5 for Friday – Marcel Boulanger, manager Cafe Presse

I have the great providence of being surrounded by inspiring people. 5 for Friday questions will be asked of artists, farmers, curators, creators, innovators, entrepreneurs etc – all of the people that I find interesting. Everyone gets the same five questions.

Marcel BoulangerMarcel Boulanger and I met many years ago – too many to have counted or made note – through mutual friends. One of my first memories was that of Marcel hosting a small friends Thanksgiving dinner at his home. He set a side table with gorgeously plated hor d’oeuvres, had the dinner table set in full serviceware and greeted us all with a cocktail. His apartment was (and still is) impeccably designed and the Thanksgiving was a most excellent meal – moist turkey and delicious side dishes. What a fete! (Incidentally, this is also the meal wherein I learned the secret to AMAZING gravy is a splash of Madiera – Thanks, Jimmy! and that Kurt Timmermeister is an AMAZING pastry chef.) Continue reading

Asian Noodle with Kale & Avocado-Miso Dressing Recipes

Kale & Avocado Miso DressingI am in love with this salad from my new eBook KALE. Last week on the TV show Top Chef, Dana Cowin (the long time editor of Food & Wine Magazine) said kale is one of her most hated food trends. Then, this……”I love kale, that’s not a trend to me,” says host Padma Lakshmi. “The idea of kale has now become boiled down to ONE iteration – it’s either Kale Salad or Kale Chips,” responded Dana Cowin. Continue reading

5 for Friday – Elizabeth Meyer, Business Matchmaking Entrepreneur

I have the great providence of being surrounded by inspiring people. 5 for Friday questions will be asked of artists, farmers, curators, creators, innovators, entrepreneurs etc – all of the people that I find interesting. Everyone gets the same five questions.

Elizabeth MeyerYou need to know Elizabeth Meyer – she is a mover and a shaker. Elizabeth is a rare breed of person who is so well-intended and sincere that magic trails her at every turn. I met Ms. Meyer through an email; She was living in NYC, and I, in Seattle, was looking for a book tour intern. From her city environs she reached out to offer help via a Craigslist posting and the rest, as they say, is history. When Meyer finally made her way to Seattle many months later, we connected over a cocktail at Poppy, meeting face-to-face for the first time. She has since easily morphed from a colleague into a dear friend – the best kind of relationship to foster. Continue reading

New KALE eBook – Kale Recipes Abound!

I am happy to share that I have just released a new eBook chapter as part of my yearlong series – KALE! Welcome to autumn – the season of heavy & hearty greens that are fantastic for you. I am thrilled to share these thoughts and recipes on growing, cooking and eating kale, the trendy new veg everyone is loving lately. This book is one meant as a tool for anyone hoping to (and trying to) eat seasonally. There are LOTS of recipe ideas for any seasonal veg, and sometimes it’s nice to shake up your recipe repertoire. I hope you’ll download this eBook and send me your thoughts about what’s cooking in your kitchen. My favorite recipe in the book (though, truly this answer always changes for me) is the Raw Kale Salad with Apples & Cheddar. This recipe takes advantage of all the best ingredients available in fall, resulting … Continue reading

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

It is very rare for me to share an already published recipe (mostly because I gave up on following recipes years ago, and now consider it an occupational hazard), but this winner is recipe perfection and should not be tinkered with. My friend Marcus made a batch of cookies this weekend, and they were exquisite. To make the chocolate chip cookies, you must first brown the butter – a brilliant step leading to a toffee-like flavor and a crispy-chewy flavor balance typically only achieved in professional pastry kitchens. They are superb. You can subscribe to Cook’s Illustrated or opt for the 14-day free trial to get the recipe and read about the food science behind this recipe.

5 for Friday – Becky Selengut, cookbook author & chef

I have the great providence of being surrounded by inspiring people. 5 for Friday questions will be asked of artists, farmers, curators, creators, innovators, entrepreneurs etc – all of the people that I find interesting. Everyone gets the same five questions.

26048_386426920613_5996018_nThis week, Mrs Becky Selengut, author, private chef & podcast host, gave my 5 questions a whirl. Becky and I met many years ago, both lovers of food, on a day hike and mushroom forage with Langdon Cook. None of us knew each other at the time – it was like an awesome blind date where no one got laid. There are several things I remember keenly about that trip, Continue reading

Chilled Squid with Pickled Peppers & Summer Herbs Recipe

Chilled Squid & Pickled PepperThis is a perfect dish for a cool and sunny autumn afternoon, from my ebook Fresh Pantry: PEPPERS. Eat as many peppers as you can before they are all gone – we’re in our last days of harvesting them! My dear friend Ritzy, who seldom cooks but is always hungry said “omg. I love this salad so much! I gobbled up the entire grande bowl that you gave me.”

Chilled Squid with Pickled Peppers & Summer Herbs
SERVES 4

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