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Homemade corn tortillas and cooking class (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free) Homemade corn tortillas and cooking class (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free)

I have recently become gluten-free and dairy-free after I found out I’m sensitive to them. In retrospect I now suspect that some time down the road I developed this sensitivity and it made me get all swollen and puffy in my body and face, gain weight, get rashes, wake up with stiff muscles and neck, […]

Spur, Seattle, and grapefruit from Texas Spur, Seattle, and grapefruit from Texas

I wanted to tell you about Spur so many times before ‘cause it’s one of my top 3 favorite restaurants in Seattle and you just *must* go there. That is, in case you like brilliantly-good food, amazing cocktails, the feel of a sophisticated downtown/neighborhood gastronomic pub, and fab music from the 70’s, 80’s, and early […]

Seastar cookbook Seastar cookbook

Finally. “Finally” was the first word that came to my mind when I got an email from Norma announcing a “celebration in honor of Chef John Howie’s new cookbook:  Passion & Palate:  Recipes for a Generous Table.” Chef John Howie is the owner of Seastar restaurant and raw bar (as well as Sports and Steak) […]

Food Lovers' Guide to Seattle by Keren Brown Food Lovers' Guide to Seattle by Keren Brown

Sorry for not being around much lately. With summer and all, you know, I’ve been away doing other stuff. Well, summer only lasts here about 2 months! Only! When I moved here 10 years ago people would say “Let’s meet for coffee” and when I’d say “OK, when?” and open my calendar (It was in […]

Gingerbread houses in Seattle 2010 Gingerbread houses in Seattle 2010

We almost didn’t make it to see the gingerbread houses in Seattle this year. The exhibit ends in 2 days. But the Sheraton’s Gingerbread House Village had become a yearly family holiday tradition since 2008. In case you don’t know, the gingerbread houses are made with all edible ingredients like candy, sugar, and graham crackers. […]

Learning the art, and soul, of the pie Learning the art, and soul, of the pie

I have finally met her. The pie lady. I’ve heard so much about Kate McDermott’s Art of the Pie class in the past year. Some people call her “The pie lady”, some “The pie whisperer” but no matter what they call her, all of them love her and rave about her class, and her pies. […]

At allrecipes.com gorgeous kitchen At allrecipes.com gorgeous kitchen

I spent Sunday brunch time at allrecipes gorgeous kitchen in downtown Seattle for a Back to School Tweetup event. Since I don’t have an iPhone (or other means for tweeting live) and did not want to schlep my laptop for tweets’ sake, I’ve decided to share this experience with you in a post. I admit it, I’ve […]

Inspiration: Mireille Guiliano, “French Women Don’t Get Fat” author Inspiration: Mireille Guiliano, “French Women Don’t Get Fat” author

Sometimes I get stuck. Plain stuck in a rut. When everything seems to be the same old routine, dull and boring. When nothing much is happening. I’m sure it happens to everyone, right?! Does it ever happen to you? When it happens to me, I find my posts are dreary, my photos are terrible, the […]

Weekend photos: A special visit Weekend photos: A special visit

Our very own local and amazing, and one of my favorite people and good friend, Keren Brown organized a special event this weekend. Do you spot anyone who might look familiar to you? (Hint: She’s sitting on the left side) Do you know Ree? A.k.a The Pioneer Woman? Ree is on a book tour and […]

Hunger challenge 2010 – As simple as pancakes Hunger challenge 2010 – As simple as pancakes

Yesterday morning I woke up and felt like making pancakes. I only make pancakes a handful of times a year, but after my Poffertjes experience, I got into the mood.

Hunger challenge 2010 – Hungry, not only for food Hunger challenge 2010 – Hungry, not only for food

I find it a difficult to write about hunger when it comes to my own personal story. I remember being hungry too but no, we were not poor. So I believe… Although my father was nowhere in sight ’cause he was living on a different planet (OK, not planet, continent), my mother had a good job […]

Hunger challenge 2010 – Giving Hunger challenge 2010 – Giving

Everyone I know has a fridge full of food. A full pantry. A full freezer. I go to friends houses, take the kids on play dates… Every home I’ve been to has plenty of food. The generous hosts will offer a cup of coffee or tea and ask if I wanted anything to eat, give […]

United Way's Hunger Challenge 2010: Freedom to choose United Way's Hunger Challenge 2010: Freedom to choose

$74.94 is what I spent at the grocery store, pretty much on a whim. A few chocolate bars and heavy cream for a cake, 2 loaves of freshly baked bread, coffee, fruits and vegetables, deli meat, and a few other things. For $7 a day per person, or $22 a day for a family of […]

Menu For Hope VI Menu For Hope VI

There are so many things I want to tell you about. There’s a Minestrone soup I want to share with you… A quick Hanukah fritters recipe… Orange Madeleine cookies… So much I’d like to tell you about… But right now, the most important thing is Menu For Hope. Menu for Hope is an annual fundraising […]

Food photography: Penny de Los Santos, workshop with Food photography: Penny de Los Santos, workshop with

Gorgeous, luscious, creamy and light Trophy cupcakes, in bite size – dangerously good – were served at today’s food photography workshop. I still feel “high” after participating in this workshop with food photographer Penny De Los Santos (her web site: www.pennydelossantos.com, her blog, and @pennydelosantos on Twitter.) The workshop was organized by Viv, a.k.a Seattle […]

