Homemade DIY Whole Wheat Waffle Mix

Whole Wheat Waffle Overhead

If I give my kids carte blanche to pick breakfast, as I often do on the weekends, they want waffles. It never fails. Waffles are one of those foods people seem impressed by. If you are used to thinking of waffles as something that comes from a yellow box in the freezer aisle, those little [Continue Reading…]

Magically Fast and Easy Homemade Mayonnaise


Of all the things I demo’d yesterday at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, nothing – nothing – rocked people’s socks like my favorite technique for making excellent homemade mayo in a hurry, using a mason jar and an immersion blender. This is the simplest mayo method I’ve ever tried, and I’m consistently happy with [Continue Reading…]

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


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…]

The Taco Formula

Taco Formula (3)

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…]

Honey, Nut and Raisin Granola: A Litmus Test For Beekeeping

Honey, Nut and Raisin Granola (13)

Homebrew Husband and I are dancing around the idea of maybe, someday, possibly keeping honeybees. We are being very sensible about this. We are not rushing in. We are getting a bee education before we plunge into apiarying. I’m currently taking a fantastic Apprentice Beekeeping class through the local branch of Washington State University’s Extension program, and when I’m done, he’ll take [Continue Reading…]

What Leftovers Look Like


I know people who refuse to eat leftovers. At least, they think they refuse to eat leftovers….little do they know how creative professional kitchens get to minimize food waste. Ever ordered the soup du jour or the daily lunch special? If so – you’ve had leftovers. Personally, as I’ve mentioned before, I don’t know what [Continue Reading…]

Good From The Coop: Duck Eggs

Yeah, yeah, I know, I don’t have ducks. Rub it in. But Jon Stiebrs has ducks – lots of them – and was kind enough to talk to me about how he raises ducks for small-scale, commercial duck egg production. I wrote about my love for the duck egg, and about how Jon raises his quackers, [Continue Reading…]

Just What The Internet Doesn’t Knead (Updated)


There’s about a 95% chance that you’ve heard of the famous No Knead Bread recipe, put out by the New York Times and re-posted by…well…everyone. For the 5% of you that have yet to become master No Knead Bakers, I offer up my personal lionization of the technique. It’s simple, it’s fool-proof, it’s delicious, it [Continue Reading…]

Rosemary Salt Rubbed Pork Chops


The pork chops aren’t from the garden, obviously. But this time of year you need to be grateful for what you can harvest. And a year-round flavoring in my kitchen is garden-grown rosemary. I step outside the kitchen at least once a week and snip from the rosemary hedge alongside the house. I’ll cut a [Continue Reading…]