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Chocolate, Chocolate and More Chocolate

The second annual Seattle Luxury Chocolate Salon is coming up again on July 12. I was a judge last year and was impressed with the wide range of chocolatiers that showed up to sample their wares, and at $20 for an adult advance ticket I thought it was a darn good deal.

I won't be able …

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Kicking It Old School

I'm going to be traveling on and off for the next few weeks, and probably won't be able to post as much as usual. I've been doing this blog almost two years now, and since there are a lot more regular readers now than back in the day, I thought I might use this time …

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Whopper Cake – Book Review Plus Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

They had me at "traumatize". Whopper Cake, by Karma Wilson and Will Hillenbrand, is a great children's book. The story is of a Grandpa who wants to make a cake for his wife, but has a little bit of trouble following the recipe. It is just too tempting for him to scale it up a …

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Quinoa with Tahina Sauce, Tofu and Green Beans – High Protein, Tasty Hippie Food – Recipe


Glorious hippie food. No offense to any hippies out there! That's just what I call this kind of dish, when I throw together some components that don't really have any particular culinary heritage together, but they taste good in a healthy, satisfying way.

This dish is a prime example. Quinoa is from South America, tahina is …

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Triple Smoky Macaroni and Cheese – Recipe


The last time we talked about mac and cheese, it was this double-crust version which is pretty great and crunchy. But ever since a friend brought us a superb traditional mac to have in the freezer after our first kid came was born, I've had in mind to revisit the classic. The parts that I …

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Three Ways to Boost Your Confidence in the Kitchen

I’ve been cooking pretty seriously for 25 years now, and in the process I’ve had the opportunity to watch lots of other people in the kitchen. I’ve learned something from everyone I’ve ever cooked with, and also noticed certain patterns. The folks that are confident enough to relax and have fun in the kitchen have …

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Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp with a Pumpkin Seed Topping – Recipe

Who doesn't love a good fruit crisp? They are a great way to use up excesses of seasonal fruits, and you can make the topping so easily that there is no need to wait for a special occasion. Strawberry + rhubarb is a great combination for this time of year, as the rhubarb is getting …

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