Savory Churros and Morel “Hot Chocolate” – Recipe plus an Invite To Dinner

This is one of the dishes I’m working on for my next “underground” dinner party. Cafe Flora (where I previously interned) has graciously agreed to host this time. The menu I’m working on will be Spanish, with both traditional and modern elements. (If you are interested in attending the dinner on Tue. 1/27, there might …

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Ilan’s Top Chef Fideos, Vegetarian Style – With A Review Of The Top Chef Cookbook

Ilan Hall's Top Chef Fideos

I'm an avid fan of Top Chef. Our family has a standing date to watch it on TiVO every week. Of the cooking reality shows (Next Food Network Star, Hell's Kitchen and so on), it is the only one that features people who can really cook, and spends most of the …

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Can a Vegetarian Eat at Pike Street Fish Fry? Restaurant Review – Seattle, WA

Pike Street Fish Fry is the brainchild of Michael Hebb, most known in Seattle for his celebrated series of  One Pot underground dinners, and chef Monica Dimas, formerly of Le Pichet and Campagne. The Fish Fry opened to a lot of attention in April of '08, garnering notices in Food & Wine and Gourmet as …

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Vegetarian Lasagna Recipe with Spinach and Ricotta Filling for a Crowd, using No-Boil Noodles

Vegetarian Lasagna Recipe with Spinach and Ricotta Filling

Vegetarian lasagna (aka veggie lasagna) might be a bit of a cliche, but everyone loves it, and it has the great advantages that you can do it ahead for a crowd, and it finishes in the oven, so you can concentrate on your guests.

I make mine without a …

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How To Make Crispy, Delicious Latkes (Jewish Potato Pancakes, Traditional for Hanukkah) – Recipe

Hannukah Latkes

Now that’s a crispy latke!

Let me apologize immediately for the poor photography, but I have a very good excuse. An all-out hanukkah latke binge is something I look forward to every year. I wanted to get myself on the outside of those latkes immediately, and you should actually be amazed that I stopped to take a …

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Challah Me… Why Not Take Challah Me

Cleverly braided challah

The year draws towards a close with lots of family coming and going, and Hannukah to celebrate. There have been latkes and more to come, but I haven’t baked challah in a while. The snowy streets gave us a good reason to make our own instead of buying from one of Seattle’s excellent …

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New Paella Pan from The Spanish Table

Vegetarian Paella

I just got a big new paella pan from The Spanish Table. Bought a large model that serves 10-12 because it is one of my dishes for dinner parties. I'm really planning on using this one on my Big Green Egg in warmer weather, but with close to a foot of snow on …

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