Grassfed vs. Organic Butter, And Which One Will Kill You Faster

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Butter Basics Butter. Oh yum, butter. Butter on corn, butter on scones, green beans in brown butter, buttercream icing, herb butter… Oh, butter, no other fat is quite like you, and we love you for it. But let’s start at the beginning. Cow’s milk is separated into milk and cream. Butter is made from agitating (churning) this cream [Continue Reading...]

Gluten Free Cake That Actually Tastes Awesome

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We had a lovely couple over to dinner for the first time a few days ago and the lady of the pair kept to a gluten free diet (and has for like 17 years, so you know it’s not a passing thing). I know what you’re saying: “Hey, I know someone who is gluten free!” [Continue Reading...]

The Taco Formula

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The cuisine of Mexico is complex, diverse, by turns subtle and bold. And I am a total gringo with only a cursory, Rick Bayless cookbook-skimming understanding of Mexican cuisine. Which is my way of saying, I make no claim to authenticity here, but in my house, this taco formula works. My kids come back for more, my [Continue Reading...]

Is A Heritage Turkey Worth It?

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Last year we performed a taste test. We ordered two, 12 pound turkeys from our local yuppie-hippie market. Both were raised by Diestel, a large, independent, family-owned turkey ranch in California. By all accounts the birds had a good life and one bad day, living on pasture, free-ranging and eating vegetarian feed and whatever bugs [Continue Reading...]

Two Ingredient/Two Minute Cherry Ice Cream

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Some tastes are summer in your mouth. This is one of them. When the weather gets gloomy, and the great overcast sky of Seattle forms a continuous ombrey of silver-darkening-to-slate with the damp pavement, this is the flavor that recalls sun on your neck and trips to the lake. This is also the recipe that [Continue Reading...]

Infographic: How to Roast A Turkey

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It’s November, and you know what that means. In just a few weeks, all over the United States people will express their gratitude for family, health, and living in this great nation with the annual turkey-gravy-mashed-potato bender. Thanksgiving is, without a doubt, my favorite holiday. Here’s why: I love to cook and eat with family and [Continue Reading...]

Cinnamon Spiced Apple Fritters

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My counter was full of good but not perfect apples from the espaliers. Each had a little scab or a bruise or a small wormhole, so they weren’t going into storage in the refrigerator. Over the course of the day the whisper in my brain: “apple fritters…apple fritters….” rang louder and louder until finally I [Continue Reading...]

Figs with Lemon Ricotta and Mint

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This is one of those dishes that, as a caterer, I could charge $3 per piece for and people would happily pay it. Perfectly fresh figs topped with homemade fresh lemon ricotta and sprigs of organic spearmint. Can’t you just hear the cash draining from wallets everywhere? Actually, figs are a beast to work with [Continue Reading...]

Seven Great Things You Missed On Facebook: Peanut Sauce, Peaches and More

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It’s been a busy week over on the Northwest Edible Facebook Page. We blew through the 5,000s in no time and are currently sitting at over 6,000 smart, bad-ass and very attractive community members. Thank you guys! Homebrew Husband captured the exact moment of the 6,000th like on his phone. Not that we are total [Continue Reading...]

Strawberry Jam Margaritas and the Mason Jar Trick That Will Blow Your Mind

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I ate my first homegrown strawberry of the year yesterday. You know what that means? It’s time to use up all that damn strawberry jam still kicking around the pantry from 2011. While my love for PB&J only goes so far, my love of Mommy’s Liquid Refreshment knows no bounds. And so, after some arduous recipe development, the [Continue Reading...]

Dark Chocolate Chip and Macadamia Nut Cookies: Insanely Good and Easy

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Apologies in advance for these cookies. Food this good should be harder to make, if only for the sake of our pants’ size. One bowl easy and classic (yet somehow better) chocolate chip cookie decadence. If I had known this recipe would be good enough to share I would have taken more pictures of the [Continue Reading...]

Never Buy A Rotten Avocado Again

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Where I live, far from avocado country, it’s not unusual for organic avocados to be $2.50 or $3 each. “Oh, waaah, you big crybaby,” locavore purists might argue, “avocados are expensive because you live in Seattle, so stop buying non-local food!” To which I reply: “The zombies can have my guacamole when they pry it [Continue Reading...]