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Cottage Pie Recipe

This cottage pie recipe is simple peasant dish that is hearty and filling. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any winter evening. Continue

Classic Carrot Cake

Waterproof boots and a down coat are standard issue for those who live with the grey skies, drizzly rain, and the cold weather winds of Seattle. However, when the sun occasionally breaks through it amazes me how quickly rain gear is shed and the mood and disposition of Seattleites lighten up. Once the sun disappears behind a thick blanket of grey clouds thoughts turn immediately to when the next time the sun will appear. Well, we recently got a sneak peak of sunshine, and to add more hope six fully […]

Cheesy Pesto Cauliflower Flat Bread

Like many food trends of the past, kale’s reign as the trendiest vegetable must also come to an end. Kale seems to already have a successor that is quite the opposite from its dark, leafy, and hearty attributes. Who is it? None other than cauliflower, which seems to be the new popular vegetable as showcased by countless Pinterest pins, magazines, and in cookbooks featured across the culinary section at my local bookstore. Unlike kale, cauliflower’s versatility allows it to transform itself into healthier versions of comfort food favorites such as […]

Blasted Roasted Asparagus

Every good magician knows how to amaze his or her audience by making objects disappear. If you want to create some magic at the dinner table with your children, I have a great way to make asparagus spears disappear quickly every time you serve them. Not only do they disappear, they never reappear. Steaming, sautéing, and grilling asparagus are common ways to prepare this wonderful green vegetable. However, my favorite way to serve asparagus is blasting them with high heat roasting them to perfection. I’ve discovered kids will gladly eat […]

Raspberry Cream Cheese Danish

Some people like receiving chocolate or roses for Valentine’s Day. I do not happen to be one of those people. Instead, the keys to my heart involve baking me something in the kitchen. Valentine’s Day is this Sunday and I cannot think of a better way to start it than a lazy morning and showering my family with a warm baked pastry. What could express the message that they are loved and appreciated more? Flowers are nice too, but soft warm pastries have a remarkable way of making people feel […]

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Blue Cheese Dip

Whether you’re a loyal Carolina Panthers fan or a die-hard Denver Broncos fan, this Sunday one of you will have your heart deeply broken while the other one will experience a jubilant high for months on end. I should know; I’ve experienced both over the last two years being a ‘12th Man’ Seattle Seahawks fan. Just thinking about the last minute of last year’s Super Bowl game still hurts inside. For all of us with no skin in the game we will share at least one thing with those who […]

How to Make Jiaozi – Pork and Cabbage Dumplings

This year the 2016 Chinese New Year falls on February 8th and is the ‘Year of the Monkey’.  Also known as the Spring Festival, this year’s celebration will last from February 7-13 based on the Chinese lunar calendar. The Chinese calendar repeats a 12-year cycle, each cycle characterized by one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese New Year is rich in traditions and customs going back thousands of years – a time to honor ancestors and deities. Families gather together for a traditional meal and clean […]

Small Batch Double Chocolate Walnut Brownies

A small-batch home-made double chocolate walnut brownie recipe. Yum! Continue

Furikake Popcorn

Don’t you love it when all the wisdom and knowledge you try to impart to your kids goes in one ear and out the other? The only redemptive aspect to this frustrating cycle of communication is when one day someone else, other than you, will speak words of truth into your children’s lives and all of a sudden everything you’ve been telling them suddenly rings true. Parents typically don’t get any credit, and might stay relegated in the category of unreliable sources for wisdom. I’m getting some much appreciated support […]

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