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Phyllo Wrapped Feta and Chard with a Citrus and Olive Salad

Phyllo Wrapped Feta and Chard with a Citrus and Olive Salad

One of the really cool things about working at Cafe Flora is the open menu, where any employee can propose seasonal dishes to be added to the quarterly menu, and then a manager’s meeting selects the best ones. The picture above is an item I’ve …

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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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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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Heirloom Caprese and a Grilled Zucchini and Tofu

I don’t think anyone needs a recipe for these, just use your best olive oil for the caprese and your best balsamic and parmesan for the zucchini and tofu. I really need plain white plates for these to look right. The caprese was inspired by that beautiful tomato, and I realized a good if obvious …

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Grilled Peaches with Ras Al Hanout and Ginger Beer Reduction

This sounds fancy but is actually a slam dunk to make, especially if you use a packaged spice mixture. The combination of sweet, pungent and spicy is pretty addictive. You could serve it as an appetizer or as part of a light dinner with a salad or a meze. It seems like it would enjoy …

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Nishino – Let Me Count The Ways

Snacky Pants and I just got back from a lovely date-night dinner at Nishino, which is our very favorite Japanese restaurant in Seattle. (My wife is still deciding what nickname she wants to go by on the blog. So for tonight it is Snacky Pants.) Located in an unassuming little shopping center next to a …

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