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Beef Bourguignon

I have a list of a few classic French recipes that I’m going to make before Michael and I go to France in September; Boeuf Bourguignon, Coq au Vin and Chocolate Souffle to name the top three.  Yesterday I decided to tackle Beef Bourguignon as a welcome home dinner for my husband who was gone […]

A Hunger Games Dinner

Two girlfriends are coming over for a late dinner before we go to the midnight showing of The Hunger Games. After seeing an article on line about food inspired by the movie, I thought it would be fun to incorporate some of the foods mentioned in the book into our dinner. The morning of reaping […]

The New Best Thing Ever!

Several posts ago, I wrote about my favorite Seattle restaurateur Tom Douglas.  His Greek restaurant Lola, is one of my happy places and it never ceases to amaze me just how amazingly elated and content I feel when I’m there – good food can do that!  Michael and I usually get his kebabs, which (for […]

Dad’s Birthday Dinner

Shrimp Cocktail, Lobster Paella and Irish Coffee Sundays with Caramel Whiskey Sauce. My Dad loves seafood! So when the idea of entertaining him for dinner around his birthday came up, seafood was my first idea. I had originally thought of doing a Bouillabaisse (a French shellfish and fish stew) adding to my list of classic […]

Dinner and the Ballet in Seattle

Dinner at Ethan Stowell’s Tavolata in Bell Town was an overall nice experience.  Inside, the décor was minimalist with exposed concrete walls and a great deal of natural lighting.  I noted that comfort didn’t seem to be a huge concern as the chairs and booths were a rigid hard wood.  The space felt stiff and […]

A Coincidental Green Dinner

Fusili with Roasted Chicken, Pine Nuts and Pesto Artichokes with Lemon Mayo Not knowing what to have for dinner last night, I walked into Top Foods and saw a lovely bunch of artichokes.  Being the seasonal shopper I am (or trying to be) I thought yes, they are a fair amount of work, for not […]

Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup & Brandied Fig Vanilla Pudding

When pondering what to make for dinner, I often think of how best to show Michael I love him.  It’s important to me to create a special, welcoming and inviting home atmosphere.  Not only for him, but I think about it when I’m entertaining as well.  It all boils down to personal preference and what […]

Something Different for Breakfast

If you see a publication titled Gourmet COMFORT at the check out counter of your grocer, don’t hesitate to get it.  You won’t be disappointed!  You may remember me mentioning this exact issue in my post about mac & cheese called Comfort.  Lately, in fact, many of the items I have been cooking have come […]

A Different Ice Cream Sandwich

Ever since I can remember my favorite ice cream has been Haagen Dazs Coffee.  In elementary school, I recall going around the room and everyone announcing what their best-loved flavor was.  After hearing the masses say chocolate, vanilla or the occasional strawberry, I confidently proclaimed coffee and witnessed a sea of blank stares looking back […]

How’s Your Guacamole?

I have never liked avocados, but I love guacamole . . . well, only certain guacamole . . . pretty much only my mom’s (who has passed), or my brother’s (his version of mom’s recipe) or my own (my version of my mom’s recipe). A few weeks ago I noticed avocados from California at the […]