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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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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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Re-creating my European vacation one dish at a time

It was amazing how quickly 10 days past by while on vacation.  Two days were used up for air travel alone.  Left with eight days, I spent much of the time taking in the sights and catching up with family and old friends.  The time I had hoped to devote to cooking, shopping, and eating […]

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A day on my dad’s little farm

After a simple summer breakfast of fruit and granola, we headed out of town to my dad’s little farm in the outskirts of Port Angeles.  As we pulled off the paved road, I could see him ahead, working in the garden amongst giant green leaves and tall corn stalks.  The sun shone on the abundant […]

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Foodies on the road: Cle Elum and Wenatchee

I do alot of travelling between Washington and California and am always stumbling across foodie destinations.  That is, places that I fall in love with and would love to pass on to any one else who loves local delicious food.  So thus begins my endeavor in “Foodies on the road”.  Whenever I come across a […]

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Northwest summer Sunday dinner

On our yearly summer visit to the Northwest, I look forward to dinners at my in-laws house.  My father-in-law is the chef of the house and loves to cook for a crowd.  He and I join forces and we reserve one sunday night for a big family dinner, where the extended family is invited.  The […]

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