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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Review: Punjab Sweets

Thali with Bhindi, Chana, Mattar Paneer and a Gulab Jamun

Iqbal and Gurmit Dha and their daughter Harpreet Giil have done something terrible, and I’ll never forgive them. Their vegetarian restaurant, Punjab Sweets, offers my favorite Indian snacks, entrees, and sweets. And it isn’t in walking distance of my house. I find this to …

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Recipe: Cranberry Bean “Fool Mudammas” (aka Borlotti Beans)

Cranberry Bean "Fool Mudammas" (aka Borlotti Beans)

I’d never worked with Cranberry beans (also known as Borlotti beans) before. By appearance they reminded me of pinto beans with more spots. I knew they were best known for use in Italian soups. But when I boiled them up and tasted them, the flavor immediately reminded me of …

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Recipe: Sesame Corn Muffins

Sesame Corn Muffins

[See the improved version of these sesame corn muffins.]

I'm completely crazy for corn. Corn on the cob, corn sautees, tofu corndogs, and of course cornbread and corn muffins. Mini-me and I were plotting some of those muffins the other morning, and the inspiration struck to add sesame seeds. Sesame and corn go great together, …

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Recipe: Fresh Spinach Fettuccine With Goat Cheese, Jerusalem Artichokes, Morels And Leeks

Fresh Spinach Fettuccine With Goat Cheese, Jerusalem Artichokes, Morels And Leeks

When we got to the farmer’s market at noon last Saturday, I hadn’t thought about how little might be left. It is early in the season, and Seattle’s throngs of organic produce devotees had snapped up just about everything edible.

Still, I spied beautiful fresh spinach …

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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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“So What Is Going On With Your Cookbook?” And Other Life Changing News

In journalism, they say “don’t bury the lede”, but today I’ve got three of them:

The cookbook will hit stores on May 8th, 2012 (if you are new here and thinking “what cookbook?” look here)
You can pre-order it this very minute on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or IndieBound
I’m quitting my day job

After 1.5 years of writing …

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