Review: Dinette Restaurant, Seattle, Washington

Sarina and I had dinner tonight at Dinette, on Seattle’s Capitol Hill in the space formerly occupied by the departed and lamented Green Cat Cafe. Dinette was much noticed when it first opened for chef Melissa Nyffeler’s collection of antique serving platters that grace the walls, the mismatched place settings, and her penchant for serving …

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Biscuits, Big Johns and Broccoli in Black Bean Sauce (A Very Fine Morning)

Fridays I often have some time alone with Mini-Me. Today we seem to have had an all food morning. This is good, we’re getting her up to speed young! First thing after she woke up, we made our favorite biscuits. Properly nourished and ready for adventure we headed off to Big John’s (aka Pacific …

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Leftovers, Recomposed (Couscous with Zucchini, a Fried Egg, and Truffle Oil)

This is one of those 10 minutes from refrigerator to table, not really sure what is going to end up in the bowl til you sit down, supper for one and pleased and thank you very much kinds of meals. Let’s see we’ve got a bunch of leftover couscous and half a cup of chickpeas. …

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Block Party Empanadas

Tonight was National Night Out and I hope many of you had rockin’ block parties. Ours was fun as always, with lots of munchkins on bikes, scooters, toy cars, rollerblades and strollers. Zeb the kooky dog barked at everyone and ate liverwurst training paste, and our neighborhood police sergeant put up with the usual grilling …

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Rename this Blog (Your Help Needed!)

I’ve only been doing this blog for a month or so, and I’m not very happy with the name ("The Vegetarian Foodie"). I guess I just don’t like the word "foodie". So I’d like to take the opportunity to rename it while it is still young. I want the new name to reflect my passion …

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Coconut Rice with Black Beans, Plantains, and Mango Salsa – Recipe

At my house, we eat food in styles from all over the world, but rice is far and away our most popular substrate. I’m always experimenting with new ways to cook rice as well as new things to serve with it.

Today’s dish is Caribbean inspired, with coconut milk-scented rice, black beans, plantains, avocado, mango, and a …

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Top Ten Ways to Get Yourself Baking More at Home

Everyone loves home-baked sweets and savories, but most of us don’t take the time to make them very often. Here are some suggestions to help make it happen:

Have all your ingredients as accessible as possible. Store all-purpose flour in a large bin with 1 c. and 1/2 c. measuring cups right in it, so you …

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