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Springtime in Piemonte

The grey cloudy days change to bring warm sunny ones and everything is in motion. The brown barren trees fill with lush green foliage and flowers burst seemingly overnight out of their winter hiding. The sweet melodies of the birds outside our window awaken us from nocturnal slumber and insects buzz about, working the newly […]

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Making Traditional Swiss-Italian Chestnut Torte

In planning and dreaming about this year off traveling in Europe, I was inspired by the thought of cooking traditional recipes with friends, family and people I meet along the way.  I did some research, of areas we knew we’d visit, and the typical local dishes and foods.  Thinking of the Ticino region of Switzerland, […]

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Visit to the Dungeness Valley

My favorite local raw milk dairy, Dungeness Valley Creamery. One of the beautiful, doe-faced new baby calves, outside the creamery. This way to Nash’s new farm store.  If you live on the west side of Washington state, and you’re a big fan of organic carrots, you should know Nash for his AMAZING carrots!  Best I’ve […]

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An Adventure for the New Year

The new year. Time to take down the holiday decor, finish off the last of the gifted candies and sweets and look forward to the fresh start of a new year. Often this involves lighter meals with more salads, to compensate for over indulgence over the last month. For some, this time of the year […]

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Today is Food Day!! October 24

Today is National Food Day, a celebration and movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable food.  Sounds like my kind of celebration!! http://www.foodday.org/ I celebrated by heading out-of-town, beyond the wheat fields and into the apple orchards, to fill my car with crates of Olympus pears.  The Korean variety of asian pear is to be this […]

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Taste of Portland at Food Bloggers Conference

Biwa treats: seasoned tofu with dashi, ginger and soy sauce, pickled mackerel with Asian slaw. The guys at Smokehouse 21:B.J. Smith, owner/chef, and Michael Spencer. Urban Farmer’s Executive Chef Matt Christianson with his housemade bacon and corn salad. Gregory Gourdet of Departure  Restaurant with his  albacore tuna sushi and steam buns. And lots of other […]

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Taste of Oregon live food blogging

I’m here at the International Food Blogger conference in Portland for the weekend. For the first days activity, we’re doing a live blogging event, with local food producers presenting their goods in short 5 minute-shots, speed dating style. Packer Orchards and Bakery, Hood River fruit jams: cherry, spiced vanilla pear, marionberry peach, pear-sweetened raspberry jam. […]

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Walla Walla from a chef’s perspective

Walla Walla wine art.  Mural on the alley-side of a tasting room. Nut Brown Ale, from local brewer, Laht Neppur.  Delicious!  I know I’ll be in here often, especially since it’s just down the street from our new place. The Daily Market Co-op; the real deal!  Bulk foods, local products and a good variety of […]

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Developing your child’s taste buds: Apple taste test

Inspired by a Cookus Interruptus’ post about setting up taste tests for kids, my kids and I decided to try one of our own.  We had just recently taken a trip up to a local apple orchard for some U-pick, and had some California Spartan apples on hand.  Liking to have a variety of fruit […]

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Lunch, food blogger style

This conference has proven to be well worth it’s admission fee.  Delicious gourmet small plates, like salmon carpaccio, snake river beef tartare, fresh octopus with chorizo garbanzos, and wines to match each. Finish it off with a chunk of Theo’s fine fair trade chocolate and my tummy is very happy.

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