Archive | January 2012

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Crispy Grilled Kale and Pancetta Risotto

Another recipe from the January 2012 Sunset magazine titled Feel Good Dinners. *Kale is a form of cabbage, green or purple, in which the central leaves do not form a head. It is considered to be closer to wild cabbage than most domesticated forms. Its species contains a wide array of vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower, […]

Teatro Zinzanni

Last night Michael and I met some friends at Teatro Zinzanni in Seattle for an evening of fun.  If you have never been, TZ is best described as Moulin Rouge meets Cirque de Soleil with a Tom Douglas dinner menu.  It’s a three-hour event, part circus, part dinner theatre with cabaret, improve comedy, vaudeville and […]


Yesterdays adventure lead me to make Quinoa salad with chicken, avocado and oranges (January 2012 Sunset).  I have only had quinoa once before, at my brother’s house during a summer get together.  *Quinoa (kin-wa) is a protein rich seed that has a fluffy, creamy, slightly crunchy texture and a somewhat nutty flavor when cooked.  Most […]

Don Quixote

I have not been cooking or writing as much as I’d like lately.  I did make Ina’s Mexican Soup earlier this week.  But it didn’t merit a blog entry.  It wasn’t bad, it simply didn’t blow my socks off or my skirt up or my house down. Last night, Michael and I were in Seattle […]

Classic Caesar

The first Caesar Salad I had was made by my mother.  I can say with some certainly that my mother’s Caesar was not only one of the very best I have ever had, but also it was fairly authentic.  She used, religiously the Julia Child classic Caesar recipe, which in my opinion is the only […]

Chocolate Madeleine

You want a wonderfully light & moist cookie that is full of flavor AND is chic?   Look no further than the French Madeleine.  Yes, you do need a Madeleine pan or mold, but it’s a small purchase for a lifetime of these lovely cookies whenever you want to make them. Tasty petit scalloped cakes from […]

Snow Day

Yesterday, we got a bit of snow and there was much talk of the impending snowstorm, said to bring up to 14” (in some areas) to western Washington.  Michael was to fly out of Sea-Tac to Spokane and it seemed that even my work schedule was hanging in the balance.  With a great chance of […]

Zucchini Vichyssoise

Vichyssoise: A leek and potato soup thickened with fresh cream and severed cold, garnished with chopped chives.  (From Laroussse Gastronnomique) Tonight’s recipe is from Ina’s Paris cookbook.  Since it’s cold outside, I thought hot soup would be a nice warm your heart, feel good dinner.  I know vichyssoise is traditionally served cold, however Ina said […]

Chicken with Goat Cheese & Basil

Dinner Last Night: Chicken with Goat Cheese & Basil Parmesan (and Gruyere) Roasted Cauliflower Naan and Herbed Goat Cheese I was never really a fan of cauliflower and what child is, really?  I think one needs to mature into eating cauliflower.  However, if you add cheese to just about anything (same for adding bacon to […]

Half Moon Bay

This last weekend, Michael and I stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay, CA.  My brother gave us an evening’s stay as a wedding gift and so we tacked on another night and made a weekend of it. Our two-hour flight to San Francisco was short and sweet.  Despite our rental car, a […]