every page). Let me know if you like it and if there is anything you can think of to make it …

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Herbivoracious Dinner Party #1

Buckwheat blini with creme fraiche, asparagus caviar, and black salt

Last Sunday was my first “popup” dinner party – a chance to bring together a group of friends who love food, to give me a chance to test dishes and practice this kind of service. I plan to do more of them in the future for …

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What I’m Doing This Weekend

Insanely Fresh Asparagus

What am I doing this weekend? Turning these 25 pounds of just-picked, local Washington asparagus into dinner for 16. It is a six course tasting menu, with asparagus in 4 of the courses.

If you are in the Seattle area and are interested in being invited to future dinner parties, drop …

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New Restaurant Review 360 + An Unexpected Surprise

Naomi over at Gastrognome has kindly volunteered to host the next Restaurant Review 360. (What’s a Restaurant Review 360?). Her choice is excellent: Jasmine Provincial Vietnamese Cuisine. It has been on my list to try, and I’m looking forward to reviewing it along with her and my fellow bloggers. Deadline is May 20th, so if …

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How to Make Fluffy Couscous – Easy Couscous Recipe

Fluffy Couscous – just steam it in a casserole instead of a pot

I make couscous all the time, whenever I want a break from rice or pasta, or when I just need something that cooks super quick with minimal attention. I know there is a proper way that it is prepared in its native lands, …

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