Maple pecan cookies & Share Our Strength Maple pecan cookies & Share Our Strength

This is an easy, no mixer needed, mix by hand, kind of recipe, that I made in the speed of lighting with my 6 years old one evening for his dad’s birthday. We got home late and were in a big rush to bake some cookies in time before dad got home so we can […]

Gingerbread houses at the Sheraton, Seattle 2009 Gingerbread houses at the Sheraton, Seattle 2009

This is becoming a yearly family tradition. Something fun to do during the holidays, adults or kids, is going to see the Gingerbread Village at the Sheraton Hotel in Seattle where local architects and chefs from the Sheraton team up to design, bake, and build gingerbread houses. This is the Sheraton Seattle’s 17th annual Gingerbread […]

Harvest Celebration Farm Tour 2009 Harvest Celebration Farm Tour 2009

It was a gorgeous winter day. Although it started gray and cold – welcome winter? – it turned into a sunny warm day with white clouds in the blue sky. What better way to shut off the constant buzz inside my head – can you hear it too? – than going out on a farms […]

Foodbuzz Blog Awards Foodbuzz Blog Awards

You have heard about Foodbuzz a few times before in this blog. I have written a few posts for their Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24 event (“5 stars dinner at home”, “Dinner at Dahlia lounge”, “Ray’s Boathouse”, and “An evening with Seattle writers”). It is an online community of food bloggers and it’s a great place […]

An evening with Seattle food writers and bloggers An evening with Seattle food writers and bloggers

Seattle is blessed with a lot of good foods (fresh seafood, fresh coffee, great local wines, fantastic chocolate, and so much more) and plenty of good food events. Seattle is also very lucky to have fantastic food writers. Last night I have attended one of Kim Ricketts‘ Cooks & Books event as a Foodbuzz (an […]

Hunger Action Week – the end - updated Hunger Action Week – the end - updated

UPDATE: I write this update after receiving a comment from a reader (see at the end of the post) which made me think that I might have failed in getting my message across. I know I can’t please everyone but I’ll try to explain my point again. What I was trying to say is that […]

Hunger Action Week – Days 3-4-5 Hunger Action Week – Days 3-4-5

So what else happened during days 3-5? My husband, L., is sure a happy camper this week… taking home-made food to work. I rarely cook lunch or breakfast. Our breakfasts are simple, mainly some bread, cheese, yogurt, fruit. If we have leftovers from last night’s dinner whoever wants them can have them for lunch. On […]

Hunger Action Week – This is what’s left Hunger Action Week – This is what’s left

It’s day #5 of the challenge and what we have left to eat (after the kids and my husband took their share) are a few eggs, some milk, 1 yogurt, 1/3 bag of arugula, a small piece of a cucumber, 1 tomato, 1 black bean burger, some bread, some chicken and rice from last night’s […]

Hunger Action Week and thoughts of empty fridges Hunger Action Week and thoughts of empty fridges

Yesterday I was so nervous about the food not lasting throughout all five days. You see, I usually buy 2-3 times the amount of food compared to what I bought on Monday (see photo in this post). I ate every bite of food as if it’s going to be the last one. Today I was […]

Hunger Action Week – 1st day & grocery shopping Hunger Action Week – 1st day & grocery shopping

  Today was the first day of the Hunger Action Week. I made a plan ahead of time (see here) – I had to – and a grocery list, I calculated the estimated costs, and went grocery shopping today. More about that in a minute. We take this challenge as a family so I tried […]

Hunger challenge – Budget, groceries, and menu Hunger challenge – Budget, groceries, and menu

I’m not writing about Weight Loss Weekly today since I’m going to post about the Hunger Action Week in the next 5 days. But do go and visit Bernie, Sunny, and Joie de vivre who are discussing this question: How do your family and friends support you or hinder you in your weight loss efforts? […]

Foodbuzz Featured Publisher Dinner, March 2009, Brasa, Seattle Foodbuzz Featured Publisher Dinner, March 2009, Brasa, Seattle

Being a food blogger is super terrific. But it can get lonely here in front of the computer regardless of how many friends you have online. This is why I have joined an online community of food bloggers called Foodbuzz a few months ago. Then I discovered that as a Foodbuzz Featured Publisher I can […]

Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: Succulent & Sustainable in Seattle at Ray’s Boathouse Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: Succulent & Sustainable in Seattle at Ray’s Boathouse

A few years ago while visiting Los Angeles I was invited to dinner. The host prepared salmon and I asked her: “what type of salmon is it?” She looked at me somewhat puzzled: ”what do you mean what type of salmon?”. “Is it a Sockeye? A Coho? A Chinook?” I tried again. “It’s salmon. I […]

Gingerbread houses at the Sheraton, Downtown Seattle Gingerbread houses at the Sheraton, Downtown Seattle

If you are looking for something fun to do for the holidays, go see the Gingerbread Village at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Local architects and chefs from the Sheraton Seattle team up to design, bake, and build gingerbread houses and creations with a superhero holiday theme. Time: Mon-Thu, Sat 10am-6pm; Fri 10am-7pm; Sun 11am-5pm. Ongoing […]

Enjoy Your Fat Enjoy Your Fat

“Enjoy your fat” and “Enjoy your meat on the bone” are the dedications Jennifer McLagan wrote for me in my copies of her cookbooks “Fat” and “Bones. And I say “Halleluyah” and of course I am also Very Happy about my two new cookbooks. However, I do need to buy a new bookcase. And by […]